#2. The Soothe- A- Ciser - a natural way to do neck traction. Simply lay back on the cushion. Use many times by chiropractors, massage therapists and other health professionals in their office.
#3. The Arc4life Cervical Linear Traction Neck Pillow - the arc4life traction pillow gives you a gentle neck stretch when you sleep. Very comfortable.
#4. Over the Door Neck Traction System - A simple and effective way to do do neck traction. You can get up to 20 lbs of neck traction with this system. May look archaic, but it does the job effectively.
#5. Your Bed - a great way to start neck traction. Simply lay your head off of the bed, and let gravity do the work.
#6. A Towel Roll - roll up a towel and put it under your neck. You can make the towel roll as small or large as you wish to. Very comfortable and a great way to get started doing neck traction.
#7. The Omni Neck Stretching Device - simply lay on this device and your neck will be stretched.
#8. A Collar for Linear Neck Stretching - imagine wearing a neck collar that inflates on the right side and the left side. That is what the trac collar does. You can increase to decrease the right, left or both sides. Great for seated traction.
#9. A Neck Orthotic - a gentle less agressive way to do neck traction. Simply lay on the neck orthotic which is made of a soft foam. Great for someone older or with advanced degeneration with still wants to do curve correction or gentle extension traction.
#10. Saunders Neck Traction Unit - a more advanced type of neck traction. You can get up to 50 lbs of pressure with this traction unit. Another more advanced traction unit is called the Pronex Pneumatic Cervical Traction Device which comes in 3 sizes as well.
Neck Traction= Neck Pain Relief
When doing any type of neck stretch, it is best to follow the advice of your Doctor or health care professional. Often times, a chiropractor or physical therapist will stretch your cervical spine in their office and give you home instructions. Usually patients do neck stretching from 5- 20 minutes, with varying levels of neck traction (up to 20 lbs). It could be as simple as just laying on a roll type of material (a pillow or foam roll) or doing active neck traction with a traction machine: the Saunders, the posture pump 1000 or a trac Collar.
You want to gently stretch your neck before you start by doing simple flexion, extension, rotation and lateral flexion
After traction, you may want to use some ice on the muscles to minimize soreness (which can happen in the beginning of doing a neck traction protocol)