What Is Neck Traction?
Neck traction, also called cervical traction, is a type of stretching that is often used for neck pain.
The term traction can mean different things in health care, but it generally refers to using a pulling force to treat joint, bone, or muscle problems. This is often used in physical therapy or orthopedics to treat:
Long-lasting muscle spasms
Benefits of Neck Traction
Neck traction is used in physical therapy settings, the emergency room, and sometimes at home. It is considered a non-invasive way to stabilize fractures or dislocations in the neck and spine. It’s also used for:
Cervical disc disease
Misalignment of cervical bones
Spondylosis, or spinal degenerative disc disease
Stenosis, or narrowing of the cervical space
Neck traction has specific benefits, including:
Easing muscle spasm
Stopping muscles from shortening and contracting
Helping to bring back blood flow and nerve function
Keeping your neck stable
Resting an injury
People who have neck problems can sometimes have numbness and tingling in the arms and legs and a lot of pain, among other symptoms. It’s not fully clear how neck traction helps, but it’s thought that being in traction can take off some of the pressure on the nerve, and help muscles relax, which brings relief.
Sometimes traction is used on and off with periods of rest. This might bring more blood flow to your nerves. This kind of traction is used mostly for degenerative disc disease and when your neck doesn’t move well.
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