Headmaster Collar – Headmaster Neck Collar Features & Benefits
What Is The Headmaster Collar?
The Headmaster Collar is a collar worn around the neck, therefore, a cervical collar, which supports the head. By supporting the head, it takes over or assists the function of the neck muscles in supporting the weight of the head. The Headmaster Collar is used mainly to support the head in the front or anteriorly to assist weak neck muscles in the back of the neck or posteriorly. By incorporating components that add on to the Headmaster Collar, it is able to support the head in all directions. This is done with minimal contact on the user.
The Headmaster Collar is strong for firm head support, yet flexible to allow for bending the collar by hand to customize the amount of support and comfort. The flexibility allows for a springing reaction which aids in comfort. This is accomplished without the collar loosing its shape or support. The reactive feel related to the springing action is important when speaking or eating and this is where the Headmaster Cervical Collar surpass the function of many cervical collars intended for head support.
With a lightweight and breathable design, user comfort is increased, peripheral vision is maintained, and overheating, a common problem with most head support collars is avoided.
Why Is The Headmaster Collar Used?
Conditions like whiplash, significant neck sprain and/or strain require firm support that will not restrict movement. A Headmaster Collar is often employed in the use of neuromuscular conditions. Neuromuscular problems are conditions which affect nerves controlling muscles that are under voluntary control. The nerve cells are called neurons, and they relay messages which control the muscles. If the neurons are subject to a condition where they loose their normal function or even die, the pathway for normal communicating from nerves to muscles is lost, therefore control of the muscles becomes a problem. If this happens to the muscles of the neck they can weaken and even waste away, which can lead to movement difficulties, loss of control, joint problems, pain, aching, muscle twitching and cramps.
With loss of control of the neck muscles, the head can drop forward. This is called drop head syndrome and requires support to keep the head from resting on the chest, which can cause breathing problems. The Headmaster Collar helps to support the head, thereby assuming the function of normal, health neck muscles.
What Conditions Require Use Of The Headmaster Collar?
Musculoskeletal conditions like injuries to the neck resulting in weak or damaged neck muscles can benefit form use of the Headmaster Neck Collar. Helping to support the neck without restrictions imposed by many rigid collars allows the neck muscles and joints to heal properly. Rheumatoid arthritis is another musculoskeletal condition that can benefit from the use of the Headmaster Collar.
Neuromuscular conditions are where there is a loss of communication of the nerves and the muscles. Most neuromuscular diseases have genetic causes and tend to run in families. Additionally, a disorder of the immune system may be the cause of neuromuscular diseases, where the immune system attacks health nerve cells mistakenly.
- ALS, known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a condition where the Headmaster Collar excels in support and improving quality of life. ALS is a disease of the nervous system which attacks neurons or nerve cells within the brain and the spinal cord. ALS affects more men than women and the typical age for onset is between 40 and 60 years.
- MS, known as Multiple sclerosis is a condition of the nervous system which also attacks the brain and spinal cord. It causes damage to the protective covering of the nerve cells and interrupts communication to the muscles. Multiple sclerosis affects women more than men and usually starts between the 20 and 40 years of age. The resulting muscle weakness leads to loss of head control and the Headmaster Collar can help with comfortable and effective support.
- Myasthenia gravis is the result of an autoimmune problem and results in muscle weakness from lack of communication between the nerves and muscles. Myasthenia gravis produces muscle weakness which is better when resting and worse with activity, therefore, the Headmaster Collar can help with daily activities, making the individual more productive and contributes to better social interaction.
- SMA, known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy is a genetic autoimmune disease, attacking neurons in the spinal cord that communicate with muscles. The nerve cells die resulting in muscle weakness and affecting head and neck control and the Headmaster Collar can help.
There are other condition requiring head support offered by the Headmaster Collar like Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinsons, Cervical Dystonia, Cerebral Palsy, Polymyositis and Carnitine Deficiency, Torticollis, Drop Head Syndrome. The drop head syndrome can be an initial signs of Leigh syndrome.
What Makes The Headmaster Collar Special?
In addition to the light design and reactive springing action, the Headmaster Collar is surrounded by a comfortable cloth material available in gray, beige or light tan and black. Therefore, it is not only comfortable, but great looking. With its minimal contact design, there will be not only less heat build up, which results in less sweating, it will not produce friction against the skin. It is easily bendable by hand to offer a customized level of support that can be easily changed as the condition gets better or worse, requiring more or less support. The Headmaster Collar comes in sizes to fit infants, children and adults. It also has components which can be easily added to increase the directional support and functionality. There is easy access for a tracheal tube. The minimal profile means it does not stick out like a sore thumb and it is easier to have individuals comply with wearing the Headmaster Collar than most other collars. This results in better outcomes.
How Is The Headmaster Collar Measured To Fit
The measurement for the headmaster cervical collar is taken from the jaw angle, where it curves just under the ear, to the middle pont at the end to the jaw. This measurement is done by using a ruler at the angle of the jaw and measuring under the chin, to the end of the chin. This give an accurate measure to choose the correct size headmaster cervical collar.
What Components Are Available To Increase The Function Of The Headmaster Collar?
There are three add on accessories to the headmaster collar which increase the functionality for those who require additional support.
- Headmaster Collar Anterior Support – There are circumstances where the head is being more forcefully drawn to the chest with muscular contractions. The Anterior Support adds a tube to fortify the head support function. This makes the Headmaster Collar more rigid in the front for extra support. To keep the headmaster neck collar comfortable when using the anterior support, and extra chin pad is provided.
- Headmaster Collar Neck Pad – This is a large single pad to provide support for the back of the head and for those that have problems controlling the head in a backward motion. It additionally provides a comfortable surface for the back of the head, for example using a wheelchair headrest. The neck pad is molded by hand to achieve a custom level of support and comfort.
- Headmaster Collar Extension Pads – There are two extension pads that can be easily attached to the collar for support in the back or sides of the neck. This helps control lateral or side to side motions. They can be placed directly in the back or to either side and provide a firmer support than the neck pad.
It is truly a pleasure working with the headmaster collar support for the head and neck and seeing how much it improves the lives of those who suffer from musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems related to head control.