Neck Savior Can Help Headaches And Neck Pain With A Multi-Functional Therapy
Most people are using the neck savior for traction, and it is good for this purpose. However, there is another dimension to the neck savior that can be very helpful for neck pain related headaches and sore muscles. The contact points are flexible, adjustable and provide direct muscle therapy. The combination of pressure to sore muscles with mild traction and range of motion permits treatment of facet joint problems, especially those that are responsible for headaches.
The best way to explain this is from personal experience. I really think that this is a good product. While it only provides mild levels of traction, and this may not be enough to treat more problematic pinched nerves and disc problems, the combination of functions makes it great for many conditions.
Because it is flexible, you can move your head through ranges of motion while under the mild traction. The 4 contact points provide an amount of compression to neck muscles and trigger points located near the base of the skull and the top of the trapezius muscles. Trigger points and sore muscles in these areas are often related to neck tension, headaches, postural strain and even tmj problems.
When I was doing some gardening, I chopped down at a root with a shovel. Well, I can’t say much for the root, I missed, but the force went directly to my neck. Lesson: look where your chopping. At least I didn’t hit my foot! However, I developed muscle spasm over the upper facet joints and then a classic cervicogenic headache, bad one. This is a headache directly related to the neck and very often the joints of the upper part of the neck. I used the neck massager for a while and while it it felt good, there was just too much inflammation and it made the muscles hurt more. I did some self massage and mobilization without much result, just being able to locate and discern the problem better. Irritated facet joints and overlying muscle spasm, resulting in a bad neck related headache.
I have diagnosed this many times with patients and it usually responds well to adjustments and therapy. I have gotten pretty good over the years at adjusting my own neck, however, this would not budge! The muscle spasm or guarding was too intense. If I could just get some motion, I know things would start to loosen up and relax. Well, I just tried to relax as best I could and made it through the night, a rough night, and I woke still having the headache and neck pain. So, I took the neck savior and used it in place of my pillow. The bottom contacts were at the top of the trapezius and the top points I used at the C2/3 facet joints. I relaxed, feeling the gentle traction, then worked the joints by rotating my neck to the left and right over the contact points. I did this for about 10 minutes, then moved the top contact points up to just under the base of the skull and just relaxed on it. I did not fall asleep, but my wife told me I was snoring. Anyway, twenty minutes later, it was time to get up and I felt about 70% improved. I was then able to release the joints with a gentle motion. Very impressive and what a relief! So, I give the neck savior a great rating. I really like this product and Wes, the inventor and therapist, is a great guy. It really does matter.
So, did I just leave it at 70%? Well, I can tell you 70% was very good, considering I was in a great deal of pain, I mean probably 8 on a scale of 10, that bad! But, the situation was kind of complicated. I could leave it at this and I think it’s a pretty good testimonial, but I’ll reluctantly continue. Why, well, I have no shame! Anyway, this all happened when I had to prepare for a colonoscopy, so the stress – first time, and spending most of the time in the bathroom made the neck pain a nightmare. So, I had to watch what I took. I couldn’t eat and artificial colors in the red ibuprofen or blue Advil might mean my prep would have to be done all over. Don’t think so! Normally, I would have taken the anti-inflammatory, even though it upsets my stomach. I’m not a fan of ice on my neck, so I did not use that, although it might have helped.
So, when I woke up, I had one more prep to do. I was so glad to have the relief provided by the neck savior, but more would be better. So, my wife, being the southern belle that she is, had some Goody’s powders. It was white in color and my last chance before I could not even drink anything. So, I took it and thankfully, it relieved the rest of my pain. Well, neck pain at least. All that going to the bathroom leaves your butt kind of sore. Much better without neck pain though! Guess I’ll have to wait for the Butt Savior. But the colonoscopy was not bad at all, and the neck savior really helped as the pain went from major, to minor soreness that I can now deal with and get to heal as much as possible. Now, I keep the neck savior right by the bed. Ten or 15 minutes before getting out of be really helps. And that is the story of my experience with the neck savior and a colonoscopy. How did that turn out? One polyp removed, benign, do again in 5 years. Lesson: Stay out of the garden if you are prepping for a colonoscopy…. unless you need fertilizer.