Door Mount Cervical Traction Offers Complete Control Of Decompressive Forces To The Neck
The door mount cervical traction unit comes in two different designs, giving those with jaw problems or dental conditions an option to use this very effective, chiropractor recommended form of neck traction. Often used in chiropractic and physical therapy clinics, this is the home version that uses a door mount to secure the unit in place.
Follow instructions from your chiropractor or physical therapist. The videos are for reference. This unit is for those who are receiving in office treatments and are familiar with this type of traction. The Standard unit goes under the chin using the handles to control any pressure under the jaw, while the TMJ Easy unit uses the fatter or thicker foam, with controlled pressure on the forehead.
Cervical traction is often used for neck problems that result from compression of discs and joints which can cause pain, pinched nerves and headaches. One of the most effective forms of traction is repetitive or intermittent traction. The door mounted device permits a controlled repetitive traction under your complete control. It decompresses the cervical spine, helps restore the proper curve of the neck, and warms up muscles. It is often used for 90 seconds prior to chiropractic adjustments or therapy exercises in clinics.
Cervical Traction Benefits
In general, start with only 10 to 20 percent of the weight on your cervical spine or to tolerance. It is important to keep the rope close to the wall – you do not go out from the door as if you are leaning back – just straight down like you are sitting. Your feet should be touching the door and your knees should also touch the door as you lower yourself. When you grasp the handle, the palms of your hands should be facing you and your elbows touching the door. You should lower in a squatting position. The part behind the head goes at the base of the skull called the occiput, however; if you have a straightening of the spine (military neck) or reversal of the cervical curve, it can be placed lower on the cervical spine – around the middle of the neck.
You can start out at 10 repetitions of 1 to 3 seconds each, and work up by adding 10 per day to 60 repetitions. This can be done twice a day. Remember, this is repetitive traction, so you don’t just stay there with pressure, you must to short repetitions to produce a pumping action in the disc. You may hold the last one for 30 to 40 seconds, but remember to breathe. Although many doctors and therapists recommend early morning traction sessions, I do not. After waking, the discs have been somewhat decompressed during sleep and are more swollen or filled with water. As with the lower back, disc injuries can occur more easily in the morning, as they are more pressurized, so give yourself about an hour before using after waking. It can be used late morning or early afternoon, and then in the evening. Some find it particularly beneficial before bed, as the discs are usually well decompressed from a long day.
The movement comes from the lower body, not the handles. The handles are used as a guide, not to traction. As you lower down, you can wiggle your shoulders a bit. This helps to remind you not to lift and tense the shoulders – they should be totally relaxed. The cross bar should be about chin height for the standard and nose height for the tmj easy. You should breathe while doing the traction. There are various recommendations for breathing. I like breathing out when lowering and in when raising. You should only do this traction when you know that no one will open the door.
Door Mount Cervical Traction Set Up & Use Instructions
This type of home cervical traction involves an active approach, as opposed other more passive forms where you can lie down or just sit, the door mounted cervical traction uses your body movements, so it may be difficult for those with low back or hip problems. Always consult with your doctor or therapist for your specific condition before using a door mount cervical traction unit. A biomechanically oriented system that I highly recommend for in office treatment and home care is the Pettibon System – find a doctor now!.