Dynamic Neck Traction
Improvements can be made after using dynamic neck traction methods which are simple home care methods requiring no device
In the nonsurgical treatment of neck pain, cervical traction is an often suggested remedy for neck pain. Home traction techniques save time, money, and inconvenience but typically call for a traction device.
Up to 25% of patients in outpatient clinics may have neck pain, which is a frequent ailment. There are many different factors that can contribute to neck discomfort, including disc degeneration, osteoarthritis, cervical spine strain and sprain, and myofascial pain syndromes. In addition to poor posture, neck pain and other muscular-skeletal disorders are closely correlated with time spent on computers and mobile phones.
Dynamic traction techniques require no device, however, it does require active participation and muscular effort as opposed to a device that does the work for you. there are advantages and disadvantages to this method.
Note: If any traction causes dizziness, stop immediately.
Advantages With Dynamic Neck Traction
- No cost involved.
- Can be done just about anywhere, anytime.
- Can be effective as indicated in a 2023 Case Study In Cureus
- Selection of methods that suits you best.
A 2019 study in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine indicates the convenience of cervical traction done at home, it could be used as a preventive measure on a long-term basis, as well as economical, time saving, and effective when used therapeutically.
Disadvantages With Dynamic Neck Traction
- Limited to weight of head (10-12 pounds)
- Muscular resistance can reduce effective traction force
- Possible side effects when lying on stomach: worsening of mild vertigo and dizziness, beta-blockers or worsening of symptoms.
Using a device is most recommended as you can relax better and the devices are made specifically to achieve precise control of traction forces. However, trying dynamic traction methods may be the only one you need depending on your specific condition. There are many effective traction devices and many price ranges. One may be specifically recommended by your doctor. Always follow you doctor’s advice.
Traction can be an effective method for pain relief, but it does not have to involves expense. Using these methods may provide the relief you seek and can be a good solution for some. It is not for everyone, but can be tried. It may give you clue as to if traction is a good approach to your neck pain.
I personally like the towel method that you can control the effect to one side more than the other, especially if you have radiating pain to one side.