Inflatable Neck Collars

Inflatable Neck Collars For Traction Therapy At Home Or Anywhere Life Takes You

Inflatable neck collars are both light and portable, providing a wide range of traction for muscle tension and tightness, neck pain conditions like osteoarthritis, disc and joint problems, and pinched nerves, as well as related issues like headaches. They are generally very safe, however, you should consult your medical professional in the case of preexisting conditions.

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Help To Relieve Yourself Of Neck Pain And Headaches With Inflatable Neck Collars

Do you suffer from pain in your neck or shoulders? Both of these can cause headaches, and yet many people will take anti inflammatories and painkillers to try and tackle the problem, rather than taking care of the source. Neck pain can be very debilitating in some people. It can cause chronic shooting pains in the spine, and the swelling can result in their being limited movement in the neck. So what if there was a non-medicinal way of helping control neck pain? There is, and these neck collars that inflate to produce decompressing cervical traction can be a great addition to posture modification, pain relieving neck stretches, and supportive pillows.

These collars wrap around the neck and inflate, permitting self-care of neck issues at home, work, traveling – anytime you need relief. They can be an effective traction collar utilizing hand pumps for ease and comforting the base of the head, neck and shoulders. Unlike heavy devices that are used on the floor, or messy water bags hooked to the door with ropes, inflatable collars are easy to travel with and quick to use anywhere life takes you. Using an inflatable, brace design, they provide all the traction force you will need with a soothing way to inflate to your comfort demands, and options to fit your preferences or doctor recommendations.

Great for degenerative cervical spine conditions which increase as you get older, especially with a previous injury in the neck, they need no complicated assembly and do not require an electrical outlet or batteries. These simply designed products making them perfect for use when away from home as well. Now, you don’t need to wait to get home for a neck pain relieving session.

How Do Inflatable Neck Collars Work?

They Work to decompress the cervical spine using a force called spinal traction, which separates the joints of the cervical spine to remove nerve tension as well as assist the muscles and ligaments in support of the head. Inadequate neck posture is usually retained through muscle rigidity as well as fixations of the joints. The collars work to ease these restricted joints and muscles.

Conditions that may respond are muscle stiffness and spasms, nerve compression or cervical radiculopathy, general neck discomfort, neck related headaches, forward head neck posture, arthritic cervical spondylosis and facet joint syndrome. They are Not intended for use with a new injury or with significant inflammation. If you are concerned, please talk with your doctor first.

How To Use Inflatable Neck Collars

inflatable neck collarsAlways read instructions and follow instructions in prescribed. Place the collar portion on your neck assuring comfort and adjusting for positioning prior to fastening closed. You can make use of a mirror initially to get used to this. Resting your back in a comfortable seat, make sure you are seated in an upright posture. Your head should be level and not positioned upward or downward when you begin. Make sure all valves are in the closed position so that it traps the air as it is inflated.

Begin pumping the inflation system and the collar will gradually expand. Take your time, there is no rush to this part. Continue to inflate to the point where you experience a mild stretching. Rest your head into the collar, relaxing the neck muscles to let the collar do the work. Gradually continue pumping and you will experience a lifting sensation of your head from the shoulders. Continue inflating so that the traction force is comfortable and taking pressure from your neck, alleviating symptoms.

When you have achieved a level where your discomfort is alleviated, make sure all vales are closed so that you can relax as the air is kept secure inside the unit. When your are finished, open the valves and use the deflation mechanism to deflate. When the air is deflated, unsecure the collar straps and you can remove the unit. Always keep the collar away from any sharp objects, pets and children.

Initially, start with low levels of traction, using it once or twice per day. As you become used to it, you may increase the amount of traction force as well as the number of times per day usage. Use 2 to 3 sessions per day for 20 to 30 minutes per session, however, you should only use high amounts of traction for a few minutes at a time. You may use inflatable collars when viewing Television, using a computer or laptop, for travel, reclining, etc. As you get used to the device, you can experiment with different positions, settings and with using it lying down with a pillow under your head when indicated.

Will Inflatable Cervical Collars Work For Me?

Many neck problems these days are caused by bad posture, sitting behind the wheel of a car all day is not a good position, nor is working in front of a computer, or watching the television. In fact, with more and more people these days keeping their heads down while using smartphones, and tablets, suffering what is called text neck, it is more than likely that devices such as inflatable neck collars will be more in demand. They will not work for everyone and results will vary.

  • A 2017 study JOSPT surveyed 4000 members of the orthopedic section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Out of the responders, 76.6% reported using traction, with 93.1% indicating they would use traction for patients with signs of nerve root compression.

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Author Bio

Stephen Ornstein, D.C. has treated thousands of neck, shoulder and back conditions since graduating Sherman Chiropractic College in 1987 and during his involvement in Martial Arts. He holds certifications as a Peer Review Consultant from New York Chiropractic College, Physiological Therapeutics from National Chiropractic College, Modic Antibiotic Spinal Therapy from Dr. Hanne Albert, PT., MPH., Ph.D., Myofascial Release Techniques from Logan Chiropractic College, and learned Active Release Technique from the founder, P. Michael Leahy, DC, ART, CCSP.