About Regina Rain

Is driven to share her experience with overcoming debilitating and frustrating pain from poor posture habits. She works as a health care professional at her local hospital and seeing sickness and suffering in each patient drives her to promote prevention and natural remedies for better health and well-being.

Remedies for Neck Pain

You just woke up with a kink in your neck and feel like a stiff board full of pain.
It really hurts and now you are wondering what to do next. What are some good remedies for neck pain that you don’t yet know about? In the next few chapters we will cover these simple steps towards neck pain relief:

1. Warm up your sore Neck
2. Find the Source of your Neck Pain
3. Pressure Point Remedies for Neck Pain
4. Neck Pain Relief with Gentle Massage
5. Neck Stretches
6. Reduce Inflammation
7. Drink Lots of Water

Common Causes of Neck Pain

Waking up with a stiff neck is an all-too-common situation that plays out for a lot of people. The simple Act of turning your head can be very painful and can really interfere with you getting on with your day. What happened is you may have twisted your neck or caught a chill during the night or simply slept on your pillow the wrong way. There could be a number of factors attributing to create this aggravating condition but one of the most common is stress and tension. The best way to avoid popping a bunch of pills this morning is to follow these simple seven step remedies for neck pain and be done with it.

1. Warm up your Sore Neck

First step in neck pain relief when you have tight knotted muscles is to warm up your neck slightly to a comfortable level before doing any stretching or massaging. You don’t want to over heat your neck so only do this for 10 to 15 minutes. there are three different ways of doing this:

1. Microwave a Wet Towel for 2 Minutes

This can be dangerous undertaking if you either miss soaking the towel in water first before putting it in the microwave (a dry towel will start on fire!!), or you don’t use tongs to pick up the hot towel out of the microwave when it is done (a steaming hot towel will burn your hands!!).

With warning out of the way you can start by drenching your towel in water completely then wringing it out with two hands. Place the wet towel on a plate and place in your microwave for 2 minutes. Grab some tongs and when ready take the hot steaming towel out with your tongs. Test it out carefully and when touchable roll your hot towel into a roll. Now it is ready to use on your neck!

2. Fill a Hot Water Bottle

This is pretty self explanatory. Just never use boiling water for this. The proper way is to run your hot water tap and slowly fill the water bottle only to about 70% full.  Squeeze out the excess air and screw the topper back on.

3. Turn on your Favorite Electrical Heating PadRemedies for Neck Pain Sunbeam

If you have an electrical heating pad like the one pictured here from Sunbeam you can just grab it, plug it in, sit or lie down without the hassle of prepping, waiting, or reheating your towel or water bottle when it cools down. This will give you a bit more control and a little less stress.

The whole idea is to encourage blood flow and get your muscles more relaxed and pliable before any stretching or massaging. Your heat Source should not be too hot and you should try to leave it on for only 5 to 10 minutes. To maximize the warming process lie down on a flat surface like a bed or couch and place the rolled-up warm towel or water bottle under your neck as demonstrated below. If you are using the heating pad you may want to support your neck with a pillow. Lying flat in this position encourages more blood flow to the neck as opposed to sitting. Once your muscles are warmed up you can more effectively work on the sore area.

 

2. Find the Source of your Neck Pain

The causes of neck pain usually stem from a knot in one of the cervical muscles and this usually can be felt when touching your neck. Assess the area by pressing on…

 your neck to find the knot that feels like a hard ball and is tender to touch. If you are gently massaging with light pressing on the area you’ll be able to find the muscle most affected by pain. Your goal here is to find where the discomfort is, how it’s affecting the movement of your neck, and just how bad it is. You can also stand in front of a mirror to check the symmetry of your muscles and the alignment of your neck and shoulders. This will help you find any muscle groups that are cramped or contracted. Check your posture to see if the natural curve of your spine or the level of your shoulders are out of wack. If they are then some muscle are tighter on one side compared to the other.

3. Pressure Point Remedies for Neck Pain

The third step is really targeting that knot you found in your neck and releasing it with pressure point therapy. Massage therapist typically…

use pressure point massage in order to relieve knots in your muscles. The process of pressure point massage is simply putting targeted steady pressure on the knotted muscle. The best way to apply the pressure on you own, if you don’t have someone to do this for you, is to use a tennis ball, golf ball, or any other small ball you have lying around the house. A Small ball like this you can lie yourself down on and slowly roll it around the area of the knot. Focusing on all your knots and using the weight of your body, your movements, the surface you are lying on and the ball to control the amount of steady pressure. You want a gentle study pressure without causing too much pain. Try your best to maintain the pressure for 30 seconds to a minute. You want to feel some pain but you don’t want to the pain to be intolerable either. If you are grimacing then it is time to let off some of the pressure and just make it a comfortable pressure with light pain. Keep rolling around on the ball to find a spot that works best for your comfort level.

4. Neck Pain Relief with Gentle Massage

Step 4 is gently massaging out the area. You can get your partner to help you out or you can do this yourself. It is best to have help with this because then you can really focus on relaxing while someone else is stretching and massaging your muscles. If you don’t have someone to help you, here is what you’re going to do…

This step is going to increase blood flow and lengthen your muscles in your neck. Since we have just worked hard with a tennis ball to break up the knot, it is time to release any painful contractions by slowly doing long strokes of gentle massage to elongate the muscles and gentle squeezing with your fingertips. Always stroke in the same direction each time. You are now increasing the blood flow to promote healing not to increase your discomfort so do your strokes Softly.

5. Neck Stretches

Start doing some simple neck stretches and if you have a cervical traction device at home you can follow with deep stretching of the cervical spine and all it’s adjacent muscles. Make yourself comfortable in a seated

position with a straight posture by placing a small pillow or a rolled-up towel behind your lumbar spine. Start by Looking Down and dropping your chin to your chest and just letting your neck muscles relax for a few seconds. You can then begin to roll your head side to side slowly and feeling the stretch on either side of your neck. Then you lift your head up straight again and turn your head slowly to look to your left then to your right. Try to stretch as far as you can go for and hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Again if you have the Saunders Cervical Traction unit, do a few full neck stretched on your machine to give that added deep muscle and vertebral stretch. This should be all that you need when you have neck pain, you don’t want to overdo it and make things feel worse.

6. Reduce Inflammation

Step 6 is to cool down. This is going to reduce any inflammation. Even if you don’t feel like you have inflammation right now it could develop later throughout the day especially after having just massaged and stretched out your neck muscles. You can do this a couple different ways:

1. Towel Ice Bath

Take your rolled-up towel and place it in an ice bath to get it nice and cool. Wring it out, and like you did before with the heating towel, lie down on the ground and slip the roll behind your neck. Reese Oak the towel when you need to if it starts to warm up.

2. Styrofoam Cup Ice Cube

Another great way to cool down muscle instead of using the towel is to fill a Styrofoam cup with water and place it in the freezer to create a big ice cube that you can easily hold and target a specific area. This is something you would have had to thought of preparing a few hours ahead of time where as the towel ice bath can be thrown together with common ice cubes and water. When the styrofoam cup is frozen you can take it out and start to unravel a portion of the top of the cup leaving some styrofoam so you can hold onto the cup without freezing your hands. Now you can massage your neck with the ice that is sticking out from the cup. Keep in mind you will need to be more careful not to cause frostbite so take breaks and don’t spend too much time cooling your neck only do it for about 10 to 15 minutes.

7. Drink Lots of Water

Water can’t be missed. All the muscle manipulation and stretching has been releasing toxins from your muscles. These toxins need to be flushed out and if you don’t drink lots of water to do so aches and pains will develop later. So drink a couple glasses of water right after you have done your massages and then again throughout the day drink plenty more water.

Take a deep breath and assess how you feel. If your discomfort has melted away, or even somewhat away then you are on the right path and you should be feeling better the next day. Sometimes you will feel worse after, that is just your body telling you it can’t take anymore movement or manipulation. The best this is to rest and if necessary, take a pain killer to get on with your day. If you take time to stretch your neck every other day you will decrease your chances of this neck pain returning. You can also get yourself a cervical traction neck stretcher to use once or twice a week to give you a nice deep stretch of your cervical spine. I hope you take from this a new set of remedies for neck pain and have this to share with your friends, as they will no doubt appreciated you for it.

 

Cervical Traction for Neck Pain

Don’t get stuck with neck pain at work, learn what you can do to stretch out your cervical spine with the proper cervical traction machine. Traction is a form of pulling that stretches out your neck to create more space for your intervertebral discs that are being compressed from years of poor posture. Here are the various types of cervical traction methods and just how effective they just might be for you.

 

Over-the-Door Cervical Traction

if you suffer from neck pain you may have seen these over-the-door contraptions already and they appear to look ridiculous. The patient’s head is strapped into a harness that goes under their chin and then a pulley system that hooks onto any door and attaches to a weight (bag full of water). Depending on the amount of water in the bag there is the more or less stretch you will get from the cervical traction unit.

 Over the Door Cervical Traction

The goal is to stretch out the neck and take weight off the cervical spine. Here the person sits on a chair with their back to the door and when they want to relax the stretch they simply stand up. The drawback of this unit is that you might find it hard to get the right height of chair or find it puts too much pressure on your jaw. Too much pressure on your jaw can lead to problems in your jaw joints like TMJ.

 

Air Neck Cushion Cervical Traction

Another method of cervical traction is with a neck cushion that almost looks like those ones you use to sleep with in the plane when your traveling. It is essentially an inflatable tube that you pump with your hand to inflate and release the pressure by letting the air out.

Air Cushion Cervical Traction

It works to inflate in such a way that it gets taller and elongate your neck. Pressure is put on your shoulders, your chin, and the back of your head to stretch your head away form your torso. It is effective in doing so although some people might feel constricted or even choked as the cervical traction device is inflated. Leaking is often an issue after a short while so you may want to get a few at a time.

 

Cervical Traction with no Pressure on the Jaw

The best type of cervical traction is that which allows you to lay down flat on your back in a relaxed position with your head slightly elevated and not putting pressure on your jaw. This is offered with two brands of cervical traction, Saunders and ComforTrac.

Cervical Traction

These both pull your head away from your shoulders by grabbing the back of your head rather than your chin. It is a much more comfortable position to be in and it gives you a much better stretch. The amount of traction is easily controlled with a hand held pump with a gauge that tells you exactly how much pressure you are applying to your neck. This makes it easy for the patient to follow their physiotherapist’s recommendations and avoid injury from too much pressure at the wrong time.

 

Cervical Traction with an Inversion Table

You may have also come across the inversion table that gradually tilts your whole body to the point of hanging upside down.

Cervical Traction Inversion

The concept of this pull of gravity stretching out your spine seems reasonable but in fact your body naturally wants to engage your muscles when hanging upside down so you don’t get a full deep stretch out of this. On top of this you won’t feel comfortable hanging upside down with the blood rushing to your head and your ankles carrying all that weight.

 

Cervical Traction Restores Hope

Cervical traction would never have been something I would have known about until I actually got a bad neck. And my back injury seemed to be relentless and hard to overcome.

 

I was young and naive and like many young adults, not fully aware of it. My grandmother would always hound me about sitting up straight in my chair so I would straighten up while she was looking but go right back to my hunched over position when she was not around. It just felt relaxed and comfortable that way. When you are young you don’t think of back problems happening until you are old and decrepit.

As I got into my 20’s my life revolved around collage and work so I was constantly busy. Then when I finished school and got my first job in my field I was still under the stress of learning to do things right at my job and prepare for a registration exam. After four to five  months on the job I started to notice it was getting harder for me to bend my neck because my muscles were so stiff. Then one morning I started getting a tingling sensation down my right arm when I moved my neck a certain way. I went to a doctor in a walk in clinic and he figured my muscles were pinching a nerve and suggested I do hot and cold compress on my tense muscles.

Doing this, I continued to do my regular routine and months went by, I wrote my registration exam and got a new job in a new city. After the move I noticed a bit worsening of my symptoms so I sought out a chiropractor that put me on a treatment plan for the next month or two. But after a couple weeks I still had the pain and it was starting to get debilitating so I took a freind’s advice to see her physiotherapist.

On the first visit he introduced me to IMS which stands for Intramuscular Stimulation. It’s a form of acupuncture for the purpose of releasing muscle tension and it worked beautifully. We noticed an increase in range of motion in my neck within a few weeks. He also gave me simple stretching routines to mobilize and stretch the area.

I continued this for about 3 months and saw great improvement but my tingling and muscle spasms in my arm was still frustrating to me so I looked into alternatives and found what was called cervical traction. I asked my physio about it and he said he had one I could try so I was more than excited. Finally after the first treatment I immediately felt a bit of relief. Within two months my symptoms had completely gone and the strength in my arm was almost completely restored.

I then learned that cervical traction was actually stretching my vertebrae apart and making it possible for my pinched nerve to get relief from a herniated disc the was bulging from my spine.

Other stretches would stretch out my surrounding muscle tissue but the actual disc that was squished down needed to be stretched by something strong enough and built for this purpose like the cervical traction device was.

So with the final addition of cervical traction I was able to be more confident at work and since then I have been more mindful of my dear grandmother’s advice to keep a good posture so that I can continue to live an active life.

 

 

Saunders Cervical Traction – A Type of Neck Stretcher

All day everyday gravity is pulling us down. We never stop to think how this might impact our spinal structure. As we age this gravity tries to pull her back out of alignment putting pressure on our bones, tendons, cartilage, and vertebral discs in a way that can cause damage over time.

 

Saunders Cervical Traction – Our Delicate Spine

 

In order for us to age gracefully we need to keep in mind how delicate are spinal structure is. Our spine is composed of multiple bones piled up on each other separated by a type of cartilage called the vertebral disc.

 

These discs are flexible to appoint to allow our vertebrae to bend in many different ways naturally. However in proper body mechanics can put stress on one area to often that a causes this disc in between your bones to squish out and put pressure on that nerve. If not corrected over time it will deteriorate dry up and you will have bone to bone where there was once a cartilage padding.

Without this padding your bones are then going to rub against each other and cause arthritic pain. This is an and fortunate scenario that cannot be reversed at this point.

 

Saunders Cervical Traction – Neck Stretcher

 

So now you want to know what you can do about this. And there is lots that you can do. Stretching the spine is one of the most important parts prevention. You can use a device called cervical traction or lumbar traction. Saunders cervical traction, for example, stretches your neck.

When you stretch your neck with the device such as the Saunders cervical traction you are separating the vertebrae and bringing in much needed moisture to the vertebral discs. This can prevent your vertebral discs; the cartilage between your vertebrae, from drying up.

 

It just makes Saunders cervical traction a very attractive treatment for physiotherapists to use on their patients suffering from neck stiffness, neck and shoulder pain, radiating pain down the arm, traveling sensations down the arm and back such as numbness and tingling.

 

These are all related to your spinal segment in your neck and can be treated with Saunders cervical traction. Just by lying down in the device for 10 to 20 min. once or twice a week.

 

Saunders Cervical Traction – One Part of the Complete Plan

Aside from Saunders cervical traction your physiotherapist can show you strengthening exercises for your muscles, proper body mechanics to use throughout the day at home and at work, other physical manipulation and treatments that can relax muscles and aid healing.

 

Saunders cervical traction is a part of the treatment plan to get you back to your youthful self so you can do the things you love doing when you are healthy.

 

Saunders cervical traction can literally save your neck and make life a whole lot easier at work and at home. We are constantly disregarding our spine and slouching over computer desk, over the kitchen sink, in our La-Z-Boy.
When I had injured my lower back and was unable to walk because my vertebral disc was pinching a nerve in my back my physiotherapist knew what to do in bringing down the stiffness in my muscles and what stretches and exercises to do to increase my range of motion and strength and my muscles. Just like the Saunders cervical traction I then used lumber traction in his office to to three times a week and it wasn#t until then that I finally completely overcame my lower back injury.

 

That is why now I highly recommend any type of spinal traction expansion. And for those that need to stretch their neck Saunders cervical traction will deliver in leaps and bounds.

 

New Saunders Cervical Traction Device

 

The new version of the Saunders Cervical Traction is made to be lighter and have softer padding. Being only 12 lbs and sent to you with a carrying case, it can be easily transported in on piece.

 

 
 
 

 

 
The Saunders Cervical Traction new HomeTrac Deluxe is built to have optional angles of 15, 20, and 25 degrees so your physiotherapist can adjust it to a placement for your personal situation.

 

As opposed to over the door systems where you need to stand or sit, with the Saunders Cervical Traction you will be more relaxed as you can now lay down comfortably at the ideal angle. Lying down allows you to completely relax your neck and shoulder muscles which is important for optimal results.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The home Saunders cervical traction device is a great investment for alleviating your neck and radiating pain now and preventing degeneration of your cervical spine in the future. You want to buy new for the sake of knowing for sure it is going to last you most of your life and help your family members.

 



 

 

 

 

 

To understand the way degeneration of the cervical spine could really impair your future health here is a brief understanding of the process. If like me, you got radiating pain as a result of a herniated disc putting pressure on one of your spinal nerves this is because your disc wall weakened over time and at one time started to bulge. Degenerative disc disease can be a result of normal wear and the aging process or injury to the back. As children our intervertebral discs are filled with hydration and nutrients that makes it work as a flexible shock absorber. The process of degeneration happens over time and here is how it starts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

  • Small tear in the wall of the of the disc causes back pain then scar tissue develops as it heals which is not as strong as the original disc wall.

 


 
 

 

 

 

  • Repeat small tears leads to increased weakening of the wall and the center of the disc loses its water content.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

  • Without the water the disc cannot act as a shock absorber anymore and it collapses causing the vertebral bones above and below the disc to slip closer together.
  • A bulged disc can easily be formed and the facet joints of the spine will be twisted into an unnatural position as a result of this improper collapse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • When bones get closer together and rub each other bone spurs can form that can in turn grow into the spinal cord and nerve root pinching your nerves. This is then called spinal stenosis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Symptoms of pain, numbness, or tingling will then travel down your arm and bending and twisting may worsen the pain.
  • Cartilage and whatever disc is left will dry up and inflammation of the bone may develop. From that arthritic pain may develop in your later years which is practically irreversible.

 

If you are looking to purchase a saunders cervical traction device, amazon is one option for you, otherwise there are other medical product companies that sell the saunders cervical traction.

 

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How to Improve Posture

 

If you routinely acquire back and neck soreness after a full work day at the office this is because you are sitting in a manner that is putting stress on your neck and shouler muscles. To really get over this and also to circumvent very poor posture from messing up your cervical spine permanently make sure to learn how to improve spinal alignment with special aids like a posture brace and the following few tips.

 

There are four areas on your body to keep in check thourout the day to quickly improve your posture. You can start examining how to do this by first looking at how you hold yourself in the mirror:
1. Toes
2. Navel
3. Shoulder blades
4. Ears
posture brace

 

How To Improve Posture With a Vertical Mirror

The very first step when getting to grips with how to improve posture is to figure out what healthy spinal alignment looks like and then to grow to love it. If you are uncomforatble carrying yourself with your shoulders and head back in proper alignment then you have to get over this. At first you will feel awkward but over time you will grow to love yourself in this new confident body.
1. First you want to position your toes so they are pointing straight ahead rather than to your sides. You are then going to work your way up all the way to your head and shift each area of your body into place.
2. Draw in your navel and waist line inside and up but at the same time keep a healthy curve in your low back.
3. Next is to look at your shoulder blades. This step on how to improve your posture involves rolling your shoulders upwards, backwards and then down. If your shoulder blades are at an angle forwards then your shoulders will be stooped over and your upper back will be rounded so you want to feel your shoulderblades melt down your back as you straighten up.
4. Now look up to your ears and check that they line up with the middle of your shoulder joints. If your ears are infront of your shoulders then you have forward head posture so bring your head and neck back. With that done, turn to face the mirror and make sure both your shoulders are level with eachother. If one shoulder is drooping then bring it up.

The Best Ways To Improve Posture By Using A Posture Brace

A good posture brace is going to give you gentle reminders to keep your shoulders back. It can be beneficial if you use it right but can make a person weak if it is over used. Everything in moderation. Your goal is to train your posture muscles to hold you properly without the aid of a brace. So give yourself lots of breaks and engage your muscles while wearing the aid.
Because the function of a posture brace is to pull your shoulders back so that your upper back will straighten out it does not remind your head and neck to be in the right place. So you don’t always have forward head posture make sure that your ears are in alignment with your shoulders even while wearing a posture brace.

A Final Tip On How to Improve Posture

With all that said on how to position different parts of your body and learning how to improve your posture with a brace we must say it is also important to stretch out tight muscles in your back, shoulders, and neck. Here is one simple stretch to start out with: Find yourself an open doorway in your home and hold on to the door frame. Now allow yourself to slowly let your body go through the opening so you can stretch your arms back.
Improving your posture will help keep your cervical spine in alignment and in turn alow it to either heal properly or prevent further injury. You can learn more about how to improve posture and where to get a good posture brace by visiting this posture brace review website.
 

Saunders Cervical Traction

Saunders Cervical Traction is designed for Traveling Painful sensation Down A person’s Upper extremity(s)

 

Saunders Cervical Traction is definitely an advanced tool brought to life by a notorious physio therapist named Duane Saunders whom started off this Saunders company. He has been producing tissue traction expansion products for upwards of 30 years and has now provided a number of literature on back pain treatments. Daune Saunders was in fact devoted to aiding many people to treat their particular back problems.

 

The top expertise of the remedies for ones back from the Saunders Corporation are generally valued by physiotherapists, professional athletes, back pain patients, and chiropractic specialists as being the best solution for their wellness.

 

They provide everything from spinal braces as well as joint supports to upper and lower spine traction systems. Having said that, let us discuss the Saunders cervical traction that is geared towards stopping cervical spine pain caused by disk bulge and force subjected to neural roots in the cervical spine. Normally, this is associated with traveling a painful sensation in the arm or maybe tingling in the fingertips.

 

Saunders Cervical Traction Technological innovation

The Saunders cervical traction is actually a nicely devised device taking into account the actual posture that your head must really be at while you are engaging in tissue traction expansion treatments upon your cervical spine.

 

Saunders Cervical Traction is designed to set all that pressure on the posterior of the scalp at a spot more secure on the user. There isn’t any weight on your chin or jaw area making it a way more pleasant traction device.

 

Saunders Cervical Traction – How to Use

Your Saunders Cervical Traction is rather convenient-to-use. There isn’t any need for help, you rests on the floor and changes the pressure by themselves.

 

A Saunders cervical traction operator has a manual air pump which has a pressure gauge in which informs him or her the quantity of air pressure is being put on his or her neck. This force is a breeze to pump up and easy to release quickly and safely all while completely controlled via the user.

With the Saunders Cervical Traction you need to start off with roughly 5 to10 min sessions with tissue traction expansion and after that allow yourself twenty four hours to help judge the best way you’re feeling soon after it. Following that you’ll be able to add to the duration up to 20 minutes.

 

The maximum amount of traction weight you can put on your own cervical spine while using Saunders cervical traction set up is fifty pounds. This can be adequate for you to speedily relieve ones own anguish and is also strong enough to increase the separation between your spinal vertebrae in an attempt to lessen force on your vertebral discs.

 

The Writer for this Saunders Cervical Traction Write-up

Tissue traction expansion is definitely the treatment method which protected me personally from surgical treatment plus a life time grapple with sciatic nerve pain in my lower back and left leg. Saunders Cervical Traction will do this for any spine in your neck region.

 

Being out of work for more than 3-4 months and on unemployment insurance is not good, it is worse yet if your physically weakened to the point you are unable to walk around the block. It is precisely what I got via the serious pain within my leg and foot. This had been all because of a bulged spinal disc inside my spinal column.

 

It prevented me from having the ability to go walking combined with go to work. Virtually any position my leg was in would definitely be distressing and choosing a posture to settle ended up being but my fear of going to bed.

 

Once I finally saw a genuine and very well educated physio therapist who was confident of what he was discussing I little by little did start to get remedy and after that reclaim my own leg strength in addition to my flexibility by using a combination of crucial treatments.

 

The physiotherapist became a chief factor for my healing, yet when I came to a situation of plateau, it was the tissue traction expansion that helped me have total healing.

 

Saunders Cervical Traction Parts

 

The Saunders cervical traction has a number of parts to it but when you get your device it comes in one piece so it is ready to use out of the package. There are different components to your Saunders cervical traction which this page will cover  and show you how to use.

 

If you are looking to replace your pump click on the following image:

 

 

Saunders Cervical Traction Angle Adjuster

Before using your Saunder cervical traction unit you will want to know how to adjust the angle, adjust the position of the neck wedges, and control the pressure level. The diagram below shows where all these parts are on your Saunders cervical traction unit. First lets take a look at the angle adjustment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The angle adjuster is replaceable if broken and it’s main function is to increase or decrease the angle of your neck. Typically this is set at 15°, however, the instructions from your healthcare provider should be followed and they may recommend a certain angle for better traction for your situation. There are three angle settings on the Saunders cervical traction. The lowest angel is 15°, midway is 20°, and the highest is 25°.

 

Saunders Cervical Traction Neck Wedges

Now switching our attention to the neck wedges, we can see there are knobs on the sides of the unit right beside the neck wedges that can be turned. These knobs will move the neck wedges either closer or further apart to suit your comfort level. The image below shows you how your head is to be placed in the Saunders cervical traction device so that your occipital bone is resting on the neck wedges.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Saunders Cervical Traction Head Strap

Once you are lying down on a flat surface with your head in the right position on the Saunders cervical traction unit you want to secure your head is lightly but securly strapped down with the head strap. This does not need to be tight it’s just there for stability.

 

Saunders Cervical Traction Hand Pump

Now you are ready to take the hand held pump making sure that tubing is not pinched anywhere along it. You can only start pumping up the device when the gauge is set to “pump” then once you have pumped up the device to the strength that you were instructed to by your healthcare provider you need to then set the gauged to the “hold” position and it will keep that level of pressure. Anytime you feel discomfort or when your time is up turn the gague setting to “release” and the air can then escape. The pressure will go down slowly and your neck will no longer be stretched.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is important to get used to using the pump settings so that you can quickly and easily switch to the various options when you need to. Here’s a quick review of the gauge settings:

  • PUMP: To fill the cylinder with air so that you increase the neck traction force.
  • HOLD: To keep the air in the cylinder at the point you filled it up to.
  • RELEASE: To empty the air from cylinder whenever you want.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The Saunders cervical traction hand pump is fully replaceable along with the head strap, and the neck wedges. This unit comes with a protective carrying case that you can use to pack your Saunders cervical traction in and take with you anywhere you go. The device is only 12 pounds making it desirable to take with you on vacation or any type of travel.