Saunders Cervical Traction Verses Surgery


All non-surgical options, such as a Saunders Cervical Traction device and physiotherapy should be considered and undertaken before resorting to spinal surgery. The Saunders Cervical Traction treatments will stretch your spine and encourage natural body healing of your injured discs. Your body when treated properly tends to heal itself better naturally rather than with invasive surgery. However, surgery is an option that needs to be understood and when critical situations arise it could truly save your spinal cord along with your body’s ability to function.

Surgery is something to consider when symptoms begin to become critical or after all non-surgical options have been exhausted, especially physiotherapy and Saunders Cervical Traction treatments.  It can also be considered if your symptoms persist and have become unbearable. A bulging disc may become critical and dangerous if you start to have numbness or pain in your groin area and/or loss of bladder or bowel control.


Avoiding surgery is by far your best bet to full pain free recovery even when you are getting frustrated with your situation. Using a neck traction device like the Saunders Cervical Traction is safe and non-invasive. Surgery is invasive, cutting through all your muscle tissue and tendons. Typically in spinal surgery vertebrae will either be fused together with a bone graft or screwed in place so the affected level can no longer move. Without natural movement however, and the shock absorbing capabilities of an intervertebral disc all the stress will go to the discs above and below the surgical site. With all this added pressure on other discs they will most likely begin to degenerate and you will have the same problem happen later in life at a different level in your spine. There is also the risk of getting a different pain after the surgery that won’t go away. As for your range of motion of your neck after fusion surgery, it is greatly reduced so this limits your mobility.

You might be asking yourself; “well can’t they just put in an artificial disc?” The answer is yes. Just like the Saunders Cervical Traction treatments try to restore your collapsed disc so that you can regain and keep your neck’s range of motion, an artificial disc is designed to bend and twist. As an alternative to fusion some surgeons will do disc replacement for a damaged or collapsed disc. There are different types of artificial discs some with more range of motion and shock absorption than others. It is important to talk to a spinal surgeon when it comes to getting to know what they personally do in surgery. The risk involved with some of these artificial discs is that they could slip out and therefore possibly be dangerous for hitting your spinal cord. But this could only happen with high impact in most cases.













If you are frustrated with your situation take into consideration all your non-surgical option first. There are a number of effective treatments that are helpful along with a Saunders Cervical Traction unit, such as:

  • Rest
  • stretching and strengthening
  • physiotherapy
  • professional Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)


When it comes to doing cervical traction the Saunders Cervical Traction stands out as one closest to the quality of a clinical cervical traction device at your physiotherapist.


The goal of neck traction is to restore the shape and strength of your intervertebral disc that has been compressed and deformed. This is achieved by the Saunders Cervical Traction by way of gentle stretching of the cervical spine. It increases the separation between your individual cervical vertebrae and creates like a suction that pulls in your damaged disc along with hydration and nutrients. With repeat use over weeks you will usually notice a reduction in symptoms and an increase in your range of motion.







Saunders Cervical Traction gives you accurate control of the amount of stretch each time you use it. With its accurate gauge your physiotherapist can then confidently send you home with a treatment plan and the Saunders Cervical Traction will make it easy for you to follow exactly what you were instructed to do.










While you do treatments at home on your Saunders Cervical Traction it is important to focus first on relaxing all your muscles especially around your neck, jaw, and shoulders because you don’t want to put stiff muscles into spasm or train your muscles to counteract the stretch you are trying to get with your device. to help with relaxation you can listen to spa music and take in very slow deep, deep breaths all the way down to your belly. With each deep slow breath sink yourself deeper and deeper into relaxation releasing every bit of tension in your muscles. You can then slowly increase the stretch on the Saunders Cervical Traction.


The Saunders Cervical Traction is designed to be resting on a flat surface so that the patient is lying down on their back. This position encourages relaxation which is what you need in order to get a full stretch of your cervical spine. If you used an over the door device or any type of cervical traction device that requires you to be either sitting or standing then you are using your muscles to hold yourself up rather than being completely relaxed during neck traction sessions. This just is counterproductive to our goal of decompressing your disc.










Saunders Cervical Traction is one of the most recommended neck traction units by physiotherapists and there are different ways you can get your hands on one. Typically it is covered by most Medicare or insurance providers and you could even purchase one online through Amazon.


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Regina Rain (10 Posts)

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.

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