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Is Neck Traction Good or Bad?

If you read my previous article about neck traction devices you, probably know my answer. But it was about DEVICES. So, if it is not about devices what is it about then?

What is the neck anyway?

It is a bunch of barrel looking bones, connecting with ligaments that have cushions with slimy stuff inside of them. And, there is a part of the brain that runs through it that has to be intact. 

So, if these squishy cushions get ruptured and slimy stuff would protrude out they might touch nerves coming out of the spinal canal and even make it narrower. These awful things are called protrusions and stenosis.

So, what do you do if this happens?

First, you think why it happened and never repeat it. Then you go through all of the appropriate tests (ask me which ones you have to order from your family doctor) and then you will see how serious your condition is. But in any case you will be able to help yourself starting with a simple massage of trapezius muscles (the ones behind the ridge of your shoulders) and fold into forward bend with bent knees.

When you repeat it for 3-4 minutes try to gently nod your head while in forward bend. Get up slowly, because you could be extremely dizzy and it is absolutely fine because you are freeing up blood vessels and blood is now rushing through your arteries and veins freely.

Neck Traction – Nodding

The next one is the same, but instead of nodding your head grab your ears with your hands and help yourself by saying No by your hands. Make sure there is absolutely no tension in your neck muscles while you do both of these exercises. Straighten up super slowly due to possible dizziness.

I don’t recommend this to anyone who has high blood pressure, glaucoma or is pregnant. There are certain modifications that have to be made in these particular cases.

Neck Traction by yourself

Do neck devices work?

Which neck traction device do you recommend?

This scary question I get on a regular basis. And my answer to this is usually either NONE.

But so many companies recommend it! Right.

Let me tell you straight – these companies don’t care about you. They just want to sell to you. Nothing else. And you want to buy their devices, because it is so much easier to pay for the product that you will tell later that doesn’t work rather than educate yourself on how you got into such a situation and work on the way out.

And you are absolutely right – the way out is to stretch out the spine, particularly in the neck region, because you might think that since neck has protrusions ii is the neck that we need to stretch. But think about it – your neck is the thinnest area of the spine and by stretching it out you make it even thinner! How about muscles surrounding the spine? Are they developed enough to support the length that you desire? And what is below your neck? May be there is something that is making your neck to protrude forward squishing the disks?

I got introduced to neck traction devices back in USSR when I was 9 and when I broke my neck during gymnastic trick. This device was never used alone. There was neck massage and exhausting Yoga exercises for chest, shoulders and neck muscles. And, of course, grandma’s exercises for the lower face and Yoga for posture. She says that posture is the base for everything.

Grandma says posture is everything

Since then I share my knowledge with everyone who wants to heal themselves and reach out to me. I am one email away from you 🙂 Here is my email: snejulya at gmail dot com