What is a Cervical Traction Device?

Updated: Jan 14



What is a Cervical Traction Device?

A cervical traction device is a small, C-shaped device used to restore or maintain the natural curvature in the neck and spine.






How do you use it?

  1. Rest in a supine position - Find a place where you can lay down or sit back for about 3-5 minutes initially when doing the exercise - a bed, sofa, or floor works best.

  2. Place it behind the neck - Locate the neck support of the device around the middle of your neck. Start with gentle traction. Gently reposition your neck up or down on the device to locate the most comfortable position for your neck.

  3. Bent knees - Bend your knees or stack some pillows under your knees for support.

  4. Head should be about 1/4" or 1/2" away from surface - Once comfortable, allow your neck to settle further into the support. Taking slow. deep breaths helps to relax.


4 Phases for Restoring the Natural Curvature in the Neck

  1. Stretch Period (1-3 weeks) - You may feel uncomfortable at this beginning phase in the exercise.

  2. Realignment Period (1-3 months) - Realign the cervical spine and begin restoring the natural curvature in the neck.

  3. Recover Period (3-6 months) - Recover the muscles for functional activity, increasing mobility of the neck and shoulders.

  4. Restore Period (+6 months) - Natural curvature returns to its normal physiological function and structural position in the spine.



What are the potential causes for neck degeneration and arthritis?

Neck degeneration and arthritis can be caused by several different factors. These factors may include:

  • Bad neck and spinal posture

  • An inactive lifestyle

  • Family history of cervical spondylosis (neck arthritis)

  • Neck injuries or traumas (whiplash from vehicle accidents, sporting accidents, etc.)

  • Forward head posture (using technology or sitting in a chair for long periods of time)

Why should I purchase and use the device?

This simple and easy exercise will help maintain or restore the natural curvature in the cervical spine. Many clients experiencing chronic neck pain and headaches have chronic neck degeneration and arthritis.


By initially using this device for just 3-5 minutes per day, the device can help lengthen and stretch the cervical spine to help restore the natural curvature in the neck. This may result in the temporary relief of pressure on the neck and begin the natural-self healing process.


Conditions that have responded well to upper cervical chiropractic care:

Dr. Kyle has clinical experience helping clients with many different health conditions associated with neck degeneration and arthritis including:

1) Migraines and headaches

2) Vertigo and Meniere's disease

3) Neck pain

4) Shoulder tightness and stiffness

5) Torticollis

7) Scoliosis

8) Cervical instability and spinal fusions

9) Poor posture

10) Sleep issues

11) TMJ disorders

12) Fibromyalgia and fatigue

13) Cervical spondylosis (neck arthritis)


Where can I get help?

Using a cervical traction device in conjunction with upper cervical chiropractic care can enable the healing process and lead to maximum health benefits. Talk with your upper cervical doctor today to schedule a complimentary consultation to see if you are a suitable candidate for upper cervical chiropractic care!

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