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The Benefits of Manual Cervical Traction

There are several benefits to using manual cervical as a means to separate the bones and joints in your neck.

These include:

  • Easy to alter force based on your symptom response
  • Easy to adjust the angle of your neck while providing traction
  • Easy to provide spinal mobilization while providing traction

Cervical traction is used to help separate bones and joint surfaces in your neck to help decrease pressure on spinal nerves and to decrease neck pain. Manual cervical traction is one treatment that your physical therapist may use to control your neck pain and help you quickly return to your normal activity and function.

What Does Cervical Traction Do?

Cervical traction can be used for a variety of purposes. It can be used to help decrease compressive forces in the neck, which can help take pressure off of the discs that reside between the vertebrae (spinal bones) in the neck. It can also open up the spaces where nerves exit the spinal canal, which can help relieve pressure off of a compressed nerve. Traction can also help stretch the muscles and joint structures around the neck.

Common diagnoses that may benefit from cervical traction include, but are not limited to:

  • Herniated or bulging discs in the neck
  • Neck arthritis
  • Neck strains
  • Cervical muscle spasms

If you have any of these conditions or symptoms, check in with your doctor and visit your physiotherapist to see if cervical traction is right for you.