Traction

Traction

Traction can also help stretch the muscles and joint structures around the neck. This type of traction is performed by your physical therapist, who holds your neck and head in his hands and then gently provides a traction, or pulling, force to your neck. Rhythmic periods of pulling and resting are usually applied, with each position being held for up to 10 seconds. Mechanical traction for your neck involves using a harness that attaches to your head and neck while you're lying down on your back. The harness is attached to a machine that can provide a traction force, and the machine has a control panel so that your physical therapist can change the amount of force applied to your neck. This type of traction can be used at home and involves strapping a harness to your head and neck while you're sitting in a chair. The harness is attached to a rope that's strung through a pulley system over your door, and traction force is applied using weights, a sand bag, or a water bag that's attached to the opposite end of the rope.

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