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Neck pain relief with the help of Saunders cervical traction device

por patrick patrickwelson (2019-04-01)

Cervical spondylosis is a highly painful health condition with affects the vertebrae of the cervical region of the spine. The cartilage between the vertebrae degenerates causing two vertebrae to fuse together, and this exerts pressure on the nerves causing a lot of pain. One of the methods of treatment is to stretch the spine to separate the vertebrae in the neck with the help of a method known as cervical traction. There are many devices available for this, and one of the most effective is the Saunders cervical traction device.

What is cervical traction?

The goal of  cervical traction  is to separate vertebrae and create space between them so that the pressure on the nerve roots, injured vertebral discs and irritated spinal joints is relieved. Usually, a physiotherapist decides whether or not to use cervical traction as a form of treatment. Cervical traction has been in use for a long time for the purpose of relieving the pain caused by cervical spondylosis. Let us look at the indications and contraindications of the use of this method for cervical pain relief.

Cervical spine and cervical traction

There are seven bones in the cervical spine, and these vertebrae are labeled C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, and C7. There are intervertebral discs between these bones which do the task of absorbing shocks, and when they are healthy they are strong but flexible so that you can bend your head, nod, twist and extend your neck. When these discs are injured or degenerate for some reason, they can bulge out and cause pressure on the nerves of the cervical spine. With the help of cervical traction, this pressure can be eliminated and this, in turn, encourages the discourse to retract and heal in a normal manner.

Joints of the cervical spine

To guide spinal movements, the construction of the spine is such that each bone has facet joints that hinge with each other. You can feel these joints when you run your hand along the back of your neck. These joints are similar to the knee, and elbow joints and all of these joints are susceptible to osteoarthritis. This is a condition in which the joint becomes irritated and inflamed due to too much pressure on the joint or its overuse. At the same time, the joints also degenerated due to the aging process. When this occurs in the cervical spine, it can be very painful, and the cervical traction device can be relieved this pain almost instantly along with allowing the joint to heal normally.

Nerves and spinal cord

There is a hollow channel within the human spine which runs the length between vertebral bones and the spinous process. This hollow channel contains the spinal cord which runs from the brain to the end of the spinal column. There are openings in the spine called foramen through which nerves extend from the spinal cord and go to different parts of the back. Due to many reasons this opening sometimes becomes narrow and exerts pressure on the nerves which are coming out of the spinal cord. This causes pain or muscle spasm in the area in which the nerve supplies. Cervical traction is useful in opening up these narrowed foramen and also relieving -pressure on the nerves hence reducing pain. Some type of neck injuries can also be treated with the help of cervical traction.

Saunders cervical traction unit

This device was designed by a physiotherapist who was keenly interested in helping patients with bulging disc injuries. This device was designed to take the pressure off the compressed and herniated disc in the cervical spine. The Saunders cervical traction device has proven to be beneficial in taking the pressure off the joints and the nerves. This makes it useful in treating pain from whiplash injuries and stretching out the tight muscles and connective tissues in the neck. Some people get almost instant pain relief after treatment with this device.

You can read more about the Saunders traction device in many articles and blogs on the internet. There is also a device unit available on the market designed especially for home use. However, before using this device, you should consult a qualified and skilled physiotherapist to avoid further injury to the cervical spine due to improper use of this device.