To give it a technical definition, traction applies a distracting force to the ends of a given spinal segment in order to relieve pressure and compression from the vertebrae. In our office, we use a specialized table to provide computerized traction that gently stretches the spine and contributes to negative intradiscal pressure. Many people with conditions like hernitated discs, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease find that traction helps alleviate pressure on the nerve roots and enhance the healing process. Traction is often used on the cervical segment of the spine to help people suffering from chronic neck pain.
People who don't have disc-related conditions may still want to reap the decompressive benefits of cervical traction. Many of us leave work every day with a sore, stiff neck and choose to do nothing about it. If you have reached the end of your tether with chronic neck stiffness, try giving it a bit of traction at the end of the day- you only need a few minutes! Grab a foam roller and lay down, placing it under the base of your skull. Rest in this position and then gently start moving your head from side to side. The foam roller should provide a slight decompression, as well as a therapeutic massage effect.
At our new office in Brooklyn, we are standing by to help all the stiff and sore necks in our community. We want to help you integrate neck care into your daily routine before your cervical vertebrae suffer from more serious conditions like herniated discs. If you are interested in finding out more about our brand of preventive healthcare, give our office in Park Slope a call to schedule an appointment today.