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For people experiencing neck pain, traction of the spine, also known as cervical traction, is a commonly used therapy. However, its benefits for neck pain have not been scientifically proven.

In traction, tension is placed on the head to pull it up and away from the neck, stretching the muscles and ligaments around the vertebrae of the spine and expanding the space between the vertebrae. The goal is to provide the opportunity for muscles to relax and pinched nerves to be released.

Traction: Available Methods 
Two types of traction are used to stretch out the cervical spine

Manual traction. A physical therapist performs this type of traction. The patient lies down on a table, and the therapist uses his or her hands to pull the head away from the neck. While performing manual traction, the therapist may reposition the head to achieve better results, moving it to the side or turning the head.

Mechanical traction. This form of traction for the cervical spine involves tension provided by mechanical means. A machine may provide the tension, or it can be a system of weights used with a harness or sling. Straps are placed on the patient's head, and then mechanical pressure is used to pull the head away from the neck and spine.

ComforTrac Cervical Traction Device

Innovative patent-pending design makes lumbar traction simpler and more effective

Overdoor Cervical Traction Device

Provides up to twenty pounds of sustained traction to the Cervical spine

Theratrac Cervical Traction Device

The Theratrac cradles the head and neck via a curvature in the neck portion of the device