The Saunders Neck (Cervical) Home Traction/Decompression Device is one of the most popular device on the market for producing clinic-like results in the comfort of your own home.
This cervical traction device is designed with ease of use in mind and can be used in the clinical or home setting. The Saunders Cervical Home Traction device has a comfortable head rest that is adjustable for providing the appropriate incline for treatment, and features an adjustable pneumatic hand held pump designed to apply up to 50 lbs of traction.
Precise traction in 1 lb increments can be administered while relaxing for effective treatment for a variety of cervical conditions. The neck wedges swivel to accommodate different widths of necks and grab onto the mandible of the jaw to prevent loosening around the neck. The Saunders cervical traction device is shipped factory sealed with a simple user's guide and a deluxe carrying case for easy travelling.
What is Neck Traction and why do we use it?
Neck (cervical) traction is used for a number of cervical spine injuries including a herniated/bulging disc, radiculopathy (pain, numbness, tingling in shoulder, arm or hands), strains, neck (zygapophyseal) joint syndromes and muscle/myofascial pain. The main reason for its use is relief of pain. Pain relief may occur through one of several mechanisms, including: rest through immobilization and support of the head, distraction of the neck (zygapophyseal) joints and associated improved nutrition to the articular cartilage, tightening of the longitudinal ligament and decreasing intradiscal pressure (both of which press a bulging disc more centrally), relieving nerve root pressure via increased foraminal diameter, improving head posture, and elongating muscles to improve blood flow and reduce spasm.
Saunders Cervical Traction Features and Benefits:
- The Saunders Cervical Home Traction device provides traction forces directed toward the occiput (back of the head) and reduces strain on the jaw and neck, similar to in-clinic units.
- Applies up to 50 pounds of effective force.
- The user has total control of force at all times with the hand-held pneumatic pump.
- Easy to replicate clinic-quality treatment at home.
- Patient can control the inclination in the rear from 15 to 25 degrees of flexion with three push-button settings.
- Includes patented self-adjusting neck wedges that pivot 30 degrees and are removable for easy cleaning or replacement. The rotation of the neck wedges combined with the ability to adjust the width ensures that even patients with extra large or extra small necks can achieve a perfect fit every time!
- Saunders cervical traction models provide a comfortable and cost-effective option to continuing clinical traction treatments at home.
- Comes complete with a user's guide and a deluxe carrying case
- Covered under most insurance plans with prescription - contact your insurance company to find out!
- A proven alternative to surgery for some patients.
- Traction forces are directed to the back of the head to prevent compression of the TMJ (Jaw).
- Easy-to-read pressure gauge (in lbs or kg of force) provides total control of the force at all times.
- Blow-off valve limits the amount of force that can be applied.
- A cost effective option to continuous clinical care.
- Innovative design replicates clinical traction and promotes consistency of treatment.
- Positioning alternatives allow varying treatment options for the clinician and patient.
- Patented pneumatic system ensures reliable force accuracy and leak-free performance.
Easy to Use
- A portable treatment solution that increases patient compliance and satisfaction.
- Patented self-adjusting neck wedges ensure a perfect fit.
- Patented pump design incorporates a simple "click in place" mechanism.
- Quick and simple patient set-up enables home traction without assistance.
Cervical traction has been used in a variety of neck conditions:
- Cervical degenerative disc disease
- Facet joint irritation
- Cervical osteoarthritis
- Radiculopathy - pain, numbness, tingling down the shoulder, arms and/or hands
- Foraminal Stenosis
- Myofascial (muscle and fascial tissue) tightness
- Painful neck and shoulders
- Stiff neck, with or without reduced range of movement
At this time, there are no scientific reports that accurately describe the contraindications and relative contraindications for cervical traction.
Having said that, probable contraindications and/or relative contraindications to cervical traction include the following:
- Acute torticollis
- Aortic Aneurysm
- Active peptic ulcer disease
- Atlantoaxial instability
- Untreated hypertension
- Cauda equina syndrome
- Ligamentous instability
- Primary or metastatic tumor
- Spinal cord tumor
- Severe anxiety
- Vertebral-basilar artery insufficiency
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
It is recommended to consult a health professional before starting home cervical traction.
General Physiotherapy Advice on Using the Saunders Cervical Home Therapy Device
Cervical traction can be sustained (continuous) or intermittent (on and off). Continuous traction will allow quieting of the stretch reflex and decrease muscle guarding. It will also allow separation of the posterior structures (zygapophyseal joints). Intermittent traction is believed to act by cyclically causing muscle contraction and relaxation thereby increasing blood flow in a ‘massage-like’ action. A continuous session would usually maintain a steady traction for approximately 15 minutes. Intermittent traction would involve decreasing the pull tension every 30 seconds to 1 minute over a 15-20 minute session.
In the supine position, the force must be sufficient enough to overcome friction and must have a pull of at least half the weight of the head. Eight to ten pounds is a usual starting point. In cases where the upper neck is involved (C1-C2) the forces should not exceed ten pounds of force. Otherwise, the traction can increase up to fourty five pounds Some people like a gradual increase in the pull tension, while others choose the lowest weight that gives the effective response.
With cervical traction, the optimal angle of pull (to obtain the most distractive force with the least weight) is approximately 20–30° of head flexion. The supine position is more effective due to the allowance of the neck muscles to relax in this position. In general, the straighter your neck, the higher up the neck the traction occurs. For example, a 0 - degree angle pull would be recommended for a C1-C2 issue. 15-20 degrees for C3-C5 issue. 25 degree for C5-C7 issue. Having said that, trying each angle and seeing the results is still recommended for identifying the best angle to use.
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