I walked into our hallway at home recently and there, staring me in the face, was a device that looked like a instrument of torture. Who in the world was my wife interrogating? And for what purpose? Much to my relief, she was not “shaking down” the sprinkler guy, but engaging in a bit of masochism. Yes, she was stretching her neck with a home traction device, and, much to my surprise, she loved it.
A serious car accident in September, 2010 left her with a concussion, shoulder injury and neck strain. As part of her rehab, her physical therapist started some in-office neck traction, and this seemed to decrease her headaches, neck pain and numbness into her shoulder and arm. My wife felt that she could rig up an apparatus at home and get the same results on a more regular basis and, voila…a do-it-yourself medieval rack!
All kidding aside, cervical traction is often effective for headaches and neck pain cause by muscle spasm of the neck, traumatic strain of the neck (whiplash) and arthritis of the neck that can often lead to numbness into one or both arms. An evaluation in our office would help determine whether this or another therapy would help decrease your head and neck pain…RRS