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Cervical Traction – Saunders
If your doctor prescribes this technique, we can order a unit and supply training for your use at home.
Saunders Cervical Traction is an innovative product developed by a renowned physiotherapist named Duane Saunders who started the Saunders group. He has been developing traction devices for over 30 years and has written several books on back pain. Daune Saunders was a worldwide well-known physiotherapist that was devoted to helping people overcome their back pain.
Chiropractors and physical therapists, to professional athletes and back pain sufferers around the world turn to the Saunders group for their high quality back supports and traction devices. The Saunders group is a leading supplier for self treatment devices for the average person at home—to your professional health care worker in clinic.
The Saunders cervical traction device is geared toward reducing neck pain caused by disc herniation and pressure placed on nerve roots of the cervical spine. This is usually associated with radiating pain down the arm or tingling in the fingers. The Saunders cervical traction device is a great place to start when learning about neck traction. It is a well-designed device that properly angles your head during traction treatment on your neck.
The Saunders cervical traction device also is designed to put pressure in a place that is safe for the user. Pressure is applied posteriorly behind the head, rather than under the chin. Devices that put pressure on the chin may do damage to the joints of the jaw. The Saunders cervical traction device is very portable. It comes in its own carrying case allowing you to easily take 10 min. to lie down and stretch your neck during the day.
The user of the Saunders cervical traction device will find how easy it is to use on his or her own without the help of their chiropractor. Simply put the device on the floor and lie down placing the head on the device and adjusting the knobs appropriately for comfort. A Velcro strap is at the top of the head that goes over the forehead just to keep everything in place. Then the user has a hand-held pump with a gauge on top that tells the amount of pressure being placed on the neck. This pressure is easy to pump up, and easy to release quickly and safely, all being fully controlled by the user.
The user could choose to do a pumping action with the device, manually, by pumping up the pressure and leaving it there for a few seconds, then releasing the pressure for a few seconds. Repeating this for 10 or 15 minutes while on the device is a good practice to avoid any muscle spasms, and to increase circulation to the cervical spine. The user then lies on the traction device for about 10 to 20 minutes. It is recommended that the first couple of uses are short, say 5 to 10 minute sessions. Then, 24 hours later, depending on how it feels the amount of time and/or the amount of pressure may be increased.
The maximum amount of traction pressure that can be placed on the neck with the Saunders cervical traction device is 50 pounds. This is enough to quickly relieve symptoms of pain and also to increase the separation between the vertebrae (which decreases pressure on the vertebral discs).