Home Traction Spinal Care
If your well-being is important to you and you want to continue caring for your spine outside of our wellness centre, or if you miss your chiropractic appointment which is sometimes unavoidable, there are things you can do at home to help yourself.
Please check with you chiropractor before embarking on the following treatments.
1) Home traction using towels
Items needed: 1 x large bath towel and 1 x hand towel.
Step 1: Roll up 2 towels, 1 x large bath towel and 1 x hand towel.
Step 2: Lay on your back with one placed under your neck and the other under your lower back.
Step 3: Relax in this position for 10-15 minutes (or until you wake up…but no more than 20 minutes).
2) Home traction using an over door traction kit
As we get older, the intervertebral discs in our neck become dehydrated and lose height in the process of cervical degeneration. This can lead to abnormal loading from the weight of the head which is transferred to structures such as the facet joints, leading to spondylitis (inflammation of the neck joints). This alone can produce neck pain, with pain sometimes referred to the shoulder and arm. Further disc degeneration can cause irritation of nerve roots in the neck that can also cause neck pain, shoulder pain and arm pain. As a means to help support you in relieving neck pain at home, an over door cervical (neck) traction kit is ideal as it fits to any door. To adjust the amount of traction, you simply add or reduce the amount of water in the bag.
Cervical traction works on the principle that a mechanical traction force applied to the neck can help to relieve the symptoms caused by a loss of disc height. A 20lb water bag acts as a traction weight, using a simple pulley. This is attached to a head halter that fits snugly under the jaw and back of the head and provides a gentle sustained traction force in an upward direction. Not only does the sustained traction have the effect of reversing the loss of disc height, but it also helps to relieve painful muscle spasm and restore normal neck movement.
3) Home traction using a Cervical Denneroll
The Cervical Denneroll is a neck orthotic that creates a passive stretch in the direction of your normal cervical curve which can improve movement, relieve muscle tension and assist in the correction of reduced cervical curvature. Using a Denneroll allows you to target areas throughout the whole neck area so you can treat the areas where you need it most. Made of soft, stable polyethylene foam, the Denneroll provides cushioning for maximum comfort. Light and easy to travel, it can be used in your home, the office, or anywhere there’s flat ground as each stretching session takes between 5 to 20 minutes depending on personal need. It is important to note that after using a Denneroll, do not sit up straight away. Roll over to your side and off the device. Once you are comfortable, sit up.
There are 3 types available:
The results of using a Cervical Denneroll are clear:
4) Home traction using a Thoracic Denneroll
The thoracic spine, as viewed from the side, should have a natural oval or egg shell shaped curve, with slightly more curvature in the mid and upper region. This curve is called the Thoracic Kyphosis. Lifting injuries, falls, poor posture, and poor ergonomics all contribute to abnormal Thoracic Kyphosis. Poor or abnormal Thoracic Kyphosis detrimentally effects your muscles, spinal ligaments and discs, nerves, bones and even the internal organs in the chest and abdominal cavities. In short, abnormality of the Thoracic Kyphosis can contribute to a number of unhealthy ailments. The Thoracic Denneroll provides a gentle but effective stretch that assists in the correction of abnormal Thoracic Kyhposis (please see figures 6, 7 and 8 below). When used properly, it assists in the relief of pain, muscle tension and improved postural appearance. Improved health and enhanced patient comfort are the goals of its use.
There are three regions of Thoracic Corrective setups appropriate for Denneroll application: Lower Thoracic, Mid-Thoracic, and Upper-Thoracic. To be effective, the Denneroll device should only be used on a firm surface such as the floor, or a bench. Please watch the following video for instructions on how to use a Thoracic Denneroll.