If you’ve suffered from neck pain, you know that a sudden look over your should can ruin your day. Doctor of Physical Therapy, Steve Sudell Jr., created a device that uses cervical traction to relieve neck pain. It’s called the Neck Hammock. It’s a simple, portable device that relieves pain and stiffness in ten minutes or less.
Cervical traction releases tension by stretching the muscles in the neck. It works by pulling the head away from the neck and causing the muscles and ligaments to relax and stretch. As the space between the vertebrae expands, blood flows into the areas that were compressed. With the increased circulation comes oxygenated muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments, which decreases pain and increases mobility.
In most cases, cervical traction is only available at physical therapy or chiropractor’s office. As a result, access is only granted after going through a lot of red tape if you’re paying through your insurance. The Neck Hammock is an inexpensive device that compliments the treatment you’re already receiving. Better yet, it can be packed away and used daily with any door handle or railing.
It works like this:
Step 1: Wrap the strap around a door handle or railing
Step 2: Attach the hook to the strap
Step 3: Lie Down and relax for 10 minutes
Despite its simplicity and the relief that it provides the Neck Hammock is not meant to totally replace physical and massage therapy, but rather complement those modalities and help relieve pain. The Neck Hammock is aimed at office workers, students, athletes, laborers, drivers, and people that work jobs that involve a lot of physical movement.
However, you should not use the Neck Hammock you are under the age of 16 or have:
- Acute Cervical Injury
- Spinal Instability
- Spinal Hypermobility
- Neck Tumors
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
If you’re dealing with lingering neck issues, suffer from stiffness, and want some relief for days you’re not in the physical therapist’s or chiropractor’s office, the Neck Hammock may just be the solution for you. It can be purchased for $49.99 on their website.