Neck Hammocks and Other At-Home Traction Devices to Stretch Your Neck and Shoulders
Lie back and say aaah!
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The term “in traction” conjures images of pulleys, weights and cast-wearing patients in hospital beds with their legs in the air. But traction is just the process of using counterweight to relieve pressure on your discs, particularly in the cervical (or top) spine, buffering your vertebrae from friction. If you’ve got aches and pains, take action and get into traction!
Finding the best position for your neck hammock may take some trial and error, and will depend on the nature and position of your particular strain. You’ll also have to play around with how high or low you want the device placed from the ground: The higher it is, the more intense the traction. Just adjust the straps until you’ve found your perfect position. If it feels good, you’ve found it!
If straps seem like too much work, look for a soft foam mode that offers convex as well as concave stretch options. All you do with these babies is set it on the ground, then lie back.
The nicest part about traction is that it feels great and is super relaxing, so it’s not hard to remember to do it every day. Dim the lights, put on some soothing music and get to work on that spine (and by “get to work,” we mean “lie down”).