Neck Hammocks and Other At-Home Traction Devices to Stretch Your Neck and Shoulders

Lie back and say aaah!

Man working at computer and massaging sore neck.
Stretch out that tech-neck.Getty Images

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!

Neck Head Hammock,Cosy Life Breathable Velvet Cervical Neck Traction Device for Neck Pain Relief and Head Relaxation,Neck Stretcher with Adjustable Straps & Durable Reinforced Elastic Cords (Brown)
Hook this cushioned model to any doorknob or handle to cradle your cranium for 15 minutes a day. Holes in the sides mean no uncomfortable pressure on your ears.Cosy Life

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!

Neck and Shoulder Relaxer, Cervical Traction Device for TMJ Pain Relief and Cervical Spine Alignment, Chiropractic Pillow, Patening Product
Two positions to help you stretch your neck gradually, and massage nodes to relax your muscles.RESTCLOUD

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.

ComfortTrac Deluxe Home Cervical Traction Kit 2.0 – Includes bonus Carrying Case- Helps relieve pain from neck aches, Cervicalgia, Degeneration of disc, Spondylosis and more!
Adjustable wedges create a custom fit for every body.ComforTrac

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”).

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