Mechanical Cervical Traction Physical Therapy
Learn more about cervical mechanical traction for patients with radiating symptoms that travel from neck to fingers. This technique is a great solution for tightness in the posterior muscles. The amount of force used depends on the individual and the symptoms presented.
What’s up everybody. My name is Yuzef Yarrito. I’m one of the physical therapists here at XR Orthopedics. This is Luis, he’s one of our PTA’s and today we’re going to be talking about cervical mechanical traction. All right.
Previously, we talked about lumbar mechanical traction and how it kind of aids to decrease any sort of neuro tension, any sort of impingement that might be going on. So here, we’re going to be talking about sort of the same thing, but for your cervical spine. If you ever have any sort of radiating symptoms that go into your arms, any numbness or tingling that travel from kind of the back of your neck, into your fingers, this is definitely the way to go. All right. I’m going to show you that right now.
Mechanical traction, specifically for the cervical spine, is actually really good for any sort of tightness of those posterior muscles. So if you ever feel like your upper traps are really tight, or you have trouble kind of rotating your neck, mechanical traction gives you a nice little pull and stretch as well. In cervical traction, what we’re going to be doing is creating a nice little pull so that we can decrease any sort of impingement that might be going on at the actual spinal root level. The poundage and the amount of force that we place for each individual varies depending on body weight, and depending on exactly what kind of symptoms they present with.
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