Cervical Traction, Joint Hypomobility

Comfortrac Cervical Traction

ComforTrac Cervical Traction

Cervical Traction Protocols

JOINT HYPOMOBILITY – CERVICAL SPINE

Cervical traction increases joint mobility of the cervical spine for patients with hypomobility of the cervical spine. Be sure that the cervical spine has been cleared for any of the Recommended for Use information mentioned within the General Guidelines section. Traction may also be more beneficial when used with other modalities such as cold, heat, ultrasound, etc.

SUGGESTED SETTINGS

GENERAL:
Tension: 10 – 30 pounds (may be increased up to 7-10% of patient body weight)
Tension type: Intermittent tension; 2:1 up to 4:1 ratio of tension to rest (e.g. 2-4 minutes on, 1 minute rest)
Treatment Time: 10-15 minutes

VARIATIONS:
Upper cervical region = 10 degrees flexion (slide stand in upper most position)
Middle cervical region = 15 degrees flexion (slide stand in middle position)
Lower cervical region = 20 degrees flexion (slide stand in lower most position)
Sustained tension setting: Apply sustained tension to cervical spine with periodic rests during the 10-15 minute treatment time

SESSIONS PER DAY: 1-3


RELATED RESEARCH

Postsurgical temporomandibular joint hypomobility by PubMed
Specific techniques to treat temboromandibular joint (TMJ) hypomobility caused by capsular restriction are explained. Initially inflammation must be controlled. TMJ manipulation by condylar distraction during opening, protrusion, and lateral movements, and a simple stretching exercise to maintain increased mandibular range of motion, are described. more

 

 

Investigation into the Validity of Cervical Spine Motion Palpation by Chiro.org
This study was unique in employing an in-vivo gold standard of fixation in the form of congenital block vertebrae. It allowed the validity of motion palpation in the detection of segmental hypomobility to be evaluated, whilst omitting some of the experimental design limitations, which confined and confounded the previous studies. more