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Cervical traction devices to stop forward head posture.

Protocol

Photos of protocol sequence

Make sure YOU and your PATIENT understand that every form of CERVICAL EXTENSION TRACTION involves some level of discomfort. Anything new to the body will cause the body to first react. This reaction for most people will be mild since the POSTURE RIGHT® Neck Orthotic only uses the weight of the head and gravity with a specific contact point to achieve the traction.

Most people react to chiropractic, exercise, stretching, and all other forms of body care the SAME WAY at first. ESPECIALLY IF THEY REALLY NEED THE CHANGE OR CORRECTION.

EVERY SUCCESS requires focus, commitment and sacrifice. Make sure you help your patient be successful in these corrective procedures and not give up at the first sign of CHANGE. Real change takes time. Educate the patient.

Final Note: This device may not be suited for every patient. (Nothing is). FOR BEST RESULTS…Use your best clinical judgment when recommending its use.

Protocols

  1. Have patient lay on the floor supine with knees bent.
  2. Place Neck Orthotic under neck at desired level or as low as possible (C5).
  3. Use daily (evening best) for approx. 30 days with the angle that supports the head. (less traction)
  4. Start out with 1-2 minutes a session or to Pt. tolerance.
  5. Add 1-2 minutes a day or to tolerance up to 15 min./session.
  6. For additional traction turn the Neck Orthotic around for maximum traction without head support.
  7. Traction should continue either daily or every other day.
  8. Patient should complete ALL CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS.
  9. Patient needs to understand that this is a PROCESS not an event.

Contraindications

Patient safety should always be the doctor's number one concern. The choice, decision, and responsibility for using any procedure, modality, or device rest solely with the attending doctor.

Conditions which could contribute to increased risk of injury during cervical extension traction include, but are not limited to: History of or predisposition to stroke, high blood pressure, hypertension, diabetes, atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, posterior osteophytic spurring, disc protrusion, disc prolapse, smoking, oral contraceptives, prolonged use of corticosteroids, and spinal stenosis. The final determination of any such risk rests with the attending doctor.

Symptoms which would contraindicate further use of cervical extension traction include, but are not limited to: Dizziness, headache, nausea, vertigo, radicular or radiating pain, numbness, paresthesia, muscular weakness, loss of coordination or function, ataxia, visual disturbances, or any other neurological symptoms. Discontinue all attempts at cervical extension traction if these or other unusual symptoms develop.

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