By Dr. Doug Lukinuk, DC

The curve of the cervical vertebra is called the “Arc of Life” because of the billions of messages from the brain that need to get through to the body unimpeded.  Research shows that any loss of the normal curve in the neck has negative consequences to health, and severe loss will cascade into degeneration, arthritis and poor health outcomes.

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So how do we keep our “Arc of Life” healthy?

Home traction–or extension traction to be more precise–is an easy way to reinforce the effect of your chiropractic adjustments, correct forward head posture, as well as reverse the loss of the normal cervical (neck) curve. 

Home traction should be performed at least once a day (or more) with morning and night being the best and most convenient times for most people’s routines.  Simply lie horizontally across your bed, with shoulders at the edge of the bed-rail/mattress edge, and let your head hang using gravity over the edge.  This should be done 1 to 5 minutes per session if you can tolerate it without causing dizziness or adverse reaction. 

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At the beginning of this practice, it is possible to feel slight light-headedness, difficulty swallowing, or a little difficulty breathing, as traction is pulling the front of the neck and throat region. It can take some time to get used to the stretch. Make sure that if you feel dizzy, nauseous, get a headache or any other unusual symptoms to stop immediately and inform your chiropractor.

The triple-action of cervical home traction, chin tuck exercises, and corrective chiropractic care allows predictable improvements to neck posture, symptom reduction, and achieving better outcomes for patients than anyone intervention done alone.

Contact us here if you would like to find out how chiropractic can help you.





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