Pronex Cervical Traction Device Review

Pronex Cervical Traction DeviceCervical traction, also known as neck traction, is an amazing, drug-free way to relieve pain in the neck and surrounding structures and can be the best solution for people who are suffering from bulging discs, neck arthritis, cervical spasms and neck strains. Fortunately, Pronex makes it possible to receive this type of treatment at home, so you no longer have to deal with the costly chiropractor or physical therapy visits. This home traction device can be used safely, as long as you take the time to read the included user’s manual and begin treatment at a lower pressure, gradually increasing the pressure amount as tolerated.

Cervical Traction Device by Pronex Rundown

The cervical traction device by Pronex is easy to use and allows you to effectively manage chronic neck pain in the comfort of your own home by decompressing spinal structures and reducing the frequency of muscle spasms.

This model is the only traction device on the market that uses a bellows technology in order to provide even and gentle decompression of the cervical spine. This device is designed to support the spine’s natural curve and provides a couple of unique design advantages: counter and inline traction. This type of combination will create even traction in the posterior and anterior cervical discs, which results in more effective treatment.

The type of traction force used is created by a pressure that’s applied to the trapezius and occiput muscles, so there’s no strain or pressure applied to the jawline, which can prevent TMJ pain and flare-ups.

This model cradles the neck and the head by using a couple of foam cushions. One cushion rests against the top of the shoulders, supporting the back of the head. The air-inflated bellows located between the foam offers up to thirty-five pounds of adjustable traction. When the bellows expand, the user’s head will move upward, which supports the cervical curve. The pressure administered will maintain an even force that will create space between vertebrae. Users will have complete control regarding the amount of force used. Pumping the single hand inflator bulb will increase the pressure while turning the release knob gently releases it.

Using the included flexion wedge allows users a lateral neck flexion of fifteen to twenty-two degrees.

This model can be used to treat a wide range of conditions including herniated discs, symptomatic facet joint pain, degenerative changes, post-compression fractures, discogenic pain, muscle guarding and spasms, nerve impingement, spinal nerve root swelling, ligament encroachment, osteophyte encroachment, spondylolysis, narrowing foramen and spondylolisthesis.

This product also comes with a one year warranty on all parts and labor.

Cervical Traction Device Pros and Cons

Pros: Convenient, comfortable and portable, this model is a restraint free device that comes fully assembled and is ready to go, right out of the box. All of these features combined work to encourage regular and consistent use, which helps to break the chronic pain cycle.

The device is also available in three different sizes, which is a huge bonus for consumers.

The regular model measures in at fourteen to sixteen inches and fits most women of average neck size, weight, and height. The second size option measures in at sixteen to eighteen inches and fits most men of average neck size, weight, and height. The third size is eighteen to twenty inches wide and fits users with larger necks and shoulders and people with wider necks.

This model offers an advantage over more traditional traction devices including rigid pneumatic models, over the door traction devices and manual manipulation.

The device is easy to setup and according to consumers, provides instant relief from chronic pain. Many users reported that in addition to pain relief in the neck, they could also feel relief in their mid and lower back.

Consumers recommend using this device once daily for a period of ten to fifteen minutes in order to experience results. Users are also cautioned to limit the amount of treatment time in the beginning in order to determine if it’s well tolerated. Overuse can lead to increased pain and discomfort.

Cons: Some consumers had complaints regarding the quality of the materials used, stating that many of the components on the device consisted of rubber and plastic, which made them question the high price. Another issue involved the valve on the hand pump. One consumer had issues with the valve breaking. Fortunately, this issue, although not common, is covered under the one year warranty. Another minor issue involved the cushioning. One consumer felt that it was awkward trying to figure out which U shape the head goes in because this model can be positioned in a couple of different ways.

Some consumers also had complaints regarding the fit of the collar, stating that it was too tight and applied a lot of pressure to their jawline area. This issue is often a matter of choosing the wrong size. Before you buy, take a look at the manufacturer’s size chart and measure your neck before you order. If you try the collar on and feel that it’s a poor fit, the manufacturer will allow you to exchange the size up until thirty days after purchase.

Consumers who suffer from ongoing TMJ issues should try a posture style traction model, such as the Posture Pump Dual Disc Hydrator, which will not put any type of pressure along the jaw and has an overall more relaxed fit.

Neck Traction Device Conclusion and Rating

While some consumer felt that Pronex Cervical Traction Device simply wasn’t effective, the majority of users fell in love, giving it a rating of four and a half stars out of five stars for ease of use, sizing options, comfort and overall quality. If you’re new to using a cervical traction collar then you can expect a learning curve in the beginning. Begin your treatment using a lower level of pressure, gradually increasing the pressure over a period of a few weeks. The fact that this model allows you to accurately increase or decrease the pressure level is also a big selling point for this device.