TracCollar by Bodysport Review

Bodysport TracCollarThe Bodysport TracCollar is an inflatable traction collar that’s equipped with two handheld pumps that work individually to inflate the right and left sides of the device. The wearer will use the pumps to control and regulate the amount of traction used in order to provide more effective and comfortable treatment. When both sides are inflated they work to create an upward pressure on the head, which in turn creates an upward pressure on the neck, relieving pressure caused by strained muscles, arthritis, pinched nerves and herniated discs.

Bodysport is a company that has a reputation for producing a wide range of affordable medical devices for home use, making them one of the leaders in the industry. But their newest cervical collar traction system features a questionable setup and components made from cheaper materials. Ultimately, this model scored well with consumers based on pricing and use, however, many consumers found the product’s design somewhat limiting because it prevents the user from starting or stopping treatment on their own.

Bodysport Traction Collar Assessment

The inflatable cervical collar has long had a questionable reputation as far as how effective it really is. Of course, this model is offered at a much more affordable price than what you’ll find with non-inflatable models, but can it give you the type of results you need?

This will ultimately depend on your needs and the severity of your condition. If you’re suffering from severe chronic pain, this model may not be for you.

The device is perfect for milder cases and can help to reduce pain that’s associated with neck strain, muscle spasms, and chronic headaches. This device also isn’t recommended for people who have preexisting TMJ issues.

This model is equipped with a couple of handheld inflation pumps and is constructed from a plastic foam. The inflatable bladders are made from a natural rubber latex. This design fastens with both buckles and Velcro and is easy to apply and remove.

The collar has a one-year manufacturer warranty and comes with a free carrying case.

To use this device, place it on your neck, with the inflation pumps in the front and the opening in the back. The chin should be placed in the groove located at the front of the device. Adjust and fasten the collar using the Velcro and buckle closures. The collar should comfortably rest against the back and front of the neck. While the ends of each side of the collar do not touch, the bladders still work to evenly inflate the device.

If you want to try treatment sitting up, your head must be facing forward in a level position. When lying down during treatment, most user’s recommend placing a pillow under the head.

The collar can be inflated by using the two hand pumps, pumping the collar up until you feel a light stretch in your neck. You can easily adjust the left and right sides by inflating the appropriate pump in order to find the right level of traction. The manufacturer states that the pump should not be pressed more than a total of fifteen times per side.

Once you’re finished inflating the collar, you can simply press the valve to release the pressure.

Cervical Traction Collar Pros and Cons

TracCollar by BodysportPros: This is a well-constructed, affordable model that’s easy to use and actually works quite well to treat a wide variety of mild to moderate neck problems. The bladders are surrounded by foam, which gives it the feel of a higher priced device. Using the push-button air release valve is simple, as opposed to models that use the screw type air release method.

Because both of the bladders are able to inflate independently of each other, the user is able to fine tune the pressure for each side.

Highly portable, this model can easily be folded up and transported for use at work or on the go.

The ability to independently inflate either side of the collar is perfect for consumers who require a higher level of pressure on one side of the neck.

Cons: Unfortunately, this collar buckles in the back, which can pose some problems for users who suffer from impaired mobility. Essentially, this type of design can require the assistance of another person when applying or removing the collar. However, the straps are pretty long so it doesn’t take much flexibility to manage the buckles in the back for most users. Many cervical collar devices are specially designed to allow the user more independence during treatment, but this collar obviously requires the help of an additional person to help with securing or removing the collar for consumers with severe mobility issues. This is a huge downside for many consumers.

The fact that the collar can also exacerbate TMJ problems is another reason to pass this model by.

Some consumers were disappointed in this model’s performance, stating that it simply wasn’t strong enough to provide the type of results they were hoping for.

It also tends to apply too much pressure to the jawline and ears, posing potential TMJ soreness.

The fact that this device uses latex components can cause an allergic reaction in consumers with latex sensitivities.

For people who are in need of a higher pressure level, many consumers recommended the Pronex cervical traction device, which is offered at a significantly higher price but is said to feature stronger levels of pressure, a better fit and a design that allows the user to remove or secure the device on their own, without the aid of another person.

Inflatable Cervical Traction Device Conclusion and Rating

Consumers who purchased TracCollar by Bodysport gave it a rating of four out of five stars for fit, pricing and overall quality. Consumers with moderate chronic neck issues may not benefit from use simply because this device doesn’t have the type of pressure power that other models in a higher price range can offer. Ultimately, many consumers felt that this device was unable to offer adequate pressure for chronic pain sufferers.