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Why The Neck Hammock is Not a Good Idea

By April 17, 2020 February 3rd, 2023 neck pain
woman using a Neck Hammock

The Neck Hammock (cervical traction device for neck pain relief ) Review by Dr. Ryan Carlson

Updated: 2/3/2023

What I want to bring to you is some talk about something I’ve seen on the internet, specifically on some different Facebook ads recently, and it’s something called The Neck Hammock. And I know it sounds crazy just from the description, and if that sounds crazy, the actual physiology of what it does will be even crazier. It is supposed to relieve neck pain and tension, and I want to walk you through why this is not a good idea cause
I’ve got some questions from it on, you know, from different patients and people I recently met in the community.

Seeing if the neck hammock would be good for them to try out. So I want to walk you through why this neck traction device is not a good option for pain relief because it affects the physiology of the spine in a very negative way. But first, so that you have some reference as to what I’m talking about. I want to show you what this thing is.

So this is what it looks like. It’s a device that essentially tractions the neck backward and separates all the joints of the cervical spine or the neck muscles right here, and essentially it takes the pressure off the nerves while you’re in the unit. And just from the surface, that sounds like a really good idea.

The Importance of the “Arc of Life”

But I want to show you why that’s not the best for dealing with neck pain. The reason that’s the case is because of something called the arc of life or the cervical curve, which is essentially the curve in your neck. You see, with your spine, what you want from the front is, of course, that spine straight up and down.

Everybody knows that we don’t want sideways curves. That would be scoliosis. What we want are three different curves. We need one for the neck, which is one of the most important ones. We need one in the mid back and one in the low back. That gives you your shock absorption and your ability to resist gravity.

But what happens is so many people lose that curve in the neck, which stretches out the spinal cord inside here, and it puts abnormal pressure on all the different nerves in this region, which can cause things like neck pain. Shoulder pain, the tension between the shoulder blades, even things like headaches, migraines, and sleep problems, and these same nerves also go all the way down the arms and can cause numbness or tingling in your fingertips or even carpal tunnel like symptoms.

And, of course, none of those things are things we want to deal with. So what does the neck hammock do? It takes this curve that we should have in our necks and pulls it out. And I want to show you because I found this online as far as how it’s doing it. So this is from one of the different manufacturer’s websites, and they’re showing us how it works here.
So the traction unit. Obviously pulls back on the head, and then the body’s weight keeps that part down. And then gravity, you know, is essentially in effect when the head falls below. So the issue with this is what it’s doing is stretching out that spinal cord inside. It’s straightening out the neck, and it’s literally prolonging a.

A loss of curve in, in, in the neck. It’s essentially making the curve in your neck straight. And, of course, that’s not what we want. That is not the proper biomechanics for the spine. We don’t want a straight curve in the neck like this. We want a good 45-degree curve like this. That’s when everything is working properly.

That’s when your neurology can function correctly. That’s when you don’t have things like neck pain or tension between the shoulder blades. So I wanted to double-click on that because it had many different patients and even community members asking me about the neck hammock. It’s not something that you want to be purchasing.

I feel very confident in saying that based on the physiology of the spine and all the training I underwent, it’s not, you know, getting the proper position in the spine that you want. So it was really important that I wanted to actually come on live today and share that with everybody because it’s a super important thing to be looking at.

Final Thoughts

If you’re dealing with neck pain or cervical pain, back of the neck, neck pain, if you know, if you’re, if you’re looking for neck pain relief, if you’re trying to relieve tension or discomfort, the best thing that you can do is get a very, very specific chiropractic adjustment. And, of course, we’re experts at that here at Deep roots health center as far as getting people relief.

From their neck pain, from their cervical pain, the back of neck pain, making sure that we’re working on all those different areas that relate to the muscles in that region and all the different organs. Because when we can deliver a scientifically specific adjustment, that will ultimately make the difference.

So I hope you guys learned something from this. If you have any questions or comments, make sure that you put those down in the comment section. Make sure you like this post and share it with somebody you know who may be looking into the neck hammock. Because it can wreak havoc years down the road when we stretch that spine out.

And that’s what can cause things like degeneration of the spine and even things like arthritis in the spine. And again, that’s what we want to avoid. So I hope you got a tip from that. Again, Dr. Ryan Carlson is here at Deep roots health center. I can’t wait to see you all in the office this coming week. Remember before you consider buying one of these devices, and are in the Bentonville area please contact our neck pain chiropractor for more information.

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