Research thoroughly shows that the spine is designed to have specific archs that support proper flow of neurological function. Using the Pettibon Z-line traction system helps restore the proper alignment of the cervical spine while providing a decompression to the spinal discs to help rehydrate injured or previously damaged joints and intervertebral discs.
When cervical traction is performed amazing changes will happen. Joint mobility and range of motion improve, stiffness reduces, neck curve restoration is accelerated, and pain is diminished.
The cervical traction is used when you start care and continues for as long as you want to enjoy the benefits of a healthy spine. Consistent use will enhance spinal joint health and mobility by warming and softening the ligaments, cartilage, and discs allowing the joints to move through a full, healthy range of motion. Additionally, it helps restore the normal neck curve (cervical lordosis).
Ligaments, discs, and joints have no blood supply (avascular). The only way they absorb nutrients and eliminate waste is through motion. The repetitive up and down action (or loading/unloading cycle) of the cervical traction acts like a pump moving nutrients in and waste materials out of the discs and joints. The mild stretching of the neck muscles also drives the remodeling of scar tissue towards a stronger and less pain sensitive neck.