In order to treat many of these ailments, physical therapists rely on a technique known as mechanical cervical traction. This method involves a therapist gently pulling a patient's head away from his or her neck, thereby stretching and relaxing muscles, increasing circulation, and relieving pinched nerves. While it's widely considered to be effective, it does require visiting a professional (you don't want just anyone tugging on your head), which can quickly get expensive.
Enter the Neck Mate
, described as a cervical traction unit that promises to be supremely affordable and portable. According to the hammock team, all you need is ten minutes a day in this device, and you'll be feeling the difference the next day
. In order to use it, secure the Neck Mate to a door, pole, or railing. Then, place your head in the padded hammock, lay back, and relax. The hammock is easily adjustable, and promises to mold around head contours, so both you and your partner (or any other member of your family) can use it. Plus, it's small enough to be taken just about anywhere you go.