4/18/2014

Buy Combination Traction Pillow Sets on Arc4life Now

Buy the arc4life traction pillows in sets with dust covers
One of our most effective pillows for a patient with a herniated disc, bulging disc, pinched nerve in the neck or numbness and tingling is the arc4life traction pillows. You can now buy them with a dust covers and in combination sets:

Another peculiar request we have been getting a lot of is to order one medium, and one large pillow. So now you can buy this on arc4life as well. I guess our customers and patients want to try out both sizes.
Finally, you now have the option of purchasing two of each pillow + two dust covers


  • 2 medium arc4life cervical traction pillow + 2 medium dust covers
  • 2 large arc4life cervical traction pillow +2  large dust covers

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    4/12/2014

    What Size Pillow Should I Get?

    Getting the Right Size Pillow is Key for
    Your Neck for Proper Alignment
    This is probably one of the most common questions if not the most common questions we will get. Pillow sizes are very important because it should be based on your size of the body and not on the size of the bed.

    If the pillows are too big it can be a problem. What happens is instead of working the neck into alignment and putting a curvature back into the neck, it ends up pushing your head forward or tilting your head up towards the ceiling if you're on your side. You don't want to sleep in one of these awkward positions multiple times or for extended hours because your spine starts to change or conform to these positions.

    If we're looking at spine from the front or back it should be straight up-and-down. If were looking at the spine from the side we should have nice smooth flowing curves.  In other words, you should have a nice "C" curve in the neck, that's with the neckroll is for. So when on your back that helps maintain and improve that cervical curve.

    If the pillow is too small the same thing effect happens; your head basically has no support so you lose curve. On your side, same thing, instead of your head tilting towards the ceiling it just tilts more towards the bed, giving that the neck a lateral head tilt misalignment once again.

    As you can see you really need a pillow that fit your body and your head and your neck appropriately. Doing this will ensure a properly aligned spine. Remember, that properly aligned spine means nerves are free from pressure and therefore pain is relieved.

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    4/05/2014

    I Have a Neck pillow But I sleep on my belly?

    Are you a Stomach Sleeper? Are you waking up with morning neck pain,
    stiffness and headaches?
    One purpose of the arc4life traction pillow is to convert you to a back or side sleeper.  Stomach sleeping can really put the neck in a bad position. In addition, it can cause headaches when you wake up in the morning. Not a good way to start the day.   That being said, getting a good night's sleep is extremely important, but this only lasts for so long being a stomach sleeper.

    When we are little kids we have so much flexibility we can easily do it but as we get older we can't.  The best thing to do is get out of the habit now.  A neck pillow is great because the pocket holds you better in place.  Sleeping on your side is just fine, and the neck pillow fills in the gap between your neck and shoulders.

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    3/31/2014

    What are Products that Compliment my Traction Neck Pillow?

    The arc4life cervical linear traction neck pillow is great for helping with neck pain. The neck roll helps to improve the neck curve but doing neck traction will help even more. Therefore, some kind of true neck traction will compliment. I would recommend a neck stretcher called the posture pump 1000. This works to get that curve back but will help you do it sooner.I like this particular neck stretcher because it is comfortable, it helps to get the c curve back into the neck and its user friendly for home use.


    Another good compliment is a hot and cold pack. I would use heat before traction or when you get up in the morning. This helps to loosen things before traction. Periodically post traction you may have some soreness because of increased inflammation; ice works best at this point.

    A third complimentary treatment is biofreeze gel. This pain relief gel will also help to warm and relax a sore area of muscle. You can use this before, after, or during tractioning.

    Lastly, Formula 303 acts as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. The great thing is that it is all natural...

    You may also be recommended exercises or stretches that can help as well. You don't need a product to do these, although, eventually you can use resistance bands for added resistance.

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    3/15/2014

    A Common exercise for Forward Head Posture.

    Head Retraction Exercises are Easy To Do
    And Help with Forward Head Posture
    The most common exercise for forward head carriage or a posture showing us an anterior head and neck is head retractions. A great thing about this exercise is that you can do it almost anywhere at any time.

    First off, how do we do it?

    You are going to slide your head backwards as if on a track. Gently glide it back to the normal position. You can use your finger to guide your heard.

    Do Not:
    Tilt you head up, bring the head and chin down, or move the whole body.

    What To Do:
    Slide the whole head back, hold for 5 seconds, and relax. Repeat for 10 repetitions, gradually increasing this each day.

    You can do it in front of the mirror, which may help.

    As you can imagine, you can do this standing, seated, or laying down.
    Eventually you can even add some resistance. We'll go over that next time.

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    3/05/2014

    I have been Diagnosed With a Military Neck? What can you Suggest for home treatment?

    A Military Neck basically means that you have a straightening of the cervical curve in your neck. Meaning that normally you should have a "C" shaped spinal curve if one was to look at you from the side profile on an x-ray. This also affects the discs in the spine. The fluid is forced out of the disc when the vertebrae are pushed forward.  When the neck loses this C shape that is normal, they call it is a military spine. A straightening of the cervical curve has occurred.

    How can this happen? Well it is not an overnight occurrence. It happens very gradually over time- often taking months or years. It can happen from such things as:

    • being at a computer desk for many hours
    • spinal injury that involved hyper extension
    • a whiplash type of accident
    • having a slouched posture when walking or sitting
    • sleeping on a pillow that is too high to too low

    A military neck can be the cause of neck stiffness, aching and pain.

    So what can help with this condition of the neck? Two things I am going to suggest: a special pillow and a device to help stretch your neck in the right direction. Your plan of action will be to use the traction device during the day for 10-15 min at a time and use a special pillow at night. Alongside with this, doing postural exercises will also be beneficial.

    A specialized pillow with contours will help you get the proper curve in the spine. At first sleeping on such a pillow can be painful and cause soreness. However overtime it will help your neck and also you will sleep better with proper posture. One example is the arc4life traction pillow. For a more firmer pillow choice, the tri-core pillow is also great ( I would recommend the gentle version of this neck pillow).

    A traction device to help you get the curve back in the neck is the posture pump 1000. This traction device stretches your neck in the C Curved shape. You can get upwards of 20 lbs of pressure with this traction unit. You have a lay down while you do this. Not only does the traction unit help to get the proper curvature in the spine, it also helps to hydrate the discs as well. Here is a video showing you how to use the posture pump hydrating the discs and helping you get rid of the military neck:



    Off course we always suggest at arc4life that you have your cervical spine checked by a doctor to make sure you are cleared for neck traction. A proper consultation, examination and x-rays can help determine what your spine looks like.  These are suggestions for treatment of a militatry neck, but keep in mind there are contra-indications to doing neck traction as well. So check with your Doctor first. 

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    2/23/2014

    Can my Neck being off Contribute to my Cold?

    Misalignment's in the Spine Create
    Pressure Elsewhere in the Body
    Short answer is Yes.  For your body to work 100%, you need to have good alignment.  If your neck hurts or you have a neck muscle strain it won't.  This tells me you may have a misaligned neck.

    Misalignment's mean pressure on nerves.  Pressure there means that the body doesn't work at it's best.  All communication comes from the brain down.  Any interference whatsoever means a decrease in the body's function and your health.

    Also, keep in mind there are nerves that go to the nose and sinuses, etc... Things you especially need working when recouping from a cold.

    Get that neck back in alignment to start your healing process!

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