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January 1952


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AMA Arch Surg. 1952;64(1):108-110. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1952.01260010119014

CERVICAL traction, alone or in combination with postural training, exercise, and massage, is a recognized form of physical therapy.1 This article is to introduce the cervical traction frame, a device which will permit neck traction to be applied while the patient is ambulant. It is designed for cases in which repeated and continual cervical traction is indicated. It consists of a simple frame (Fig. 1) from which an ordinary head halter, strapped to chin and occiput, is suspended. The frame is small enough to rest on both shoulders by means of rounded shoulder pads with a sponge rubber base. Firmly attached to these is a "boot" which receives the frame itself. The opening in which the frame rests is cone-shaped and has an oval base permitting the shoulders a reasonable degree of movement.

The chief advantage of such a frame is obvious: Traction can now be applied during activities

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