Cervical Cradling with Traction (Parallel Stretch)

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Cervical Cradling with Traction (Parallel Stretch)

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Steps for Treatment:

  1. The patient is supine while the doctor is standing or seated at the head of the table.
  2. The physician places their fingers on paravertebral musculature, over the articular pillars of the cervical spine. Avoid the spinous processes!
  3. Press ventrally/anteriorly to engage the soft tissues and pull cephalad for longitudinal stretch
  4. Repeat in a gentle, rhythmic/kneading fashion working up and down the cervical spine

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