- Choose the short or long option and the light or strong stretch.
- Activate necksaviour by bending it in half using your hands, trunk or leg. Alternatively one end can be placed towards the front of your shoulders while bending necksaviour into a 'U' shape and then rest the upper part of your neck/base of skull on the other end of necksaviour.
- Lie on your back on a firm comfortable surface and place the folded necksaviour under your neck with the open end upwards.
- When necksaviour is in place and BEFORE releasing your grip it is essential that you relax down onto the unit fully in order that it is kept in it's 'U' shape via the 'blocking' of the head and the shoulders.
- You may find it helpful to make 'micro-adjustments' in the positioning of necksaviour by gently rotating and side flexing your head until you feel necksaviour is positioned correctly and comfortably.
- If you feel necksaviour slipping or returning to it's flat non-activated shape, lift your head and neck and reposition.
- Increase use of necksaviour gradually. Start with 2 minutes, up to 3 times per day and increase each session by 1 minute per day up to a maximum of 15-20 minutes in any one session.
- Use necksaviour when you need neck pain or headache relief or regularly as part of a maintenance programme.
- Do not fall asleep while using necksaviour. Set an alarm to ensure necksaviour is used only for the intended amount of time.
What you should feel
A comfortable stretch in the neck and no pain (mild discomfort at most). Moderate pressure at the contact points at the top of the neck/base of the skull and on the muscles at the shoulders (upper trapezius).
What you shouldn't feel & precautions
You should not feel dizziness, nausea, lightheadedness, double vision, any increase in pain, pins and needles, numbness, weakness in the neck, back or limbs: headache or difficulty swallowing. If this is the case a qualified health professional should be contacted.
You should not use necksaviour or any form of traction if you are suffering from the following. Acute or traumatic injury, spinal instability, or fracture, severe rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord compression, infections, inflammatory diseases, malignancy, vertebrobasilar artery insufficiency and any other condition which could be worsened by movement particularly distraction.
Care of product
Return necksaviour to a flat position after use and always store flat. Do not allow heavy objects to rest on necksaviour for any length of time as it may become indented and it’s performance affected. Clean necksaviour with a skin friendly disinfectant wipe after use as required. Allow to dry.
necksaviour can deliver a stretch force (traction) up to 25lbs / 11kgs which is at the lower end of what is commonly regarded as ‘medical’ traction for the neck. The exact force it delivers will depend on many factors including the length of the neck, the degree of recline and the surface it is used on.
necksaviour is a very simple device to use. However to get the most benefit from your necksaviour it is important to read all instructions in order to get to know and understand your necksaviour.
necksaviour has a long side and a short side. You can try both at different times and see which suits you best.
Long neck option - use necksaviour with the long neck symbol facing up.
Short neck option - use necksaviour with the short neck symbol facing up.
The foam layers are arranged so that you can select a strong or light stretch appropriate to your condition and comfort level. Try the light stretch first. You may find different forces suit you better at different times.
Light force – necksaviour used with white side facing in.
Strong force – necksaviour used with the grey side facing in.
The following symbols may also help:
On the inside of necksaviour = lighter stretch
On the outside of necksaviour = stronger stretch
Preparation For Use
1. Ensure there is enough space to lie down flat or with bent knees.
We recommend you use necksaviour lying on a reasonably firm surface such as an exercise mat on the floor.
necksaviour will work on a bed or a sofa as long as it isn’t too soft but it’s performance and the stretch forces may be affected.
2. It is ideal if the neck area is free from loose hair. Therefore tie up longer hair or use a hairclip or headband
3. Remove any jewellery from the area e.g. necklaces and earrings.
4. Lie down flat on your back.