Neck Movement Support Device™
Millions of people struggle with neck pain on a regular basis where sometimes it impedes on their daily activities. Neck pain can occur from causes ranging from stress to poor posture to pinched nerves to blunt trauma. People try a variety of methods to relieve this pain such as visiting a chiropractor, doing stretches, using heating devices, icing the area, and wearing neck braces in more severe cases.
The Neck Movement Support Device™ seeks to provide a solution for people who experience neck pain, and more specifically those who have a stiff neck with limited range of motion. One common form of therapy chiropractors use to help increase range of motion is Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF). PNF uses deep stretching with natural reflexes allowing muscles to relax and stretch to their maximum capacity to increase flexibility and range of motion. The Neck Movement Support Device™ assists the practitioner perform PNF therapy on their patient in a very calculated manner. The device has 3 directions of motion that can be measured, and the device can move the patient’s head in one plane at a time.
PRODUCT FEATURES & BENEFITS
- Provides long lasting neck pain relief
- Improves range of motion for neck
- Assists with performing PNF stretching therapy
- Measurable in 3 directions of range of motion
- Able to move patient’s head in one plane at a time
- Head is secured in desired place throughout use
- Used by a licensed practitioner for best results
- Space efficient for shipping and storage
- Cost efficient design
- High quality, durable materials
The Neck Movement Support Device™ is a therapeutic device used for diagnosis and treatment of the joints of the neck and related muscles. The device contains a stationary member and a movable member connected to the stationary member that is rotatable around an anteroposterior neck movement axis. It contains a handle connected to the yoke that is rotatable around a mediolateral neck movement axis. It also contains a head harness that is connected to the handle and is rotatable about a craniocaudal neck movement axis. The user’s head is placed in head harness where it can be secured for use. This unique harness can be secured with a hydraulic lock or a mechanical collet lock. The reason why the head is secured is to constrain the head to move the neck at its natural bending point, cervical vertebra C7, in certain directions such as the anteroposterior, mediolateral, and craniocaudal neck movement axes. The mutual intersection of these axes is located at cervical vertebra C7.
The Neck Movement Support Device™ is more directed towards achieving PNF stretching therapy of the neck in one plane of motion while the other planes of motion are held in a locked position. PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) refers to stretching techniques used in a clinical environment to enhance a patient’s range of motion. Generally, PNF neck therapy is performed with the patient lying on a table in supine position with a therapist such as a chiropractor holding the patient’s head with their hands to stretch the muscle group of the neck to the end of its current range of motion. Then the patients contracts the muscle group isometrically against resistance then allows it to relax briefly before being stretched further by the therapist. This is repeated until no further range of motion is achieved or the patient becomes fatigued. Because the therapist is using both of their hands during this process, it is difficult for them to measure exactly how much progress has been made. The force needed to hold the patient’s head can also be tiring for the therapist.
The Neck Movement Support Device™ provides the therapist and the patient with an overall better experience when performing PNF therapy. The device is under the control of the therapist, and it frees up the therapist’s hands to perform more tasks than just holding and moving the patient’s head. It achieves this by using the head harness to fully hold the patient’s head during treatment. The therapist can then move the device to a desired location to lock the head into an initial stretched position. From there, the therapist can fully perform PNF stretching therapy as they would with their own hands. One of the big advantages of this device is being able to use the angular gauges attached to it to exactly measure progress throughout and after the therapy session concludes. It is very easy for the patient to insert and release their head from the device because other therapies require the neck to be secured, this device could be adapted for permanent mounting with another device.
Materials needed to produce the Neck Movement Support Device™:
- Office swivel chair base
- Small table surface
- Harness with straps for head
- Angular rotational gauges
- Metal parts and fasteners
- Aluminum bar and flat plate
- Aluminum rod and tubing
- Hydraulic cylinders
- Ball valves & vinyl tubing
The Neck Movement Support Device™ is covered by United States Utility Patent: 10,004,626
For additional information, licensing opportunities, and a full prospectus on the Neck Movement Support Device™ contact:
VP of Business Development