You woke up in the morning, and suddenly you feel a strain in the neck. Maybe you had slept at the wrong side of the bed last night. But its too let to figure out what caused the thing. Because right now it’s even impossible for you to move the neck from side to side. Meanwhile, the pain is only getting worse with each passing time. You need to see a chiropractor ASAP! But what if you don’t need to see a specialist for getting the pain resolved. What if I tell you, all you need to make yourself a DIY neck hammock and it will take care of the pain. Yes! It sounds absurd, but in reality, the neck hammock can take care of the pain at the early stages.
You don’t need to rush to see the chiropractor every time you got some neck issues. All you need is a neck hammock to release the pain through neck traction. But where to get one? As I’ve mentioned already, make one yourself with the stuff you got at home. And if that sounds interesting then keep reading to learn how to make your own neck hammock.
How neck hammock works?
So, as I’ve already told you, neck hammock uses neck traction to take care of the pain. Now, some of you might have the question, what is neck traction and how does it tackles the neck issues. It does the same thing as the chiropractors do: it relaxes the muscles to release the stiffness.
So, what the cervical traction do is that it expands the neck muscles. The technique that neck hammock uses is that they pull the head gently through the swinging motion to stretch the neck to release the stiffness of the muscles. This way the area gets better blood circulation and also it takes care of the pressure on the spine. And that’s how the neck issues are treated with the help of a neck hammock.
I believe you’ve got your answers. Now, its time to get with the actual business. And that is to make the neck hammock at home. So, if you’re ready, let’s get this party started.
DIY Neck Hammock
Some of you might get scared with the idea of DIY neck hammock. Creating anything from scratch sounds difficult, and it can be. However, the neck hammock is a device that can be constructed with regular stuff that you find in your home. So, you don’t need to worry about trying to piece together the thing that works. All you need is to follow the steps and make sure to test it before using it regularly.
Now, the question is what supplies would you need to create a personalized neck traction device. Nothing fancy. You need just two things:
- A medium sized soft towel.
- Some rope.
If you’ve got your supplies, then you’re ready to get on with the project.
You need to make a hammock for the head. So, simply the thing needs to be able to fit the head. Now, for the base, you’re going to use the towel you’ve got. So, take it and fold it three times to narrow the length and width according to the size of the head. If that seems hard. You can even cut the towel with scissors if you like to. But that’s not needed. Folding the thing would do an excellent job.
Once done with the towel part. You now have to take the ropes and tie the two ends of the towel together using the rope to create a nice loop like an actual hammock. Also, you can make small holes on both sides of the towel and get the ropes through it. This way you can also create the hammock. It depends on your preference. There is no right or wrong way. Do the way you feel like.
The third and final step is to tie the other end of the rope to something. Just like an actual hammock, you need a base from where you’re going to hang it. Usually, a doorknob would do the job. However, a secure banister or anything that stays in its place and is slightly above from the ground area would do the job. Once you’re done with this part simply rest your head on the hammock and gently swing to create the traction.
Here is a video from Youtube about DIY Neck Hammock :
Tips to use the neck hammock:
Making the hammock is a child’s play. No one will argue with that. However, there are certain things you need to be careful about while using the thing. Being honest, these are some personal tips I would love to share with you so that you can take the full advantage of the thing.
- Never put the towel sling too far above the ground. It needs to float. That’s for sure. But the height needs to be the same as your pillowcase. So, that when you lay your head down onto it, you don’t have an awkward body position that might do more harm than good.
- Make sure the rope doesn’t get ripped off easily.
- Always tie the hammock to a solid infrastructure. Most people use doorknobs, but they can be flimsy at times. So it’s better to use banister or other solid structure like that.
- The last bit of tip is never to hurry. After setting up your neck hammock, test the thing to ensure it is safe for use. Also, while using the neck hammock, never swing with force. Just gently move around to create the traction.
DIY neck hammock! I know at the start reading the headline you thought, it might be a hard task to create a homemade neck hammock. But I guess now you’re thinking, I’m going to make one right this very moment, it’s that easy.
Whatever you do, it’s a great device to release the neck stiffness. So, having it at disposal can be really helpful when you’re going through neck issues. But I would personally recommend to make your own rather than spending money on buying it. Now, it’s all up to you!