The Neckpro Overdoor Cervical Traction Device by Larry Gilliam MD.
The Neckpro Overdoor Cervical Traction Device was invented in 2000 due to a personal
The inventor, Dr. Larry Gilliam is a board certified emergency medical practitioner in Tennessee.
He is also a Senior Olympics Gold Medalist in track and field and tennis and spinal injuries caused from his
physical activities led him to create an improved overdoor traction unit.
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Affordable Medical Equipment's Steve Laurvick caught up with Dr. Gilliam for an interview about
his excellent invention...
"Thank you so much for taking time to talk with us Dr. Gilliam. We have had tremendously
positive feedback on your device and wanted to find out what seperates the "Neckpro" from other cervical
Doctor Gilliam's Neckpro is helping thousands of sufferers already, but anyone who has had a
neck or spinal injury should of course first consult a with a medical
Thanks so much for the NeckPro, it is great. I couldn't wait to try out your
product as I was in a lot of pain, and taking three different pain killers/muscle
relaxers every day.
Since I have been using the NeckPro twice a day, I have been able to stop taking my pain
medications. It is amazing how much relief your device has given me. Sure the kids laugh at me,
but who cares!
It may look weird, but it works wonders!
After obtaining his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1971, Dr.
Gilliam, board certified in Emergency Medicine, practiced for more than twenty years at the Florida Hospital in
Orlando. He then returned to his home state of Tennessee where he continues providing emergency care in a local
hospital in the Chattanooga area.
Dr. Gilliam is involved with his wife and family, his church, boating and tennis. Recently he competed in the
local and state finals in the Senior Olympics and won several gold medals in track and field and singles
tennis. He has a special interest in wellness and fitness and
-NeckPro was thus borne out of necessity from his own struggle with neck pain.
-After being diagnosed with two cervical herniated discs, Dr. Gilliam began using the only available cervical
traction unit. He soon became very displeased because it was so cumbersome and awkward. He then began his own
efforts to develop a better, improved, more user- friendly and effective cervical traction method. Some 18
months later and several changes in method, design and operative techniques, NeckPro was finalized and now is
available to provide the best in cervical traction therapy.
NeckPro is an easy-to-use traction device that can be used at home to significantly reduce
neck pain. Millions of people suffer from neck pain every day, sometimes immobilizing them almost completely.
Neck pain can be caused by traumatic injury from strain, whiplash, or a fracture. However, it also may be
caused from sitting too long at a desk or computer; driving long distances; poor posture; improper sleeping
habits; and from everyday physical, mental, and, especially, emotional stress.
Neck pain results from muscle spasm or tension that causes narrowing of the spaces between the vertebrae. This
stricture places pressure on the nerves in the area, a condition commonly known as a “pinched nerve.” That’s
where NeckPro comes in. NeckPro is a device that applies cervical traction, stretching muscles and forcing them
to relax. The result is to effectively break the neck pain/spasm cycle.
Invented by a practicing physician, who is board-certified in Emergency Medicine, NeckPro is an over-the-door
cervical traction unit for home use. It is safe and effective when used as directed to relieve pain associated
* Cervical disc herniation
* Cervical radiculopathy
* Neck strain
* Pinched nerve in the upper spine with associated pain radiating down upper extremities
* Tension, and/or tightness (muscle spasm) in muscles of the upper back, shoulders and neck, and/or resulting
insomnia or tension headaches
1. Attach NeckPro bracket to the top of a door.
2. First, sit in a chair with your back against the door. Then just place the NeckPro straps
around the head as directed in the instructions.
3. By pulling on the hand cord you can adjust the tension to a comfortable level.
4. Then just sit back and let the NeckPro's constant, easy tension start relieving the pain and stress you've
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"Dear Dr. Gilliam,
I'd like to send you an enthusiastic testimonial regarding the at-home NeckPro. I have been in
chiropractic practice for 16 years and have dispensed 100's of over-the-door water and weight bag
units with few results, save the complaints of difficulty of use and "can't I hurt myself with
I have given out 8 NeckPros in the past 4 months and the results, as well as compliance, has been
astounding. No more long winded, 15 minute demonstrations and admonitions to get help when using
it. It's proven invaluable for geriatric patients for which other devices were untenable, and it
actually offers substantial relief after office treatments end.
Thank you so much for your well thought out product!!
The NECKpro® over-door traction device, developed by Larry Gilliam, MD, eliminates the bag of
water or weights and the trial and error method of traction therapy offered by conventional home over-door
traction systems. By using a precision compression spring coupled with a patented rope ratchet, the NECKpro
delivers a more precise amount of cervical traction incrementally.
Each audible “click” of the ratchet signals an approximate 1 lb. increase in the tension being applied; i.e., 1
click equals 1 lb., 2 clicks equals 2 lbs. and so on. This allows the patient to monitor and track these
increases for maximum benefit during each therapy session. Once the patient has reached the desire level of
traction or clicks, simply release the rope and relax for the duration of each therapy
session. The ratchet locks automatically, maintaining the desired tension/traction.
The high quality head halter is comfortable and easy to apply. The quick release straps on the halter make
exiting the device at the end of a therapy session very simple, even under high levels of traction.
The NECKpro is simple, easy, effective and portable. It comes completely assembled, ready to use right out of
the box and is the perfect travel companion. “Relief is just a click away”, so don’t be without one at home or
on the road.
Advantages of Using NeckPro
* Simple, easy, effective, portable & affordable
* No assembly required. No cumbersome weights, waterbags or pulleys
* Most user-friendly cervical traction unit available
* Head and neck are not locked in one position but remain free allowing rotation and
extension concurrent with traction to achieve maximum mobility and relaxation. The ratcheting mechanism enables
incremental adjustment of the tension without having to dismantle and reassemble the unit.
* Tension is directed unilinear and is referenced by an audible signal or clicking sound of the ratchet
Benefits of Using NeckPro
* Promotes relaxation
* Reduces stress and tension
* Reduces, if not eliminates, the need for costly pain medication
* Aids in returning to normal sleeping habits
* Reduces the effects of aging on the spine due to gravity
* Aids in returning normal neck mobility, flexibility and range of motion
* May postpone or eliminate surgical intervention for cervical disc disease
* Aids in returning the spine to its anatomical posture
In summary, for those individuals who have no medical condition to prevent its use and have the noted
conditions that will benefit from cervical traction, the NeckPro will provide these positive realities.
Mount metal door bracket over top center of door. Engage release tab on bracket and lower
harness for applying to head and neck.
Sit in chair with your back firmly against back of chair, and the chair pushed back against door. Assume
position of comfort and keep same position in order to maintain static tension traction.
Apply harness to back of head and chin. For comfort, place chinstrap so that it embraces the for ward structure
of the chin in a cupping or concave manner. Pull hook and loop strap forward and attach to patches on both
sides of the chinstrap. Ensure a firm grip to back of head and neck. Tighten harness by pulling down on white
cord. Ease up on cord after each click to sense the increased tension/traction. When you sense the first tug or
lift, begin counting the clicks. Each click equals an approximate one pound increase in traction or tension, up
to approximately 20 pounds maximum.
Release/remove harness. DO NOT release harness by reaching up to tab on ratchet, but rather, grasp forward end
of hook and loop straps, pull back and up behind head for ease of removal.
Recommended regimen 5-10 pounds (clicks) of tension for 10 minutes a.m. and p.m. until you obtain therapeutic
pain relief and then as needed.
* Attention: Use as directed by your licensed medical practitioner to be sure you have no medical or physical
condition, which would preclude its use. Use only according to the above instructions. DO NOT modify or
disassemble. Keep away from children.
Symptomatic pain relief for the following conditions associated with neckpain:
* Disc Herniation (Bulging disc)
* Pinched nerve
* Upper extremity numbness and or radiating pain
* Cervical Radiculopathy
* Whiplash (neck sprain/strain) and muscle spasm
* Osteoarthritis (degenerative disc disease) Headache, fibromyalgia and sleeplessness (insomnia) arising from
stress & muscle tension in the muscles of the neck, shoulders and upper back causing chronic neck pain and
After having an MRI and finding that I had a deteriorating disk in my neck and also a pinched nerve, I was told
by my orthopedist that surgery was the next step. He suggested a block and tackle device, but I was unable to
So, I purchased a NeckPro at the drugstore to see if I could obtain any relief from the pain, numbness and loss
of strength I was having in my arm and hand. After two uses of the NeckPro for 15 minutes each, I began seeing
positive results. Two weeks later, the pain and numbness were gone and the strength was beginning to return to
my arm and hand.
I would highly recommend the NECK-PRO to anyone with neck and shoulder problems before opting for surgery or
any kind of invasive procedure.
Sincerely, Leland M. Hatfield
I would like to personally thank you for the NeckPro. Although I am fortunate not to have anatomic vertebral
pathology, tension headaches are an unfortunate reality. With occasional use of the NeckPro for as little as 5
or 10 minutes, the relief of tension headaches is now a reality.
Good luck with marketing your new invention. When the word gets out, they will sell themselves.
John S. Aggers, MD
Dear Dr. Gilliam:
I am writing to congratulate you for developing the therapeutic cervical traction device. I also wanted you to
know how much your NeckPro helped me to stay active in doing volunteer work and playing sports.
At age 65, I started playing volleyball and other sports in the Senior Games. I found that some sports
irritated my arthritic neck, and the only way I could get relief would be to apply some form of traction. After
going through therapy at a local hospital several times, I purchased a traction device that applied traction by
filling a bag with water and hanging over a door. This was not very efficient; as a set amount of water did not
supply the exact amount of traction I needed on any given day.
With the NeckPro, I can quickly and easily apply the right amount of traction to get the relief I need. Now at
age 79, I feel confident that I will be able to continue participating in Senior Games. With the help of the
NeckPro, I believe I will be able to play table tennis, badminton and swim for many more years.
If I become aware of anyone that experiences the same cervical problems that I do, I will certainly recommend
that they try the NeckPro to keep them active.
Just over a year ago I fell and compressed four vertebrae in my back. I was visiting a chiropractor four and
five times a week to relieve the pain. I also experienced extreme sensitivity in my shoulder and back and
numbness in my hands and feet. I had some trouble returning to work because clothing caused pain in my shoulder
I purchased your NeckPro and began using it every other day for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. I was able to
reduce my chiropractor visits to once a week within three months and stopped taking pain medicine for my
shoulder and back. I was able to return to work soon after with only mild problems with sensitivity.
I am still working with my chiropractor and using the NeckPro as I need it. I want to thank you for the NeckPro
and all it has to help me through this experience.