QUESTION: I’m feeling the traction/stretch in my mid back, not my low back area. Why?
ANSWER: This may occur in some people who have chronic low back pain. Their low back is so over-tight that the middle back is the first area to start to move or stretch. With consistent use, the low back area will start to stretch and the traction force will be felt more in the low back after approximately 3 weeks.
Another problem could be that the user has the thigh contact located too high up on the thigh while applying the force. Make sure the thigh contact is as close to the groin/trunk area as possible.
The final problem could be the user has their wrists positioned higher than the hand grip. This will cause more force to the top of the thigh contact and cause a stretch higher up in the spine.
QUESTION: Can't I just do the same thing with my hands? Why do I need Lo-Bak TRAX?
ANSWER: The short answer is Yes. You can stretch your back with just your hands and this is exactly what I, Dr.B, was trying to show my patients for years.
My patients were not aware of anatomy & had a difficult time knowing exactly where to place their hands to get the best traction force. A lot of them did not possess the upper body strength needed to push hard enough to feel the traction to their spine. So pushing with just the hands was not effective in my practice.
I always said, if I just had a simple device that my patients could use to push with, it would make this form of spinal traction so much easier.
That is exactly why I invented Lo-Bak TRAX.
Using your hands alone is not as efficient as using a solid metal device.
It's simple physics.
Lo-Bak TRAX functions as a lever to increase the mechanical advantage of applying a traction force to your spine. In simple terms, it's easier and requires less force to get the same stretch.
You see your wrists are made up of 8 carpal bones held together with ligaments and other soft tissues.
There is "give" there. When you push, just using your hands/wrists some of the pushing force is dampened by that "give" in the wrists. So you have to push harder & harder to traction the spine.
Lo-Bak TRAX is solid metal, so if you use the same amount of pushing force, you get a much stronger stretch because there is no "give" on the metal thigh contacts. Not only that, but Lo-Bak TRAX was designed with the proper angles and curves of the thigh contacts to optimize comfort and effectiveness.
And again, Lo-Bak TRAX was reviewed by the FDA for almost 1 year. It is validated as a non-powered, spinal traction device. So it does what it claims to do in an easy & comfortable way.
So yes, using Lo-Bak TRAX is more effective than just using your hands alone.
QUESTION: The center point is pointing either up or down and is not flat! Why?
ANSWER: This is a clear indicator your wrist position is wrong. Your wrists should be flat or straight in-line with the handle grip. If your wrists are BELOW the handle grip, the center point will tilt up. If your wrists are ABOVE the handle grip, the center point will tip down. Either way, you will not get a good stretch unless your wrists are flat and in line with the handle grips, and the point is flat, especially when you first start using Lo-Bak TRAX.
Once comfortable using Lo-Bak TRAX, you can move your wrists above or below the handle grip during use to change the spinal level you are targeting at that time.
This is an advanced move, done when using Lo-Bak TRAX to change the levels in your spine you are trying to target. This can be done without moving the device and while holding the traction force. This should only be done when you are comfortable using Lo-Bak TRAX.
QUESTION: I’m just not feeling a good traction force where I want or need it! Why?
ANSWER: Lo-Bak TRAX’s traction force should be able to be targeted to the area
in your lower back which you would like. HOWEVER, being able to target the force is tougher than it looks and takes some practice to find your “sweet spot”. The area of your back where you feel the traction force most depends on: WRIST POSITION, FEET POSITION, or THIGH CONTACT POSITION.
QUESTION: The Lo-Bak TRAX is sliding up my thighs when I try to push! Why?
ANSWER: This problem occurs when you are not fully relaxed. The quads(or thigh muscles) are tense/hard and the device slides up. This resists stretching/traction of the low back area and you are basically pushing and feeling nothing. When the quads(thigh muscles) are sufficiently relaxed, the thigh contacts of Lo-Bak TRAX will actually cause an indent of the relaxed soft tissue of your thighs and not be able to slide up. You will then start to feel the stretch/traction in your back.
• If your wrists are higher than the hand grips, the center point will tip down and you will feel the force more in the upper back area.
• If your wrists are lower than the hand grips, the center point will tip up and you will feel the force more in the lower back area.
• If your feet are closer to your buttocks, you will feel the force more in your lower back area.
• If your feet are further away from your buttocks, you will feel the force more in your mid back area.
• If the thigh contact is located closer to the groin/trunk area, you will feel the force more in the lower back area.
• If the thigh contact is located higher up on the thigh, you will feel the force more in the upper back area.
Please Note: YOU NEED TO PRACTICE USING Lo-Bak TRAX, AND TRYING DIFFERENT POSTURES CONSISTENTLY TO CUSTOMIZE EXACTLY WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU!