– This patient here is a athlete, she’s a triathlon athlete and she sustained a back injury. she was diagnosed with
several bulging discs in the lumbar spine. And one of the best things we do for that is lumbar traction. this is a quick setup. we’re just securing the
patient and the table, and… It’s quite simple. That’s basically the
setup, pretty simple stuff. We unlock the table, we check the angle. (machine whirring) We do a rope release. And we have an emergency
kill switch just in case. why this is an effective treatment, it actually separates your kind of creates a little separation in the vertebrae and it allows the disc
to come back into place. And with this patient
here, Adele actually, generally we start with
half the body weight for the first one, but sometimes we take into consideration how much muscle density they have. in her case, she’s an
athlete, she’s pretty fit, we’re going to go a little bit more than half her body weight, and that’s going to be
85 pounds of pressure, and we’re going to go for
a quicker treatment time. it’s going to be 35 second
pull then a 10 second rest. It’s intervals. And the machine is on. usually just for the most part, we turn the lights off. We leave it on for a moment
the patient can relax, and the things to do here
is just to do nothing. Just relax, rest and let
it work just like before. We’re going to get me
feedback when I ask you how you feel. – It’s very relaxing (laughing) – (laughing) Yeah, just
actually if you want to talk about the actual
feeling on your body, I think specifically the
thing that you really feel the most is not necessarily the pull, but when it relieves you. – Right.
– About– – It relieves on the pull. – Yeah. – So you feel everything opening. – you feel everything opening. – Yeah, yeah.
– It’s nice. Like pulls everything out. It lets everything just–
– Go. – Yeah.
– Yeah. – Like it’s the best feeling ever. (laughing) – Especially when you’re hurt. This is actually a good position too. It just–
– Also takes of the pressure. – Takes off the pressure yeah. So just another thing to point out, if you have back pain
actually the best position that you can be in, the
most comfortable position is laying on your back with
something under your legs, – Al takes of the pressure. alleviates the pressure from your back. just another thing to point out, That’s 85 pounds of force. How does it feel? is laying on your back with
nothing under your legs, – No, no pain. – It seems like 85 is a lot, , we’re almost at maximum pull. No, it’s very relaxing.
– It’s not. It’s subtle. It’s supposed to be a subtle pull so it’s going to hold here
for 35 seconds, right? It’s just maintaining that contraction and then it’s going to
just relieve it for 10 and it’s going to cycle through. So depending on the treatment time, but in this acute case,
we’re going to do 15 minutes ’cause we actually want
to decrease inflammation as much as possible so
we’re going to be doing this it’s going to hold here
for 35 seconds, right? And that’s it. And just to show you what
it really looks like, we turn the lights off
and let the patient relax.