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When & how to use TracPal

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Indications

The TracPal device is used to relieve pain caused by wear/tear injuries in the hip, knee, lower back, neck and shoulders. TracPal provides pain relief, relieves pressure and improves mobility. The joints are slightly distracted for intra articular relief using body weight and strength as explained in the user instruction. Using TracPal is meant to be an important part of a course of treatment options which can be given by your local healthcare provider.

Contraindications

Do not use the TracPal device in the following cases: Fractures, Rheumatoid Arthritis,  Lumbar Spinal Instability, Traumatic or Acute Injury.

Hip self-traction guides using TracPal

Step 1

The door jamb strap should be adjusted using the pin to fit the width of the door so that the ankle strap is up against the door jamb.

Place the door strap in the door jamb about 20-50 cm up from the floor, close the door and pull tight.

Step 2

Put on the ankle strap by placing the short-end over the foot, followed by the long-end. Place the long-end strap above the ankle for best result. Insert the long strap into the buckle, pull tight using the finger loop and secure.

Step 3

Lay down on the back at a slight angle from the door jamb, push away with the opposite leg while being fully relaxed in the leg to be treated. Do the pull for 2 minutes, relax for 30 seconds. Repeat two to three times.

During traction you should feel subtle sensations. Move slowly and listen to your body. You should feel like somebody pulls your leg out from the hip. Stop immediately if you experience painful sensations or discomfort.

Use the Yoga Block during hip traction under the knee for less strain on the knee capsule and for easier relaxation between intervals. Use the Yoga Block at all times If you suffers from joint-hypermobility.

The Yoga Block can as well be used under the foot for better reach during push away.

 

Knee self-traction using TracPal

Step 1

Make sure that the door jamb strap is adjusted using the pin to fit the width of the door so that a minimum of 5 pin holes (about 8cm) is left outside the door jamb. Place the door strap in the door jamb at floor level, close the door and pull tight.

Step 2

Put on the ankle strap by placing the short-end strap over the foot, followed by the long-end. Place the long-end strap above the ankle for best result. Insert the long-end strap into the buckle, pull tight using the finger loop and secure.

Step 3

Put the Yoga Block under your knee and lie down on your back at a slight angle away from the door jamb; push away with the opposite leg while being fully relaxed in the leg to be treated. Do the pull for 1 minute, and relax for 15 seconds. Repeat three to five times.

The sensations are very subtle, you should move slowly and listen to your body carefully. You will feel like somebody slightly pulls your leg out from the knee. You should not feel increasing sensations of pain or discomfort. 

 

NECK TRACTION

Place the extension strap in between the door jamb at the top or hook it on the door handle on the opposite side of the door and bring the strap to your side. Close the door and fix the TracPal extension strap in place. Connect the TracPal to the extension strap with the carabine and the D-ring. Fixate the TracPal device in a loop so that your head can fit through. The length of the extension strap should be so that TracPal will hang 3-4 cm from the ground.

Remove any piercings that may create discomfort. Sit on the floor with your back facing the door and wrap the TracPal device around your head so that it will support the back of the skull firmly. Lie down. 

Slide away from the door until you feel light traction in the neck. Stay in this position for 5-10 minutes, which should provide relief. 

IMPORTANT! Your neck should be almost parallel to the floor, like if you were floating on the water. Do not let the neck elevate higher than 10 degrees. 

You should feel light to moderate traction in the neck. Make sure your back side of the skull is supported well. Stop immediately if you experience painful sensations or discomfort.

LOWER BACK TRACTION

Place the extension strap in between the door jamb or hook it to the door handle on the other side of the door. Fixate the TracPal into an O-shape wide enough, that both of your feet will fit through. Close the door to fix the TracPal device in place, about 50-60 cm from the ground. Adjust the extension strap if needed. 

Wear comfortable trainers and sit down on the floor. Place your feet through the loop and make sure your feet will not slip out. Lie down on the mat to prevent slipping.

Slowly slide away from the door until you feel light traction in the lower back. You should feel instant pain relief. Hold for 5-10 minutes. You can swing your legs from side to side to create a more relaxed feeling in the lower back

You should feel light to moderate traction in the lower back. Try to swing gently from side to side

Stop immediately if you experience painful sensations or discomfort.

SHOULDER TRACTION

Place the extension strap in between the door jamb at the top of the door to fix the TracPal device in place from above. Connect the TracPal device to the extension strap via the D-ring and carabine. Adjust the extension length so that when you wrap the TracPal around your elbow, it will hang at the same level (max 1 cm lower) as your shoulder. 

Put your elbow through the TracPal device and let it rest. You should feel that the shoulder is completely relaxed. Do micro movements to the left and right in a swinging matter for 3-5 minutes. Keep your arm and shoulder completely relaxed while doing so. 

The sensations for shoulder traction is very subtle. You should feel a light traction, as if somebody was slightly pulling your shoulder out. Stop immediately if you experience painful sensations or discomfort

Download the guide

Tracpal full manual can be downloaded here.

 

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