Frequently Asked Questions
Can you use The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher on your bed?
Absolutely! In fact, any flat and horizontal surface works which is why this product is so versatile. Use it at your cubical at work, your treatment table, your bed in your RV or sleeper cab, or even your camping tent floor. The list goes on and on. You will soon learn you can stretch your back practically anywhere.
Can you use The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher if you have had joint replacement surgery or spinal fusion surgery?
Possibly. Please consult with your physician before using the device. Only your personal physician knows your particular health history and is the only one who can make treatment recommendations for your specific condition.
How often can you use The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher?
The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher can be used as soon as pain appears or even if pain has already been present for a long time. If no pain is present, it can be used to maintain a pain-free back. It can be used to help you fall asleep. It is good practice to ask your health practitioner if you can use it as often as you would like for as long as you like. In worse cases, once every couple of hours should do the trick. If you feel your lower leg is going to sleep, limit your time of stretch.
How long can you stretch your back with The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher for a single treatment?
We recommend about 5 minutes for low levels of back pain. 10 minutes for moderate pain. 15 minutes for intense pain. Also, refer to the Owner’s Manual for more details. It takes time in a relaxed state for gentle stretching at the precise location of discomfort to release muscle tension and restore discs to a more normal shape and cushioning function. Be sure to drink plenty of water before or during stretching since having a health condition of dehydration is a significant contributor to back pain.
Can you use The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher to treat upper back pain relief?
Absolutely, the traction application transmits throughout your spine from your shoulders to your hips.
I have a diagnosed back ailment or surgical procedure that is still causing pain. Will this help it?
First, ask your health practitioner. They may say it could be worth a try. Gentle stretching is a treatment option at most doctor’s disposal. They are best qualified to determine when, if, or how it can be prescribed. If it doesn’t work to your 100% complete satisfaction, you can simply return it for a full refund within 60 days after it has shipped to you.
If you are stretching in bed and your hips are touching the bedding, is it still working?
Yes, if you can pass your flattened hand between the hips and the bedding. If not, simply adjust the 3 legs to the next longer or higher setting. Also, make sure the angle between your abdomen and thighs is >90 degrees by inching your shoulders back away from the device while you push on the handles. Stop pushing when you feel your knees slipping in the knee cups.
My back hurts more when I push on the handles too much?
Ease off or stop pushing or simply straighten your legs. This releases all tension immediately and leaves you resting comfortably on the underlying surface without any restrictions on your body.
I’m just not feeling much traction force in my back. Am I doing it wrong? Where is the magic?
It could be that indeed you are doing it wrong. Please read the Owner’s Manual for a refresher. The important aspects of proper use are:
- Make sure you have properly adjusted the device to your height and size.
- Make sure your hips are suspended above the underlying surface by passing your flattened hand between your hips and that underlying surface while you are relaxing your back.
- Make sure the angle between your thighs and your abdomen is greater than 90 degrees while stretching. Inch your shoulders along the underlying surface to increase that angle while pushing on the handles with your hands.
- Allow your back to relax and breathe deeply as if you are taking a nap.
- Don’t allow your legs to slip down while stretching. Simply curl them backward or place a damp cloth on the knee cups to increase the friction between your skin and the foam pad surfaces on the knee cups. In time, you should be able to perfectly adjust the device to properly hold you in a completely relaxed state while your back pain melts away like magic!
My knees slip down while stretching?
Simply curl them backward or place a damp cloth on the knee cups to increase the friction between your skin and the foam pad surfaces on the knee cups.
Can you lay your head on a pillow while stretching?
Yes, if that brings you added comfort.
How do I return the product and get my money back?
You can return the product for any reason within 60 days from the purchase date. You simply pack in a box along with a copy of the receipt, and your return address, and ship it to us at: Spine Wizards LLC. 2323 Space Center Blvd. Ste 180, #178 Houston, TX 77062 We will strive to do our very best to refund your amount immediately. Stretcher better and more efficient than inversion tables or any other traction product on the market today?
Inversion tables stretch painful areas in addition to ones that aren’t hurting. This wastes energy that could be used to lessen your discomfort. Plus, the relief inversion tables offer is temporary. The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher applies direct, gentle stretching to the precise location of discomfort – on the posterior or back side of the spine. Since you are lying flat with your propped feet up, there is no hanging-by-your-ankles risks in using The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher.
Why is The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher more comfortable to use than an inversion table?
Inversion tables chafe skin on users’ ankles, put a lot of uncomfortable pressure on the ankle area while lying on a hard surface, and there is a danger of slipping out of the ankle cuffs. Some inversion table manufacturers also include trigger-point acupressure nodules that press into the user’s back which can be even more uncomfortable if the user is simply trying to relieve back pain. With The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher, users only touch two soft foam yoga pads conforming to the back of the knees over a large area. They are also lying in the ultimate comfort of their own bed. Getting into and out of it from a lying position is much easier than tilting forward from a standing position to lock ankles to and from hard rubber ankle collars. Bending forward usually results in more pain.
Why is The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher safer for your health than an inversion table?
According to some medical professionals, inversion tables can adversely affect your ears, eyes, and circulatory system. Inverting to 60 degrees’ head down increases blood and retinal pressure which can pose serious health risks. Inversion tables also pull hard on the user’s ankles, knees, and hip joints. Inverting and then standing up can also cause vertigo. And there’s a risk of nausea, especially after eating. Plus, if the user is experiencing any other ailment in addition to back pain, inverting aggravates that ailment. The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher keeps the user’s head level with their heart so their blood pressure and retinal pressure remain normal. There is also zero stress to ankles, and significant reduction in knee and hip joint stress. And, since there is no inversion, The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher minimizes aggravation of ailments unrelated to back pain. There is no risk of vertigo. And the possibility of nausea is minimal.
Why do most people with back pain prefer The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher over inversion tables?
Inversion tables can be very intimidating to the average person suffering from back pain since most of these people have no desire to perform upside-down sit-ups while hanging by their ankles. Most people only seek pain relief. Anyone can easily use The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher.
Why does The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher relieve back pain more quickly than an inversion table?
Due to health risks, inversion table manufacturers warn users to limit how long they invert. This can stall pain relief. If the treatment is incomplete, users must spend time waiting before applying a new stretching treatment. Since there is no inversion, stretching your back with The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher can be completed in one uninterrupted treatment. It’s easy, comfortable, safe, quick, and effective.
Why is The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher safer to use than an inversion table?
If an inversion table breaks while inverting, users risk suddenly falling on their head, not to mention the additional pain inflicted to an already painful back. On the outside chance The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher breaks, a user’s legs simply slump to the bed or floor. (Although these failures rarely occur, the risk is always present and recognized by the user.) Inversion tables are not safe around small children since the apparatus weighs about 70 pounds, pivot like a seesaw, and have pinching hazards. Even if they are folded and leaning against the wall, they can tip over. The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher only weighs about 10 pounds and poses less risk for small children.
Why is The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher better than an inversion table if you have a sudden muscle spasm?
While on an inversion table, if a sudden muscle spasm occurs from stretching too hard, the user must slowly rotate their body to reduce tension in overstretched muscles in spasm, bend forward and down to manually unlock their ankles, and then step out to go lay down on a bed. While stretching on The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher, if any sudden spasm occurs from stretching too hard, the user simply straightens their knees and their hips slowly slump comfortably to the bed underneath.
Why is The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher more convenient to use than an inversion table?
Inversion tables require users to carry a 70-pound apparatus from its storage area to the place where they want to stretch their back, unfold it, and then adjust it to their size setting. The effort of doing this convinces most users to leave the inversion table set up all the time, inconveniently taking up floor space. They are also tedious to set up. And once assembled, traveling with them is cumbersome – plus airlines do not allow them. The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher folds neatly under a bed ready to slip out and place on the bed with one hand in two seconds. It weighs 85% less than an inversion table, is easier to set up, less bulky and can also be disassembled and packed into a carry-on-sized travel bag and taken anywhere – traveling or to work – whether you’re on a boat, in a mobile home, 18-wheeler sleeper cab, or even an airplane.
Why is The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher more adapted to every-day-living than inversion tables?
Users can’t enjoy other activities while stretching on an inversion table such as watching TV, talking on the phone, reading a book, having a face-to-face conversation, or eating a snack. The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher allows users the convenience of enjoying many common activities while relaxing in bed.
Why is The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher a wonderful alternative to traditional hospital traction devices?
Common back traction devices used in hospitals require users to wear a hip harness that is manually hooked to cables coming from a traction device made of metal tubes, pulleys and weights that is attached to the end of a bed. If a patient needs to use the restroom, a nurse has to help them out of the traction device, remove the harness, and when they’re done, put the harness back on, re-hook the cables, and re-apply weight to the harness. When used in a hospital room, users can quickly remove The Spine Wizard® Back Stretcher, go to the bathroom, return, and get back into it without a nurse’s help.