Millions of people today are dealing with back pain. In fact, it’s not uncommon to find that you know someone – or are yourself – suffering from pain.
If you’re like most people you just want the pain to end. One tool that many are finding helpful is to use an inversion table for back pain.
Back Pain Relief
There are a number of benefits to using an inversion table, but if you’re reading this it’s probably because you’re dealing with pain and you want it gone!
Using an inversion table for back pain is effective because the table allows you to reverse the effects of gravity.
Simply, gravity is what generally causes back pain. You see, gravity pulls at us steadily until we reach our 30s and 40s, when many people begin to see real problems. Of course, if you’ve abused your back through sports, work or other external factors, this only serves to exacerbate your back pain.
There are discs between the vertebrae in our backs. These vertebrae are bones, and the discs are filled with a gel-like substance that acts as a shock absorber between the vertebrae bones. However, gravity pulls at us, compressing those discs until they may begin to bulge awkwardly, causing pain. (Picture marshmallows squished between the graham crackers of a ‘smore.) Worse yet, if untreated, those bulging discs can herniate, requiring surgery.
An inversion table allows us to reverse that downward pull of gravity. It stretches out the back muscles, increasing the distance between the vertebrae. This relaxes the discs and allows them to slip back into their proper place. This, in turn, reduces the pressure on those discs and nerve roots which then reduces, or even eliminates, back pain.
Does It Really Relieve the Pain?
Reviews and experiences from people who have used an inversion table for back pain are overwhelmingly positive. Many have stated that they were able to significantly reduce, and even eliminate, their pain within just a few days or weeks.
One 51 year old man described how he was in constant pain from herniated discs and a bad fall on the ice. He states that he is now completely pain-free after using his table for four weeks.
A 54 year old nurse described how she had severe pain from Sciatica, and that she even walked around tilted to one side trying to relieve the pain. She states that after using her table for one week, she has noticed astounding results. She says that she now uses her table periodically for maintenance, and that she can dance again!
Inversion Table Negatives
Of course, not everyone will benefit from an inversion table. People who have suffered a stroke, are dealing with glaucoma or middle ear infection, heart disease or hypertension may experience complications from use of a table. Hanging slightly or even completely upside down can increase pressure on the head and eyes, so a table is contra-indicated for those dealing with these issues.
Whether a table can help your pain will depend on your current fitness level and any preexisting conditions. You will want to speak with your doctor to determine if an inversion table for back pain is indicated for you.
With regard to current reviews, the vast majority are positive, with most people indicating that they have found significant relief from their back pain when using their table.
There have been a few negatives, but only a few, with most stating that they found it uncomfortable to hang from the ankle straps or bars. You may have to adjust the ankle holders to make the inversion table comfortable for you.
To give you our personal experience, my 47 year old wife has suffered with back pain for years. She’s made many chiropractic and osteopathic doctor visits, all culminating in little or no relief. We have found the inversion table for back pain to be our solution!
My wife has never hung completely upside down. She finds that hanging for about 4-5 minutes every one or two days at a little more than ¾ of the way over is enough to keep her happy and pain free.
I am so glad we found the inversion table. It may be just what you need to get rid of your back pain!
Robert has been writing for several years on many interesting subjects. To read more of his experiences, see Inversion Table for Back Pain and Inversion Table Exercise.
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