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Inversion helps your body to recover from the compression effects of gravity and daily activities. It stimulates circulation of blood to relieve stiff and painful muscles, increases body flexibility, clears muscle congestion, and increases physical and mental energy. Inversion is used to treat many areas of the spine.

Large adjustable headrest pad. Six position adjustable pin system for easy positioning and safer inversion than strap systems. True balancing system for easier inverting. Ergonomic & reversible ankle holding system. Accommodates users 4 ft-10 in to 6 ft-6 in and a 300 lbs. weight capacity.

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Inversion Table Therapy For Spinal Decompression & Relief Of Back Pain Like Sciatica

The amount of adults that walk around with chronic or intermittent back pain is astounding. Some studies indicate up to 80% of our adult population suffers from chronic back pain. Anyone that has ever suffered from terrible back and spinal pain can tell you just how awful living with it really is. But there is one simple solution that can help relieve the chronic pain that many people face today: The inversion table.

Once you know how to use inversion therapy, the benefits can cover pretty much every part of the body and can even offer improved health on top of relief. But just what are the benefits of inversion table therapy, and how will they effect you?

Back Pain: By simply hopping on an inversion table and allowing your weight so shift so you achieve levels of inversion, you can reversing the effect that gravity and compression has on your spine. When inverting, you provide your spine with the traction it needs to release some of the built up pressure. This can cause pinched nerves from compression to become released, making your back feel better.

Joint Relief: The pressure on our joints gets worse as the day goes on, but by enjoying the inversion therapy, you can help stretch out your muscles and joints. Especially after a long workout, an inversion table can provide much needed relief to your arms and legs.

Lymph System: There aren’t many people that would see an inversion table and think of the lymph system, but studies have shown that simply by hanging upside down you allow your bodies lymph system to travel in the other direction for a change. This allows it to flush the built up toxins out and clear the lactic acid that can cause pain.

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Improved Circulation: Since all blood flow has to fight through gravity, half of your body is always in an imbalance with the other half when it comes to circulation. By inverting for a little while each day, you can help counteract the effects that gravity has on your body and allow full circulation to occur to the other half.

So, it can be used for more than sciatica and become a part of your every day health.

A 2012 study in the journal Disability and Rehabilitation, in patients prescribed disc surgery, inversion therapy producing intermittent traction significantly reduced the need for surgery. There was a trend towards resolution of disability and impairment resulting from disc related nerve pain. The authors further noted the potential to reduce rehab after surgery using inversion traction.

A 1985 study in the journal Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation studied the lumbar spine distraction effects of inversion devices, noting back pain improvement in 13 of 16 patients. This seems to be static or just hanging inversion. Intermittent, in my opinion, is more effective and should produce less side effects.

Inversion therapy can a great way to help compressive spinal conditions like herniated/bulging discs, active Schmorl’s nodes, and disc degeneration

How To Use

The idea is not to just hang upside down. In fact, I never do. These devices are best used with a back and forth motion used to produce what is called intermittent traction. This is a method of pumping the disc, providing traction on and off in a slow, steady motion. This is done with your body weight and the natural motion of the table, keeping a nice, steady rhythm. You control this with body motion and should go very slow in the beginning until you are familiar with the table and the effects of traction. Once you have mastered this, you will find it very easy to do and quite effective in many cases.

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As you can see, there are many benefits to using inversion therapy. This device is a practical way to utilize intermittent lumbar and thoracic traction in a home setting. I do not think it is the best method for cervical traction.

Precautions:

Caution should be used with inversion therapy if you have cardiovascular problems, migraine headaches, eye pressure or vision related problems, contact lenses should not be worn while inverting, avoid during pregnancy; consult your health care provider first.

Many ask how to use inversion table therapy and I always say you must check to make sure there are no contraindications to hanging upside down as noted above. That being said, I would not use one to completely invert. It is not necessary to achieve maximum benefit.

Make sure you have dedicated space where no one else can get in the way. Check for low ceilings.

Inversion Table Details:

Details: Large adjustable headrest pad. Six position adjustable pin system for easy positioning and safer inversion than strap systems. True balancing system for easier inverting. Ergonomical & reversible ankle holding system. Accommodates users 4 ft-10 in to 6 ft-6 in and a 300 lbs. weight capacity.

Tips

Really nice quality without any bells and whistles for marketing that some companies use. What does that mean? Well, additional gadgets are not proven to give any benefit. The more stuff you attach, the more there is to break, the longer it takes, and it can take away some of the concentration you really need to avoid making mistakes.

If you want to deepen the lumbar curve, use a small pillow if you must. Remember that you have something else to concentrate on. You really want to get on, do the inversion therapy, and get off. If you have joint problems like facet arthritis, deepening the lumbar curve could aggravate the condition. Just a note: when you raise both arms up – you deepen the lumbar curve. After you get used to it, you will find you can control the curve without any gadgets.

When using for the first time, you should always go slow, especially getting off, where the pressure increases. Use a shallow angle at first; you really don’t need to hang upside down. You may want to go all the way, but try to resist this. With conditions like sciatica, there can be inflammation and there may be arthritis, muscle and ligament weakening. The idea is not to put over a hundred pounds of force into the lower back, and the main thing is to avoid any further injury. So, I would keep it at a low degree angle (30-45); hold for 15, 30 seconds to a minute or two, level out, the repeat.

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At first you are just getting used to how it works and the motion required to work it in a safe and smooth fashion. During use, you can find out what works best for you regarding repetitions and duration of use, but I would start out at about 10 minutes, going slow when getting upright and off the table. It can be a great tool for proprioception or position sense.

It is not for acute sprains and strains. If you have an acute muscle or ligament tear, inversion therapy can cause further tearing, especially hanging upside down. If using for sciatica, there is often reactive muscle spasm. This spasm must be stretched slow and never too much, so if there is pain, that is telling you that you are going too far.

Remember, after decompression during your session, getting off requires re-compression; so do it slowly and be careful not to bend over right away or lift anything heavy. The discs are pressurized from the influx of fluid and susceptible to injury from a sudden compressive force. Similarly, relaxed muscles will have to contract.

So, inversion table therapy can be very effective in managing back pain conditions from compression; very good for postural strain like sitting for extended periods, just keep in mind the precautions/tips above, and you should have a very good experience.

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Author Bio

Stephen Ornstein, D.C. has treated thousands of neck, shoulder and back conditions since graduating Sherman Chiropractic College in 1987 and during his involvement in Martial Arts. He holds certifications as a Peer Review Consultant from New York Chiropractic College, Physiological Therapeutics from National Chiropractic College, Modic Antibiotic Spinal Therapy from Dr. Hanne Albert, PT., MPH., Ph.D., Myofascial Release Techniques from Logan Chiropractic College, and learned Active Release Technique from the founder, P. Michael Leahy, DC, ART, CCSP.