Are you suffering from back pain like I have been for the last 15 years? If you are, chances are you have heard of several possible treatments for back pain such as risky pain medications, surgery, chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy as well as inversion therapy and many other treatment options.
We will be taking a closer look at inversion therapy to answer the question: do inversion tables help with low back pain?
What is Inversion Therapy?
Basically, this is a non-invasive and natural treatment that simply uses gravity to relax and stretch the muscles of the back as well as lengthen the spine and decompress the disks. It is an effective alternative treatment commonly advertised to relieve back pain… And the benefits are amazing.
This type of therapy decompresses the spine allowing fluids that build up over time to be released. These fluids are responsible for inflammation in the spin. So this alone can help tremendously with relieving back pain. Also inverting helps to re-align the spine.
How is Inversion Therapy Done?
Usually inversion is done by simply hanging the patient upside down or at certain angles. This technique has also been linked to relieving muscular spasms, sciatica, pain from scoliosis and painful back conditions directly related to compression of the spine. Again, this treatment uses nothing but gravity to bring some much needed relief. Inversion is usually done with either an inversion table (recommended) or chair.
When is the Inversion Table Not Recommended?
This type of therapy is not suitable for people with high blood pressure, some people with heart disease and eye conditions like glaucoma. So it is always best to check with your doctor first. Also, if it is your first time trying this type of therapy, it is best to have someone nearby.
So, Does Inversion Therapy Work?
Usually it relieves back pain for a short while but has not been proven to give long term relief. Personally I can tell you that inverting regularly has greatly helped my back problems which include sciatica, scoliosis and low back pain.
Some people say they find the relief to be long term. Others find it effective for only a short term. But the truth is, it’s going to vary from case to case and from person to person. Not everyone has the same back and not everyone has the same back condition. So obviously for this reason, people will have different opinions.
My suggestion is to check with your doctor and see if you may be a candidate for this alternative type of therapy. If you get the go ahead, give it a try. You may be pleasantly surprised.