Using An Inversion Table For Back Pain

I am frequently asked about many different products to help with back pain, including using an inversion table. Let me start by explaining what an inversion table is and how it works.  An inversion table is a device where the person using it straps their legs to one end and then they invert or turn themselves upside down.  The thinking is that reversing the affects of gravity by hanging upside down causes the disc spaces up open, thus reducing disc related problems.

In my clinical experience some people love using inversion tables and others dislike them. Back pain is a complex condition and rarely is there a simple solution to this difficult situation.

Also, I should point out that there are a few groups of people that SHOULD NOT use an inversion table.  As a kid did you like to hang up side down?  If the thought of having your ankles strapped down and hanging upside down, having blood run into your head makes you nauseous then inversion therapy is not for you.

Also, pregnant women should not use inversion therapy, for reasons that are obvious.  People with high blood pressure, heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions should not use inversion therapy. People with glaucoma should avoid inversion therapy because of the potential increase in ocular pressure while hanging up side down.

People who experience acid reflux may want to avoid inversion therapy because of the increased pressure on the cardiac sphincter can cause stomach acid to leak into the esophagus.  For most people this isn't an issue, it's only those who have a problem with acid reflux.  No matter your health status it may be good to do inversion therapy with some one near by to assist you, should you need it.

Gravity is always working on us, putting pressure on us, pushing down on our bodies and compressing our spines. Inversion tables reverse these effects of gravity that are put on our spine.  Instead of gravity compressing, using an inversion table causes gravity to open spinal structures and decompress.

This is a sponsored post, but I will be sharing my own opinions on using an inversion table for back pain.










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