Relieving Back Pain with Inversion Therapy

Do inversion tables actually work? Well in my experience yes they do. I was feeling rather cranky with lower back pain from too much time in front of the computer, and a friend suggested that I give inversion therapy a try.

What is Inversion Therapy?

Inversion, basically entails your head being higher than your feet. It is usually accomplished with an inversion table. Basically, a flat bord with a pivot at the center and straps to secure your feet.

So with ankles securely strapped onto a plank and some help from a friend I was turned upside down. Yup, head over heels, literally! It is a little strange at first sure, but the slow and gradual stretch in my muscles felt divine. I rather liked hanging around like that. I have tried relieving pressure on my spine by hanging from monkey bars before. While it does help, I found the inversion table way better.

What does Inversion accomplish?

The traction force created by hanging and the head being lower than the feet decompresses the spinal discs. With regular decompression of the spinal discs in this way, you can relieve symptoms from spinal conditions like disc herniations, spinal stenosis, and degeneration. Or as in my case, just some relief from too much time at my computer.

I would venture most people these days spend too many hours hunched in front of a device of some sort. So if you start feeling a bit crooked try hanging once in a while and give your spine a good stretch.

The hanging does make your eyeballs feel like popping from the pressure, but you get used to it soon enough, and the relief on your back feels great. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who suffers from circulatory or heart problems as it causes pressure on the circulatory system. So it is not for everybody.

If you want to give an inversion table a try, remember that you don’t need to hang completely vertical. Start gradually with a small angle of 15 degrees. Five minutes is enough in the beginning, and you can increase the angle and duration gradually as you feel more comfortable over a few days.

A best inversion table is great to help to alleviate back pain in some cases. It can relieve symptoms like spinal disc pain, joint pain, and painful muscle spasms. For prolonged relief inversion therapy needs to be combined with other treatments including a health balanced life style and cultivating good posture.

While there have been several studies on inversion therapy and it’s potential benifits and workings, I like to draw first and foremost from my own experience. I don’t suffer any severe chronic back pain, but I do feel sore after too much time in front of the computer or on my phone. And in these cases nothing provides faster relief than a few minutes hanging with my feet up and looking at the world from a slightly different angle!