How to Relieve Lower Back Pain with Inversion Tables
Inversion therapy is an age-old technique that has stood the test of time, but one that has only recently been recognized by the medical community for its benefits and practice. You might be aware that most doctors only treat the symptoms of back pain and not the underlying causes of the pain. Treatments including the use of anti-inflammatory medications, electrical stimulation, ultrasound and cortisol injections only treat the surface level symptoms and fail to address on of the biggest contributing factors of back pain: Spinal compression. Spinal compression is a result of the pressures of gravity and various muscle imbalances on the spinal disc. Our spines are designed to absorb pressure much like the suspension system of a vehicle. However, when excess stress is put on the spine as a result of muscle imbalances and prolonged sitting with little to no exercise, i9t can lead to adverse effects on the spine that need treatment.
An Insight into the Anatomy of the Spine
The inner core of our the spinal discs consists of jelly-like material that acts like a shock absorber system that provides flexibility and cushioning when we sit, stand, exercise or engage in any kind of activity. During our everyday normal activities, gravity causes fluid to squeeze out of spinal discs into adjacent soft tissue. When we sleep some, but not all of this fluid soaks back into the discs. During an average day, you could lose up to 3/4″ in height! which you regain in sleep. This along with spinal degeneration is the reason most people lose between 1 and 2 inches in height in their old age. Insufficient distance between the vertebrae can result in nerve root pressure and pain. To make matters worse, ver often the pressures on the discs is not distributed evenly and sooner or later this become overbearing for the discs. The discs will then bugle or herniate causing spinal damage which, for the most part may result in a life with chronic pain. Even the slightest increase in spacing can be enough to allow a herniated disc pop back into place or relieve pressure from a compressed nerve.
The Benefits of Inversion Therapy
Inversion therapy is a method of treating back pain by diminishing the influence of gravity and reducing the compression between the vertebrae and discs and allowing the muscles and ligaments that in case the spine to relax. It is typically performed using an inversion table. The table allows you to lie on your back and relax in an inverted position. This position eliminates some or all of gravitational compression, depending on how far bac you position your body. Although, this may sound simple, this type of therapy is the safest, quickest and easiest method to increase the space between your vertebrae. Numerous studies that have been published in reputable medical journals have confirmed that inversion therapy is successful in creating separations between the discs of the spine which brings relief from back pain.
Other benefits of Inversion Therapy:
- Maintaining height
- Improving circulation
- Relieves Stress
- Heightens mental alertness
- Increases Flexibility and range of motion
- Improves Posture and,
- Realigns the spine after Intense workouts
Inversion therapy is an effective, and trusted method to heal the spine and relieve the stresses that accumulate during days, weeks and months of sedentary work and activity. An Inversion table is a one-time investment that is sure to last you months and years. While you should consult a doctor in the case of spinal injuries, it pays to visit only occasionally and be able to treat yourself on a weekly and monthly basis.