Using an inversion table for back pain relief
Your back pain can become progressively worse if you don’t actively treat it. This can lead to serious trouble in the future, and perhaps even result in back surgery. There is no better time to start taking care of your spine. Start with some light exercises, such as back specific stretches, and perhaps even some yoga.
There are a large number of creams and lotions available that will also relieve your back pain. Using these in conjunction with an inversion table, is a great method to rid yourself of your lower back discomfort once and for all. The creams will work well for short-term relief and the inversion exercises will result in a stronger back in the longer term.
Inversion tables are a strange product to those not familiar with this type of therapy. Inversion therapy has been around for hundreds of years. The ancient Greeks are credited as the inventors.
With a decent inversion table (I recommend the Teeter Hang Ups EP-960 and the Ironman Gravity 4000), it is easy to invert your body at various angles to lessen the stress on your spine and the muscles in your back. When sitting or standing, your spine is compressed. This is because your entire body’s weight has to be supported by your spine.
Inversion exercises will stretch your spine out again, making you a tiny bit taller as the spine is decompressed. Nothing noticeable, but if you were to measure your height before and after an inversion session, you would be surprised to see the difference!
As with most exercises, you must do your inversion exercises at regular intervals to experience the full benefit. I see far too often that people experience back pain relief after only a couple of sessions, only to stop doing the exercises. The back pain will return if you don’t have the discipline to do the exercises.
Aim for 3-4 sessions per week, spending about 20 minutes during each session. When you do your exercises it is important to feel comfortable. If a specific exercise feels uncomfortable, stop doing it immediately. Speak with your chiropractor or physiotherapist and find out what the cause of the discomfort could be.
If you are new to inversion therapy and don’t own a table yet, I recommend you check out my list of the top inversion table ratings. I make some recommendations on which table is best suited for each type of individual. Drop me an email if you have any questions.