One of the best solutions for reducing back and neck pain is inversion table therapy. This unique non-invasive method is quite convenient since it can be done at any time of the day in whatever clothing you have on. This technique was created around 400B.C. when the-father-of-medicine Hippocrates saw a patient being heaved upside down on top of a ladder for his dose of spinal-traction. This treatment uses gravity to help relieve pressure from the lower back and the spine.
The cause of the pain
During the day your disc tends to lose height and weight as they lose fluid. Various forms of stress like muscle imbalances and gravity can squeeze fluid out of your discs resulting in compressed spinal vertebrae. This can result in disc herniation, which is characterized by various discs pressing against the roots of your sciatic nerve. This pressing can result in serious back-pain, and inversion therapy can help reduce this problem.
The principle behind this treatment
With your own weight suspended from your lower body, instead of from your hands like the other forms of therapy, the force-of-gravity helps by decompressing your joints from below their anchors. Hanging upside down exerts an equal & opposite force on each bone in your body and helps relieves pain. Inversion table therapy helps reduce the stress level, improve circulation, and loosen all the bound muscles in your body.
How to use inversion tables
Although it may look like a scary therapy, hanging upside down is completely safe unless you have high-blood-pressure or heart problems – so make sure you consult your doctor before trying this therapy. At the beginning make sure that you have a spotter. As much as inverting your body is quite simple; a spotter will guarantee your safety.
While tilting back make sure you do it slowly, but be ready for a blood-rush to your head which will definitely need some getting used to. So make sure your move slowly at around ten degrees per 10 seconds until your body is completely inverted and hang while upside down for about five minutes before returning to your original position. To avoid being light-headed and dizzy, make sure that you come up slowly.
Health risks associated with inversion table therapy
Pregnant women and individuals with glaucoma, heart diseases and high blood pressure among other illnesses are at a higher risk of danger related to this therapy. While inserted, your blood pressure tends to increase while your heart beat reduces. This therapy also elevates the pressure inside your eyesballs.
Other health risks
If you are experiencing some acid reflux, then inversion should be approached carefully, as it may not be right for you. Since when in an inverted manner small sizes of acids can escape into your esophagus. While in the standing position Gravity tends to maintain the acid inside your stomach, but when you are inverted, gravity does not help and a combination of acid reflux & inversion table can be nauseating and quite painful among other potential dangerous symptoms.
It is safe?
With the current technology, this therapy is quite safe, comfortable and effective. Before inverting your entire body make sure that you secure your ankles. This therapy uses your own weight to eliminate tension from your back so allowing you to control the angle of inversion. Inversion tables all include a strap or bars that stop the table tilting back further that you are comfortable with, and this together with the ankle claming systems make inversion quite safe to perform.