For those who suffer from back pain there are probably few treatment options that make more sense than inversion therapy. After all, practically everyone spends most of their days either seated or standing on their feet which contributes significantly to the back pain associated with everything that makes up the human body pressing down on the structure commonly known as the spine. Inversion therapy relieves the pressure on the spine by reversing that pressure by using inversion tables.
A good example of how an inversion table works might be a bottle of water that has some kind of sedimentary material at the bottom. Simply put, by turning the bottle upside down, even temporarily, everything is mixed again. Similarly, using inversion tables, those who suffer from pain of the neck and back can be given relief by temporarily removing the pressure on their spine by changing the direction that the weight of the body is moved.
Doctors warn that there are certain people, such as those who have heart disease, high blood pressure, eye diseases (such as glaucoma), or are pregnant are at higher risk for the dangers related to inversion therapy, so those people should consult a physician before trying it, but many would benefit from these treatments.
How Does Inversion Therapy Work?
Several studies have shown that among those who suffer from spinal pain, inversion therapy can offer temporary relief, especially when it is combined with a more comprehensive treatment program supervised by a physician or a chiropractor. This is especially true if the pain a patient is experiencing is the result of a pinched nerve or a spinal disk compression.
There are many causes of pain caused by load-bearing activities, including poor posture, weak back and stomach muscles, and misalignment to name a few. Many of these causes can actually be attributed to one force we must all battle: gravity.
Although the jury may still be out on the long-term effects of inversion therapy, temporarily it puts gravity to work for you by placing your body in line with the downward force of gravity. Using inversion tables puts your weight to work as a natural form of traction. The elongation of the treatment helps alleviate the pressure on the spine, increasing the space between the vertebrae, relieving pressure on disks, ligaments, and nerve roots.
Besides the problem of spinal weight contributing to pain, stress and tension can also cause a person to experience muscle pain and spasms. An inversion table encourages the lessening of pressure on the spine, which in turn relieves the pressure on nerves that run through the spine as well as lymphatic ducts which flush wastes and impurities from the body.
Inversion therapy also encourages good posture, which not only makes us feel better, but also makes us feel better about ourselves. Regular use of an inversion table encourages the natural “S” form of the spine and keeps your body in a healthy balance that it should have.