Inversion therapy is often misunderstood and often under utilized for treating back pain. Some people may feel a little uncomfortable about laying upside down. Others may feel it is yet another “fad” or “ineffective health gadget” that fails to live up to the hype.
However, these misconceptions prevent people from utilizing one of the most effective ways to treat back pain. Inversion therapy does more than just help alleviate back pain. It can help reduce stress, increase blood circulation, and more.
See the full list of benefits below:
Benefits of Inversion Therapy
- Maintains your height
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Improves mental alertness
- Enhances Flexibility and Range of Motion
- Improves posture
- Stretches out spine to proper position
Getting Started with Inversion Therapy
You can purchase inversion tables at most major sporting good stores and many online retailers. The price will range from about $199 up to $500 or more depending on the quality of the product. Like anything, the higher price versions will have more features and will tend to be more solidly built, but even the lower price inversion tables will do the job.
Common Questions about Inversion Therapy
Do I have to go completely upside down? – No, it is actually recommended that you only slightly invert when you first try it. It only takes slight inversion to start the decompression. Of course, the more you invert, the more your body weight will pull your spine back to proper alignment. All inversion tables should come with a safety strap that are intended to prevent you from inverting past the point of which you feel comfortable. Over time, most people get used to the sensation and invert a little more.
How long before I can begin to feel the results? – This varies from person to person but some people can feel a noticeable difference after using their inversion table only a few times. It is common for people to “not feel anything” in the beginning. Stick with it. Your spine did not compress overnight, it may take some time to undo the damage that sitting, gravity, and father time have done to it.
Is Inversion Therapy Safe for Everyone?
There are certain people that should not use an inversion table. As always, consult your physician before beginning any treatment program. People taking certain blood pressure medications should especially be careful. Fortunately, there are other ways to decompress the spine without inverting. If you would like to learn more about these options, learn more about it here. Spinal Decompression
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SYNOPSIS: We rate Inversion Therapy a 5 out of 5 Stars for Treating Back Pain
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