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How do I Relieve Back Pain with an Inversion Table?

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  • Written By: Dan Cavallari
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  • Last Modified Date: 16 August 2019
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Back pain sufferers can have a difficult time finding a comfortable position, whether standing, sitting, or lying down, because of compression in the spine. Such compression can lead muscles to seize or strain, exacerbating the back pain issue. The pain can then extend down into the legs or up into the shoulders. Many sufferers have found they can alleviate such back pain with an inversion table, which is an apparatus that allows the sufferer to invert himself so his head hangs down toward the ground and his feet are in the air. This allows the spine to decompress, which in turn can take a significant amount of stress off the spine.

To begin to alleviate back pain with an inversion table, you must first either purchase one or find a gym or fitness center that has one available for use. If you choose to purchase one, be sure to read reviews from people who have alleviated their own back pain with an inversion table and figure out which one will work best for you. A good table will have sufficient padding for comfort and will be easy to use. Be sure to choose one that is made from sturdy metal framing rather than cheaper, flimsier materials.

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While it is possible to quickly alleviate back pain with an inversion table, it is important to start slowly. You might even want to consult your doctor before choosing to try to alleviate your back pain with an inversion table, as there are health risks associated with such treatment. People with high blood pressure are especially at risk, since blood will be forced toward your face and head when hanging upside down on the table. Pregnant women or people with existing injuries are also at risk.

Begin by using the inversion table for short stints. Five minutes is plenty of time to start, as it will get you used to hanging upside down and having the feeling of pressure on the face and head. If at any point you feel faint or sick, immediately cease the inversion. Once your body gets used to the position, you can continue the process of alleviating your back pain with an inversion table by extending your stay in the inverted position. Ten to fifteen minutes is about the maximum amount of time you should spend inverted. Use the table once a day for several weeks, only a few minutes a day, toward the end of the day. This will allow the spine to decompress after a long day of compression due to gravity.

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mrwormy
Post 2

I've been taking prescription muscle relaxers for lower back pain relief, and my doctor suggested some back exercises for lower back pain. A friend of mine had one of those inversion tables in his home gym, and I tried it out just to see if it would do anything beneficial.

As soon as I leaned back, I could feel my spine coming back into alignment, just like a visit to the chiropractor. When I got inverted all the way, I could feel little pops running up and down my back. I couldn't take the pressure of the blood in my head for very long, so I came back up after a few minutes. I felt better than I had

in years.

I don't know if I could afford to buy a good inversion table myself, but my friend said I was welcome to use his any time I wanted. He actually does exercises like sit-ups while inverted. I mostly just do a few twists and then let gravity do most of the work.

AnswerMan
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I've suffered from lower back pain for years, so I decided to buy an inversion table a few months ago. One feature I like with this model is the ability to choose the angle of inversion. Some inversion tables for back pain only allow you to hang completely upside down at a 180 degree angle.

I'm too old to do that right away. My table lets me choose how far back I want to lean and won't let me go any further. I find that a 75 degree of inversion works well for me. I'm working my way up to complete inversion, though.

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