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.
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.