How do Inversion Tables Help Back Pain?
There are many reasons why people experience back pain. Muscular fatigue is the biggest factor, however, strain, improper lifting, old age, etc contribute also. All of these put constant pressure put on the spine to remain stable during movement. Many times these actions are unavoidable due to the nature of our jobs or other factors, but it’s still important to practice good spine care habits. A piece of equipment many people use is an inversion table. With an inversion table, you strap yourself to it and suspend yourself upside down for a few minutes to relieve some of the pressure on your back. This makes sense, but before you go out and buy one to cure your long term back pain, read below to see how beneficial it actually is.
The Science Behind Inversion Tables
The main idea around inversion tables is to reduce the gravitational force put on the back. Since gravity is constantly compressing the spine, using an inversion table is designed to decompress it and lead to a more relaxed feeling and possibly reduce pain. This technique is similar to other advanced pain management practices, like massages or physical therapy. It’s important to consult with a medical professional before engaging in inversion therapy, and only use the inversion table for a few minutes at a time.
Benefits of Inversion Tables
The benefits of using inversion tables are largely inconclusive based on studies and research. However, many people have reported the following benefits after using it:
- Back pain reduction
- Better overall spine health
- Relaxed muscles
- Increased flexibility
- Being able to avoid surgery
Most of these reported benefits are for short term spine care, but there are still many questions about whether there are any long term benefits. Remember, gravity doesn’t go away once you get off the inversion table, so the same forces that were there before will return.
Are Inversion Tables Good For Long Term Back Pain Relief?
The general consensus among medical professionals is inversion tables are mostly beneficial for short term back pain relief. The best ways to prevent long term back pain is to stay active, exercise regularly, stretch out the back when sitting for prolonged periods of time, be careful when lifting heavy items and more. As with anything, your medical professional can determine whether an inversion table is right for you, or if other spine health practices may benefit you more in the long term.
DBC Active Spine Care® uses a revolutionary spine adaptive functional restoration program to help patients experience long term relief from back pain. We firmly believe the key to great spine health starts with improving daily habits and being conscious of every action you take with your body. This is much easier than it seems when you learn about how our program works, so contact us today if you’re ready to get rid of your back pain for good.