Is using inversion tables for low back pain a good idea? Is it safe? Who shouldn’t use one?
These are all very important questions for anyone considering inverting. Although simply hanging upside down may seem benign, it can aggravate certain types of health conditions. In this article I’ll discuss what I’ve learned in my experience with inversion tables and what my chiropractor has told me about using them.
Over the years my back has taken a beating from martial arts, running, scoliosis, sciatica and a bad car wreck. However, the last thing I wanted to do was give up being physically active. I didn’t want to completely stop my martial arts training, my weight lifting and my running. – But, I definitely wanted to completely stop my low back pain and other issues like sciatica.
For many years I had tried medication, stretching, physical therapy, massage therapy and chiropractic care in order to treat my back issues. Yes, all of these methods helped to some degree. However, I didn’t want to have to depend on expensive prescription medications forever. Medications that would make me drowsy and worthless. I also didn’t like the expensive bills that came with physical therapy.
In the end, the best options for me seemed to be chiropractic care and massage therapy together. These two seemed to be a great natural way of easing my back pain, but again, these things cost money.
After realizing the amount of money I was spending on my chiropractor and massage therapy, I began to look at other options. My friend had been using inversion tables for low back pain for the past few years and said I should really give it a shot. So, I did.
My first time on one of these tables, I didn’t completely invert, but the experience was still amazing. As soon as I was partially inverted, I felt relief from the weight of my body being lifted off of my spine. It was pretty amazing.
So the next time I saw my chiropractor, I decided to ask for her thoughts on using inversion tables for low back pain.
She said that using inversion tables could be really good for the back because they decompress the spine. Decompressing the spine is healthy because as people get older the discs in the spinal column get dried out and decompression of the spine helps to re-lube the spine which is very healthy.
She did say however that people with high blood pressure, glaucoma and people with certain heart problems should probably not use inversion tables. Also people who have had back surgery and neck problems should not use inversion tables. In short she said, just check with your doctor.
Anyway, I was pleased to find out that she approved. Because for me, I had already tried one of the best inversion tables around and could majorly feel the difference.
So yes, using inversion tables for low back pain can definitely work. – But always remember to check with your doctor first. Especially if you have any health conditions or are taking any medications.