Using an Inversion Table for Back Pain Relief

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Inversion tables can be a great way to help get traction in your back / spine. This traction can help stretch and open up the spaces in the spine relieving back pain and pressure.

While inversion tables or traction devices are generally safe, there are some important precautions. People with hypertension, circulation disorders, glaucoma, or retinal detachments should not use inversion table therapy due to the pressure to the head and eyes from hanging upside down. There are some other precautions as well, so make sure to check with your doctor or physical therapist before trying one.

The inversion table I’m using in the video is the Teeter FitSpine LX9. It’s a sturdy inversion table that has a lot of nice features and feels smooth while inverting.

When using an inversion table, shorter, more frequent sessions often work better and help the body adapt to the traction. Also, starting at a modest angle (20-30 degrees) for the first few weeks and increasing over time (only as you are comfortable) is the best way to start.

Begin with short 1-2 minute sessions to allow the body to adapt to inversion. Over time, as you feel comfortable, gradually work up to a duration that allows the muscles to fully relax and release so the back can decompress. This should typically take about 3-5 minutes.

Inversion therapy may help with common conditions like general back pain, herniated discs, sciatica, degeneration, muscle spasms, and other things that can cause back pain and discomfort. Check with your doctor or physical therapist to see if inversion therapy is right for your individual situation.

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