Inversion is more of a short-term patching type of therapy. This can’t give you relief if you are in chronic pain there’s no question but, there are no studies for long-term. The purpose of inversion therapy is to open up the discs to reduce pressure off the nerve to decompress the nerve-root to reduce pain and pressure off.
Another purpose of inversion table is to go upside down where the legs are being held in, Where the feet are being held in and obviously we are going back either 90 degrees, 120 degrees, or actually if we come all the way upside down totally 180 degrees. That depends upon the person. obviously the more you hang, the more weight bearing, the more pulling you’re going to get in the spine.
Just depending upon the table the whole purpose is to elongate and open up those discs, So if I pull the spine up and if I’m upside down, the purpose of this is – the head is down and we’re actually trying to open up the nerve roots by decompressing and opening up the discs to reduce pressure, because nerves that come on to that lower back affect down into the leg.
The purpose of this, obviously if we go all the way down it’s pretty much the same effect although this takes a little bit of strength, because just getting up could be quite dangerous but again we are doing the same thing. There are yogi practitioners if you are one that likes yoga, this is an art in yoga and this goes back thousands of years ago and if you look at the yoga people, they go upside down like we do with inversion table. Very important there is no way that I can tell you what to do on inversion table without examining you. But take example of the yogi people, they go upside down so that blood can go into the head.
How to Select:
There are many different inversion tables, some inexpensive and some very expensive. When people have degenerative discs or herniated discs or bulging discs we’re still trying to decompress it to open it up by using the weight of the body to pull downwards. We’re actually changing the intrathecal pressure in there, but the most important thing is- taking pressure off that nerve. Kindly do it slow.
Too many people go on inversion tables and hurt themselves. If your muscles are tight and you are putting the majority of your weight decompressed upside down you can do harm because you’re taking something that’s tight and you’re pulling it, you’re shrugging it, You’re pulling on it just too tight which can damage or injure the muscle. So I want you to understand that if you are doing this, you need to really go slow.
Key things to consider:
This is something that you need to build up, You need to prepare your muscles like stretching or working out. If you have neck problems and you have lower back problems, you can aggravate your neck by doing inversion therapy. If your body has weakened bone where it’s more porous more osteoporotic or potentially you have a metabolic problem or a thyroid condition and the bones are not strong- you can injure your lower back and cause lots of damage. If you have vascular problems or heart problems, you are not a candidate for this inversion therapy.
Next is blood thinners, If you’re taking blood thinners, be careful because if you have contusion or movement of the brain or you have something stretching or something tearing or something pulling and obviously you’re not clotting well, you can bleed and you possibly can bleed internally. The other thing is glaucoma, If you have increased pressure in your eye because you are increasing pressure to the brain as if you had any type of retinal detachment or retinal problem. I recommend do not do inversion therapy.