Does an Inversion Table Help with Back Pain
Many people who suffer from back pain will benefit greatly by seeing an experienced chiropractor to help them with their recovery. Depending on the back pain, injury, condition, or circumstance of the pain, the chiropractor may suggest inversion therapy to help with the recovery process.
Inversion therapy is meant to relieve pressure from a person's spine, open up the vertebrae, and increase circulation. However, inversion therapy may not be safe for everyone, and its effectiveness in helping treat back pain is mixed.
Before trying to use an inversion table to help with your back pain, it's important to be seen by an experienced chiropractor who will be able to tell you if this treatment is right for you.
Today, the Doctors at Cobb Chiropractic are going to talk about the possible benefits and risks of using an Inversion table to help with back pain.
How does Inversion Therapy Work?
The theory behind the inversion table is that by turning the body upside down, you are able to unload the joints, discs, and bones in the low back. By doing this, it is thought to create a traction force through the spine. The traction can decrease pain in the low back.
Gravity causes joints, bones, and muscles in the back to compress the spine over time, which is a contributing factor to chronic back pain. It is thought that by inverting a person so their feet are above their head, it is possible to reverse the effect of gravity on the body.
Inversion therapy should always be done under a doctor's supervision, and it is not advised that you diagnose and begin using an inversion table at your home without consulting with an expert first.
Improve Spine Health: Physical manipulation of the spine, muscle strengthening techniques, and massage are often used to relieve compression on the spine. Inverting the body might also stretch the spine in a similar way, releasing pressure on the spine and helping to relieve back pain.
Reduce Chronic Back Pain: Many people who have used inversion tables to relieve their chronic back pain because they are looking for a non-invasive way to treat their pain symptoms. Inversion tables may be able to ease pressure on the weight-bearing joints and allow them to rest and recuperate. The decompressing effects can potentially help with various sources of back pain.
One of the most common risks that associated with inversion tables is a rise in blood pressure. Hanging upside down decreases the heart rate, and increase the blood pressure, this can put extra pressure on the eyes and inner ear.
Because of this, inversion tables are not recommended for people who suffer from any of the following:
- High Blood Pressure
- History of Stoke
- Heart Disease
- Ear Infections
- Pink Eye
Inversion tables may not be suitable for those who take blood pressure medications, blood clotting medication, or pregnant women.
What to do if you Want to Try Inversion Therapy
If you are suffering from back pain and want to try inversion therapy, you will need to speak with an experienced Chiropractor before you begin treatment.
Your chiropractor will be able to assess whether or not inversion therapy is right for you. They will complete a thorough exam as well as x-rays to find out the underlying cause of your back pain. If they believe that using an inversion table will help with your recovery process, they will recommend the therapy.
If you go to your free consultation with the chiropractor and have your heart set on inversion therapy, mention it to the doctor. Let them explain why an inversion table would or wound't be right for the type of pain that you are suffering from.
We highly stress that you see a doctor for a recommendation before beginning inversion therapy on your own. Without a proper exam or diagnosis, you could potentially make the problem worse by jumping into the therapy on your own. Remember, as discussed above, there are risks to using inversion tables, and without the recommendation of a doctor, your chances of becoming injured worse are much greater.
At Cobb Chiropractic, our experienced doctors offer a free consultation so we can speak with you and find out if you have a preference for your back pain relief treatment. It is our goal to help with your recovery, and we want to know if you have a preference in your treatment. We will always be honest up-front and let you know whether or not we think you're a candidate for inversion therapy.
If you are suffering from back pain, now is the time to contact an experienced Chiropractor to help with your pain relief treatment.
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