Using An Inversion Table To Treat Your Back Pain

back painInversion therapy is used to ease back pain caused by degenerative or herniated discs, spinal stenosis and a range of other spinal conditions. These spinal conditions cause gravitational pressure to be placed on the nerve roots, resulting in shooting pains in the back, buttocks, legs and feet. Essentially, the function of inversion therapy is to turn the body upside down to increase the space and reduce pressure between the vertebrae and nerve roots.

Research has shown that this method can ease back pain in the short term, and appears to be especially beneficial for recently obtained back injuries. An effective method of receiving the benefits of inversion therapy in your own home is with an inversion table. An inversion table allows you to initially place your body upside down at a gentle angle and work up to a more intense position.

How To Use An Inversion Table

To make the most of your inversion table, it’s important to learn how to use it properly. This is also necessary from a safety perspective, to ensure that you do not cause further injury to your back by incorrect use of your table. Follow these instructions to ensure that your table is being used correctly and providing your back with as much support as possible:

  • Ensure your inversion table is secured on a flat surface, and that all straps, joints and pivotal points are correctly connected. It’s essential that you do this each time you use your table to avoid a serious accident.
  • Carefully read the instruction manual that accompanies your table thoroughly before using it. As the table will be supporting your weight, it is essential that you understand how to use it properly.
  • The first time you use your inversion table, it may be a good idea to have someone with you in case there are any problems while you are on the table.
  • Wear sports shoes when using your table, as these will give you extra support when the table locks in to place. Never use the inversion table when barefoot.
  • To mount the table, face away from it and raise your feet onto the steps one at a time. With a straight back, lean forward, pull up the lever and lock your feet into place. Place the straps over your body and ensure they are fastened securely.
  • Grasp the straps on either side of the table, and push off these straps to invert your body.
  • Return to a horizontal position for 1 to 2 minutes when you start coming up from your inversion. This will allow the blood flow to adjust. Slowly return to the starting position before unhooking yourself and getting out.

An inversion table is most effective for relieving back pain when used as part of a treatment program recommended by your doctor. It is often best when combined with physiotherapy, an exercise routine and anti-inflammatory drugs. It is rarely used to treat chronic back pain, but can be highly effective for mild relief.