Chronic back pain and sciatica sufferers for years have turned to doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists for relief from their back pain. Back pain is frequently caused by pinched nerves along the spinal column. As a result, various surgical and non-surgical spinal decompression techniques have been developed to increase the space between vertebrae, thereby relieving the pressure and reducing the resulting pain. Spinal decompression can be achieved both surgically and non-surgically and is used to treat conditions that result in chronic back pain such as disc bulge, disc herniation, sciatica, spinal stenosis, and isthmic and degenerative spondylolisthesis.
What is Inversion Therapy?
Inversion Therapy is a form of non-surgical spinal decompression therapy, and quite simply it is the act of hanging upside down to get rid of pain in your spine! Inversion therapy has been proven effective with one recent study showing patients who used inversion therapy along with physiotherapy (stretching exercises) were 70% less likely to require back surgery than patients using physiotherapy alone.
Inversion therapy is an ancient technique. Inversion tables and gravity boots are based on techniques dating to at least Hippocrates circa 400BC. Used to hang upside down, these devices harness the force of gravity to provide a gentle traction on the entire length of the spine. It is a fun and simple yet extremely effective way to stretch and decompress the human body, specifically the spine and discs. Gravity causes compression to the body when you are sitting or standing.
It also causes fatigue, spinal distortion and eventually pain and suffering. The only time that gravity does not compress your body is when you are lying down . Hanging upside down will decompress the effects of gravity. It’s that simple. Nothing else will reverse the effects of gravity like Inversion Therapy.
What are the benefits from Inversion Therapy?
It corrects disc herniations of both the neck and low back. It helps prevent disc degeneration. It reduces compression fatigue, distortion and pain to the spine and back muscles. Back pain is the second leading cause of disability in the workplace. Inversion Therapy is excellent in relieving pain even after having had certain spinal surgeries.
Most patients report that their back muscles stretch and loosen up. Some find an immediate sense of well being. Many patients have reported almost instant back pain relief after only one session.
Other health and wellness benefits are: Circulation is improved especially to the head and face, relief of muscular tension in the neck and back, improves lymphatic circulation, and improves function of the glands and organs due to the hydrostatic/decongestioning effect of inversion. Improved brain functions like memory, coordination and balance have also been reported.
There are anti-aging benefits as well. Many years ago Richard Gere popularized Inversion by doing abdominal crunches while hanging upside down, in the movie American Gigolo.
Recently in the news, Rosie O’Donnell reported she does it for depression. Celebrities like Jack Canfield from the hit movie The Secret and Mark Victor Hansen of Chicken Soup for the Soul also do Inversion Therapy. The Army Rangers do it as part of their conditioning program.
Thousands of chiropractors, patients and ordinary people across the country hang upside down. I’ve been hanging for eighteen years and no longer suffer with a burning sensation or pain in my neck or low back. I would often get cricks in my neck and low back. I no longer suffer with any of that.
There are thousands of patients that would have continued to suffer with pain or may have ended up worse after a spinal surgery but did not. Inversion Therapy can help you too if you’re willing to try something different!