Will an Inversion Table Help with my Back Pain?
Will an inversion table help with my back pain and neck pain? Maybe. An inversion table could possibly be of some help because it does counter the effects of gravity so in theory in could benefit back pain and neck pain. There are numerous flaws to this theory, however, chief among them that it not possible to accurately gauge the weight applied to the disc. (For the complete article discussing this click the link at the end of this article). Not enough pressure will result in no change to the physiology of the disc. Think of this as similar to going to a gym and working out with 2 lbs. weights – it won’t hurt anything, but don’t expect to be in any better shape anytime soon. Most people will realize they can do more than this without any advice from a specialist. But it works the other way as well, too much pressure will further injure what is most certainly a weak area of the spine. This would be sort of like going to a gym and working out with 200 lbs. weights. Most people will quickly realize they can’t possibly do this without the real risk of further injury to the spinal disc and that it’s a bad idea to attempt to do so much so quickly no matter how determined they are to resume a normal, pain free life. Surely there is a middle ground that would get results in a reasonable time with nominal risk. Do you really want to take a wild guess?
A specialist in Spinal Decompression Therapy who has had the advantage of evaluating a back or a neck like yours every day for years and who has the proper equipment, training, and experience is in a much better position to make a determination as to how much, how soon.
Dr. Michael L. Hall, D.C. practices at Triangle Disc Care in Raleigh, North Carolina specializing in Spinal Decompression Therapy for the treatment of acute and chronic neck pain and back pain due to herniated, degenerated discs. This is a conservative procedure for patients suffering with bulging or herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, posterior facet syndrome, sciatica, failed back surgery syndrome, and non-specified mechanical low back or neck pain.
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