Discomfort, ailment, ache, affliction, bother; all these words and more describe what you are feeling in your back. The outlook for your pain has not been good. You have been to your family doctor, who referred you to an orthopedist where you received a large amount of diagnostic tests. You were then sent to a rheumatologist due to the beginnings of arthritis in your spine, there you were given a prescription that helped a little. You have also tried a chiropractor, neurologist, and acupuncturist. You are still in a great deal of pain. Your neighbor heard of your ailments and suggested the use of an inversion table. You are willing to try it although you had never heard of it before.
Law of Gravity
The law of gravity cannot be stopped. Gravity puts all your muscles under pressure; it compresses the disks in your back. While gravity is a good thing, you sincerely would like to stay here on earth and not float out into space, it adds to the pain associated with back problems, it doesn’t help it. While you are standing erect your muscles are struggling to keep your body in proper position, after your muscles are spent, your joints have a harder time moving correctly and the muscles tighten up to compensate. As the muscles tighten, spasms can occur and then the simple things like bending, or a slight twist can cause injury due to the tightened muscles and joints. You must combat the laws of gravity, and thankfully that doesn’t involve getting an aerospace science degree and becoming an astronaut.
Just like the wicked witch of the west sang about defying gravity, you too can defy the laws of gravity. Spinal decompression comes in two forms: non-surgical spinal decompression and surgical decompression. Spinal decompression therapy is a systematic process where segments of your spine are gently pulled to decompress by a computerized traction system. This method has far fewer risks than surgical decompression where parts of connective tissues, bone fragments, or vertebrae are removed. This therapy is usually reserved for more serious injuries due to the cost and risks associated. Many people choose to try the non-surgical decompression therapies before moving on to the surgical decompression therapy.
A less expensive gravity defying therapy is an inversion table. When you use this type of therapy, you are simply placed in an upside-down position by using a specialized table. You may feel as though you are part of a traveling circus act, but it is a very acceptable form of therapy to relieve pressure on your nerves, disks, and spine. It can also increase the spaces between the vertebrae. This is generally a very safe form of therapy as it is very non-invasive. Doctors do caution that you should not take part in this form of therapy if you have high blood pressure as it can raise your blood pressure when you are inverted. You should also choose other forms of therapy if you are pregnant, have heart disease, or eye diseases.