Inversion therapy is used to ease back pain caused by degenerative or herniated discs, spinal stenosis or other spinal conditions. These conditions cause gravitational pressure to be placed on the nerve roots, resulting in shooting pains in the back, buttocks, legs and feet. During inversion therapy, you turn your body upside down to increase the space and reduce pressure between the vertebrae and nerve roots. Studies found that it can ease back pain in the short term, especially when used with new back injuries. With an inversion table, you can place your body upside down at a gentle angle and work up to a more dramatic position.
- Begin slowly.
- Make changes gradually.
- Pay attention to what your body tells you (You must feel comfortable at all times).
- Do not exercise strenuously while inverted (Gentle movements).
- Invert regularly (2 or 3 spaced sessions a day, for periods of 2-5 minutes).
- The greater the incline, the shorter the period of inversion.