Inversion tables DO help get rid of back pain. They create space between your spinal bones. Two or three times a day for at least a few minutes reduces the pressure of gravity.
That’s the whole thing: Gravity.
It keeps us from floating off into space but it also squashes us down. Gravity can cause pain unless we do things to counteract it. Inversion is one of those things.
If you have an older style inversion table that has hard ‘foot holsters’ and causes discomfort in your feet or ankles, wearing thick socks and tennis shoes when you invert helps a lot.
I like inversion because it helps fight the effects of gravity all over our bodies. I especially love the way it stretches the muscles in the front of my body. Those muscles tend to be short just from daily activities but they prefer to be long.
You can click this link to watch a video about how an inversion table works: Inversion Video (<– click here)
But, you might be thinking, “Whoa! I can’t go upside down!”
That’s not my position of choice, either. 🙂
But the cool thing with an inversion table is that you can go to your level of comfort. When you watch the video, you will see that you can have benefit even from a slight incline.
You may have seen an athletic man doing exercises while hanging from his ankles! Don’t worry, you don’t have to do that, either. (I sure don’t!)
I’m not comfortable hanging freely. I like the feel of the table behind me. Still, I do get quite ‘upside down.’ You will do what feels best for your body.
When I first started doing inversion, it felt like my blood was rushing to my head. But I figured if little kids can hang upside down, I could, too. And after just a few times, that feeling passed.
Inversion isn’t a one-time fix although some people feel improvement after the first time. Just like any good movement activity, you will do it daily and over time you will notice less discomfort and back pain.
And inversion is a good tool for creating space in your neck spinal bones, too.
If you are wondering whether you will be able to do inversion therapy because of a medical condition, scroll ALL the way down to the bottom of the Inversion Video link and you will find a list of reasons not to use an inversion table to relieve your back pain.