Back Stretches without Decompression: A Waste of Time?

inverted back stretchPeople typically rely on a general routine of back stretches to relieve pain; however, inversion therapy tables have been clinically proven to be more effective. In many instances, people suffer from damaged discs, which can take a long time to repair because they do not have a direct blood supply to the vertebrae. More often than not, inverting the body, a minimum of 25 degrees for a few minutes can minimize or even eliminate back pain.

Decompression of the spine takes pressure off the discs, allowing them to expand and hydrate with nutrients that help expedite repair. Normal back stretches don’t allow for this form of decompression the body requires.

Inversion therapy offers an improved version of the typical full body stretching, which is rejuvenating to the skeleton, and can also help to reduce muscle tension, back spasms, and general pain, and is often superior to back stretches without decompression.

Causes of back pain

Obesity, poor posture, and repetitive motions are the more typical causes for pressure on vertebral discs that ultimately cause so much grief. And another principal cause of back pain is due to a sedentary lifestyle. Poor posture and too much sitting or simply in-activity without much lumbar rotation, keeps the body misaligned. This hinders the circulation of fluids, leading to dehydration and disc degeneration.

When your vertebral discs lose fluid, they can shrink and decrease the space between the vertebrae, resulting in bone to bone contact, which can cause pain.

Dehydration of the discs also causes the outer layer to become brittle and susceptible to cracks and ruptures, which can lead to a herniated disc. The fluid found inside can leak through the cracks and cause increased pressure on the nerves, thus causing back pain or sciatica.

Reversing your normal position provides a natural stretch, and keeps your weight-bearing joints healthy and allows re-alignment of the skeleton, which can result in a better balance, posture and symmetry.

How slant tables can relieve your back pain

Slant tables and inversion therapy stretches the back and helps increase the space between the vertebrae. This type of therapy greatly reduces the pressure on the discs and relieves pressure on the nerves. The reduced pressure also helps the discs to remove fluids and nutrients needed for proper hydration and can restore the proper spacing of the discs. Thus, using an inversion board regularly increases a routine for back stretches and ultimately relieves pressure on the vertebrae and reduces back pain.

Besides the benefits of rehabilitation and rehydration of the discs, reducing the pressure on the nerve roots in the spine, and realigning back and muscles, Many doctors, physical therapists and sports trainers recognize the investment as effective and preventive way to avoid joint compression injuries and fatigue.

For centuries, yoga practitioners have recognized the concept of reversing the body upside down to find relaxation. This type of progressive stretching naturally re-aligns the weight-bearing skeleton, promoting improved mobility. Studies show that inverting the body position a minimum of 25° for a few minutes can help relax the muscles and improve the speed of lymphatic flow.

Inversion Benefits

  • Helps improve circulation and accelerates the cleaning fluid from the blood and lymph
  • Helps circulation and the heart by moving blood from the legs to the chest
  • Put the legs above the heart, thereby helping to relieve varicose veins
  • Provides oxygen to the brain cells, helping mental agility
  • More oxygen in the head also helps improve skin tone and stimulate hair growth through increased blood circulation

Overall, inversion therapy offers direct and in-direct benefits that people don’t normally receive through normal back stretches, including improved brain function, reduces stress and improves the quality of life.