Deciphering the benefits of any personal health treatment makes for difficult work. People with lumbar pain – upper or lower spinal discomfort – know the list of potential relief treatments for their discomfort, and unfortunately, more often than not, the prescribed methods fall short in providing relief.
Whether a back pain sufferer lies flat with his or her knees cradled in his or her arms and rocks, or that person performs a variety of stretches, the end result usually lacks in relief. Because one in three adults will suffer from some lumbar discomfort in his or her life, a strategy for relief would be deeply felt by many. For that reason, we will discuss inversion table benefits, whether these devices can work for you and what you stand to gain.
What Studies Show
Unlike stretches or traction methods, inversion therapy claims to work through spinal compaction relief, but what do medical professionals say? In a study conducted in the United Kingdom in 2012, a group of 26 patients enrolled in a randomized study to determine the efficacy of inversion therapy.
24 of the patients were scheduled for lumbar disk surgery. Of the 24, doctors administered inversion therapy for 13 of the patients while 11 received standard physiotherapy. In the inversion group, more than three-quarters of the patients were able to avoid scheduled surgery. Of the standard physiotherapy group, less than a quarter avoided surgery.
In simple terms: inversion works. Anyone willing to study the research can find the UK study or others like it, but that still leaves many people with a number of questions. Here, we will briefly visit the main question most people will have. Since multiple forms of inversion can be applied with affect, what is the best route to take? First, let us examine the methods:
- Mechanical inversion (tables or gravity boots)
- Physical inversion (hand- or head-stands)
- Assisted inversion (partner aided inversion)
All three methods will produce the benefits of the therapy, but as sufferers of back pain might guess, pros and cons for each method exist. With mechanical inversion, a person will have to invest an initial amount of money to purchase a treatment device. In physical inversion, strength training, age, and devotion factor.
With assisted inversion a person will need a willing partner. Because we can safely assume that more people will be comfortable with a small financial investment and because few people have the physical conditioning needed to practice physical inversion for the amount of time necessary to reap benefits, we will discuss inversion tables (gravity boots being cumbersome and difficult to use).
Inversion Table Benefits
Whether you suffer from occasional spinal discomfort or think you may soon need surgery, inversion therapy can be beneficial. You can find a table to fit your budget, one that is easy to operate. What you will want to keep in mind as you shop is:
- Ease of use
- Comfortable design
Determine first if the table is easy to operate. Can you strap your feet in place and operate the inverting lever with ease? Will the table swivel easily under leverage mechanisms? Are the pads on the table designed for a comfort fit, and will you be able to lie inverted for up to twenty minutes? Does the table appear to have a sturdy design with few mechanical parts and overall simple design? What is the ratio of metal to plastic components?
As you answer those questions you will narrow your search and can decide on a table that is right for you. An inversion table can potentially benefit anyone with back pain. It can work in coordination with exercise and healthy diet to prevent you from future back-pain related procedures. Once you have conducted the research, take the leap and experience the benefits.