Last Updated September 2016
...And is The Best Treatment for Back pain, Sciatica & Herniated Discs!
Most of you reading this will no doubt have heard of this inversion therapy. Basically it is hanging or being upside down for a while, but it is not as odd or painful as it sounds. It is also known as spine decompression therapy, but in that case a traction table or other device is used and means you are not upside down.
Spinal decompression therapy is the top recommended therapy that puts a fast STOP to whatever back, neck, herniated disc and Sciatic pain you suffer from... while also helping heal you for permanent relief!
And YES, as you've probably heard, spinal decompression is one of the few non-drug / non-surgery treatments that has even been embraced by the “mainstream” medical establishment...
...backed by many medical studies and used by the U.S. Army and many other organizations!
But before I explain more about this form of treatment for back pain & sciatica, that has proven to be very effective, I would first like to talk about the main reasons of back pain development...
The Real Reason of Back Pain
There are 2 main reasons in the development of the majority of back pain cases...
1) Muscle Imbalances
In this article I will be talking about reason or hidden cause number 2 - Gravity. It is the culprit of most kinds of back pain, because of it's compressive force the discs in the spine lose moisture (like squeezing out a sponge). This results in the discs to become dehydrated, allowing the vertebra to move closer to each other.
This in turn increases the chance of the nerves getting pinched, decreases flexibility, allows for spinal mis-alignment and restricts the ability of the discs to absorb much needed nutrients for long term health and optimum function.
You don't just feel this compression, it actually can be seen. Just think about this for a moment, when you get in the car in the morning your head is much closer to the roof of the car in comparison to the evening time driving back home.
The force of gravity is so powerful that it can even result in two-inches of height loss by the time you reach your seventieth birthday.
What Can be Done to Fight Back Against the Long Term Effects of Gravity?
There are 2 forms of treatment to fight gravity, inversion therapy and decompression therapy. We are specifically looking at inversion therapy for back pain here. Inversion therapy is an affordable treatment that can be done in the comfort of your own home. Or if you wish you can visit a Clinic that provides this form of treatment. Read my Teeter Hang Ups EP-560 Review about the #1 Rated Inversion Table
Types of Inversion Therapy:
1) motorised inversion tables
2) manual inversion tables
3) doorway inversion
In all cases it means you will be upside for some period. It allows for the body to decompress naturally using your body weight and gravity. This way soft tissue in the discs / joints can hydrate and decompress.
Progressive decompression allows each disc / joint to be decompressed by the same weight that compresses it whilst upright. This “progressive” stretch helps naturally relieve back pain.
But it also helps to keep the weight-bearing joints healthy and allowing the weight-bearing skeleton to align, which can result in better balance, posture, and symmetry.
Inversion and Sciatica Pain
Sciatica is most often experienced as pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg, occurring when there is pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve. This nerve begins in the spine and drops down the back of each leg, controlling the muscles of the back of the knee and lower leg and providing sensation to parts of the thigh, lower leg and foot.
It is important to note that sciatica is not a condition, but a symptom of another medical problem. It often results from...
- muscle imbalances
- disc bulging
- herniated disc
- degenerative disc disease
- spinal stenosis
- spondylolisthesis (rare)
- fractures (rare) or
- tumors (rare)
Most sciatica pain occurs due to muscle issues like tight Piriformis muscle or discogenic conditions, as explained earlier. The discogenic issues can be effectively treated with inversion therapy.
But ideally the spine should undergo regular decompression with inversion to maintain a healthy spine. Just as you brush your teeth every day to maintain your dental health, you should attend to the health of your spine with a healthy routine.
According some new studies coming out, inversion therapy is a promising alternative to back surgery.
"A preliminary study released by Newcastle University in England showed that almost 80% of patients who used an inversion table 10 times, were taken of the surgery list. Unlike those patients who practiced more general forms of exercises and treatments."
For those of you who suffer back pain and/or sciatica and have not tried inversion therapy I can personally highly recommend this form of treatment. I have managed to arrange a special offer from Teeter for my readers...
Success Stories of Teeter Inversion table Users:
"Well worth every cent I paid and more. I have a pinched nerve from a disk in back. Got a table (EP-550) for myself and love it if I could just get my wife off it. She says it makes her feel better. Well worth every cent I paid and more. I try to use it when..."
Jim Rogers, La Follette, TN
"I could not be happier with the results I am experiencing. I had always wondered about the Teeter hang up ever since I saw an ad on TV. I have had back pain, neck pain and was set to undergo hip replacement soon. Back pain had always been with me for many years even before my hip diagnosis. All though I was hoping this would relieve a little pressure on my back and neck, I also was hopeful it would relieve some pressure / pain in my hip. Let me tell you, what a difference. My back and neck pain are almost a thing of the past and my hip has never felt better with much less pain and pressure. I am able to walk much better with less pain and..."
A very happy customer! John H. Danvers, ma.
"Just got mine, Love it! Best thing that's happened to my back since being young. Has done more than the two surgeries for my sciatica problem..."
Inversion Table Benefits to Your Spine
Damaged spinal discs (bulging, herniated) can take a long time to repair since they don't have a direct blood supply. Inverted decompression takes pressure off the discs, allowing them to widen and hydrate with nutrients that help expedite repair. The added cushion helps increase shock absorption and flexibility of your spine.
Reduce nerve pressure
Inversion has been clinically proven to increase inter-vertebral separation, helping to open up the opening for nerve roots and alleviating pain caused by pinched nerves. Those who experience sciatica, based on disc pathology, can benefit from this aspect of inversion. Less pressure means less pain.
Realign the Spine
The back is supported by hundreds of ligaments and muscles that stabilize the spine but also maintain it in compression. When the back moves out of alignment from bad posture, too much sitting, or rotational activities, this support structure holds the body in misalignment.
Even while lying down, your spine maintains 25% of standing pressure, especially in your lumbar area of the spine. In order to decompress, the spine needs a traction force of at least 60% of your body weight. This is roughly equivalent to inverting at an angle of 60 degrees on an inversion table.
This type of progressive decompression naturally re-aligns the weight-bearing skeleton, promoting good posture.
Relax tense muscles
Inverting to as little as 25 degrees for a few minutes can help relax muscles and speed lymph flow. A study conducted by physiotherapist L.G. Nosse found that EMG activity (an indicator of muscle tension) declined over 35% within ten seconds of being in the inverted position.
There are also numerous medical studies published that prove the various benefits to the back pain patient...
Researchers have also noted the following benefits:
• Patients who were unable to work due to back pain could return to work after using inversion
• Inversion reduces the need for spinal surgery
• Inverted traction is more effective than mechanical traction machines found in many clinics
• Inversion increases the spinal length
• Inversion reduces EMG activity (known as an indicator of muscle pain)
• Inverted traction decompresses the lumbar region
• Inversion reduces disc pressure
here is a video explaining the benefits and how it works:
There are also other general medical benefits to using an inversion table...
- Improve Circulation and Accelerates the Cleansing of Blood and Lymph Fluids
- Relieve Stress and Fatigue
- Increase Oxygen Flow to the Brain
- Rhythmic traction can lower blood pressure
- Reduce the Effects of Aging Caused by the Force of Gravity
- Maintain Flexibility
- Strengthen Ligaments
- Enhance Cartilage Nutrition and Joint Lubrication
- Improves Joint Flexibility and Range of Motion
- Improve Shock Absorption
- Encourage Proper Posture and Body Symmetry
- Workout Recovery
Success Stories of Teeter Inversion table Users:
"I want to express to others this really works! I didn't think anything you buy on tv was worth anything, but i had been up for for days in pain from a car accident. I was desperate, so I researched your product and heard good responses, and I bought one. After four days I have no pain in my back like I've had for
Larry M., Wichita, Kansas
"I acquired a Teeter unit just recently and have to say that this is the best thing I have ever had for my back pains and cervical neck neuropathies. Once getting the hang of it, one can really feel the difference it makes. I am so much more comfortable now. I sleep so much better than I used to..."
Dr. Tim Emery, DVM, Fletcher, NC
"In these days of cheap merchandise, and computer run call centers, my experience with Teeter has been a real standout. I am very happy. I know when I injured my back. I was 15 years old. It wasn't too serious at the time, but long story short, I have basically no lowest disc left in my back. Day to day it's not too bad, but flare ups are my problem. It gets hurting so bad at night I can't sleep. After seeing Teeter Hang Ups on TV, one day, I finally decided to go ahead and get one. I've only had it for a few days, and I'm easing into it slowly, but I see results already. I usually have to take a few minutes in the morning to work out the stiffness enough to just carry on my routine. The last couple of mornings my back hasn't been so stiff and sore, and this morning, I got dressed without sitting on the edge of the bed for the first time in years...!"
Jason Dearing, Biggar, Saskatchewan
Next I will be discussing a very important issue, which is making sure to choose a quality inversion table, but most of all one that is safe. There are each year so many stories of accidents with inversion tables due to poor quality...
And did you know that there is only ONE inversion table on the market that adheres to the latest stringent quality & safety standards?
In the previous 2 parts of inversion therapy we talked about what inversion therapy is, why you should be using it and the benefits. In part 3 I would like to look at what criteria to use for choosing an inversion table.
Choosing an Inversion Table
There are many companies selling inversion tables these days. Just go online and do a search or go to amazon.com or amazon.co.uk. But not all companies have safety in mind, more ‘how can we make them as cheaply as possible’ so people buy from us.
This has lead to many safety worries in recent years. This has been further highlighted by the fact that several inversion table manufacturers had to recall products due to consumer injuries.
Currently governments have not properly regulated this industry to effectively oversee the structural integrity or reliable function of inversion tables. This means that market for back pain treatment equipment has been flooded with products that are manufactured with inferior quality standards.
It is therefore left to you, the consumer, to sort through the many options and selecting the best inversion table. For many this has proven to be a confusing process because many manufacturers use terms like "safe" and "heavy duty" without any substantiation.
However there has been some positive news in the industry recently.
Inversion Table Safety & Testing Certificate
A renowned independent product safety certification organization, called Underwriter's Laboratories, has recently introduced new safety testing and certification requirements specifically for inversion tables in UL 1647.
They test the unique function of the inversion table and simulate "real world" use.
Currently, the only inversion tables that adhere to these new standards are the Teeter Inversion Tables.
The other major competing brands experienced catastrophic failure when going through the simulated ‘real world’ use test. These other brands’ inversion tables suffered from torn or broken metal within 2.4 years of use or less, far short of the UL 1647 standard of 30,000 cycles.
TheTeeter inversion tables reached 40,000 cycles when the test was stopped due to time. But no signs off any metal fatigue or any other dangerous wear.
That was not all, Teeter Hang Ups was rated Number 1 across all categories of evaluation, outperforming in static load and functional endurance trials, ease of assembly (with the average un-assembled parts), and performance for ease of rotation and lockout in full inversion.
What does this mean for you?
Don’t go out and look for the cheapest possible inversion table. That is if safety and durability are important to you. Imagine being upside down and something broke, you fall down head first…
Start healing your back pain & sciatica today by using the best inversion table in the industry...the Teeter inversion table is the only one I recommend to my patients in my Clinic.
(NOTE! Buying and delivery process through Amazon)