The Inversion Table – Should You Consider it For Your Back Pain?

Back pain is a problem that far too many American suffer from every year.  In fact, some estimates suggest that 8 out of 10 Americans will suffer from some level of back pain at least once in their lives.  While this is a devastating number, the one good thing I see in it is that when someone else is suffering from back pain, most people can relate fairly well.  Whether it is because of their own personal experience, or because have seen someone very close to them that they know and love go through the agony of severe back pain.

For those people who have significant and recurring or chronic back pain, you know how desperate one becomes to try to find some relief.  People resort to massive doses of anti inflammatory medications (NSAIDs – Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs) such as Advil or Aleve, even they know that it can be difficult on the kidneys. Or at the next level they start utilizing narcotics to try to deal with the pain.  Eventually they may resort to surgical intervention to try to get some pain relief.  However, studies indicate that for those who undergo back surgery for pain relief, only about one out of two, 50%, receives any benefit from the surgery. 

On top of that, any kind of surgery involves a certain level of risk including complications and infections.  When you consider that someone is cutting into your back and working with cutting instruments right next to your spinal cord… well, it’s understandable why surgery isn’t an easy choice. 

One option that more and more people of choosing is trying inversion therapy on an inversion table.  It is non-invasive, non-addictive (other than possibly being thrilled with the pain relief you may achieve!), virtually no risk and very low cost.  Thousands of people have received significant pain reduction using these techniques and products over the years. 

Is this inversion table some kind of new-fangled hippie therapy?

Hardly.  In fact, the idea of naturally decompressing the spine goes back at least as far as Hippocrates (400 BC), the father of medicine.  Perhaps you are familiar with the Hippocratic Oath that all doctors take that says, “First, do no harm”.  Traction tables or inversion tables seem to fit in quite nicely with that line of thinking…

Inversion therapy came onto the scene in the US back in the 1960’s through a Dr. Martin from California who developed a system called the “Gravity Guidance System”  (OK, OK, I see why you might think this is some kind of ‘hippie therapy’…  but read on).  Over the ensuing decades more and more people were drawn to it, though traditional medical community couldn’t seem to make up their mind about what kind of position to take on it.

Eventually, ‘medicine’ decided that inversion therapy could, indeed, be a successful treatment for pain.  They realized that any fears they had about possible problems had been greatly exaggerated.  I have to think it took a lot for them to admit that this ‘thing’ could quite possibly, in fact, do some good for many, many people suffering and in pain.

Today there are many different products from many different manufacturers out there for someone to choose from.  The price point is not terribly high, and in fact, used models are often not too difficult to find for a very good price.  Whether new or used, you can probably find something for between $ 100 and $ 300.  Compared to kidney problems, narcotics, surgical risks and the debilitating nature of constant back pain, many find this to be a small price to pay for possible pain relief, even if it is only temporary.

For what it’s worth, I’m always trying to improve myself. Whether it be getting fit, staying healthy and mobile, or making the most of my time on the road, I love to find new and better ways to do things. When I find something that works, I like to share that with my friends, family and colleagues. Doing a lot of work and writing on the road, I recently found the benefit and peace of mind of being able to leave my most precious and valuable laptop at home. With the advent of mini laptops, I can take just what I need to get the job done with a lot less worry and stress about damaging, losing or having my ‘main’ laptop stolen.

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