Using an Inversion Table for Back Pain and Overall Stress Relief and Relaxation

When done properly and regularly, using an inversion table can give significant relief to back pain, particularly lower back pain, and provide stress relief and overall relaxation. The inversion table allows a person to comfortably and safely have varying degrees of being head down and feet up. Some people may feel uneasy with the idea of being inverted, but they can allay that fear by starting at a very small inversion angle and working up to more and more as the comfort level increases. While on an inversion table, the person is in complete control of the amount and speed of the inversion. The inversion table works on the pendulum theory and whatever end the most weight is on is the end that will tilt. The table is adjusted to the height of the person and when he gets on the table, leaning back and raising and lowering the arms can control the amount and rate of inversion. Also, bending the knees changes the center of gravity and brings the table back to upright position. There is a strap, or tether, that can control the maximum inversion desired. Having another person available until one become familiar with the inversion table may be advisable.

Everyone has Mother Earth’s constant gravitational pull on the body, so inversion is actually prudent for most anyone and can promote overall health and stress relief. That constant downward pressure, over time, even without evidence of back problems, serves to pull down on the body’s muscles and spine. The inversion technique simply allows the whole body including the muscles of the legs, spine, shoulders and neck a momentary reprieve from the constant downward pull as well as improving circulation helping the skin and hair. The gentle stretch that it gives the body is unparalleled.

The fact that the inversion table is primarily sought by people who suffer back pain is not surprising. Back pain has many different causes including stress, injury, nerve problems, and disc compression. The back pain can rank from a mild annoying discomfort to being severely debilitating. Regardless of the cause of the back pain, muscles tighten and inflammation may be present which decreases the amount of blood flow to the affected area. The decrease in blood flow diminishes the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the area and also diminishes the release of waste from the area. Thus the problem can keep compounding itself. If a disc is ruptured or ballooning out causing pain, the pain can be excruciating.

Using the inversion table allows the muscles in the back to have a gentle stretch promoting increased circulation, allows the discs between the vertebra to have the pressure released and move back into a more normal position, and allows the spinal column to realign itself if one of the vertebra has moved slightly. Often times, some relief, if not total relief, is obtained almost immediately. Depending on the cause of the back pain, some people, with regular sessions, may be able to obtain the level of relief they desire. Even when the back pain is relieved, regular sessions on the inversion table is advisable to keep the back muscles and spine from the deteriorating effects of gravity.

The amount of inversion chosen is totally individualized. Amazingly, even small degrees of inversion can be very beneficial so one can start with a 20-30 degree of inversion and work up as desired. Some people like the feeling of being totally inverted and some don’t. The body does not have to be totally upside down to obtain results. The main thing is to invert to the degree that brings the amount of relief desired and that can allow total relaxation and enjoyment of the experience.

The amount of time inverting is also quite individualized. Even regular short intervals of 2-5 minutes of inversion time can promote the back pain relief and relaxation. Some people want to invert a bit longer, up to 15 minutes.

People with a history of certain conditions such as high blood pressure, heart problems, stroke or any other medical condition, including pregnancy, that may be affected by increased pressure during inversion should check with their doctor before using an inversion table.

Having an inversion table in the home is highly advisable as its use can not only provide stress relief and relaxation for the whole family, regular use may prevent episodes of back pain in the future. Should back pain occur, particularly low back pain, it can help promote a natural, effective way to obtain relief.

How to Relieve Back Pain Using an Inversion Table

Today, more people are purchasing inversion tables than ever before. The main reason for this is that this “hang upside down machine” enables spinal decompression thereby relieving back pain. Unfortunately, despite the increase in the number of people buying this particular machine, many people still don’t know what to do with it once they get home. Below is a beginner’s guide on how to relieve back pain using an inversion table.

Step 1
The first thing that you should do before you begin your lower back exercises is to adjust the height setting. To ensure that you leave enough space between your head and the floor, the height setting should be about 2 inches more than your actual height.

Step 2
Once you have adjusted the height setting, go ahead and adjust the tether strap. Remember, it is the tether strap that determines your angle of inversion. If you want to achieve a full, 90 degree, inversion, do away with the tether strap.

Step 3
While standing on the foot platform, put the ankle clamps around your ankles and adjust them until they feel secure enough.

Step 4
Raise your arms above your head one at a time and the inversion table will begin to tilt. That’s because many inversion tables are designed to respond to shifts in body weight distribution.

Step 5
Once your body is inverted, you can remain in that position for between two and seven minutes. During this time, you can perform any of the following back strengthening exercises.

Jackknife Stretch
To perform this simple stretch, just raise your arms so that they are below your head and remain in that position for 30 seconds. The purpose of this exercise is to increase blood flow to your back’s muscles.

Inverted Crunches
In order for your spine to maintain its natural shape, you need strong abdominal muscles. To perform an inverted crunch, cross your arms over your chest and slowly raise your upper body towards your legs until you are in a sitting position. Repeat this exercise as many times as you want.

To perform an arch, just grab the frame of the table and raise your stomach away from the table so that you back looks like an arch.

Step 6
To return to an upright position, slowly place your arms at your sides and bend your knees slightly.

Step 7
Loosen the ankle clamps and slide your ankles out.

My Relationship is on the Rocks! Here Are 4 Sure Fire Ways to Stop a Breakup Before It’s Too Late

If each meeting with your partner or spouse seems to end in a war of words and each night sees one or both of you suffering from a headache then your relationship is certainly headed south.

If you have a strong feeling that the relationship is tethering on its last legs then you need prompt action to stop the breakup. Remain cool and use these moves to prevent the breakup.

o You know the problem, but what about the solution: You and your partner might be aware of the causes of the frequent skirmishes but have you tried finding a solution? Your ego could stand in the way and that could hold true for your partner too.

However, this bitter medicine needs to be swallowed and a solution needs to be implemented quickly if you want to stop the relationship from disintegrating.

o Lay your cards on the crumbling table: Sometimes a reality check can jolt a partner back into his/her senses. If your partner is behaving insensitively then you should spell out the future scenario without mincing words but without fighting or getting too personal.

If your partner can see the darkness at the end of the tunnel then he/she might change his/her attitude and take corrective action. The same, however, is applicable if you are the one behaving irrationally.

o Be open to all channels of communication: If you feel that you are unable to talk to your partner without losing control of your emotions then inform your partner that you would rather write him/her a letter instead. This will help you to calmly write down your thoughts and each point too will be thoroughly analyzed before it is put on paper.

Whilst arguing, it is very easy to let harsh words slip out that is regretted later. Similarly, use email or text messages to stay in touch. In other words make all efforts to communicate without emotions running amok.

o Put yourself in your partner’s shoes: While you might be busy presenting your side of the argument, you might be better off if you placed yourself in your partner’s shoes before throwing accusations or refuting them.

This move will enable you to understand your partner’s mindset and the reasons as to why he or she is acting in a particular way.

Your partner too will appreciate your efforts of trying to understand both aspects of the argument.

These moves can prevent your relationship from breaking apart. If the wounds are too deep then you should definitely try to get professional help before letting your partner slip out of your helpless hands.