According to a recent report by the American Chiropractic Association, more than three million Americans suffer from some type of back pain. Back pain can be crippling, and is a leading cause of disability claims worldwide. Lower back pain specifically also contributes to thousands of missed work days each year. Back pain is so prevalent, that it is easily one of the most common reasons for visits to a doctor. In the past, corrective surgeries and/or chiropractic manipulation have been the primary ways to treat back pain. However, both methods have shown varying degrees of success. While no one approach can guarantee that a patient’s back pain will entirely go away, more and more sufferers are now looking to alternative, less invasive solutions for relief.
Inversion therapy is quickly becoming a popular method to treat back pain. Inversion therapy is facilitated by the patient hanging at an inverted angle while strapped to an inversion table. In some instances, the patient may even hang completely upside down. Inversion therapy has been shown to successfully treat both back pain and poor circulation in many patients. After just one inversion therapy solution, patients have reported a feeling of decreased pressure on the spine and increased reach and flexibility. Inversion therapy is not intended to permanently eliminate back pain problems, but can provide significant relief with repeated use. Because the cost of an inversion table is typically much less expensive than medical intervention, inversion therapy can be considered cost effective. While most users will be able to administer an inversion session to themselves, it is advisable to first consult a medical professional prior to beginning any therapy. Your doctor may even be able to provide helpful information on how to find the best inversion tables. Patients that are pregnant, have a history of heart disease, or high blood pressure should particularly proceed with caution.
There a large number of inversion table available on the market. Prices typically range from $150 to $400, and the weight capacity for most mid-range models is around 300 pounds.. Some cheaper models have been shown to not respond well under repeated use, so be careful not to compromise safety just to get a discount.