I have had back pain and I have had sciatica. So I know the feeling. I know how frustrating it can be, and I know how back pain can suck the joy right out of your life.
Be Careful Not to Do Dumb ThingsShortly after I graduated from high school, I owned a landscaping company. I worked hard because I wanted the good stuff out of life. I really pushed myself, sometimes taking on jobs I did not even know how to do. Once, for example, I was approached by an English client who wanted a stone wall built the way they do it in England, which is without cement (they're called drywalls). I said, "No problem." But because the wall was going to have to hold back dirt, I asked if I could put in a cement footer. The client agreed.
Well, on Day One I dug out the footer then went to the store and bought the cement. When I returned, I decided to put two 80-pound bags of cement on my shoulders to save time and trips up and down to the back yard.
I put the first bag on my shoulder, but when I bent down and twisted a little to pick up the second bag, I heard a pop. In an instant, I was flat on my back in pain. I spent the next weeks either in bed or lying on my back in front of the TV. About the middle of the second week, it hit me that in the early '80s a newfangled device came out called "moon boots"— also known as "gravity boots." My best friend had just gotten a pair for Christmas, so I borrowed them and had my dad install a bar in the basement that I could hang from (or invert myself). I began doing this for 5-10 minutes a day.
Soon, my back was feeling a lot better. I continued to use the boots on a regular basis, not only as part of my recovery but also as a way to experiment with different exercises and movements that might bring about a higher level of fitness.
What Condition Are You Suffering From?It is amazing how my life experiences have brought me to where I am now writing about how I healed myself some 20-plus years ago. Back then, I did not know what I was doing when I stumbled upon something that just happened to work. Today, inversion therapy can no longer be called an alternative treatment because it has been the subject of a great deal of clinical study. Inversion therapy has been proven to help relieve many forms of back and neck pain including the following:
- Bulging Disc
- Herniated Disc
- Chronic Back Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Pulled Back Muscles
- SI Joint Dysfunction
- Facet Joint Dysfunction
7 Key Benefits of Inversion for the Back Pain SuffererWhile relieving your back pain is your primary reason for considering inversion therapy, there are a number of additional benefits many people experience with a regular program of inversion. Here are seven good reasons to use inversion therapy:
Maintains your height - Regularly inverting will help you avoid the "shrinkage" that naturally occurs as a result of gravity over a lifetime.
Improves circulation - When you're inverted, your blood circulation is aided by gravity rather than having to work against it. In addition, with inversion, gravity helps the lymphatic system clear faster, easing the aches and pains of stiff muscles.
Relieves stress - Everyone knows that a full-body stretch is rejuvenating! An inversion table provides the same feeling of relaxation as a yoga class—with a lot less effort. Many people find that they sleep better with regular inversion therapy.
Heightens mental alertness - Any upside-down activity increases the supply of oxygen to the brain, which many experts believe helps maintain mental sharpness.
Increases flexibility and range of motion - With inversion, your joints stay healthy and supple, meaning you can remain as active as you were in your younger years.
Improves Posture - The stretching that comes with reversing the force of gravity on your body helps you sit, stand, and move with more ease and grace.
- Realigns the spine after workouts - Running and other aerobic activities inevitably compress your spine—often unevenly. One-sided activities such as golf or tennis often pull the spine out of alignment. During inversion, minor misalignments often correct themselves naturally.