Hi all, new to the site, looks like a helpful resource.
Here's my story...
I'm 27 y/o male, 6'8" 230 lbs. In very good shape, exercise every day: lifting, yoga, plyometrics, swimming, basketball, etc. The works. I also watch what eat (outside of football Sundays!) so all in all I take very good care of my body. At about 11% body fat right now.
I played basketball in college so needless to say my body has been to hell and back quite a few times. Broken bones, knee problems, the general wear and tear and of course the staple of many tall people/basketball players - a bad back.
I was first diagnosed with Spondylosisthesis when I was 19, my freshman year in college. Sciatica, internal bleeding (some nice yellow spots on my lower back) and became practically immobile thanks to a college coach who "didn't believe in injuries" and forced me to play/practice until I woke up one morning and literally could not get out of bed.
I have tried just about every form of treatment for my back outside of an inversion table. Yoga, lifting and keeping my core strong helps quite a bit but there is still pain every single day. I'm wondering if this pain could be related to additional spine compression due to years of basketball and the constant pounding my body has taken the last 15 years. Sort of the icing on the Spondy cake, sorta the general "really stiff and can't move" kinda discomfort. It's not as much the sharp pain these days, I haven't experienced sciatica since I was 20.
So I'm wondering if an inversion table will help my symptoms. I've been pushing through the pain and discomfort for nearly a decade and I feel like I'm so close to kicking these symptoms and hoping that this will help. I have a few questions for those familiar with them...
1. Can you get a free trial or test a table before purchasing? I looked online and it doesn't look like there are any "just pay shipping for a 14 day trial" kinda deals. Do some sporting good stores have them set up for testing (I'd imagine not for insurance reasons). I don't want to spend $200-$600 on something that may not help me at all.
2. Is there a height limit to most tables? They won't do me any good if I smack my head on the floor on the way down and don't fit haha. Most videos online look like they have a person 6' and under using the table.
3. Is the relief actually instant? Let's say I just got done playing basketball for two hours and my back is stiff and really sore. If I use the table for five minutes would I notice it right away? I would use it in additional to post-workout stretching and ice.
I'm not expecting a miracle but hoping for some significant improvement. Any other advice is appreciated! Thanks.