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craigcccraigc Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Alternative Treatments
wondering if inversion is safe for someone with grade 1 retrolisthesis there is an article online that says that inverting from ankles is not recomended but rather invert from knees


  • What location of your spine is the retro at? If it is your cervical spine, or any place you have a spinal cord, I would be asking your doctor first before doing something like that.
  • Agree with Tamtam :)

    I had retro on my lumbar spine (grade 3 with herniations) L5/S1. I also had grade 1 on C5-6 and was told to stay away from traction (inversion is a form of traction using your own body weight) (PT tried to manually traction me and I blacked out).

    I didn't find out until after I did several treatments of the VaxD machine about the L5/S1. It was a nightmare. I wouldn't recomend doing any of that unless you are recomended by your specialist (and I am not talking about a chiropracter).

    Have you had flexion extension x-rays or was this just found from normal x-rays?

    I have been using my large ball and hanging on it to decompress my T-spine but I use my knees to keep me from over pulling.

    I have friends with inversion tables and they have good luck helping with their back pain, but they are fit and don't have major problems just aging spines and sore muscles.

    Good luck,

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