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Inversion table

drewshaw86ddrewshaw86 Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Alternative Treatments
Hi guys, I'm new to the forum.
I've had chronic back pain for around 8 months, spent a considerable amount of money at the chiropractors and visited the physio regularly. My back had not been healing at all, I recently had an X ray done and found nothing wrong. So I tried the inversion table, bought brand new from ebay.
Put it together, used it for around 5-7 minutes, felt fine, woke up next day, and could barely move, still can barely just breathe now as I am typing. I know I have probably overused the table and stretched my spine far too much. Was wondering has anyone else had this experience? It has pretty much debilitated me completely now, and am considering getting my back scanned again.


  • i know what they are but over here in the uk they are generally a NO NO for back pain .you wont find a consultant that will recommend one .TENS ans electronic massage pads are a good idea .forget the flexibac thing too its crap ! all its fit for is a nice bit of wooden art work .a good TENS in my opinion is about the best bit of kit a Bab back person can have in the tool kit for pain ..along with decent pain killers and a good bed and recliner .
    tony {UK}
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • I am from the UK myself. Will look into TENS.
  • The key to getting the inversion table to work is to start out slowly. Most people overdo it when they start, and that is probably why you are feeling poorly.

    You should take it slow for the first week or two and then gradually increase your increments of inversion. You still may feel like it is doing more harm than good, but that is because your back isn't used to being stretched out. After a week or two you should feel a noticeable difference and start to feel much better.

    Hope that helps.

    P.S. I'm not a doctor, so don't take my advice as doctrine!
  • Well I have used an inversion table now , with the advice of my PT and Dr due to suffering disc probs since 1998 Had opp in 2004 to repair a broken disc but was advised that I would need reg PT and avoid adverse compression (used to ride m/cross and do distance jumps on m/bikes so heavy landings).
    I had from 2004 to 2011 hung from a beam in my lounge most days to stretch my spine after a busy day,but was made aware of inversion tables in Nov 2011, after consulting with my Dr and PT they both agreed done properly it would be benificial to my condition.
    So in Dec 2011 I bought an Teeter Contour L3 and some 10 mnths on it has proven to give me even more relief than going to a PT and I havent felt the need to go see him ££ saved it has already paid me back [sorry for the pun] and it is used daily
    morning sometime miday and evening from 10 to 30 mins at a time alternating from horizontal to inverted and back forth during the session.I take a very high leval of cod liver oil and Glucosomine sulphate also.
    Hope this helps you Drew
    Regards Ian

  • I've heard nothing but good things about inversion tables so maybe you did too much too soon? I purchased a high end one but I cant give you an honest opinion on its effectiveness because I haven't been consistent on using it. I have severe leg pain with numbness and when I can I get on the table for as long as I can handle it. I think it would of worked wonders had I used it before my injury but right now I cant say its helping. But again I don't use it everyday and when I do it's only for about 5 minutes.
  • FrancineSFFFrancineSF Posts: 318
    edited 12/28/2012 - 2:55 PM
    I stand doing presentations all day long - sometimes 10-14 hours a day - without sitting (I know, I know) - and sometimes my back is exhausted and hurts. I bought an inversion table a few years ago and I love it.

    I agree with everyone who has said that you have to gradually build up your time when using one. Hopefully, you can slowly stretch a bit to get things back to being OK again - or soak in some Epsom salts to loosen the muscles that have now probably tensed up a great deal.

    For me, I started at just 5 or 10 minutes and I am never on for more than 15-20 minutes, as tempting as it is to stay on longer.

    It is not one of those "more is better" kind of things. Pacing, DEEP BREATHING while on it, not torquing your back when getting back to "standing" position and gradually increasing the time are things that I think can of as being successful when I use my inversion table.

    And yes, I say the above because I have done all of those improperly in the beginning. :)

    I have now had mine about 5 years and while I don't use it every day -- because I travel and can't bring it with me - and I am missing using it right now because I am still wearing my Miami J Collar and healing from my ACDF C3/4 C4/5 surgery I had just a little over 2 months ago.

    good luck to you!
    10/26/2012 ACDF C3/4 C4/5 surgery
    No pain; no pain meds - thank goodness!
    04/01/2013 - 5 months + 1 week - FUSED
    Doing some physical therapy for even better range of motion
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,848
    edited 12/28/2012 - 3:53 PM
    Like so many other 'aids' , before you rush out an purchase one, check with your doctor to see if they approve of the item.

    For me, my doctors told me, to stay away from any Inversion table. While it may be good for others, it would create more problems for me
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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