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DDD and Inversion therapy

Has anyone tried inversion therapy to help relieve back problems. I'm 29 and have DDD (diagnosed for over a year) in L4 and L5. Today I went to a physio who done some spinal manipulation. He also suggested I try inversion therapy, essentially, you lie yourself done on an apparatus and then swing yourself upside down. Apparently, it stretches your spine, relieving pressure between disc ( which I've one bulging) and also helps to realign the spine. It also helps to rehydrate the discs.

I am seriously considering buying an inversion table. Any opinions or people who have used it would be great.


  • I have been told that this helps if you have not had surgery.. ( I wish i had it) but 5 surgery's n now poss 6 i hate this DDD
  • since my fall I cannot be upside down, I don't know why, but get extreamly dizzy and disoriented,,
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    edited 07/26/2012 - 2:20 AM
    on the market today that claims to help with back problems.

    Before you invest an ANY of them, talk it over with your doctor. They are the ones that can tell you if such and such a device may be helpful to you or potentially harmful.

    I would never purchase some equipment or use it without approval from your doctor.
    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
  • My PM Doctor recently recommended the use of an inversion table. I am fused from L4-S1 and my L3/L4 disc is starting to show more wear and tear. I also have a spinal cord stimulator implanted for nerve damage. I purchased an inexpensive table ($100.00) at Walmart. I've been following the instructions that come with the table and slowly working my way up to being fully inverted. It does feel nice when I'm on it but the verdict is still out on the lasting effects.

  • Hello Cathy,

    I suffer from disc degeneration in the thoracic region and also have two bulging discs which causes me an awful lot of pain and discomfort. Unfortunately surgery is out of the question as I am apparently too young, and so I am on pain relieving patches.

    I bought an inversion table after having seen one advertised on one of those shopping channels so I decided to give it a go. That was two years ago and I still use it every day, morning and night.

    You are right, you strap yourself in by your ankles and then using your arms you slowly tilt upside down, but you don't have to go all the upside down from the beginning as it can take a while to get used to it. You can really feel your whole back stretching as you are hanging and I definitely feel some relief after having used it. I use my inversion table twice a day, morning and night, and sometimes inbetween if I am having a flare up.

    The inversion table is supposed to undo everything that gravity does to your back during the day, and it is also supposed to help the circulation in your body. All I know is that I wouldn't be without mine now and I am very glad that I bought it.

  • I have multiple bad disks in my back and had been using an inversion table for some time.
    I actually found some relief with it. However I didn't realize I was aggravating arthritis in my
    left knee. I now need a total knee replacement. Now I am not saying the inversion table caused
    my knee problems just that it aggravated a condition I already had, but didn't realize was as bad
    as it was.
  • It has been suggested to me that the inversion table can help with the decompression of the spine for some of the people and for others it can increase the pain. As well increase your optic eye pressure and blood pressure. My PT told me that if one has segmental instability they shouldn't use it. Take care.
  • Well I had a disc opp in 2004 after suffering a bulging disc for 6 yrs on and off .After the opp in 2004 all was well up until 2010
    then the old symptoms started to resurface .
    I had often hung from a beam in my lounge after a hard day lifting ect unaware of inversion tables,visting the PT every few months if things felt off course.
    At the end of 2011 I was made aware of said inversion tables so having hung from beams for so long I was aware that gravity relief worked,so I purchased Teeter Contour L3 .
    I will point out I do suffer with mild blood preasure but after talking with Dr ,I considered the risks out weighed the gains,I have been using table now since Dec 2012 and have found it invaluble and no longer have to go to PT .
    I have a shower first thing in the morning then have a hang for 10 to 15 mins then the same at night some times at lunch time, I have been known to fall asleep at 60 deg for 30 to 40 mins with my evening stretch.
    I hope this helps you people.
  • charcareccharcare Posts: 2
    edited 11/12/2012 - 1:20 PM
    hamrs_62 said:
    since my fall I cannot be upside down, I don't know why, but get extreamly dizzy and disoriented,,
    .Sorry to hear about your fall!
    Perhaps you needed or need to be treated for that condition. If so I would be happy to describe how I succeeded in getting cured from the "dizzy" problem.
    I had a fall in 2007 with much positional dizzy experience afterwards. The unpredictable room spinning was frightening. It was inner ear malfunction. An easy fix. Just find a balance specialist. I was directed to one by a very good ENT Specialist.
  • I tried hanging upside down and fell on my head, Thats when i joined spine health, It still takes days to remember my password, That was my 2 nd fall, Mom droped me on my head as a baby, She says it was an accident but i dont believe it,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • I have one. My hip surgeon suggested it 3 months after right hip arthroscopic reconstruction, and 4 months after ADR surgery. It sure helps if I remember to do my normal routine of McKenzey press ups, core strengthening and ligament stretches. I never asked the ADR Surgeon if it would cause a problem in my neck. Oops. So far nothing has detached.
    Pain in my lumbar goes away for several hours after only 5 minutes of inversion. I know folks that invert for up to 15. Me, not at all that long.

    Be careful though. A distant cousin is paralyzed cause the strap broke and then his neck gave way when his head hit the floor. My table uses a solid bar to control the angle of inversion.

    Always consult a health care professional first.
    ADR Recipient and Advocate
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