The idea behind it is to temporarily remove pressure from your disks. This is also what decompression does. It temporarily provides people with pain relief. At some point, it turned into a cure-all for any back pain you might have, however, that is not true.
The reason people have issues with the disks traditionally comes from poor spinal structure. Unless they have had a major accident or something that has changed the shape of their spine. While an inversion table will help for temporary relief of symptoms, it certainly doesn’t fix anything structurally.
An inversion table isn’t necessarily bad for you but it doesn’t solve the problem or the root cause of your pain. An inversion table can become bad if you overuse it.
What happens with inversion or any other type of decompression, is that it stretches your spine and takes the natural cure out of your spine. Muscle change happens at 10 minutes and that’s when we see spine structure change. So when you take a natural curve out of your back and flatten it, that isn’t good. For people who already have a lack of curve in their back, the results are even worse.
If you do decide to use an inversion table only use it for no more than 7-10 minutes a day. Anything more than that may result in a change to your spine. If you do decide to purchase an inversion table make sure it is one that has lumbar support. Look for something that will help maintain the curve in your back.
One of the best times to use an inversion table is after a workout. It can help relieve compression in your spine after a heavy lifting day. However, only use it for a few minutes and no more than 10 minutes. You shouldn’t use an inversion table to manage your pain, that’s an indicator that something more serious is going on.
Also, one thing to note is that an inversion table does not help to align your spine. Only CBP adjustments can do that. It’s the only real way to keep your spine healthy.
So, instead of using an inversion table get your spine checked by a CBP Chiropractor. It is important to get a check-up and find out the reason why your body is bothering you in the first place.
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