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    Anyone ever used an Inversion table?

    I have lower back pains from doing tree work/heavy lifting. Cycling seems to aggravate the problem. I have a good chiropractor and a good massage therapist but I want to try stretching out my back at home. I tried out an inversion table a few years ago at a fitness equipment dealer. Only used it for 5 minutes but I remember liking it. Anyone else use one? List your pros and cons.

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    it might help depending on what the diagnosis is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randya View Post
    it might help depending on what the diagnosis is.
    Just sore muscles from over use/stress/tension. No spine issues, just tight muscles.
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    If that's your only problem, just get a good massage

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenng View Post

    What?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElJamoquio View Post
    What?


    Wait.....................................................Dude..................
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    Quote Originally Posted by randya View Post
    just get a good massage
    You didn`t read the OP did ya? ........


    Hint...3rd sentence!
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    So anyone have firsthand experience with an inversion table? Serious question, armchair experts need not reply.
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    I hope someone answers. I've been wondering about that too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenng View Post
    So anyone have firsthand experience with an inversion table? Serious question, armchair experts need not reply.
    They would answer, but they're still stuck on the tables!
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    I use one about 3 times a week. I have disk problems and this helps relieve pressure between the vertebrae. It helps circulation, tension & stress in the lower back. I would opt for the more expensive/STURDY tables, last thing you want is to end up on your head because of a crappy table.

    Mine was about $300

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenng View Post
    You didn`t read the OP did ya? ........


    Hint...3rd sentence!
    read post two. If you've got a herniated disk like 2wheeled, it might help; if your diagnosis is different, it might not. whatsamatter, too cheap to spend $300 to find out? go to the damn doctor.

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    Would hanging upside down too long cause the brain to have aneurysms though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlts22 View Post
    Would hanging upside down too long cause the brain to have aneurysms though?
    When I first tried it I found it very uncomfortable to hang all the way upside down. You do need to get your body use to it and progress slowly over a period of weeks. Now I could almost go to sleep at a steep angle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2wheeled View Post
    When I first tried it I found it very uncomfortable to hang all the way upside down. You do need to get your body use to it and progress slowly over a period of weeks. Now I could almost go to sleep at a steep angle.
    I take it you find some benefit from it. I feel spinal compression, and I think a straight stretching out would be less risky than applying torsional forces and listening to my vertebrae click back into their proper places (when I can get them to). Can you comment on my presumption?
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    I use one at home and it definitely helps when my back is bothering me. (I have scoliosis.) As 2wheeled mentioned, you have to ease into it and get used to it. When I first started using it, I would get queezy and feel like I was going to puke. Now I can stay on it as long as I feel like.

    A little story about my brother's experience:

    My brother herniated two disks in his lower back a few years ago playing basketball. It was bad enough that he had to take time off work, and as a result he eventually got laid off. Over the course of about 6 months, he packed on close to 50 lbs. I convinced him to see a chiropractor, which helped him a bit, but not enough to get back to work or play any sports.

    One day he saw an add for an inversion table and read up on it and talked to his chiropractor about it and decided it would be worth a try. Since he wasn't working at time time, my Mom and I pitched in and bought him one for Christmas. He used it every day and his back started feeling better after the first week. After a few more weeks, he started feeling good enough to do some exercise. About 4 months later, he was at the gym working out, swimming and not too long after, playing basketball. He also dropped all the weight that he put on before the injury.

    He still uses it twice a day, religiously. And while his back is not 100%, he definitely swears by his inversion table.

    That said, my back's been bothering me lately...better hit the table

    -Erik

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    I think it depends on the root of the problem. I tried one a couple of times but it actually caused more pain. Since my S1/L5 disc is completely gone, the bones have, over time tried to auto fuse. Pulling traction on that joint and the L5/L4 (also with a degenerated disc) above it made matters worse.

    For me, the best remedy I have found is to be consistent in doing my core strength workouts and maintain my weight. If I do that I can expect to be relatively pain free. That is as good as it gets.

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    I tried one once about 20 years ago. The problem was, the detrimental things it did to my chronically congested head far outweighed the beneficial things it did to my back. I think I'd personally be better off tying cinder blocks to my shoes and hanging upright in an acrobat's training harness...or being strapped down to a medieval rack. But I can definitely see how it might be good for some people

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2wheeled View Post
    Mine was about $300
    I just came home with a little used inversion table that looks identical to yours. I found it on craigslist locally. Its a Teeter 7000. I am surprised how well-built and heavy the unit is.

    I have been trying out for 3 or 4 minutes at a time. A have the strap on to keep from going full inverted almost full but not ready for that yet. So far so good, its very relaxing and calming. It seems to lower my blood pressure somehow, the same way a good massage does. On my 3rd try I was upside down and just stretching out, I wiggled my hips a little and felt a quick sharp pain in the area I`m experiencing my pain issue. I thought I did something really bad so I got still thinking I hurt myself. I didn`t feel any pain and I think something stretched out or moved just so because I feel really good right now. Its to soon to tell but I think this will be nice to use.
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    If your back hurts like hell and it is not due to injury, the right type of exercise really helps a lot. There are specific exercises for your back that a doc can recommend, but I've found that swimming a few times a week just works better than anything else I've tried.

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    I use one five days a week at the gym we have at work. I don't have any real, diagnosed back problems but it just seems to make my lower back feel good. Also, I do "upside-down" crunches, pulling my shoulders up off the table while inverted. Works a different area of the abs than anything else I've tried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
    I take it you find some benefit from it. I feel spinal compression, and I think a straight stretching out would be less risky than applying torsional forces and listening to my vertebrae click back into their proper places (when I can get them to). Can you comment on my presumption?
    Doing proper stretching is vital, as is building core strength. Reverse sit-ups have been a blessing for me.

    You're talking about hearing your vertebrae click back into place. Have you been to a chiropractor?

    As far as inversion goes, I feel it can only help. Now remember the tables (at least the good ones) have some kind of restriction strap to limit the amount of inversion. I never go all the way upside down and anyone who does and is not use to it is asking for trouble. This is something you build up over a period of time and your body lets you know when to progess. I'm usually at 45 degrees and it feels very comfortable almost to the point of falling asleep when I get home from work.

    I would suggest if you're interested is to find a dealer near you and try it for 10-15mins with not to much inversion and listen to your body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erikvonb View Post
    I use one at home and it definitely helps when my back is bothering me. (I have scoliosis.) As 2wheeled mentioned, you have to ease into it and get used to it. When I first started using it, I would get queezy and feel like I was going to puke. Now I can stay on it as long as I feel like.

    A little story about my brother's experience:

    My brother herniated two disks in his lower back a few years ago playing basketball. It was bad enough that he had to take time off work, and as a result he eventually got laid off. Over the course of about 6 months, he packed on close to 50 lbs. I convinced him to see a chiropractor, which helped him a bit, but not enough to get back to work or play any sports.

    One day he saw an add for an inversion table and read up on it and talked to his chiropractor about it and decided it would be worth a try. Since he wasn't working at time time, my Mom and I pitched in and bought him one for Christmas. He used it every day and his back started feeling better after the first week. After a few more weeks, he started feeling good enough to do some exercise. About 4 months later, he was at the gym working out, swimming and not too long after, playing basketball. He also dropped all the weight that he put on before the injury.

    He still uses it twice a day, religiously. And while his back is not 100%, he definitely swears by his inversion table.

    That said, my back's been bothering me lately...better hit the table

    -Erik
    Nice story Erik. I also have two lower herniated disks and will do what I can to try and keep my back healthy. Surgery is the absolute last resort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2wheeled View Post
    Nice story Erik. I also have two lower herniated disks and will do what I can to try and keep my back healthy. Surgery is the absolute last resort.

    +1 on the surgery being the last resort, as well as making sure stretching and core work is done to keep a healthy back. Recently I just started doing yoga and feel that it has benefitted me the most. I bought two DVDs that cover Power Yoga and Yin Yoga (which concentrates on the connective tissues.) My back feels stronger and I am now more aware of my posture (big time sloucher.) I haven't tried the Yin one yet, but I have taken one of the instructor's classes and liked it alot.

    -Erik

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    I got one and really like it. I have hip problems and it helps keep them from becoming to big of a problem between Chiropractor appointments. My back really feels a lot loser after being on it for awhile. Normally I get on it for a little while and then do some stretches and crack my back after I get off. Feel as good as new afterwards. I have a HangUps just like 2wheeled.

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