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Hey everyone, Dr. Group here and today I want
to talk about inversion tables. You’ve probably seen the ads for these things,
they’re the device that lets you hang upside down to relieve back pain, increase your circulation, decompress your joints, and give you an overall good healthy feeling. Just like yoga was designed to do. Hanging upside down is something we just don’t do in our normal routines. I personally own and use an inversion table regularly and let me tell you, I’m a big fan. I injured my back and had a couple herniations years ago. Whenever it flairs up, about 3 or 4 days on the inversion table and I am good to go. I try to do it at least a couple of time a week. After a 10 to 15 minute sessions it is amazing. My back feels rejuvenated, my neck is limber,
my circulation is pumping… every muscle in my body feels like it just got a good,
healthy condition and my muscles get a healthy stretch. And those aren’t the only benefits of using
an inversion table. Inversion therapy is often used as a non-invasive
answer for back conditions and muscle sciatica, herniation especially for people who want to avoid surgery. Along with good chiropractic care. That and acupuncture, massage can usually help prevent the need for surgery in a multitude of cases. If you’ve got a back problem and you’re
considering surgery or your doctor is talking about it, I would suggest exercising extreme caution and exhausting non-surgical method of relief first. Right now they even have PRP, platelet rich plasma, prolotherapy, prolozone. There are a lot of non surgical options available. Believe it or not, many people who have had back surgery will tell you that even if the acute problem was “fixed” that, overall, they’re not “back
to normal.” They ultimately deal with problems usually for the rest of their life. Remember — everybody’s situation is different,
but, according to information published by James Cook University Hospital, inversion
therapy may help some people avoid surgery. There’s also some research to suggest that
inversion therapy can help with kidney stones. With all of the poor diets, almost everyone has Kidney stones these days especially with the high protein. The body is unable to break down these foods in the intestinal lining. Kidney stones, which are excruciating, can
cause complications if the stones are big enough. In fact, when that happens, there’s a procedure
which is a way to send a targeted shock wave through your body to break up the stones into
small pieces so they pass more easily. A number of studies have shown that being
inverted can help your body push out the kidney stone fragments Now, using an inversion table is a little
bit like a using a sauna — it’s a great therapy but there are a few things you need
to be aware of. First off, the UCLA School of Medicine warns
that inversion increases both pulse and blood pressure. This may not be a big deal… BUT if you have
high blood pressure or other cardiovascular issues, you should probably avoid inversion
therapy unless your own doctor personally tells you otherwise. Or address your blood
pressure naturally possibly through a cleansing process. Also, a
study that evaluated the effects of inversion
therapy on people with chronic back pain noted a low risk of headache and temporary blurred
vision just something to be aware of. However, I contribute that to all of the blood flow rushing to the head. It actually happens to me sometimes. I get blurred vision for like an hour but I think that is a good thing because when you push more of that blood into the brain and eyes. You are also pushing more nutrients and water into the brain. But you should also be aware that the same study reported that over 80% of the participants experienced improvement in their back problems
from inversion therapy. A lot of people have computer syndrome where their neck and muscles in their neck are tight There are actual traction units too that you can get. And hang them over the door. It actually lifts your neck up but inversion therapy is a very cost effective way to keep your spine healthy. Along with regular chiropractic adjustments. The key is just to introduce yourself to inversion
gradually and listen to your body. If it’s uncomfortable, turn yourself rightside up. When you invert you are going to go down but not straight down. I usually recommend being at a slight angle. Until you are experienced enough. Then you can go straight down and invert yourself. If you are uncomfortable just come all the way up. Take a break and come back down. You can start by doing it maybe 30 seconds at a time before you come. Then 45 seconds and then a minute. I usually won’t hang for more than a minute at a time. I might do the therapy for 15 minutes but I will hang 1 minute down then come up for 30 seconds and then go back down for another minute. The big question: Is inversion therapy right
for you? I think every single person on the planet should have an inversion table. They are just incredible. An incredible way to increase circulation and keep your spine healthy. It depends on your own needs and goals. I really like it for stretching and boosting my circulation. I feel like it gives me energy. In that way, it’s a great piece of equipment. If you’re looking for a remedy for back
problems, just remember that back problems have many causes and everyone needs to be
individually considered. There are some cases where an inversion table can make your back problem worse. That is why you need to check with a doctor or natural health care practitioner to see if you have any serious condition in your back before you get on an inversion table. Like someone who has been in a car accident who has a lot of acute inflammation or an acute sports injury that you really don’t want do an inversion table right after the injury happens during the acute stage. This is the first few weeks because you have so much inflamation and swelling that it can actually make it worse. You can’t lump all back problems into one
category and say an inversion table is the right approach for everyone, because that
might not be true. But, if you’ve been working with a healthcare
advisor to address your own back issues, bring it up and discuss with them the possibility
of using an inversion table for your situation. It might be a good solution to help your suffering. ESPECIALLY if you have high blood pressure,
heart issues, are overweight, or have other individual concerns… just talk to your doctor
first. And if you do start looking to use an inversion
table, pay attention to the quality, especially the ankle lock. Some of the cheaper versions the ankle lock has broken and help have hit their heads. That is extremely dangerous. The last thing you want is to be hanging upside down and something breaks. I’m not getting paid to endorse any companies but I use the Teeter-Ups brand. The one I have works great and I have had it for years. There are others out there, just check
reviews and look at what others are saying. Inversion tables and inversion
therapy have a lot to offer. If you think it might benefit your life, I’d suggestion
checking one out. For more tips and information about the best
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27 thoughts on “Benefits of Inversion Tables – An Exercise for Your Back!

  1. Curious how often you use your I.T.?

    I own a teeter version.


    Am or pm?

    Minutes per session is_______?

    More rocking or more singular position or ?

  2. U say everyone should have an inversion table then a few mins later u contradict that!! I have scoliosis and DDD and a herniated disc or 3. My PCP blew me off when I asked him if inversion would be harmful. I just had mine assembled this morning. I don't know whether to try it out now. My life is awful due to the pain!!! HELP PLEASE.

  3. For anyone who wants to get detailed information about the pros and cons of inversion therapy, read the following three books: The Gravity Guiding System by Dr. Robert M. Martin M.D., Better Back Better Body by Joanne Broatch and Inversion Therapy by Mia Campbell. I got all three on eBay or Amazon for less that $10 each.

  4. Dr Group. I'm a massage therapist and another therapist recommended I get one for my clients. He has oddly found that inversion therapy has produced some unexpected results in his longer term clients such as height increase, hair regrowth and vision improvements. Is he pulling my leg here (no pun intended)?

  5. I have scoliosis and a lot of arthritis. For the arthritis I started grounding and 6 weeks ago and now pain free for it. For the scoliosis issue I have been going to a Chiropractor's office about twice a week where he lets me use his inversion table for free. Considerable pain relief. Not pain free but so much better than where I was; also the goal for me is not to correct it (I'm 72) but to keep it from getting worse and standing straight.

  6. No one wants to fall on their head while they are hanging up side down. So I'm probably going to look for the top of the line brand. I'm not trying to buy the cheap stuff and lose my life over it.

  7. I recently purchased an inversion table. I found relief facing the board and inverting, this for my lower back. I have a pelvic tilt and some arthritis of the lower back. I had used it a few times laying on my back, but it didn't relieve the pain as much and was I was very uncomfortable in that position. Hopefully it will help me get enough relief to sleep without pain.

  8. But is it oke if you get red spots on your forehead ? I dont have any issues /pain after inversion .

  9. Thanks for leaving this old video up. I have disc and nerve problems, looking for a table and any and all info. After watching so many videos, this was great informational help. Fantastic Job! Please leave this video up for other if possible. Thank You Very Much!

  10. I have sciatic nerve issues that lead to back spasms sometimes and when I'm having a spasm the only thing that can relieve that pain and pressure is the inversion table

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