Is it Safe to Use an Inversion Table to Treat Bulging Disks?
While the gravity will affect most parts of your body, the spine is the most susceptible. You may not notice (or feel it) but the gravity is always pulling down your spine. In essence, this means that the disks located in your spinal vertebra as are continually exposed to compression.
What happens when the gravity acts on your vertebrae? For starters, it leads to a spill out of a significant amount of liquid, which further causes them to bulge. Even though bulging disks can affect everyone, they are common in people advanced in age.
One important thing you should know about bulging disks is that they don’t cause pain. It, therefore, means that you can live with the condition for long without knowing. Nonetheless, as the disks become narrow, the pressure on the nerves increases, leading to pain.
Reports show that inversion therapy can help correct the condition and alleviate pain. We explore this subject and whether it is safe to use inversion tables to treat bulging disks.
A Brief Overview of Inversion Therapy
Inversion therapy is not a new phenomenon. In fact, it dates back to 400 B.C. While the process is more sophisticated today, the concept is still the same. Back in the Hippocrates era, traditional doctors used a ladder together with a pulley system to hang patients upside down. The primary aim of this procedure was to reduce the pressure subjected on the spine.
Dr. Robert Martin introduced inversion therapy into the modern world in the early 60s. A chiropractor and osteopath plying his trade in California, he is takes credit for making the practice popular. By 1980, inversion therapy was already making inroad in medical facilities across the United States.
Today, there is all manner of inversion tables to help patients enjoy the benefits of inversion therapy. You’re likely to find these tables in chiropractor facilities, homes, and gyms.
Inversion Tables and Bulging Disks
To cut to the chase, inversion therapy can help treat bulging disks. The question then becomes, how? When you invert your body, you reduce the pressure subjected to the vertebrae and the disks. In other words, inversion tables help position your body at an angle that extends the spine as opposed to compressing it. This movement, by extension, creates spinal decompression.
When there’s enough space between the vertebrae, the volume of disk liquid increases. To get a better understanding of how the process works, think of a bulging disk as a jelly of dough squeezed between your palms. When you move your palms close to each other, the dough escapes between your fingers and ultimately your palms get into contact. The same action happens when your vertebrae succumb to pressure brought about by the gravity.
Inversion therapy can also lessen the intensity of sciatica pain, as it leads to reduced pressure on the sciatic nerve, which happens to be the largest nerve in the body. So that you may know, the sciatic nerve extends parallel to your lumbar spine on either side all the way to the back of your leg.
How to Use Inversion Table to Treat Bulging Disks
You can start by lying on an inversion table with your body in an upright position. You can also invert your body and remain hanging upside down for twenty to thirty seconds before moving forward until you get back to the upright position.
These two procedures can help stretch your spine and increase blood circulation to take away the waste material from the bulging disks. Embark on a regular regimen to the desired and long lasting results.
Even though inversion therapy can work for bulging disks, you need to approach it with caution. It can lead to further complications, if you’re taking blood-thinning drugs, for instance. If you have any medical condition, talk to your doctor before using an inversion therapy. Some of the ailments that can prevent you from hanging your body upside down include;
- Skeletal Implants
- Recent bone fractures
- High blood pressure
- Middle ear infection
- Retinal detachment
Also, be sure to check with your physician if you’re taking any medication to treat back pain.