• Has anyone used an inversion table to help with degenerative disk disease?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Sunday, October 22, 2017

    Has anyone used an inversion table to help with degenerative disk disease?

    I tried my Brother-in-laws a couple years ago when it was bothering me. It stopped hurting in a few days. It has acted up again for the last two weeks to the point of terrible pain. I ordered one of the tables to have and am putting it to the test starting today. Hopefully, it will work.

    14 Answers from the Community

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    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Good luck.

      If nothing else, it will take the weight of the world off you legs and back for a bit.

      I think they feel good for a little bit, strange though they are.

      29 days ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      I have never used one, but I always think about it when my back is bothering me. Maybe it would even help with my vertigo. I hope you get some relief.

      29 days ago
    • happydyad's Avatar
      happydyad

      I have used one several times. It helped relieve back pain as well as neck pain. It’s a great device and can be set so that you are only as deeply angled in the upside down position as you find comfortable. Good luck with the device. I’m sure you will get some relief! I don’t know anyone that’s used it who has not benefitted. Best wishes, Judy in Ky

      29 days ago
    • Molly72's Avatar
      Molly72

      http://www.hammacher.com/Product/81179?promo=search

      Hmmmmm... funny you should ask!
      I have terribly limiting back pain & always thought this thing just might be the answer. You don't have to hang upside down, which is rather scary to me. I had something similar to this at a P.T. session, & it helped, but the sessions didn't last long enough & I needed a little stronger pull. I am seriously thinking of getting one.
      Anyone else here used one?

      28 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      My table has arrived, I've hung upside down in it for about a minute. Right afterward, my back hurt worse than before. But today, it's feeling better, so I will hang like a bat for the next few nights and see if I continue to improve. It seems too easy.

      28 days ago
    • Molly72's Avatar
      Molly72

      Greg:
      Keep us informed of your progress, & are you wearing your vampire costume while "hanging"?

      28 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Ok, this may be a premature miracle, but this afternoon when I got home from work, I realized that my back had not been hurting all day. After sitting at my desk all day. Usually sitting makes it worse, I did my bat imitation when I got home, and as I sit, I still feel better than I have in two weeks. So, I'm claiming success after two nights. But we'll see after a couple of weeks. All I read about it says to hang daily for continued spine "stretching". If I break in two, one of us will let you know.

      28 days ago
    • OldGuy's Avatar
      OldGuy

      Interesting, I didn't know there was even a purpose for those things. I wondered what benefit there was in hanging upside down.

      27 days ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      "OldGuy," the benefit is that it stretches your spine out because of gravity's pull, but it depends on whether that's your back problem or not. Some people (me) have a problem where one vertebra has slipped on top of the next vertebra, and it feels better if you walk leaning over like on a grocery buggy. It you stretch them apart by any method, they feel better.

      I have a Pilates machine with cords that helps stretch your vertebrae using the cords, but I think hanging upside down would be faster.

      Greg, keep us posted! Good luck!

      27 days ago
    • Molly72's Avatar
      Molly72

      Barb,
      I am thinking about getting the flat traction device that I gave a link to in my above post.
      Leaning over & stretching helps me as well. I can't shop without a grocery cart!
      My back dr. says not to use the upside down inversion table if you have high blood pressure or eye problems.
      Today I talked to a physical therapist & showed him information on the flat traction device & he said it looked pretty safe I should perhaps give it a try.
      Maybe I shall!

      27 days ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Hey, Molly! I can't shop without a grocery cart either! I looked at your link, and I think it looks safe, too. I didn't know HBP was a problem for an inversion table, but I can imagine it would be uncomfortable. Apparently Greg doesn't have that problem.

      A therapist told me one time to get on my hands and knees and arch my back up like a cat does!

      27 days ago
    • KB2013's Avatar
      KB2013

      I heard from someone with very bad back that it helps him greatly.

      25 days ago

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