Many people with low back pain and sciatica have found that inversion therapy performed on an inversion table provides relief. Inversion therapy at Zemella Chiropractic doesn't require inversion boots or hanging upside down. Although inversion boots and racks are popular, that type of inversion therapy is not for the novice and it is best reserved for people who are in superb health and athletic condition.
At Zemella Chiropractic, we use an inversion table therapy for patients as an alternative that doesn't require turning completely upside down. With our guidance, inversion therapy can be very beneficial in relieving many spinal conditions.
Inversion therapy is not a new idea. In fact, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, witnessed what is now inversion therapy as early as 400 BC. The goal of inversion therapy is to challenge the effects of gravity in which the downward force of gravity pulls everything toward Earth's center.
People who suffer back pain and sciatica find inversion table therapy turns gravity upside down, causing this natural force to decompress the spine. Inversion therapy works a bit like spinal traction. For example, in a standing position, gravity pulls the spine downward, compressing the discs, vertebral bodies, nerves, and other structures. Inversion therapy changes the physical dynamics with gravity's assistance to help relieve spinal compression. The result is the spine temporarily lengthened and pressure on anatomical structures is reduced.
Many people report that inversion table therapy is a great way to stretch muscles and ligaments, reduce muscle spasms, and improve circulation. Stretching stimulates the lymph glands to increase the flow of lymphatic fluids, which is part of the body's waste disposal system. Similarly, cellular health depends on good blood circulation to deliver nourishment and remove waste.
Inversion therapy also helps to relieve motion sickness and stress. In addition, the body becomes more aware of its spatial orientation and balance when the body is stimulated during inversion therapy.
Plus, it is not necessary for the body to be positioned completely upside down to gain benefits from inversion therapy. Unlike antigravity boots used with other forms of inversion therapy, an adjustable inversion table offers the flexibility to choose the most comfortable angle for your treatment.
This is a great therapy if there is a spasm in a back or neck muscle. It works well in relaxing the muscle and allowing it to return to its normal state rather quickly. Short therapy sessions are excellent at facilitating healing from acute and chronic pain.