Back pain is one of the very common health conditions that people of all ages suffer from, especially students. About 60-80 percent of U.S. population has low back pain, and it’s expected to affect up to 90 percent of the world’s population at some point in life. It’s the second most common reason why people go to their physician, next to the common cold. Back pain can be caused by a number of reasons, such as poor posture, repetitive movement, spine injuries, emotional stress, and sometimes because of medical problems, such as arthritis and pregnancy. Since college students spend most of their time sitting in class, doing their homework, studying their lessons, and working on computers, they are the ones who are likely to suffer back pain.
Back pain can be a complex condition. If you have had back pain before or you’re suffering from it now, you probably already know how frustrating it can be. It’s just so painful that no matter how much you wanted to stand up and go out, you just can’t. The pain makes you feel like lying down and keeping still, preventing you from enjoying your life. And unfortunately, this condition is regularly seen to worsen over time, becoming a chronic condition, due to psychosocial and physical factors. Some studies even show that at least 75 percent of people with back pain will have a recurrence of the condition within a year, and only 25 percent of the sufferers actually recover completely within a year.
The good news is there are many ways to treat back pain. In many cases, back pain can be cured with self-care. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle and practicing good posture, you can lower your risk of back problems. For long-term and severe cases, your doctor will recommend you to take stronger medications or undergo certain surgery to make your condition a lot better. And in some instances, your doctor will suggest a physical therapy, such as an inversion therapy, to treat you condition.
What is an inversion therapy?
Inversion therapy is used as a non-invasive form of back pain treatment that can treat back disorders, sciatica, and poor circulation. Many people who don’t want to undergo back surgery consider this alternative option and find this one an effective answer to back problem. Inversion therapy involves adopting a hanging upside down position or at an inverted angle to reverse the effects of gravity on the spine. In theory, inversion therapy takes gravitation pressure off the discs and nerve roots in the spine, as well as causes the vertebrae to loosen up, relieving back pain.
There have been several studies conducted that show the health benefits of inversion therapy when it comes to treating back pain. In 1978, some researchers reported that the use of inversion therapy significantly increased spine length and reduced back pain. And in a scientific article published in 2008 in The Spine Journal, traction was considered to be an effective form of lower back pain treatment. This article was even supported by other scientific studies, such in Annals of Internal Medicine study, where they found out that traction (inversion therapy) was an effective treatment for back problems, particularly sciatica. Many physicians and physical therapists recommend inversion therapy as an alternative treatment to back pain because of its ability to provide a traction force that can decrease back pain. With regular use, inversion therapy is believed to not only relieve back pain, but also improve posture, increase flexibility, and stimulate blood flow.
Of course, I cannot definitively say that inversion therapy is truly a 100 percent effective to treating back pain. But since it has worked effectively for other people and many studies have proven its benefits, then I can say it may be worth considering. Of course, I recommend that you ask your doctor first before trying it. You may also want to know how to properly perform it first before positioning your head down. Ultimately, you have to get your own inversion table, too, to determine if inversion therapy is really right for you.
There are different types of inversion tables in the market to choose from. Before making your purchase, do your homework first – spend a lot of time researching – so that you’ll get the best inversion table that fits your needs.