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Inversion tables

PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 8:35 pm
by Don_01
I've been fighting sciatica for yrs and now feel I'm on the right track with the physical therapy route instead of meds or 'adjustments'.
I've been eying these inversion tables online and wanted some unbiased info. Has anyone had any success using an inversion table?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:16 pm
by Paul
Hi Don,

I've never tried one myself, but those inversion devices have been around for about 30 years and I've never heard anyone say they made any difference. I think that if they were so great, you'd hear more people talking about them. If you get one. Let us know what you think.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 10:29 am
by randolph
NJ Ken had some success with his inversion table before he received his two epidurals that stopped his sciatica cold. I found some benefit with "reverse-inversion", that is, hanging by my hands from a chin-up bar so my feet were dangling above the ground. Either way you stretch your spine vertically seems helpful during the acute stages of sciatica .... for some. Anyway you can use one, a time or two before you plunk down your money?

Because sciatica pain is SOOOOOOO bad, there seems to be a pretty big industry in designing and selling devices to provide pain relief, that are relatively cheap (compared to surgery anyway) and, that look like a reasonable adaption of some "scientific" advance in sciatica research and treatment ... and while they may provide some relief for some people during the acute stages of sciatica, they do nothing or next to nothing to actually rebuild the back ... and after you've healed, you've got another useless contraption that you get to sell for $5 at your next yard sale. A few dollars spent on NSAIDs cut the pain for me (at least enough to stop screaming) during those early, horribly painful days of sciatica, and the real healing was assisted mostly by the RYB exercises and stretches. It's really helpful to keep this in mind when you contemplate spending your medical dollars: is this for pain relief or healing?