Back Pain and Travel

Roger Teeter with his wife Jenny on one of their many adventures together

I am enjoying a great cruise to the Baltic countries and Russia with family and friends. The down-side is that there is no inversion equipment on board. I am delighted to say that I’m 11 days into this trip and have no back problems, but on the other hand I feel much older. I have been to the gym 6 times on this trip and have worked out hard. Even with those workouts, I have managed to gain a couple of pounds – good food is part of the fun on a cruise, right? After all the working out and miles of touring, I have lost a noticeable amount of flexibility. I feel 80 instead of only 73! I still enjoy the workouts (especially when they are over), but there is no bounce to my step upon leaving the gym for lack of some way to decompress and help the joints to recover.

I have spent over 30 years promoting the benefits of inversion for back pain because, after wrecking my back 35 years ago and fighting back pain for 5 years, inversion gave me more relief than anything else I had tried. By inverting on a daily basis, I have been virtually pain free since 1981. Not until later did I gain an appreciation for the benefits of flexibility and workout recovery when I went on my first cruise and could not invert for over a week. I am stiffer, less flexible and it’s a struggle to straighten up to good posture after sitting for any period of time. I expect this is what others that are my age who don’t invert live with daily. Not being able to move freely certainly takes some fun out of life.

I really should not be surprised at the lost flexibility – inversion stretches and relaxes muscles and loads ligaments, helping them to be more supple and much less likely to be torn. Most everyone feels stiff in the morning, in large part due to lack of movement during the night. Inversion can give a jump start to your day by blowing away that stiffness. A few minutes of inversion after a workout helps the joints to recover and put the bounce back in your step. It also gives a gravity-assist to your lymph system, which is bogged down with all the dead cells and other waist products generated by a workout.

Tomorrow I am off the ship and headed for Spain to tape some shows for Teeter. There I will finally get to invert again, something I am really looking forward to.

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  1. Carlos Gonzalez

    Hi Roger…. I have been able to invert on different equipment at gyms. The back extension machine is one you can enter backwards or in this case forwards and hang. You almost need to see a picture to understand what I’m talking about. Also, try hanging off the bed while your wife holds your feet. You may need to put some pillows under your thighs. Hope this helps.

    PS- I wish I was there with you in Spain to tape some shows with you! Hasta la vista Seor Teeter.

    Dr. Carlos Gonzalez

  2. Cleetus

    I think Mr. Teeter is missing a marketing opportunity! He should be negotiating a deal with the cruise lines to have them installed on all their ships! Who knows how many new Teeter devotees can be recruited through a deal like that???

    BTW, that bounce in your step that you mention is why I tell all who’ll listen that five minutes on my Teeter is like putting on a new pair of sneakers every day! To paraphrase the old PF Flyer ad line, thanks to my Teeter Hang-Up I can run (well, maybe walk) faster and jump (well, maybe skip a little) higher!

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