Seeing is believing. Seeing the immediate benefits of using a Teeter can now been seen thanks to some new medical technology that measures surface EMG. A case study utilizing surface EMG scans demonstrated a marked decrease in muscle tension after using a Teeter, supporting a older study that cited similar dramatic results.
The muscles in your spine activate to compensate for misalignments or problems. Surface EMG technology from MyoVision is able to measure the electrical impulses generated when a muscle contracts and translate the readings into a visible illustration of muscle tension.
A pre-inversion baseline exam was performed while participants were upright and stabilized on a Teeter inversion table. After three (3) minutes of inversion to 60 degrees, a scan was performed while patients remained in the inverted position. A post-inversion exam was performed while supported on the inversion table, three (3) minutes after returning upright.
Less Muscle Tension Means Less Pain
While the four participants represented a varied cross-section of genders, physical stature and back health, one thing all participants had in common was a marked decrease in EMG activity during and after inversion. Results averaged a 37% reduction in muscle tension after just 3 minutes of inversion, suggesting potentially dramatic relief for back pain sufferers!
Not surprisingly, the results almost exactly duplicate those from an older study1 by physiotherapist L. Nosse which found that EMG activity declined over 35% within ten seconds of inverting.
Citation: 1 Nosse, L.: Inverted Spinal Traction. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 59: 367-370, Aug 78.