Many people come to us post-surgery, realizing the undergoing more aggressive treatment for their back pain still has not helped the problem. As a result, we have many people asking us if it is safe to invert if they have fused vertebrae.
Most of the time, a pinched nerve is not a serious medical issue, but it can really feel like one! According to the Mayo Clinic,”a pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues – such as bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons. This pressure disrupts the nerve’s function, causing pain, tingling, numbness or weakness.
Decompressing to relieve stress, back pain and joint pain is just one way to benefit from using an inversion table. Building a strong core is vital to the protection and function of the spine. A solidly-designed inversion table or gravity boots and a doorway rack are great platforms for core exercises. Inverted sit-ups help to quickly define abs without placing potentially harmful loads on the spine.
When doing inverted exercises, an inversion table can experience loads of up to 3x your body weight due to bouncing and movement! Remember to look for the UL Mark so you can be confident in the quality of the equipment you are using. Empty claims of high quality or safe by inversion table manufacturers don’t mean anything without independent certification to UL standards. Currently, Teeter Hang Ups is the only brand certified to the UL 1647 standard, which includes specific requirements for inversion tables.
Dr. William Tontz explains how spinal decompression works, why it’s good for you and how using a Teeter makes decompression easier and more accessible.