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Are there any benefits for the back and neck by using inversion tables? If so what is the best way to use them?

Are there any benefits for the back and neck by using inversion tables? If so what is the best way to use them?

Use as directed: They relieve some symptoms but do not solve any problems. Usually those who use them get temporary relief from the symptoms, but the relief is not long lasting. ...Read more

Dr. Craig Morton
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Neck Pain (Definition)

Neck pain can be a symptom of many problems, infections, growths, cervical disk disease, fractures, vascular problems (some serious), heart issues, etc., etc. See your doctor for an exam and possible ...Read more


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I have floaters and retinal detachment. Can I use an inversion table for neck and back pain?

I have floaters and retinal detachment. Can I use an inversion table for neck and back pain?

U must ask this of -: -Ur ophthalmologist. He/she is responsible 4 Ur care & as all cases R different in some ways, they only R familiar with ur's. ...Read more

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I have disc degeneration, loss of height, protrusion, spondylosis, disc bulge, mild stenosis on neck and lumbar. Can I use an inversion table?

I have disc degeneration, loss of height, protrusion, spondylosis, disc bulge, mild stenosis on neck and lumbar. Can I use an inversion table?

Conservative care: Yes, I believe that all people should exhaust and utilize all conservative measures for treatment of his or her back pain first, prior to discussing surgical intervention. I tell my patients that is it is helpful then it should definately be incorporated in your treatment plan. I have had many patients say that an inversion table has helped with their neck and low back pain. ...Read more

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I'm 190cm tall. I'm having neck pain since 3 years ago. Could it be that because my job needs me stand and observe a group of people sitting at table?

I'm 190cm tall. I'm having neck pain since 3 years ago. Could it be that because my job needs me stand and observe a group of people sitting at table?

Ergonomics & Height: Prolonged standing (or sitting) + being taller can make you slouch, crane your neck, get bad posture, etc check w your employer abt ergonomics-- ways to improve function and efficiency by changing yourself and your workplace to allow you to adapt and shift positions, sit in a taller-design chair/stool, get a 75-cm exercise ball for seating, stand on a floor mat, take exercise breaks btw clients, . ...Read more

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Is it ok to us an inversion table if I have had a nissen fundoplication?

Is it ok to us an inversion table if I have had a nissen fundoplication?

Nissen activity: With your newly created lower esophageal sphincter, you should not have reflux when using an inversion table. Have fun! Enjoy life without reflux! ...Read more

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What is your opinion on inversion tables and back pain from degenerative disk desease?

What is your opinion on inversion tables and back pain from degenerative disk desease?

Carries risks: Inversion tables can provided temporary relief from low back pain due to decreasing gravitational pressure off of the discs/nerves. Studies have not shown longterm benefit. There are serious risks involved and should not be used if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, glaucoma, are pregnant to name a few. Talk to your doctor regarding risks/benefits. ...Read more

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I'm a contortionist and for a few months, I've had lower spine pain. I have a strong back and use an inversion table often, so why does my back hurt?

I'm a contortionist and for a few months, I've had lower spine pain. I have a strong back and use an inversion table often, so why does my back hurt?

Back pain: There are many reasons for back pain: arthritis, strain, herniated disk, kidney infection or stone, sciatica among many others. See physician for evaluation., . ...Read more

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An inversion table good or bad?

An inversion table good or bad?

Good: Is it good periodically to do inversion table and do this after any spinal strain or injury. The procedure to tilt can be slower if you have issues with dizziness tilt 15 degree hold for 10 minutes before tilting each 15 degree angle. ...Read more

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Is an inversion table good for anything?

Is an inversion table good for anything?

Potentially: An inversion table is a mild but generally safe way to apply traction to the lumbar spine at home. Results vary, but I do have some patients with chronic back pain that do seem to do pretty well with a home inversion table. ...Read more

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Inversion tables and scoliosis, what to do?

Inversion tables and scoliosis, what to do?

Little evidence: Two issues for adults with scoliosis include back pain and curve worsening. Not much really helps to prevent it from getting worse if the curve is already big. Back pain can be treated with avoidance of painful activities, antiinflammatory meds, and, especially, back strengthening exercises. Inversion tables may help to stretch the back and apply traction but the effect will likely be temporary. ...Read more

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Had discectomy is it ok to use an inversion table?

Had discectomy is it ok to use an inversion table?

It depends: There are a lot of factors that affect whether this is safe for you, including how long ago your surgery was. You should discuss this with your surgeon and determine the right answer for your individual situation. ...Read more

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How can I use an inversion table to relieve pain off the sciatic nerve?

How can I use an inversion table to relieve pain off the sciatic nerve?

Intermittently: Basically you are stretching the spine and diminishing the bulging of the disc temporarily taking the pressure off the nerve. Some patients will use it a coupe of times per day. ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc disease, would an inversion table help for the pain?

I have degenerative disc disease, would an inversion table help for the pain?

Spinal decompression: Remember, any changes that occur with traction are temporary. Once normal weight bearing is restored, all changes revert to pre-traction state. Inversion tables do exactly the same thing for about $250 total vs. Around $200 per treatment with chiropractic traction. If this treatment avoids the need for meds, it is great. No problem trying it as long as other important causes ruled out first. ...Read more

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I have had retina tears recently. Someone told me I should not use an inversion table. Is that true?

I have had retina tears recently. Someone told me I should not use an inversion table. Is that true?

No: Retinal tears are caused by vitreous traction not from outside activities. You can hang upside down if you like. ...Read more

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Can an inversion table/traction worsen a degenerated disc (disc height loss) due to the force of pull being applied to the disc?

Can an inversion table/traction worsen a degenerated disc (disc height loss) due to the force of pull being applied to the disc?

It is possible: The pain may get worse for a while and yet it may also relieve pain.

Ligaments are weak to cause that problem in the first place. Got to www. Getprolo. Com or www. Aaomed. Org to find out about proltherapy and get permanent relief. ...Read more

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After using an inversion table frequently for the past several months, I developed vertigo. Is this permanent for most likely temporary?

After using an inversion table frequently for the past several months, I developed vertigo. Is this permanent for most likely temporary?

Hard to know: If there was nothing wrong with your middle ear, and sinuses this is likely to be reversible. But if it continues over time, see an ENT doctor and get this evaluated. Hope this clears up soon. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would inversion table help kyphosis of lower back?

Hi docs, would inversion table help kyphosis of lower back?

May make U feel....: ...Better but will have no effect on the boney structure at all. ...Read more

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Can using a inversion table untrap pudendal nerve entrapment?

Can using a inversion table untrap pudendal nerve entrapment?

Probably not: Pudendal nerve entrapment is unlikely to be effectively treated using an inversion table although the nerve pain might feel better temporarily while inverted. ...Read more

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How can I avoid nausea and dizziness when using a inversion table?

How can I avoid nausea and dizziness when using a inversion table?

See details: Why are you using an inversion table in the first place? It really has no benefit. If it causes these issues, stop using it. ...Read more

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Can pudendal nerve entrapment be temporarily eased by stretching and/or use of an inversion table?

Can pudendal nerve entrapment be temporarily eased by stretching and/or use of an inversion table?

Depends: If the nerve irritation is coming from higher up in the spinal cord, it may help.
However, if the nerve impingement is in the buttock or pelvic area you might not see much difference. Other stretches or pelvic physcial therapy can help with this ...Read more

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Do medical devices need to be approved by the fda? Who regulates these devices such as an inversion table for example? How can I be sure they're safe?

Do medical devices need to be approved by the fda? Who regulates these devices such as an inversion table for example? How can I be sure they're safe?

Not a Medical device: Yes, actual medical devices are regulated by the fda, but I doubt an inversion table is marketed to treat anything. Most manufacturers go out of their way to be sure to state the it is not intended to treat a medical condition. So you are left with reviews and comments by other users. If the device is truly unsafe and it injures someone, they will be sued for it. ...Read more