Location: Top of the hill, 3rd mailbox on the right. Texas
My wife has had back issues for several years. She asked her neurosurgeon about one and he recommended it. We've had one for about 6 months. She seems to like it and hits it at least once a day.
I'm not a big fan because when I've tried it I forget that as well as decompressing your back it also decompresses your ankles, knees and hips. I've had 4 knee surgeries and my knees don't seem to enjoy it.
They work well for decompression. My son has one I bought for him. He uses it regularly when his neck and shoulder act up. He also has a active traction device. Between the 2 objects, he is able to work.
Mine works. Knocked out the lower back pain I'd had for a few years. It had got to be intolerable and I won't do pain meds on a continuous basis.
The pain was completely gone after 20 minutes on that thing and hasn't returned. That was a couple months ago. I don't use it every day, just when I feel myself starting to tightening up again. Maybe once a week or so.. It's kind of hard on the ankles
Location: NW Fla - Take it easy on 06ama- it's his first job!
It will bring some temporary relief for a few select types of back pain. If you have a ruptured disk, or anything else that will require surgery, you will not be able to avoid it... even if it helps with the pain symptoms.
Go EASY at first. Do NOT go fully inverted. You probably have some muscle spasms, and you will tear these muscles if you go too far too fast.
Just go to the point where you feel a little tension on your back, and hold it at that point for 20-40 seconds. Don't bounce back and forth; hold steady pressure until it gives. Go back up and rest for a few seconds to a minute. Repeat.
Your body will let you know when you can advance a little farther.