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Old 05-29-2010, 05:08 PM   #1
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Default Inversion tables. Good? Bad? Quackery?

Finally decided to launch an all out assault on my back problems, short of any surgery. I've followed a pretty thorough stretching program for years. Now I'm considering inversion. Any experience?

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My chiropracter called it quackery.
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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.
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I have one, and it's great. Highly recommend it. I also grew an inch...in height, that is....
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My chiropracter called it quackery.

I bet he did. He probably recommend that you come in once a week and twice on Saturdays....
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My chiropracter called it quackery.
and mine recommends it for decompression...and it works for me.
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I have one, i love it.

I hang upside down about 5 minutes each session 3-4x a day. When i go on vacation or out of town on work I can notice not having it.

It take a lot of pressure off of my lower back and I swear by them.

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my dad's chiro recommended it. dad uses his a lot and it works well for him.
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IMHO, any chiropractor that thinks that it is quackery is one of the chiropractors that gives the rest of them a bad name...
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My Chiro and Doctor both feel they have merit.
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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.
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My chiropracter called it quackery.
Not a surprise coming from a fake doctor.

I have owned an Inversion table for years, and LOVE IT.

I tried PT and Chiro's and got nowhere, so I gave the table a shot.....Best $$ I have ever spent.
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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
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Best money I have spent for the treatment on my bad lower back. once or twice a day keeps me moving about without any pain.
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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.
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I also think they have merit.

Mine is by "Teeter", It helps me, no question.
They are not all the same....do a little research.
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My chiropracter called it quackery.
Pot calling kettle
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Thanks for the responses.
Xrays show no disc damage. I think I'll give it a shot.
Looked at several on local Craigslist. Any thing to look for or avoid?
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not really.

Just get something Stable.

I have a Nordic Trek from sears for $80. Im 6'3" 245 and its rock solid
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