For the past 8 years, I've had off and on again lower back pains. It started when I was about 34. They're not constant. I have long periods of no pain at all and then one day...bam. It's back.
I have, over the years, went to various doctors who prescribed anti-inflamatory drugs and pain killers. While those killed the pain, they basically made me a human vegatable. I could not function. All I could do was sleep...23-24 hours a day but at least I wasn't in pain.
I've been to chiropractors who have basically given me wonderful massages and taught me some exercises to strengthen my lower back muscles but these didn't have long term effects...the pain still returned.
I have been so afflicted with pain that I've literally not been able to draw a breath comfortably, let alone stand, sit, walk or basically have anything like a normal life.
It had been maybe 6-7 months since my last bout of severe back pain and then 2 weeks ago it was back, strong as ever. I decided that I need to do something to help. I've always imagined just how good it would feel if someone could pop my spine out, give it a real good shaking out to loosen it and then put it back in. Well...I'm not made of plastic and my spine just can't be popped out and back in.
I did some research about inversion therapy and found several websites where people talk about lower back pain the seems to shoot down into the hip and into the upper leg as mine did (sometimes you would see me walking with a limp from the pain).
So I decided to try it. I found a really good sale on an inversion table and bought one. It was delivered last night and I put it together (miraculously, my back stopped hurting after it was ordered).
So I got it put together and strapped in and took off. I didn't do a long hang and definitely wasn't trying to go totally upside down on my first time. I did a pretty steep angle for about a minute and boy, did my back ever start popping!!
I got back down and what a difference a minute can make. I felt better. I didn't hurt to begin with but my back actually felt better afterward. I'm going to do another minute on it later today and gradually work up to 5 minutes on it a day just to keep my spine stretched. Keep your fingers crossed for me that this actually stops the back pain completely.
Has anyone else tried inversion therapy and how were your results?