Few things are more frustrating than dealing with a bad back. Unfortunately, I found myself in that situation a few months back after I sprained my back lifting my baby. It was absolutely debilitating, but I knew that I was going to have to live with it. I kept trying to clean my house, look after my kids, and handle my daily chores, but the pain just kept getting worse. Fortunately, a friend of mine recommended a great chiropractor that could help. He adjusted my back and things started to get better. This blog is all about the benefits of working with a professional.
Many people have heard of inversion therapy, but the thought of hanging upside down and allowing gravity to pull you down towards the ground is enough to scare some patients. However, the truth is that inversion therapy is an entirely safe and efficient way to treat a number of back problems typically observed in a chiropractor's office. If you're unsure about practicing inversion therapy, read below to learn about three of the proven benefits this treatment can offer you:
Increases the Space Between Discs
The discs between your vertebrae act as shock absorbers, transferring any impact through your body and ensuring your bones don't become stressed. They also protect your central nervous system from any damage, as bones that spur or rub together can cause serious problems throughout your body.
Over time, the space between these vertebrae decreases as gravity forces the discs to release moisture. This is one of the reasons why older people generally have poorer posture than younger, more active people.
Fortunately, you can take measures to reverse this process by inverting your body. This inversion releases the compression in your spine, applying a tensile force which gently pulls the vertebrae apart. If inversion is practised regularly, this can protect the discs from further damage, and, in some cases, restore some of the lost moisture within the disc. As you grow older, protecting your discs from damage will ensure your spine remains supple and able to withstand the stress of day-to-day life.
Restores the Spine's Natural Shape
The shape of your spine naturally forms a gentle S-configuration, which helps protect your back from impact. The curvature of the spine ensure that your head is perfectly balanced above your shoulders and there is sufficient flexibility to accommodate normal motion.
For many people however, the natural S-shape of the spine can be compromised due to poor posture. This is typically caused by sitting at a desk for too long, as most people do not practice proper ergonomics when working at a computer. Over time, this can cause the curvature of the spine to increase, causing the spine to adopt a "hunchback" (kyphosis) configuration.
In many cases, this poor posture can be relieved by regularly practising inversion therapy. When you invert, gravity pulls down on your spine, expanding the mid-back and allowing the vertebrae to move back into their normal position. Over time, this can cause a dramatic improvement to your spine and reverse any effects caused by poor posture.
Lower back pain is a common complaint in ageing patients, and this is typically caused by the compression of the spinal discs discussed previously. However, not only does inversion restore fluid to the region, it also relieves any pressure on the nerves and removes any aching pains that may be hindering your movement.
Inversion therapy is also extremely useful for treating bulging discs, as the stress placed on the spine forces the disk back into its normal position. As such, many chiropractors will recommend undergoing inversion therapy in addition to chiropractic treatment (from professionals such as Dimond Chiropractic Center) in order to treat your lower back pain in the most efficient way possible.Share
30 November 2015