Four Inversion Table Exercises for Back Pain – Therapeutic Massage Specialist endorses Teeter


For spinal decompression I can’t say enough about the Teeter EP-960 table putting the spine in inversion, as you know with
gravity we’re always locking down our spine and these discs in here that
cushion each vertebrae start to become, they start to become compressed
sometimes they’ll turn into a bulge and when you get fluid spilt out in that
spinal nerve it starts to cause a tethering of these nerve roots, so what we’re gonna be doing is we’re gonna doing some spinal decompression where we’re gonna
try to take pressure off each disc. As you know over time during the day you
lose about 3/4 of an inch in height just because there’s that much gravitational
forces compressing all these discs and by the time you’re in your 80s or 90s
you’ve probably lost about 2 inches in height and that’s just shows how much
this gets gets decompressed and at night they hydrate a little bit but when you
use the Teeter Inversion EP-960, what happens is you can actually decompress
the spine every day and pull interstitial fluid back into these discs
and what we know there’s even that one study that says that the herniated discs
can actually move back into place when we do spinal decompression. So what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna get Fran with the easy EZ-Lock for the leg piece
this is gonna scoot into the inversion machine and what Fran’s gonna do is
she’s gonna just – You want to watch as she locks that in make sure you hear it
clip in and she’s gonna slowly just use one arm and you’ll see how she can
control easy inversion on this machine now when you first do this you’re only
gonna go about thirty (degrees), Fran’s been doing this for months so she started out at
about thirty degrees of inversion she started one to two minutes and then she
worked up to doing it at five or six minutes at about forty five now at sixty
degrees of inversion so please work up to this place now in order for these
discs to hydrate and for fluid to get into the discs we need to add some
movement but before we do that if you remember the video we had this L4, L5 compression we had to drop that sacral base down if you remember the
lower body nerve video when the glutes weren’t working the QL which is locking
down these these spinal nerve roots was working overtime so a good exercise to
start once you’ve done the inversion. Fran, I just want you to do a
posterior pelvic tilt and as she’s doing that she’s taking that sacral base away
from that bulge herniation or rupture and she’s getting some fluid back in
here but mostly she’s decompressing the L5, S1, the sacral lumbar articulations
and stretching those ilio sacral ligaments. Now the other thing Fran’s
gonna do is she’s gonna rotate from side to side. Again motion is going to get
fluid back in those discs now we’ve got spinal decompression we’ve got motion
going on so we’re getting decompressed and we’re getting fluid we’re getting
hydration back in those discs and then if you remember Fran had a positive
Eden’s test she had a positive cost of clavicular test and she had a positive
Addison’s test so if she reaches back she’s stretching out her PEC minor what
happens when she stretches out her PEC minor she’s relaxing her rhomboids
what’s also happening because of the inversion table, the clavicles can
actually lift up off of that first rib to decompress the subclavius artery in
the brachial plexus of nerves the other thing I like to do is I sort of like to
add a small towel roll. Remember we’ve restored the normal cervical curve
Fran, so put this under your neck right in the middle of the neck so it
allows that remember that cervical curve that normal lordotic curve and now you
again we’re decompressing all the discs, she’s stretching out the pecs and the
last part friends gonna do giving her this you know just three to five minutes
she’s worked up to now she’s it like six minutes I want you to put your fingers
under your occiput Fran, now remember how the occiput was coming back because
of the forward neck posture now if you do a little chin tuck and you get into
the occiput what that does is that opens up pressure off that basal artery
and allows c1 to rotate more effectively over C2 so just hang for a little bit
Fran and now sometimes you just want to do nothing you just want to hang
there for a while again if you’re gonna do this, start at
about thirty degrees maybe one to two minutes build up over weeks and then the
most important thing i can say there’s a lot of precautions and contraindications
please check with your doctor read the instruction manual do not use an
inversion table especially if you have things like atherosclerosis if you have
things like hypertension if you have things like high blood pressure you’ve
got glaucoma there’s a whole list of things extra Hardware in your spine and
that could be counterproductive so please before you invest in any
inversion table please consult with your doctor to make sure it’s safe based on
your medical and clinical condition