In 18 years of practice, I have groomed and fine-tuned the chiropractic principles I was taught in chiropractic school. What follows is what I believe…it is my personal, professional philosophy. -By Troy Bruesewitz, DC
Inversion therapy has gained popularity in recent years as a way to alleviate back pain, improve posture, and increase flexibility. This therapy involves hanging upside down or at an angle to stretch and decompress the spine. It has been touted as a natural and non-invasive alternative to traditional chiropractic treatments for back pain. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits and potential risks of inversion therapy for patients seeking chiropractic care. Benefits of Inversion TherapyInversion therapy can provide several benefits for individuals suffering from back pain. The stretching and decompression of the spine can help relieve pressure on spinal discs, which can alleviate pain caused by herniated or bulging discs. Additionally, inversion therapy can improve spinal alignment, which can help correct posture and reduce strain on the back muscles. Some studies have also shown that inversion therapy can improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, leading to reduced inflammation and faster healing. Inversion therapy can also be an effective way to improve flexibility and range of motion. By hanging upside down, gravity can help stretch the muscles and ligaments in the back, hips, and legs. This can be particularly beneficial for athletes or individuals who engage in physical activities that require a high level of flexibility. Risks of Inversion TherapyWhile inversion therapy can be beneficial, it is not suitable for everyone. Individuals with certain health conditions, such as high blood pressure, glaucoma, or heart disease, should avoid inversion therapy as it can exacerbate their condition. Additionally, individuals who have had back surgery or have spinal implants should consult with their healthcare provider before attempting inversion therapy. Inversion therapy can also be dangerous if not performed correctly. Individuals should start with a slight angle and gradually work up to a more significant angle over time. It is also essential to use a proper inversion table or device that is designed for safety and stability. Chiropractic Care and Inversion TherapyInversion therapy can be a useful addition to chiropractic care for individuals suffering from back pain. Dr. Troy can recommend the appropriate angle and duration of inversion therapy based on the patient's condition and needs. He will also provide guidance on proper form and technique to ensure the therapy is performed safely and effectively.
In conclusion, inversion therapy can be an effective way to relieve back pain, improve posture, and increase flexibility. However, it is essential to approach this therapy with caution and under the guidance of a healthcare provider. Patients seeking chiropractic care can discuss the potential benefits and risks of inversion therapy with Dr. Troy to determine if it is a suitable treatment option for their condition. Give us a call, text or email to any questions or to request an appointment to learn more about this treatment and whether it's right for your specific needs and condition.