Decompressing reduces pressure out of the disc and encourages nutrient-rich liquids back into the plate so they can remain hydrated and healthy.
These actions work to expand the space between the vertebrae providing more room for the nerves to escape the spine – less pressure means less pain. And decompression can actually create a suction effect, ‘encouraging’ the disk into its proper shape.
Study on the effect of reversal therapy on herniated disc
Reverse therapy has actually been shown to reduce the need for surgery in patients with a herniated disc. A preliminary, controlled study conducted by researchers at Newcastle Hospital- The study involved 24 patients waiting for lumbar disc surgery.
The patients were divided into two groups. Both groups received conventional physiotherapy, while the experimental group also received reversal therapy on the Teeter Reversal Table. Researchers at Newcastle concluded that “continuous traction with the reversal device results in a significant reduction in the need for surgery.” Study participants using the Teeter Reversal Table were less likely to need surgery. 70%!
Other benefits of inversion table
In addition to benefiting patients with a herniated disc, this therapy has been shown to reduce back pain and other conditions such as sciatica, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms and more. Muscle pain is often a side effect of back pain originating in the spine because the body is stressed to help protect the injured area.
In a study measuring muscle pain through EMG activity, the researchers cited an increase in spine length while reversing to a statistically significant analgesia – in fact, EMG activity was reduced by more than 35%. Within 10 seconds reversed!
To optimize the benefits of reversal therapy for your herniated disc or any other back pain, you’ll want to work to reverse it at a 60 degree angle. But don’t worry, you can work over time, and you’ll start to feel the benefits even at a shallow 30 degree angle!
However, just like with any other exercise program, you should consult your doctor before starting and listen to your body when you make movements.
When treating a herniated disc with this therapy, a patient with a herniated disc may also be able to use inversion table joint for better pain relief.