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 Does hanging upside down by your ankles help ?
blockbuster  [Member]
11/14/2012 11:09:07 AM
I have chronic back pain and I've seen the commercial with the 70 year old guy hanging by his ankles on the machine he invented. Anyone have this machine and does it help with your pain ?? What does it cost? Thanks for any info you might have.
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MotorMouth  [Team Member]
11/14/2012 11:15:22 AM
I don't know about inversion, but gentle stretching and strength training are the two best things you can do for back pain in my experience.

See a doctor to make sure you don't have any broken, torn or pinched things in your back and go from there.

Start with light, low impact stuff like bending, twisting and reaching, then move into yoga and light weights and keep progressing from there.


DK-Prof  [Site Staff]
11/14/2012 11:17:50 AM
It depends ENTIRELY on what is actually wrong with your back. It can help some people, have no effect on others, and actually hurt some people.

Things like inversion tables are pretty cheap, so you could try one of those first. Most physical therapists will have a machine that can stretch you while you are lying down (like a medieval rack, but much more pleasant ). I'd look into either of those before trying to hang myself like a bat.
The_Beer_Slayer  [Site Staff]
11/14/2012 11:18:44 AM
Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
It depends ENTIRELY on what is actually wrong with your back. It can help some people, have no effect on others, and actually hurt some people.

Things like inversion tables are pretty cheap, so you could try one of those first. Most physical therapists will have a machine that can stretch you while you are lying down (like a medieval rack, but much more pleasant ). I'd look into either of those before trying to hang myself like a bat.


this.
i got one last year and it has helped a great deal when i have a flare up.
pcsutton  [Team Member]
11/14/2012 11:20:29 AM
I used to really enjoy it....but that was back when I thought I was a bat.

SoonerBorn  [Team Member]
11/14/2012 11:21:13 AM
http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_1_113/1389713_Do_inversion_tables_offer_any_benefit_.html

From that thread, darktide, who is a neurologist replied:

"Yes.

mild-modest Benefit.

Can reduce some people's back pain.

Mechanism is hazy, likely the distraction allows moderate decompression of the vertebrae, reducing neuronal/radicular irritation & claudication.

best way?––> hang upside down for a while.. build up your tolerance."
chibajoe  [Team Member]
11/14/2012 11:21:49 AM
It also depends on what kind of shape you're in. If you're way out of shape and overweight, you might find it impossible to get into the rack, and the weight probably won't do the tendons in your knees and ankles any favors. FTR, I have an inversion rack, and since I've been using it, my neck problems have gotten a lot better.
RogerBall  [Team Member]
11/14/2012 11:22:05 AM
As stated above- it depends.
My buddy has an inversion bed. You really don't flip all the way upside down. Just a little below horizontal will help.
He works as a butcher so he's on his feet all day, in and out of the cooler, he swears that it helps. I tried it and i cracked a little bit but about the same as a good stretch on the floor. YMMV
Cleatus  [Team Member]
11/14/2012 11:25:21 AM
and when you have a brain anuereusim from all that blood to the brain, its easy to drain ya!!
Celt  [Member]
11/14/2012 11:25:34 AM
Depends largely on what she's doing while you're hanging there.
CCW  [Team Member]
11/14/2012 11:27:05 AM
If you have a compressed disk in your spine or a bone spur in your vertebrae that is pressing on a nerve, then putting your spine in tension rather than compression can bring immediate relief. You could hang by your head, but hanging by your feet may be safer, and as someone pointed out, you can hang at 45 degrees or so on the tilt bed. Folks with GERD and such that could be irritated by shift in gravity vector should probably not do this.
MrRezister  [Member]
11/14/2012 11:30:24 AM
I came across an inversion table not too long ago and wanted to try it out.
Once I got to about 160 degrees (almost upside down) I felt a sharp pain in my lower back, just above my pelvis, and immediately righted myself.
I haven't ever had any chronic back pain or weakness but it scared me. It may indicate some unknown defect or weakness in my spine, or it might just mean I'm too fat to be recreationally batmanning. I used to be able to pop my back at will and haven't been able to for a few years, so I'm worried that I may have done some damage. I haven't been able to talk to a doctor about it but I definitely intend to get it checked out when I can.
whiteshark357  [Team Member]
11/14/2012 1:11:48 PM
Originally Posted By SoonerBorn:
http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_1_113/1389713_Do_inversion_tables_offer_any_benefit_.html

From that thread, darktide, who is a neurologist replied:

"Yes.

mild-modest Benefit.

Can reduce some people's back pain.

Mechanism is hazy, likely the distraction allows moderate decompression of the vertebrae, reducing neuronal/radicular irritation & claudication.
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[span style='font-family: tahoma, arial;']best way?––> haupside down for a while.. build up your tolerance."[/span]


My inversion table made a night-and-day difference for me. Lower back pain was unbearable, using the inversion got me off pain meds and back to full-time work. Still use it for flare-ups. YMMV.
NCUrk  [Team Member]
11/14/2012 1:14:28 PM
Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:
Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
It depends ENTIRELY on what is actually wrong with your back. It can help some people, have no effect on others, and actually hurt some people.

Things like inversion tables are pretty cheap, so you could try one of those first. Most physical therapists will have a machine that can stretch you while you are lying down (like a medieval rack, but much more pleasant ). I'd look into either of those before trying to hang myself like a bat.


this.
i got one last year and it has helped a great deal when i have a flare up.


Same here.
tnriverluver  [Member]
11/14/2012 1:21:13 PM
I have 5 bulging disc in my lower back. Without an inversion table I would have put a bullet though my brain
Years ago. Yes they help at least in my case. I have told many many people about them and all later call and thank
me for the advise. I hang on mine fully inverted for 3-4 minutes to let my body stretch out and relax and then do 6 or so
partial crunches which will normally pop my back into place. Better and much cheaper than going to a Dr or Chiro. I
bought mine at Sams 10 years ago for around $150.
WinstonSmith  [Team Member]
11/14/2012 1:36:03 PM
I've got an inversion table. It helped my back in some really awesome ways.

The head rush you get is not a good thing though. Blood isn't supposed to pool in your noggin. Things can go pop. If that happens, it's puree'd lamb and pampers from there on out.
klutz347  [Team Member]
11/14/2012 1:38:29 PM
I have one and it helps me a lot.

But as others have said, it depends whats wrong with your back.

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ElSupremo  [Member]
11/14/2012 1:48:55 PM
Originally Posted By pcsutton:
I used to really enjoy it....but that was back when I thought I was a bat.




Are you talking therapy or kinky sex? Did you wear a Batman suit?

JonnyVain  [Team Member]
11/14/2012 1:52:47 PM

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
It depends ENTIRELY on what is actually wrong with your back. It can help some people, have no effect on others, and actually hurt some people.

Things like inversion tables are pretty cheap, so you could try one of those first. Most physical therapists will have a machine that can stretch you while you are lying down (like a medieval rack, but much more pleasant ). I'd look into either of those before trying to hang myself like a bat.


This. You can't just hand yourself, you need to be on a table.

Stretching is very important.

Might want to see a GOOD chiro.
Mach  [Team Member]
11/14/2012 1:57:24 PM
I have one and it helps a lot.

I also have a neck stretcher and that helps my neck bigtime
JA_Magnum  [Team Member]
11/14/2012 2:01:50 PM
I've never really had any issues with lower back pain. But a few months ago I was squatting and felt something happen down there. After a few weeks of pain I went to the chiropractor. He x rayed and I guess I have an extra L vertabrae so there is less space between the discs and I'm more prone to these issues. Anyway my sciatic is pretty much constantly flared up now. It's not unbearable and doesn't stop me from doing much. Although the bottom of my left foot is numb.

I've thought about trying the inversion thing. I'm also not sure if it's better to keep strength training my low back or if I should lay off it. I can usually do it without it hurting too much unless I completely overdo it.
WinstonSmith  [Team Member]
11/14/2012 2:20:48 PM
Originally Posted By JA_Magnum:
I've never really had any issues with lower back pain. But a few months ago I was squatting and felt something happen down there. After a few weeks of pain I went to the chiropractor. He x rayed and I guess I have an extra L vertabrae so there is less space between the discs and I'm more prone to these issues. Anyway my sciatic is pretty much constantly flared up now. It's not unbearable and doesn't stop me from doing much. Although the bottom of my left foot is numb.

I've thought about trying the inversion thing. I'm also not sure if it's better to keep strength training my low back or if I should lay off it. I can usually do it without it hurting too much unless I completely overdo it.


I get sciatic pain too, and the inversion doesn't help it. YMMV, but the piriform stretches are the magic bullet for me with that. Google 'em up.
Laramie  [Team Member]
11/14/2012 2:23:56 PM
Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
It depends ENTIRELY on what is actually wrong with your back. It can help some people, have no effect on others, and actually hurt some people.

Things like inversion tables are pretty cheap, so you could try one of those first. Most physical therapists will have a machine that can stretch you while you are lying down (like a medieval rack, but much more pleasant ). I'd look into either of those before trying to hang myself like a bat.


My dad uses one regularly. He's on his 7th back surgery (multiple fusions, etc). Former lineman. My uncle also uses one for his back (construction). They swear by it.

I had a stress fracture in my 5th vertibrae. First time I tried it (years after my injury) I was in so much pain I couldn't walk for days. Tried it again few years later, same result. Never again. YMMV.
pcsutton  [Team Member]
11/14/2012 5:05:22 PM

Originally Posted By ElSupremo:
Originally Posted By pcsutton:
I used to really enjoy it....but that was back when I thought I was a bat.




Are you talking therapy or kinky sex? Did you wear a Batman suit?


Why would a bat need a 'batman suit'?
swingset  [Team Member]
11/14/2012 5:11:44 PM
I hang myself from the door jamb, it feels great on my back and neck plus it's really great to jerk off right before I pass out.
Gator96  [Team Member]
11/14/2012 5:21:46 PM
Originally Posted By swingset:
I hang myself from the door jamb, it feels great on my back and neck plus it's really great to jerk off right before I pass out.


I mean, I liked David Carradine's work too, but that's another level altogether.
JA_Magnum  [Team Member]
11/14/2012 5:38:00 PM
Originally Posted By WinstonSmith:
Originally Posted By JA_Magnum:
I've never really had any issues with lower back pain. But a few months ago I was squatting and felt something happen down there. After a few weeks of pain I went to the chiropractor. He x rayed and I guess I have an extra L vertabrae so there is less space between the discs and I'm more prone to these issues. Anyway my sciatic is pretty much constantly flared up now. It's not unbearable and doesn't stop me from doing much. Although the bottom of my left foot is numb.

I've thought about trying the inversion thing. I'm also not sure if it's better to keep strength training my low back or if I should lay off it. I can usually do it without it hurting too much unless I completely overdo it.


I get sciatic pain too, and the inversion doesn't help it. YMMV, but the piriform stretches are the magic bullet for me with that. Google 'em up.


Will do. Thanks.
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