Re: Inversion tables for herniated discs
I wasn't allowed to use an inversion table, so can't speak from personal experience. It does provide a bit of natural decompression, so if you feel it is helping, you might want to experiment to see if hanging more upside down would help more. If you are too sore afterward, go back to the 45 degree angle.
Another thing you can do is another form of natural traction. Lie flat on the floor, knees bent and feet flat on floor. Place your arms close to your sides, palms facing up. Be sure you are in straight alignment. Then just relax and breathe deeply and slowly from the stomach. Th
This position allows the discs to unload...so I always do it a couple times during the day. I usually lie still for about 5 minutes. Then if I have time, I stay in that position except that my arms are usually holding a book...and I stay as long as it is comfortable or as I have time....
If you don't have any spondylolisthesis, you might want to get a copy of a book by a well-known physical therapist, Robin McKenzie, called "Treat Your Own Back." Many people have been able to heal their herniated discs using the exercises from this book.