Do you have back pain? Then Spinal Decompression Therapy may be the answer. Not to mention, more cost-effective.
My name is Drew and I have been plagued with Back Problems since 1997. Over the last 20 plus years, it’s been a roller-coaster of back pain for me. I have a laundry list of treatments, therapies, and procedures I have endured. Some of the things I have used are Patches, Topical Creams, Tens Therapy, Steroid Injections, Spinal Fusion, Surgical Spinal Decompression (laminectomy), Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression and more.
There are a couple of causes for my Back Problems. They seemed to have started after what I thought was a minor injury at the time. It happened while climbing over a fence. I fell and ended up twisting my back. I also have degenerative disk disease. Then to add to it, I use to lift heavy sound equipment for many years when I was a DJ. I did not always use the best lifting techniques at the time. I was much younger and would just do it. Then think about the consequences later.
What is Spinal Decompression?
In case you are not familiar with Spinal Decompression it comes in two flavors; Surgical and Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression takes on a form of mechanical spinal traction, which is the separation of bones, discs, and joints in the back. That separation causes pressure on the nerves in the back to decrease (decompress). In turn, this relieves pain, improving your mobility and way of life.
Surgical Spinal Decompression is a procedure(s) that can be performed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots. Common procedures are discectomy and laminectomy, like what I had done. Having any of these procedures is the last resort when you find nothing else that will work.
I have also tried using Nonsurgical Spinal decompression and it worked for a little while but did not last. When it worked, it was only for short periods. But that does not mean that’s how it will work for you. Everyone’s back problems are different. What works for one person might not work for the next. But it might work for the next 20 people. You just never know?
Nonsurgical Spinal decompression is more commonly known as or referred to as Spinal Decompression Therapy. It does work for some people and worked for me for a short while. Its non-invasive and the process does not hurt. Now, to be honest, I know that some people do get a little sore after using spinal decompression therapy. I was a little sore after the first few times. It’s the same soreness like you would feel after working out. The soreness went away after a couple of sessions.
If you are having back pain, first and foremost, you always want to check with your doctor first. Your doctor may recommend NonSurgical Spinal decompression therapy. However, depending on your situation this might not be an option due to insurance and the cost. Not all insurances will cover this type of therapy. Spinal decompression therapy is looked at as alternative therapy by many insurance companies.
Spinal Decompression Therapy at Home
If your situation would make it more conducive to have spinal decompression therapy at Home, I think I can help. At least, steer you in the right direction.
The most cost-effective way to have spinal decompression therapy is in your home. Why? For one, if you have health insurance there will be no copays. No matter how much your copay is they do add up. If you have no insurance it could be costly because this type of therapy requires several sessions. Doing this at home will save on gas money, not to mention your drive time, to and from. Best of all, you can do the Spinal decompression therapy sessions whenever you want too.
To get you started, I put some exercises below. These are great because you can do these Spinal decompression exercises at home or anywhere else. The only thing you need is yourself. Well, one exercise does involve using a chair but I think most of us have those. Another one uses a bar like a pull-up bar. If you do not have one or access to one that’s fine. The other exercises are enough to do the job.
If these exercises do not work for you? I have provided some products with a proven track record of helping others to relieve back pain. These are some of the best products out on the market today for Spinal decompression therapy.
You can check out those products further down the page. Otherwise, I hope these exercises give you some pain relief!
Spinal Decompression Therapy Exercises
Start by standing and make sure your feet are shoulder-width apart
Bring your arms up over your head completely straight and interlace your fingers.
Stretch your arms up and hold the stretch for 30 seconds.
Repeat this 3 to 4 times.
Get any chair or just use a chair in your living room.
Lay your back on the floor and get as close as you can to the chair.
Place the lower part of your legs up on the chair. The back of your knees should be touching the chair.
You might need to scoot your back up some after putting your legs up on the chair.
Once you are in place, stay in that position for about 5 minutes.
Hang on Bar
This one might not be possible depending on your situation:
Chin up bars or any playground equipment will work as long as it is sturdy.
Reach up and grab a hold of the bar with both hands.
Carefully, little by little, let your body hang on the bar so you feel the stretch.
Hold for 30 seconds if you can. Repeat 3 times.
Get on your hands and knees. Then rest your hands and knees.
You want to sit back and have your bottom resting on your heels.
Stretch your arms out in front touching the floor. Let your body relax into this position, feeling the stretch.
Hold this position for 15 seconds.
Repeat the same steps for a total of 3 times.
Reach your arms out to the right a little and hold for 15 seconds.
Repeat the same steps for a total of 3 times.
Reach to the right and hold for 15 seconds, repeating 3 times.
Cat and Cow Stretch
Get on your hands and knees.
You want your knees aligned underneath your hips with your hands on the floor.
Make sure your hands are aligned right under your shoulders.
Gradually arch your back as far as you can. At the same time, move your head down towards the floor. Stretch your head tucking it under, and try to see your knee’s.
Go back to the start position. Let your back relax drop down towards the floor. At the same time, look up with your head stretched up as far as it will go.
Repeat this 4 times.
Supine Spinal Twist
Lay down on your back
Place your knees up to your chest.
Slowly rock your legs back and forth from side to side to warm up.
When you are ready, stretch your arms out straight from your body.
Take one leg and stretch it out straight on the floor.
With the other leg still up towards your chest
Turn your hips in the direction of your straightened leg
Now your bent leg should be crossed over your straight leg.
Use your hand to push on your hip, twisting your body.
Hold this position, feeling the stretch for 15 seconds.
Switch legs and do the other side.
Do 3 times on each side.
These exercises do not have to be done all at once and can be spread throughout the day. If you find an exercise or a few of them work better than others. Stick with those if they are giving you pain relief.
As I have said/wrote several times before, what works from one person might not work for the next. But then again, it could work for the next 10 people. You just never know until you try it?
Benefits of Having Spinal Decompression at Home
- Having the ability to get Spinal Decompression Therapy in the comfort of your own home.
- You save money on gas and drive time.
- No insurance co-pays.
- You can use your inversion table anytime you want too.
Exercises Not Working for You?
The exercises above may not work for you and that’s okay. They are not for everyone. There are products that can help you with spinal decompression and make the process a lot easier to achieve.
The Innova ITX9600 and ITM5900 are inversion tables I have used in the past. I did get some relief with them. However, the pain relief was short-lived and did not last. In addition, I have had Spinal Decompression Therapy from a Physical Therapist. This was done over a series of weekly sessions spread out over multiple weeks. My results were the same. One thing I do know is it feels fantastic when inverted, at least it does for me.
Innova ITM5900 Advanced Heat and Massage Inversion Table
The Inova ITM5900 Advanced Heat and Massage Inversion Table comes with Heat and Massage backrest with Lumbar Support. The contoured back and vertical massage pad have one of the best designs out on the market today. It provides that additional cushion and support making your Spinal Depression Therapy an even better experience. The heat and vibration intensity may be manually adjusted to whatever level you want. The controller does come with an “auto” setting. This setting automatically changes the massage intensity.
Keep in mind that the heat and massage pad is somewhat limited, only covering the length of the back. It does not work for the neck area. This inverse table features what they call a “True Balance System”. In a nutshell, finding your center of gravity will be easier and faster with this table. The ankle support comes with an extended handlebar. This makes it easier to get in and out of the ankle cuffs. You can also adjust cuff sizes easily. These cuffs will minimize the pressure on your ankles while you hang upside down.
You can set up the Innova ITM5900 Inverse Table in seconds. It provides an advanced 6-angle pin system that enables you to set your desired inversion angle quickly. Many tables have adjustable straps which will take more time to get going. If you are someone who changes their hanging angle a lot. This feature will be a time-saver.
This table can be folded up for easy storage. One caveat though, it does not fold entirely flat because of the handlebars. This table does require electric power for the heat and massage features. When comparing this model to their previous version, the Innova ITM4800 Heat & Massage Inversion Table. You will see how the backrest and ankle cuff system has definitely been improved.
Innova ITX9600 Heavy Duty Inversion Table
This inversion table is considered one of the best out there today. The Inova ITX9600 is specifically fitting for people with back pain like myself. This Innova inversion table is multi-featured and durable. When it comes to inversion tables, Innova is one of the top brands. This version is often recommended because it has a removable heating and massage pad.
This mid-priced inversion table model will stretch and release the tension from your muscles around the spine. When it comes to inversion therapy it can offer other additional benefits that go beyond pain relief. It is a great stress reliever and can improve your blood circulation along with increasing your flexibility. The table can also tackle those aches and pains. This is possible through inversion and heat.
The ITX9600 comes with an array of features like an adjustable headrest with extra padding, a protective cover, and built with the durability to handle a weight capacity of just over 300 pounds. This table supports heights from just under five ft. to 6 ft. 6 in tall.
It comes with an adjustable safety pin that gives you the ability to set four different inverting positions. This makes it possible to relieve pain from different parts of your body. The adjustable safety pin is super easy to move into place. The total weight of this inversion table is a little over 50 pounds. This makes it very mobile to change locations and for storage after each use if you need too.
This table does not come assembled but many people have found it very easy to put together. However, for me personally, I am not a big fan of putting these types of things together. You can purchase it preassembled if you are like me.
All of the Innova inversion tables come with a True Balance System. All the other Innova tables only have two adjustable features but the ITX9600 has three. This model comes with various options for feet security. It’s a breeze to find your center of gravity because of all the customizable features you have at your disposal. The Innova ITX9600 Advanced Heat and Massage Inversion Therapy Table will definitely do the job.
Stamina InLine Gray Back Pain Relief Seated Inversion Table
The Stamina InLine Seated Inversion Therapy Chair puts a new spin on the usual inversion tables. This one lets you begin the starting position while seated. This can really make the process much easier for some people. You can get on and off the chair super easy, even if you have limited mobility.
How Inversion therapy works is it leverages your own weight for decompressing, lengthening and strengthening your spine. You set the degree of inversion by adjusting the inversion angel strap that’s located underneath the seat. This ensures that you will never go past your comfort zone. Your back will love you after using the Stamina InLine Seated Inversion.
- Easy on and off if you have limited mobility.
- Stay secure in your seat with the adjustable lap belt.
- It spotlights their ratcheting leg lock system that has an easy push-button release.
- The ankle supports are foam-padded for comfort when inverting.
- It has a quick adjustment foot bar to accommodate you no matter how short or tall you are.
- This device is built with cushioned and comfortable upholstery.
- Your degree of inversion can be easily adjusted by the angle adjustment strap controls.
- Stable and skid-resistant with rubber floor protectors.
- It has a strong foundation because it’s built with a Heavy-duty steel frame.
- The dimensions are 44.5 x 23 x 53 inches.
- Total Weight: 62 pounds.
- The manufacturer’s warranty is 90-days parts only and a 3-year warranty for the frame.
If the above exercises are not working for you? You could always try Pain Relief Patches. Learn More about Pain Relief Patches.