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Alternatives to Inversion

Started by wcniedba on 05/17/2010 3:50pm

My girlfriend has battled back problems her whole life. She had very bad scoliosis at an early age and at 12 had a serious surgery involving a spinal fusion from T2 to L3. Now she is 30 and about 8 months ago started having problems and pain again. Most doctors have said that with her fusion it was only a matter of time until the remaining discs gave out. Last summer she had some sort of intra-disc injections (containing some sort of steroids I believe) that helped but has now seemed to worn off. She is about to undergo some procedure where the burn off the nerves in hopes it will reduce the pain.

Right now, she has an inversion table and using it seems to reduce the pain for her. She tried a traction table twice but said it did more harm than good. She subsequently was "chewed out" by her doctor who said that she shouldn't be on an inversion table. The problem with an inversion table is that she can only stand it for a few minutes with the blood rushing to her head. Is there an alternative to an inversion table that does the same thing? Or is this what a traction table is? I was almost thinking of something that would suspend her in air under her arms (like crutches) or via a chest harness such that the suspension would happen by pulling her feet down rather than her head down on an inversion table.

Any help or advice is greatly appreciated!!!

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Sorry - I mispoke above. She was chewed out for being on a TRACTION table. The inversion table her doctor's say is fine.


My back pain story
Greg Hakonson

I spent my first thirty one working years operating and fixing heavy equipment in the Klondike gold fields, Yukon Territory, Canada.

As a result of a number of factors I ended up with degenerative spinal arthritis which left me with chronic low back pain. In the mid eighties my doctor recommended I see a physiotherapist in an attempt to relieve the pain. It is a six hour drive from Dawson, where I live, to Whitehorse where the physiotherapists are. I drove down one day, was treated the next and drove back.

The treatment I got was stationary traction on a table. It lasted about two hours and at the end the low back pain was for the most part gone. Great, the traction worked and relieved my pain. I got back in my car and headed home. About two hours into the drive the pain began to return and by the time I got home I felt exactly how I did when I left. Not great.

So that was the impetus that got me thinking about how I could get continuous, mobile traction for my low back. It took about ten years to come up with an idea that made sense, another ten to develop it and a few more to commercialize and test it, but I finally made it.

When I got the first working device I wore it for four hours every morning for two weeks while I sat working at my computer. I also went about my daily routines while wearing the device, things like splitting and stacking firewood etc. Pain relief was instantaneous, perhaps not 100% relief, but hugely significant, 85%+. After the two week trial, I enjoyed at least another two weeks of virtual pain free living. It was wonderful.

So now, after having the device for about a year, I wear it whenever I feel the need, for as long as I need and while I do whatever I need to or want to do. It is light, soft, flexible, comfortable and pain relieving, everything I had wanted it to be those many years ago when I first set out to come up with a way to get continuous, mobile traction. It works for me and gives pain relief, it could work for you as well.