The beauty of being able to stretch out your spine on your own,
makes it possible for you to get back pain relief at home, by yourself, when you
hurt. Being able to perform lumbar traction at home before the
pain "crescendos" into unbearable pain, is a welcomed relief for many back pain
Benefits of Spinal Decompression, Lumbar Traction or Inversion Therapy
There are many methods you can use to achieve spinal decompression
at home. Decompressing the pressures on your spine can be as simple as:
Hanging from an overhead bar by your hands, allow gravity
and your lower body weight to gently pull and distract the spine.
Standing on a step sideways, let one leg dangle off of
the step (while holding onto the railing). This will provide some
distraction of the back on that side.
Lying on your back and having someone (who knows what
they are doing) gently pull on your leg is also a method of traction.
To get the most and ongoing benefit of spinal
decompression therapy, having your own home traction device is the best way of successfully
doing home traction.
Supine Traction Device - If you are
unable to do inversion traction therapy (see cautions
below) then a traction device used lying
down is best. However, they also are often the most expensive. You lie on
the pad, attach the 2 belts and then use the pump to increase the traction
The 90/90 Inversion units are easy to
use. You stand with your hips and abdomen against the pad. Hold the handles to lean
forward and invert using your legs to maintain your position. If you have abdominal
problems, you may prefer the back swing.
The Inversion Back Swing is an easy way
to experience inversion traction. Because it may seem a bit daunting, we have provided a
video to see how easy it is to use. If you have hip or knee problems, you may feel more
comfortable with the 90/90 unit.
Inversion Boots - For the young and
agile only. Inversion or gravity boots place stress of the knees and
When you first try home spinal decompression, make sure
that you follow instructions from your healthcare practitioner. Begin with low levels of
stretch for short periods of time to evaluate your response. If you feel better, without
any increase in symptoms, gradually increase the amount of pull or the length of
time. Re-evaluate your results and progress according to the response of your
symptoms. Do not overdo!
Remember that with back pain, your symptoms may not show
up for hours after something that you have done. (Sometimes symptoms don't show up
until the next morning.) So, progress cautiously with lumbar traction and inversion therapy for
the best results. Disclaimer