A physical defect in the spine of an individual is known as scoliosis. It stinks. I’ve had it since I was about ten years old. Anyway, the defect causes a person’s spine to curve from side to side. Therefore, the spine appears like it forms a C or S-shape instead of a straight line, especially when a person is examined from behind.
In severe cases, the physical defect is treated with a surgical procedure. However, in mild cases your physician might prescribe a physical therapy regimen. This is obviously better than surgery.
One question is, do inversion tables help scoliosis? They have for me, I know that.
Inversion therapy is a type of physical therapy that is not always for scoliosis and other back problems, but it can have positive effects on certain back conditions. Here are some of the ways on how inversion tables help scoliosis.
Stretching is one of the common functions of inversion tables – and it can help a tremendous amount with pain management in some cases. (It does with mine.) Basically, stretching is what makes inversion tables so beneficial. And this stretching quality might offer you temporary pain relief if you happen to be suffering from scoliosis like me.
When you`re inverted on the table, gravity has its way with your back, and in a good way. Your body stretches out, specifically your back, and your spine decompresses releasing fluid that builds around the spine over time causing inflammation.
Inversion therapy helps in posture correction. Therefore, it is beneficial especially if you have scoliosis like me. An increase in circulation of blood to your muscles helps in reducing back spasms. And a reduction of back spasms is important in the realignment of your spine. Hence, it will improve your posture without any painful braces. (Who wants to wear one of those things?)
The section of muscle that covers the stomach is called rectus abdominis. This muscle forms what is commonly referred to as the six-pack, which unfortunately I do not have. The muscle is partially responsible for the forward movement of the spine. You can strengthen this muscle, or your abs, by doing crunches and sit-ups using inversion tables. This of course will help you to stand straighter and sit without tiring.
As always, you want to check with your doctor before starting any kind of new or alternative therapy. A doctor knows the specifics of your case and may have different opinions on how inversion tables help scoliosis.