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Old 11-21-2009, 10:12 PM
Location: SE Florida
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I suffer from a terminal neurological condition. It's progressing and as of late is really making a hellish fit of my spine, specifically my lower back. I have super fast degeneration of the soft tissue between my vertebrae. It's gotten to the point that I have to use a walker, or other device to stand up. I can't put my shoes on, can't lift my legs high enough to put in my pants. Once I'm up standing, I can move around pretty good, but not for too long, as it inflames the nerves and my legs go numb, then throb with pain. When I stand, I walk crooked and lean to the side. You get the idea.

So my questions is, has anyone used an inversion table to decompress the spine and if so does it help? I'm thinking of trying one out. I really want to get back to making some sculptures, but my back is so bad, I can't work my stone. A while ago, I was helping out a fellow artist I work with lifting some stone and it finished my back off for a month. I had to limit my help to sanding and polishing his work and it was torment not being able to make my own pieces. I'm really hoping I can work for a few hours and then use the inversion table to decompress. Will it work? Or any other tips for decompression of the lower back?
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:40 AM
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I just saw this on t.v. yesterday.
Yoga Medics

It is yogamedics. I have never been to them nor work for them. But there was a person who was in super bad shape that did it and he is really in great shape now.

Google yogamedics to find out more.

Not sure if an incline will work but what I would do, if you have a Dick's Sporting Goods store in your area, mine has three different inversion tables. You can go there and keep trying them out every day if you like, three times a day or more and see if it works. If it does, buy one. They sure aren't going to tell you to go away since they want to make a sale, right?

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Old 11-23-2009, 08:39 PM
Location: Brevard, NC
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Maybe a chiropractor who has a Cox table could help. You can do a search on this item if you've never heard of it. I had to drive almost an hour to get to one, but it was helpful when nothing else was.
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Old 11-23-2009, 10:41 PM
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An inversion table has really helped my husband's compressed disc in lower back. Perhaps there is somewhere where they sell then where you & go to try one out. The hubby ordered his from the internet. Craig's list often has them too. It's worth a try...

Best of luck with your back S_S_Artist!
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Old 11-24-2009, 09:22 AM
Location: SE Florida
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Update: I picked up a nice inversion table second hand from craiglist. Was a $500 table a year old, got it for $150. Got to love craigslist! Been using it for three days and must say it has already been very helpful at relieving the numb spells in my legs. I can feel the pressure released on the nerve as soon as I tip back and relax.

The key is to totally relax, as your body tends to naturally fight the upside down effect. It's helped a lot and I've been able to spend more time up on my feet each day.
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Old 11-24-2009, 09:28 AM
Location: Mayberry
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Got an inversion table for my Mom, with spinal stenosis and other degenerative diseases but i think she was too old, or too far gone, she was unable to use it. It is sitting in my Dad's basement, I have been on it a few times. I have heard good things about it.
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