Inversion board for lower back pain.
Some of you may recall that back when I was doing very heavy squatting and deadlifting I suffered from lower back pain. This pain was usually a dull ache that never really went away, but occasionally something would “pop” while I was lifting and I’d be totally out of commission for anywhere from a few days to several weeks.
The nearly constant lower back ache was super annoying, but I learned to live with it. The acute pain that would sometimes strike while lifting was not only some of the worst pain I’ve ever experienced in my life (it would literally bring me to me knees when it hit), the idea that it could take me out without warning really began to mess with my head while I was squatting and doing heavy pulls.
Of course I saw several doctors over the years about the pain, and always received the standard, “Gee, I have no idea what to do!” care: rest, ice/heat and anti-inflammatory medications.
After I became a hardcore cyclist and moved away from body building/heavy weight training, I never experienced the acute pain again (at least not yet–it’s been years now). The lower back ache persisted for a time, but eventually even that all but went away.
At some point when I was going through all of this lower back pain, Lisa bought me a Body Champ inversion board. I used it for a bit, and it definitely provided some relief. Once my back pain went away, though, it was relegated to a spare upstairs closet where it remained for years…
A few days ago I was cleaning, and I came across the inversion board. I thought, “I should either sell this, or set it up in my gym.”
Sometimes when I’m doing a lot of yard work and/or projects that involve a significant amount of lifting, that dull lower back ache returns. I had plenty of space to set the inversion board up, so I figured I might as well keep it for now.
Over the weekend I did a bunch of spring projects, and that familiar aching returned to my lower back. It wasn’t horrible, but it was enough that I noticed it. I started hanging on the board, and it really helped!
So do any of you use an inversion board to help treat lower back pain? Have you found that it helps? If you are suffering from lower back pain, you may want to give inversion board therapy a try. I’m definitely a believer.