How To Relieve Lower Back Pain
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from one of our great partners, Teeter.
Back pain will be experienced by 90% of adults in their lifetime and when it hits, there isn't anything that one wouldn't do to get rid of it. When you have back pain everything changes; you get out of bed differently, you feel ridiculous trying to pull that t-shirt over your head, you're not comfortable standing, sitting or laying down - you simply want it to go away so you can put on your own socks again and get your regular life back.
Your spine is like the Mama of your body, and you know what they say, "If Mama's not happy, nobody's happy." A common root cause of lower back pain is weak core muscles, which fail to provide adequate support for the discs and vertebrae that construct the joints in our lower back. Combine that with poor posture and the compressive forces of body weight and gravity and your back pain becomes more of a question of "when" rather than "if."
How to relieve lower back pain
As we discuss the "how," let's remember the "why." Weak abdominal and back muscles do not support proper posture which is the position which best resists gravity. The forces of body weight and gravity compress the discs that are in-between our vertebrae and act like the shock absorbers of our spine. Compression on the discs causes them to expel nutrients and fluids, resulting in decreased flexibility, a decreased capacity to support the loads on the spine and an increased chance for injuries like herniated discs, slipped discs, bulged discs or muscles strains.
Inversion is the whole package when it comes to targeting the cause of your lower back pain and conditioning your muscles for improved posture and core strength. Inverting on a Teeter Hang Ups Inversion Table decompresses your spine and other weight-bearing joints by reversing the loads caused by body weight and gravity. Being upside down harnesses those same compressive loads and uses them in your favor to decompress your body, allowing tight and tired muscles to stretch and relax while also opening up your joints and allowing your discs to rehydrate. Regular inversion can be therapeutic in relieving muscles spasms in your back, stretching and elongating the muscles through your back and hips, realigning the spine and optimizing disc health.
It's important to remember that once back pain is at bay, you should continue to maintain your inversion routine to help keep it at bay. Then take your inversion routine to the next level by beginning a fitness regimen to strengthen and develop a stronger core, primarily focusing on your back and abdominal muscles. A strong core will promote better posture and provide more support for the spine. These exercises can be done right on your Teeter everyday.
Inverted exercised like crunches, sit-ups and squats allow you to perform these important core exercises with little to no loads on your spine and joints. Many Teeter fitness fanatics report back that their core strength advances faster, the exercises are more effective, they do them with virtually no back pain, and they experience greater muscle definition. A great looking core is a bonus to strong and healthy muscles that better support your spine in an effort to avoid future back pain.