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HOW TO RELEASE PAIN ON YOUR BACK WITH THE BEST INVERSION TABLES…

Are you struggling with back pain? And still haven’t found a way to resolve this problem? Because, nothing seems to quite do the trick, does it? Let me be frank with you, you’re probably doing it all wrong.

There are various techniques to relieve your back pain and if you do things the right way, you will feel the difference. However, there is one particular method that has grabbed my attention. Care to guess? Let me give you a hint – it involves a table. Yes, that’s right; I’m talking about inversion therapy. Find out more here.

WHAT IS INVERSION THERAPY?

It’s when you hang upside down. No, seriously, it is. However, you might need some more info than that. Inversion therapy uses your bodyweight and gravity to help you find the position in which you can stretch and relieve some pressure off your spine. It is known to successfully relieve back pain and leave you feeling fresh afterwards.

Essentially, inversion is a type of spinal traction. It is practiced by supporting yourself with your feet, ankles, or legs, while hanging at an inverted angle. You can stay in this position for a few minutes and it is recommended not to go above 15 minutes at a time.

This practice is common with physiotherapists and chiropractors. However, since the procedure is not that complex, there is now a way to do this alone right there in your home. Of course, you have to make sure to do it properly. But, as I have already said, it is really not that complicated. That is, if you own an inversion table.

Learn more about inversion tables here: https://posturebly.com/top-7-benefits-of-inversion-tables-on-your-body-and-mind

In simple words, an inversion table is the product that allows you to feel the benefits of the above mentioned therapy in your own home. Or outside, or wherever you like to hang these days… Jokes aside, this is the item that can significantly help you with your back pain issues. Obviously you have to have the approval of your medical team first.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST INVERSION TABLE

Since the market has spotted this product’s value and usefulness, it is now brimming with all kinds of inversion tables. This means that picking the right one can get a little tricky. However, getting a wrong one might have some undesired consequences. So, let me help you make the right choice. Here’s what you should look for.

QUALITY CONSTRUCTION AND DURABILITY…

Imagine having your head down and your feet up, suspended to a device that you feel might break any minute? Oh boy, would I be in panic. My heart would jump out of my chest. As if it’s not enough that I am feeling kind of vulnerable in this position, now I also have to worry about whether the thing that’s supporting me will hold my weight. No, thank you, I’d rather not.

In order to avoid accidents and injuries, the most important thing to do is find a stable inversion table. It is best if it has a steel frame. In addition to that, you should read more about what makes this product strong and durable. But, this is the most important feature in that regard. With a frame like this, you can be sure that the product will hold you, while also being able to enjoy it for a long time, since steel is a highly durable material.

COMFORT…

The next on my list is, naturally, the comfort of the table. After all, a product the purpose of which is to relieve your back pain shouldn’t cause you some more aches, am I correct? This is where seating pads come into play. And, if they are made of soft memory foam, they are sure to provide your whole body maximum comfort while you are assuming, say, the position of a bat.

VALUE…

Sure, you could just go and buy the first inversion table that you see. And you might even get yourself a really cheap deal. But, is cheap always the best option? You will notice that the sub-headline above doesn’t say “price”, but “value”. That should be your principal aim.

I understand that you must limit your options to the size of your wallet, but getting great value for your money does not mean spending a fortune. What you should keep in mind while on your pursuit is the quality of materials, inversion therapy dynamics, as well as the price. It’s no secret that the better ones might be more expensive, but this is your spine we are talking about. That’s not something worth compromising, in any sense of the word.

WARRANTIES…

While we are on the topic of spending money and worrying that you will fail to get what you searched for in the product, you should always check the offered warranties. You don’t want to end up with a table that breaks down after a couple of uses and be completely helpless and unable to do anything about it. Keep in mind that this is a device you will be using regularly, probably every day, which is why it’s important to ensure that everything works properly and that you will receive good customer care in case it doesn’t.

In addition to all that I have already mentioned, when you are hunting for an inversion table you might learn that some models offer specific additional features. Check if you need any of those. And once you have found the exact type you need, you can enjoy the therapeutic effect on your upper and lower back.

TREAT MUM TO SOMETHING LAVENDER FOR IT’S AMAZING BENEFITS…

Lavender has been used as a culinary herb since Roman and Greek times. It lends a delicate flavour to casseroles, scones, roast lamb and even ice-cream. It is a tonic to the cardiovascular and digestive system, it can lower blood pressure and can help to thin the blood due to the presence of coumarins.

It’s good for muscle spasm, sprains, strains, cramps, and rheumatic pains. It can work as a sedative to the central nervous system and can relieve headaches, nervous tension and insomnia, mood swings and pms and even keep the moths away (we have loads at the moment).
The list is endless – its antimicrobial, anti-infectious and antiseptic, making it effective on wounds and as a front-line defense against respiratory infections.

Looking through the Internet brought me some brilliant websites which has some good products to help you sleep including slumber gel, which you apply to your temples and pulse points.

Mayfield Lavender had some lovely room spray gifts sets and a fab recipe for Lavender Shortcake Biscuits.

Norfolk Lavender have an array of fantastic cadles, bath bombs and an aromatherapy lavender stress gel with camomile and norfolk lavender, and lavender gin.

I have written many a post on my love of Lavender and all its healing powers in one form or another but if it’s combined with Peppermint you will find it even better.

One of my favourite ways to get the benefits of these oils is in the roller ball format. A great pack of three is by Tisserand who sell a Little Box of Mindfulness pack of three roller balls.

Clear your head and be present in the moment with their mindful pulse point roller balls made with 100% natural pure essential oils. BREATHE DEEP blend of Orange, Petitgrain & Coriander gives your mind a break when it’s time to stop. MIND CLEAR blend of Peppermint, Lavender & Lemon allows you to declutter your mind & find clarity. REAL CALM blend of Lavender, Bergamot & Patchouli helps you to take time out & feel serene. Available from Amazon and other retailers – I keep mine in the drawer by my bed for if I am having a difficult night.

Another favourite of mine is The Cotswold Lavender Soothing Gel for £4.95 their finest lavender oil carefully blended with peppermint. This super combination will help to soothe everyday aches and pains. Apply to temples and pulse points. 20g glass jar.

You can find some top tips from Mayfield Lavender on how to grow your own lavender. If you look after your lavender and have the right growing conditions, you can expect your plant to last up to 15 years. Lavender looks and smells great in your garden! Don’t forget, the bees and butterflies love lavender too!

Lavender Gift Set
Lavender dream bath salt in glass tube
To My Lovely Mum Lavender Bag


Just a few very reasonably priced gifts for Mother’s Day above. Or you could buy her one of my favourite heat cushions. You can have the cushions filled with or without lavender and they have a five star rating on the Pain Relief Cushions website. The Soothing Shoulder Wheat Cushion is ideally suited to ease pain in the neck, shoulders and higher back areas. Perfectly weighted so that it stays in place, allowing the user to fully relax, whilst absorbing the scent of Lavender. This wheat bag measures Approx. 12.5″ x 8.5″.

SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT SLEEP AND YOGA FOR INSOMNIA, BOOK REVIEW…

Yoga for Insomnia, 7 Steps to a better Sleep with Yoga and Meditation is a book written by Kayla Korin, a Yoga therapist and writer who has been committed to helping people with chronic health conditions to feel better with Yoga. Kayla sent me this book to read and write a review on it.

I enjoyed Kayla’s book very much. She writes in great details about feeling tired from lack of sleep as she was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome when she was young. She tried everything in the book to help her sleep and then while working at an environmental health clinic, the Doctor she was working with suggested she should try a mindfulness course. The course included mindfulness and yoga and after a few months Kayla was able to sleep much better.

Even with a busy lifestyle she found yoga helped her to sleep well and decided to write this book in a step by step format so that what Kayla learnt from studying yoga, meditation and psychology could help others along the way.

There is a full chapter in all you need to know about sleep, good sleep, bad sleep, REM sleep and your heart rate. “The goal of yoga or meditation” she says, “isn’t to stay relaxed all the time, but to be able to switch between the systems if needed.”

Yoga and how it works is described well and how it can work to help you sleep. Creating a healthy sleep environment is discussed well as Kayla has travelled far and wide and understands how jet lag affects your sleep and writes about mental relaxation and darkness in your bedroom. Plus diet and creating a routine which is essential for a good nights sleep.

Kayla talks about meditation for better sleep. Mindfulness is explained very well and the goal setting is very achievable. She writes further on breathing techniques for a better sleep which is something my local pain team want to teach me.

There is a great chapter on yoga positions shown in detail with pictures to help you to try different positions to help you sleep.They are simple to do as I could manage a number of them but do check with your Doctor first before you try them out.

The final part of the book is all about building a lifestyle for a better sleep which is explained fully. I really liked this book and have it next to my bed to refer to if I’m struggling with my sleep. The book is available from Amazon.

WHAT’S ALL THE BUZZ ABOUT PAIN AND NEUROMODULATION…

Harvard Health Publishing wrote that “ Chronic pain is an enigma for both pain doctors and their patients: difficult to understand (as everyone’s pain is different), challenging to treat effectively, and frustrating to live with. Desperate patients sometimes turn to drastic and irreversible surgical procedures, like amputating nerves to relieve pain, and unfortunately even those procedures may fail to provide the hoped-for results.”

Fortunately there have been great strides in research related to pain perception and our nervous system’s reaction to various pain treatments, and we’ve been able to develop novel devices that provide many people with much-needed relief and improve their quality of life.

Neuromodulation is “the alteration of nerve activity through targeted delivery of a stimulus, such as electrical stimulation or chemical agents, to specific neurological sites in the body.” Dr. Norman Shealy, a neurosurgeon, implanted the first device for the relief of intractable pain in 1967, and his work ushered in a new era for chronic pain management.

One of the most common examples of neuromodulation is the use of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) for chronic pain management. SCS consists of a very thin lead (or wire) that is placed in the space just outside the spinal cord (known as the epidural space). The lead is attached to a small generator device that is implanted under the skin and subcutaneous layer in the back or buttock. The devices will deliver frequent, low-voltage electrical impulses to the spine, with subsequent modulation of the pain signals in transit to the brain. Those impulses often feel like a gentle tingling or buzzing (which is called paresthesia) on the body.

Harvard explain that another form of neuromodulation is the intrathecal pump, which is a device designed to deliver a desired medication directly into the spinal fluid surrounding the spinal cord.

Neuromodulation treatments have typically been offered to patients only after they have tried conventional treatment options such as medications, physical and occupational therapy, or surgery. Although the treatment is not without risks it is a cost affective option for managing chronic pain, in particular after failed surgery,

Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Hospital in London have a Chronic Pain Management & Neuromodulation Centre. It is internationally recognised as a centre of clinical and academic excellence in the management of chronic pain.

They have a long history of providing traditional chronic pain management treatments such as day case procedures and outpatient treatments.

They have also established world prominence in the fields of spinal cord stimulation and other neuromodulation techniques, as well as in addressing the psychological, physical and social impacts of chronic pain with our pain management programmes. This is delivered through the INPUT pain management department.

The centre collaborates closely with spinal surgeons in the assessment and treatment of spinal pains, and similarly provides highly specialised, multidisciplinary assessments for conditions including chronic headache, facial pain and pelvic pain.