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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Just Hanging Around

A combination of trauma, bad posture, wear and tear and bad life-style choices such as smoking have left me with deteriorating discs in my neck. They had the audacity to bulge out into my spinal canal and put pressure on the nerves to my arm, three times in the last year. The first two times, it lasted 6 weeks and was the most excrutiating pain I could imagine. Somewhat like getting tasered in the arm, I'm thinking, but non-stop. I tried alot of modalities to ease the pain or correct the situation. Other than medicating myself to the eyeballs with Demerol and strong anti- inflammatories, I wasn't having much luck. The third time it happened, I managed to get in to see my physio. He had a neck traction device for sale which I bought and used at home. It really helped alot, but I found it a bit uncomfortable having my neck yanked upwards like that

Cervical Traction Device

Hang -up Inversion Table

 I had heard of inversion tables before but couldn't afford one at over three hundred dollars. Today was my very lucky day. I found one in the free section of craigslist. The guy said, basically, whoever gets to my house first,..gets it. There were other people on their way already apparently. I threw on some clothes and raced out the door and was at his place in a few minutes. Lucky for me , I got there first and am the proud new owner of a Hang-up inversion table. They provide total traction for the back and neck and can be used to do some exercises as well. I will get alot of use from this and am so grateful to the universe for providing once again.

As I was trying to figure out how to put it together and use it, I looked online and found a bunch of how-to videos showing various exercises and how to use it, so thought I would post them all here so I could find them again. If you have any kind of back pain especially with nerve impingment, I highly recommend one of these units.
How to Set Up an Inversion Table Workout -- powered by
Decompressing the Spine with an Inversion Table Workout -- powered by
How to Get On an Inversion Table -- powered by
How to Do Spinal Extensions with Inversion Table -- powered by
How to Do Intermittent Stretching with Inversion Table -- powered by
Advanced Set Up of an Inversion Table -- powered by
How to Do a Full Inversion on an Inversion Table -- powered by
How to Do an Abdominal Workout on an Inversion Table -- powered by
How to Do an Oblique Workout on an Inversion Table -- powered by
How to Exercise the Lumbar Spine on an Inversion Table -- powered by
How to Do Side Bends on an Inversion Table -- powered by
How to Do Parallel Relaxation on an Inversion Table -- powered by
How to Work Out with Weights on an Inversion Table -- powered by
How to Come Back Up on an Inversion Table -- powered by
How to Break Down an Inversion Table -- powered by

I'm going to go and hang out for awhile, see you later!

I am linking to Cindy's Show and Tell Friday


  1. I hope this works and you are feeling better soon. Take care!

  2. Wow, I had never heard of these devices before! I hope they help you with your spine. thanks for stopping by my blog -- the tutorials for the other two star designs are in the works!

  3. Wow! That’s good news! An inversion table is a good investment, especially to people like you who are suffering from back pain. I hope you’ll be able to use it properly and eventually say goodbye to your back pain.

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