Turn pain upside down?

Apr 16 2012 - 3:03pm

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Healther Bowden is treated with inversion rotation therapy at Dr. Gailen Lundell's chiropractic office in Ogden.
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Dr. Gailen Lundell (right), a chiropractor, treats Heather Bowman on an inversion table at his business in Ogden. Lundell says he has used an inversion table in his home every day for 39 years.
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Healther Bowden is treated with inversion rotation therapy at Dr. Gailen Lundell's chiropractic office in Ogden.
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Dr. Gailen Lundell (right), a chiropractor, treats Heather Bowman on an inversion table at his business in Ogden. Lundell says he has used an inversion table in his home every day for 39 years.

Have you tried everything to get rid of your back pain? What about hanging upside down? Proponents of the inversion table say that hanging upside down extends the back and relieves back pain.

Jon Rhodes, physical therapist with the Ogden Clinic, said inversion, or being upside down, is especially helpful for a herniated or bulging disk in the neck or back because it decompresses and extends the back.

"The disc has two materials in the middle. One is squishy and watery like Jell-O. Inversion takes that off the nerve and creates negative pressure that pulls discs in the back apart," he said.

Gailen Lundell, a chiropractor with Chiropractic Health Center in Ogden, has used an inversion table at home every day for 39 years and has an amped-up version with massagers in his office. He said the combination of inversion plus massage for active traction pulls the vertebrae apart.

"I call it the ultimate low-back machine. It helps with bulging disks and is excellent therapy for low back pain. I studied 10 different, very expensive pieces of equipment. They were not effective. The mild traction (of my inversion table) is more aggressive. It makes all the difference," he said.

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