With back pain affecting millions of adults each year, it has become increasingly important to seek out alternative forms of pain treatment. This is particularly true of those suffering from sciatica and chronic back pain because it inhibits their ability to lead a normal and active life.
Since a major source of back pain is a compressed or pinched nerve adjacent to the spine, they require a variety of treatments that are both surgical and non-surgical techniques. As such many spinal decompression treatments have been developed to widen the space between vertebrae to reduce pressure and pain on the spine. The key for you is to work with your physical therapist and physician to find the right decompression technique for you.
Two home spinal decompression devices have become very popular in recent years: inversion therapy tables and the Nubax Trio. Both provide back pain and sciatica sufferers a safe and convenient home treatment option. With price points well below $500 they also cost significantly less than traditional therapy.
Inversion tables and gravity boots are based on techniques dating to at least Hippocrates circa 400BC. Used to hang upside down, these devices harness the force of gravity to provide a gentle traction on the entire length of the spine. Inversion therapy has been proven effective with one recent study showing patients who used inversion therapy along with physiotherapy (stretching exercises) were 70% less likely to require back surgery than patients using physiotherapy alone.
The Nubax Trio is a newer spinal decompression device clinically proven to treat a wide range of chronic back problems. A belt secures the user’s waist while gripping the handles and leaning forward. This creates a gentle traction from the shoulder blades down through the SI Joint at the bottom of the back using the body’s own weight without requiring inversion.
While both inversion tables and the Nubax Trio provide traction, only inversion tables provide traction along the entire length of the spine. Since the Nubax Trio does not decompress the upper spine it is not as effective for neck pain.
The Nubax Trio provides effective traction for the mid and lower back without the strain on knees and ankles some inversion tables and gravity boots cause. It also eliminates the undesirable effects of inversion some people notice such as lightheadedness or dizziness and is safe for diabetics and those with high blood pressure.
Both devices can provide very effective back pain and sciatica relief. Optimum results will often be obtained by combining home spinal decompression therapy with other treatments such as muscle balance therapy which address the underlying causes of back pain.