How to Decompress Your Spine WITHOUT Hurting Your Joints

decompress your spineDid you know that, centuries ago, Hippocrates (yes, the Father of Medicine himself) used to hang his patients upside down on a ladder? This wasn’t simply a form of comic relief … it was done to help decompress his patients’ spines.

Think about it. Every day, whether you’re standing or sitting, the force of gravity is pulling down on your spine, compressing the discs in your back, taxing your ligaments and putting pressure on your nerves.

Over time, this can lead to back pain, stiff shoulders and neck and spine-related conditions like spondylosis and pinched nerves. The problem is incredibly widespread, as evidenced by the incredible number of Americans suffering with chronic back pain. Yet, the solution is remarkably simple …

Decompress Your Spine!

When you decompress your spine you increase the space between your vertebrae, relaxing the pressure on your discs, ligaments and nerve roots. Increasing intra-vertebral space means reducing pressure on the nerve roots, which means less back pain and less likelihood of nerve root damage. When you oscillate up and down while in a decompression position, it creates a pumping action for the fluids around your spinal discs. This forces waste out and draws in fluid around your discs.

Other benefits include:

  • Relaxing muscles and increasing blood flow
  • Helping to realign your spine when used in the long term
  • Improved circulation, flexibility and mobility
  • Better posture – which is key to healing and preventing more back problems in the future

Inversion Therapy works for back pain:

  1. A study in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation found that inverted positioning for short periods significantly increased spinal length and reduced EMG activity (indicating the amount of muscle pain in participants) by 35% – in as little as just 10 seconds after becoming inverted.[i] This study was done over 30 years ago, but many are still missing out on these pain-relieving benefits!
  1. A study of 175 people who were experiencing back pain bad enough that they were unable to work found that after just 8 inversion treatments, nearly 89% were able to return to their jobs full-time. Improvements in a variety of conditions, including spondylolisthesis, herniated discs, lumbar osteoarthritis with sciatica and others, were reported.[ii]
  1. A 1985 study on the effects of gravity-facilitated traction (inversion) found the therapy produces significant intravertebral separation in lumbar spine. Researchers concluded, “If increases in intervertebral dimensions play a role in the relief of low back syndrome, then gravity-facilitated traction may be an effective modality in the treatment of this condition.”[iii]
  1. Preliminary research from New Castle University found that patients who were told they needed sciatic operations who performed inversion therapy were 70.5% less likely to require back surgery.[iv]

One of the most popular methods for spinal decompression is an inversion table, which essentially allows you to hang upside down (or nearly upside down). And for some people, this method is great. However, not everyone is comfortable when in an extreme inverted position. In particular, it can in some cases lead to, or exacerbate, joint pain. If you want the benefits of inversion for spinal decompression without actually inverting, there is another wonderful option …

Back Ease: Decompress Your Spine With No Inversion or Kneeling

If you struggle with joint pain, Back Ease is the solution for spinal decompression that will not stress or hurt your joints; it’s like inversion therapy without going upside down. Instead of turning you upside down, the Back Ease — Spinal Decompression System lets you comfortably decompress your spine by simply leaning into the device.

It really couldn’t be any simpler …

  • Step forward until the belt fits comfortably against your waist.
  • Raise the two handles to bring the pad up to your chest and rest the back of your arms on the arm pads.
  • Relax forward into a gentle stretch. Hold for 2 or 3 minutes then rest and repeat.

decompress your spine

As you lean forward in the Back Ease (there’s no kneeling required, either), it decompresses and stretches your spine, creating a separation in your vertebrae, relieving pressure on your spinal discs and nerves. The separation allows nutrient-rich fluid to circulate within the vertebrae (which your body then uses to heal itself) and allows your discs to “re-absorb” the water gravity is sucking out of them. The result is short-term (sometimes instantaneous) pain relief coupled with long-term maintenance and healing.

The Back Ease is a device I personally recommend everyone use (even those without back pain) due to its amazing ability help improve and maintain mobility, correct alignment from your shoulders down through your spine to your hip as well as heal and strengthen your spine over the long term.

Click Here to Learn More and Try it RISK FREE Now …


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Filed Under: Back Pain
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Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFTPain Relief Expert, Post Rehab Specialist.

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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14 thoughts on “How to Decompress Your Spine WITHOUT Hurting Your Joints”

  1. Ricky Abad says:

    Can certain back stretching exercises including yoga,, be just as helpful?

  2. Lona David says:

    Is this ok to use with a knee replacement (partial)?

  3. Steve says:


    First off, stretching and decompression of the spine are two different things, and I do not believe that stretching alone is just is as good as stretching and decompression, that said, we encourage stretching both before and after the use of the Back Ease…


  4. Steve says:


    When the Back Ease is adjusted properly there is not pressure on the knees, but like with starting any new program, it is suggested that you speak with your physician or surgeon before use as only they know your complete medical history…


  5. Laurie koror an says:

    I have been a teacher and student of Pilates method of exercise for a decade. The Reformer is a piece of equiptment that allows for spinal decompression when properly used. The mat method ( floor exercises without equiptment ) also teaches exercises that can be practiced regularly to achieve and maintain spinal decompression. Those exercises are practical because you can take them anywhere, no equiptment required!!!
    P.S. These are not merely stretching exercises, rather they are exercises designed to strengthen all the muscles that support the spine and also create space between the vertebrae.

  6. Lynne Bennett says:

    Does this also relieve spinal stenosis? (sp?)

    1. Steve says:


      It depends spinal stenosis can be caused by several different issues, the vertebrae can move and narrow the space, the disc can move and narrow the space, and then you can have excess calcium build up that can narrow the space, but in cases, if you can create more space then decompression can work for spinal stenosis…

      Now here is the issue, I personally have stenosis in you neck but have no pain and have have has pain, so please understand that the diagnosis alone may not be the sole reason for you pain, further stenosis may not be the only issue you have, so please continue to educate you self on all of your options, including the use of spinal decompression, which is one of the single best treatments you can use for virtually all back pain related conditions…


  7. frank says:

    got my Nubax long ago and it works just great


  8. sue says:

    I am asking on behalf of a friend.
    She has spondylolisthesis i.e the slippage of the lumbar 4 over lumbar 5 and the slippage is inward (slipped inside). Does the decompression helps?
    Hope to hear from you soon.

  9. Steve says:

    Sue, Like many things, it depends, on the severity and that is measured in grades, as some spondylolisthesis, can be unstable, and decompression may not be suggested, but the only one who will know that answer to that question is your friends physician…

    So simple have them ask, Based on my spondylolisthesis, can I a spinal decompression device? and see what they say, and if they say, yes, then we will be glad to support your friend, with the use of the Back Ease…

    Steve HBI

  10. paul maloney says:

    I like the decompression idea , I have had great relief from back pain- may be arthritic , or some other inflammation with the use of raw juices in particular the comfry leaf – best regards paul maloney

  11. Harry gass says:

    Other than standing with this device and kneeling with the nubax what is thedifference .

    1. Steve says:

      Harry, after testing the BackEase, we know right away the BackEase was a better product, in both form and function as well as quality, so much so that we decided to no longer support the Nubax and only support the BackEase at this point in time…


      1. Steve says:

        Here is the link with more information on the BackEase, and please understand that while the Nubax was a great idea at the time, the BackEase, is simply a better product.



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