Relieve Sciatic Pain with Inversion Therapy
Sciatic pain can be absolutely debilitating for those suffering from the symptoms which often include persistent, radiating leg pain and even weakness, numbness or difficulty walking.
Sciatica is actually a symptom of underlying lower back issues like herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis or spinal stenosis.
Fortunately, there is a treatment option that has been shown to reduce symptoms of sciatica and, best of all, potentially avoid unnecessary back surgery.
Inverted Decompression Benefits
Inverted decompression (inversion therapy) has long been valued for its wealth of benefits with countless medical studies indicating its effectiveness in relieving back pain and related conditions.
Watch: Newcastle Hospital researchers find Teeter Inversion to be “an effective, conservative treatment option with potentially significant healthcare cost savings.”
Researchers at Newcastle Hospital have been studying its benefits over the past decade and have recently published a preliminary study showing inversion as an effective treatment for sciatic pain patients scheduled for lumbar disc surgery.
Patients were separated into two groups, both of which received routine physiotherapy. The experimental group also regularly used a Teeter Inversion Table.
The researchers concluded that “intermittent traction with an inversion device resulted in a significant reduction in the need for surgery.” In fact, patients in the Teeter Inversion test group were 70.5% less likely to require surgery than those in the control group.
The authors published that the potential economic impact to healthcare is “very significant” and that a larger randomized control trial is justified, and have confirmed they are doing so.
Preliminary controlled study, 24 patients, various Teeter models used 3x/week for four weeks, up to six 2-minute inversions/session. “Inversion Therapy In Patients with Pure Single Level Discogenic Disease: a pilot randomized trial. Majhunath, et al. Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Sciatic Pain Study Results
The results from the above study have restored hope for many patients experiencing sciatic pain.
Not only can they find significant pain relief using an inversion table, but there are potentially significant healthcare cost savings. The head of Neuroscience at Newcastle University in England, professor David Mendelow, told the London Telegraph that he believes inversion therapy could save an estimated £80 million (in current dollars about $99 million) a year in unnecessary surgeries.
Inverted decompression has grown beyond what some thought of as a “novel treatment”. It is a viable and legitimate form of back pain therapy through which more and more patients are finding relief.
Manjunath Prasad, K. S., Barbara A. Gregson, Gerard Hargreaves, Tiernan Byrnes, Philip Winburn, and A. David Mendelow. “Inversion Therapy in Patients with Pure Single Level Lumbar Discogenic Disease: A Pilot Randomized Trial.” Disability and Rehabilitation 34.17 (2012): 1473-480.