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There is now a wider range of back pain relief equipment available for those who experience this type of medical condition, including exercise belts, elastic back braces, inversion machines, ergonomically-designed chairs, lumbar rolls, spinal decompressing machines, and other types of back support. The use of back stretching machines may improve the flexibility of your spine, can be done in the comfort and privacy of your home, and gives you control of how much – or how little – pressure you want. Finding the appropriate machine can be easy if you know the kind you need. Take note, however, that the prices of these machines vary depending on the features they have. It looks more like a lounge chair that you have on your porch but once in place, an inversion table can put you in an inverted position upside down with an upper back rest supporting your spine, with your ankles held securely by straps in your feet.

The table takes off the gravitational pressure on your nerve roots and spinal disks to increase the spaces between your vertebrae. An inversion table uses both gravity and the user’s body weight to create adjustable traction. If it is a small stretch that you want, the inversion table can be adjusted to a small incline. If what you prefer is a maximum stretch, on the other hand, the table be also be adjusted in full to an upside down position. While an inversion provides temporary back pain relief, it could be risky for those with glaucoma and hypertension.

This is because the blood pressure increases, the heartbeat slows down, and the pressure in the eyeballs will jump dramatically when the person remains in the inverted position for more than a few minutes. According to Dr. Edward Laskowski, a co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center and a professor at the Mayo Clinic’s College of Medicine, however, the use of an inversion table may be unsafe for some. Still, one of the best inversion tables, the Teeter Hang Ups EP-560 has additional acupressure nodes and a lumbar bridge which aids the user’s spine and back and encourage better circulation. The EP-560 is suitable for those who weigh up to 250 pounds. Due to customer reviews that this inversion table is hard to put together, it now has its own YouTube video showing potential users how to assemble it easily.

Spinal traction is what you get from a portable back stretcher sans the inverted position. How does it work? Your ankles are placed securely in a foot support and pressure is applied on the stretcher’s leverage handles to stretch your spine. A portable back stretcher may actually lengthen your spine by a few inches to enhance flexibility and improve your posture as well. Some back stretchers consist simply of a foam piece in arched shape to fit under the back.

This foam piece can reverse the posture that leans forward and causes you pain when you lay down on it and stretch backward. With this type of back stretcher, though, the arch’s height cannot be adjustment, a factor which can be quite intensive for a stretch for some users. One other type of back stretcher has a harness that is attached to the lower back as well a bar which the user pulls on to create traction stretching. While effective for some, it could prove restrictive for others, especially if the machine’s length or the harness itself is not exactly set to the user’s body. You would have to try on different ones to see which will fit you perfectly to enable you to maximize stretching.

The patented Lying Back Decompression and Neck Traction uses exercises for core strengthening, massage, spinal mobilization, and acupressure to relax back muscles and relieve back pain. The user lies on his/her back on the equipment with neck and hips on its frame, knees bent, while feet are on the floor. Rollers prickle the spine while the user stretches to provide an acupressure type of massage with the user’s own weight. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS for short, is an equipment the size of a small pocket radio that uses electrical current set at a low voltage which runs on battery to relieve back pain. Two electrodes on the machine that conduct the electrical current are connected to the skin on the affected area or some pressure point to create an electrical impulse circuit which travels along your nerve fibers.

The electrical current is supposed to stimulate your nerves so they can send signals to your brain that can scramble the message for pain. One theory is that this stimulation helps the body in the production of natural painkillers called endorphins that may block pain perception. The TENS equipment can be set at different frequencies, from a single burst to a steady flow, and the intensity of the current used. The use of a TENS device is not exclusive or limited to back pain relief in the lower back and neck pain. Some people use it to treat joint, muscle or bone conditions that accompany fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis.

TENS can also treat acute pain that is brought about suddenly like labor pain or the longer lasting kind of cancer. Generally considered safe for use, a TENS unit may be harmful if it is misused and may result in irritation or burning on skin if, for instance, an intense setting for the current is used. Pregnant women and those with defibrillators, infusion pumps, and pacemakers are advised not to use TENS. Additionally, those have sensitive skin or who are prone to skin allergies may have reactions to TENS electrode pads. Massage has been associated with the improvement of blood circulation and facilitating recovery from muscle pains and strains.

It helps increase the levels of endorphin in your body; endorphin is a chemical linked to improved mental condition to effective manage chronic back pain. A Thai massage stretches and pulls the back and neck areas using aromatherapeutic oils to reduce the friction during the massage. A classic massage, on the other hand, relaxes muscles through applied rubbing and applying pressure on the back and neck areas in which the blood flow is directed back to the heart; a classic massage also uses aromatherapuetic oils. A good number of healthcare practitioners consider massage for the neck and back as beneficial to alleviate pain by the increased blood flow and circulation in these areas. Instead of the traditional human masseuse, however, there is now the neck and back massager equipment, the best of which seems to be the HoMedics MCS-510H Total Back and Shoulder Massage Cushion that can give you not only a full back muscle massage but with the addition of soothing heat to go with it.

The 510H has four covered massage rollers for kneading and rolling. Unlike in the past, those who experience lower back pain can now be treated without having to move and perform any therapeutic exercises. There is now a continuous passive motion machine called the Kyrobak that uses oscillating motion to contract and release a user’s locked or stiff lower back. The Kyrobak enables the lower back to stretch forward as it applies traction to the spine’s vertebrae. Using the proprietary technology of Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) and Oscillation Therapy, Kyrobak is able to provide longer lasting back pain relief with the following benefits: Compared to other therapies and treatments – acupuncture, laser therapy, traction, snd TENS, among others — Kyrobak’s CPM machine has been proven to significantly reduce back pain with a rating of 13.

4 on a normalized numerical pain rating scale (NPRS) of one to 100.