Choosing The Best Back Stretching Machine For Your Needs

best back stretching machineI’m sure you’ve already seen those commercials on late night TV.  Spinal Decompression Therapy  is the latest rage, and for a mere several thousand, your local chiropractor is happy to help you decompress your spine.

Frankly, I believe in decompression therapy.  I think if more people tried it, fewer would end up needing surgery.

​However, the costs are so prohibitive that few are willing to fork out the necessary money to actually get the therapy.

That is where an at home back stretching machine  come in.  For the price of just a couple of chiropractor visits, you can get ​phenomenal relief from a variety of back afflictions.

Granted, these at-home devices aren’t as good as the expensive machine, but I have personally met people who were weeks away from surgery for back pain so bad that they were using a wheelchair and walker to get around.  After using an inversion table every day, they were able to cancel the surgery and move about without aid.

Different Types Of Back Stretching Machines

There are several different types of machines. Let me highlight a few here:

There are several different types of machines. Let me highlight a few here:

Inversion Table

​And Inversion table holds you by your legs and allows you to hang upside down.  This allows the vertebrate of the spine to unload, and can allow your spine to reform to its natural state. This device seems to be effective for some people with slipped or herniated discs.

While most of the evidence about Inversion tables seems to be anecdotal, there are many people who have said that they have avoided back surgery by using an inversion table and allowing the back to heal itself once the discs are unloaded frequently. Other people with chronic back pain have stated that they can rely on pain medication less by using the inversion table regularly.

Lumbar Traction​

lumbar spine traction machineLumbar devices vary from simple, padded boards that you can lay on to the device pictured above that has straps and pumps to help forcibly correct the spine.

By helping the spine lay in its proper shape ​you are unloading the discs that might be slipped, twisted or lying on one another.

This gives the room they need to slip back into their correct spots.​

Cervical Traction

I used one of these after a serious bike accident that left me with a concussion and serious whiplash.

The X-ray revealed that my cervical vertebrae had lost their natural curve.  By using these cervical traction for awhile we were able to restore a more natural curve to my neck and alleviate the pain and headaches I was having.

Cervical traction requires daily use. It requires a lot of work and dedication for the body to use this support to correct the injury, but the long-term results can be worth it in reduced headaches and lower risk of surgery as the discs age.

Ideally, you will want to use a back stretching device in conjunction with your doctor or chiropractor’s care.  These devices can help the body maintain the proper alignment established by your chiropractor, and can help it heal more rapidly from serious injury.

How To Choose A  Device For Your Pain​

Typically, most of my friends have chosen the inversion table as the back-stretching machine of choice.  A few minutes each day does wonders at reversing the effects of gravity and allowing the spine to heal. This device seems especially effective for those dealing with slipped and herniated discs.

While it may seem intimidating to go upside down, most of the inversion tables will let you invert at different angles so you can work up to your comfort zone.  While upside down, the pressure is relieved and circulation is increased, forcing fluid between the vertebrae and helping to relieve the pain even after you stand back up.

​However, the inversion table seems to have only limited effect on the neck.  So if you are dealing with a lot of neck pain, a cervical collar can be a great device to consider. By forcing your cervical bones into the correct place, the fluid can flow more freely between them, speeding healing and restoring natural balance to the spine.

Finally, the lumbar traction back stretchers seem to offer a great deal of comfort for those who only have low back pain.  These devices enable you to target the pain directly.  Acting a lot like the spinal decompression machines at the doctor’s office, lumbar traction helps to alleviate pressure on the spine, even when muscles are sore and tense — something that inversion tables sometimes have a hard time with. ​

The Best 3 Back-Stretching Devices To Consider Purchasing

With so many devices on the market, it is plum confusing to try to decide which one you should go with.

I will quite unabashedly promote that every house should have an inversion table.  Whether you need cervical or lumbar traction on top of that is up to you and your doctor.

Best Inversion Table

​For this one I’m going with what they call an “inversion chair”.  These are much sturdier, and can handle up to 300 pounds.

Plus, they are way less intimidating than a standard inversion table since you start in a seated position and then push your feet back to move back into the reclined/inverted position.

Finally, they let the legs bend which is more natural and takes pressure off the lower spine.​

But, they do cost a little more.

Click here for a budget alternative, otherwise, click the blue button below to see this inversion chair.

Best Cheap Lumbar Traction Device

​The Back Magic Plus is one of the most respected lumbar traction devices out there.

It is so simple to use. You start off on the lowest level and lay on it for a few minutes each day, allowing the device to correct your spine’s curvature. As your back improves, you can slowly increase the steepness of the device to work your spine back into it’s natural shape.

For slipped discs and pinched nerves, this traction device may help relieve a lot of pressure.

The adjust-ability means that everyone in the house can use it, while its durability means it will last as long as you need it too.  Plus, it is pretty darn affordable.

Best Cervical Traction

​That photo above really is a poor picture of the device. (ok, so the photo is terrifying)

I know that this device is a little different than the one I showed you earlier in this article.  You see, the proper pillow traction units (like the one discussed earlier) need to have a strap for your head and you neck.  All of that foam and straps gets pricey in a hurry. Plus, it is one of the more commonly used cervical traction devices.

In contrast, this over-the door stretcher is more precise, and nearly half the price. ​