Relieve back pain with gentle inversion
Back pain—lower back, neck strain, tight shoulders, tense muscles and general discomfort in your back impacts, well, all of life. It touches the rest of our body, energy and mood.
Gentle-inversion is a self-care practice which reverses the pull of gravity on your body to naturally decompress and realign the spine.
We’ve built our product, an incliner called Lull, with the aim of bringing relief and helping you to feel good in your body. Lull works with the healing qualities of gentle inversion.
Countering the drag of gravity in an inverted posture lessens spinal disc pressure in a non-invasive way to stretch and relax your back and the muscles supporting your back. This helps to increase the space between vertebrae and thus relieve pain and possible nerve pinching.
The positioning of your body in a 14 degree low and safe angle incline with your feet above hips, hips above heart, and your heart above head, restores proper alignment and the natural curves of the spine.
It works as a counterbalance to sitting or standing all day at the computer to reset our stance after slouching or holding tension.
For more about how inclining might help you in your health, see our blog The Health Benefits of Gentle Inversion.
And, if this method of healing is new to you, you might appreciate What is Inversion Therapy Anyway?
Or, if you want to go way back to gravity boots and ironing boards, see The History of Inversion Therapy.
Thoughts on the subject from professionals
"I observe that most lumbar, thoracic and cervical back and neck pain is caused by narrowing of nerve outlets between our vertebrae, and that the single best therapy for nearly all degenerative back conditions is regaining dimension in these outlets with daily strengthening, stretching, and gentle inversion. People with neck or back pain from spinal stenosis, herniated disc disease, osteoarthritis of the spine, osteoporosis, or sciatica almost always get huge improvements in pain and function with this simple regimen. The spine can regain height and hold it. This is accomplished, patiently and slowly, by increasing core muscle strength (our backs' natural "splints"), and using gravity to traction the spine through gentle inversion."
-John Hibbs, N.D., naturopathic physician for 30 years, naturopathic educator for 27 years, and clinical supervisor with Bastyr Center for Natural Health
“Many of our patients are professional sitters, which can be a bear on posture. If one is not attentive, the natural "S" shape of the body "fixes" into a slouched position like the shape of cooked shrimp-—the back rounds from hunching over repeatedly and can lead to excess postural kyphosis or cervical compression. Gentle-inversion can be a helpful addition to home exercises we assign and supports the work we do.”
-Dzuka Lin, Physical Therapist, Action Reaction Physical Therapy