Dr. Mark Bergeron
Bergeron Chiropractic, LLC
13 Orchard View Drive
603.437.2181 - phone
|Mon||8am - 1pm|
|Tue||1pm - 6pm|
|Wed||8am - 1pm|
|Thu||1pm - 6pm|
|Fri||8am - 12noon|
What is Inversion / Decompression?
Inversion is a natural form of traction that uses your own body weight in combination with gravity to decompress weight bearing joints. Rotating and suspending the body upside down at various angles results in a customized stretch.
Inversion therapy has been used to relieve back pain as early as 400 BC when Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, strung up a patient on a ladder with ropes and pullets and allowed gravity to do its work. As Hippocrates noted, gravity can provide progressive traction as each joint is decompressed by the same weight that compresses it while upright. Gravity can also be our enemy, however, compressing the discs in our spinal column and weight bearing joints in the human body while upright. Over time, gravity can contribute to many health problems, including but not limited to, back and neck pain, poor circulation, height loss, prolapsed internal organs and general poor healthy body functions.
Since 1981, Teeter inversion equipment has allowed over a million people the opportunity to experience the benefits of inversion, comfortably and securely. The most notable benefits of inversion can be summarized with the “5 R’s of Inversion”:
- Reducing Back Pain
- Rehydrating the Intervertebral Discs
- Relaxing Muscles
- Realigning the Spine
- Recovery from Activity
Inversion / Decompression Helps to Provide Care and Rehydration of Discs
Discs have three jobs: to separate the vertebrae, provide flexibility to the spine and to act as shock absorbers. Disc separation is especially important since all communication between the brain and the body is via nerves that pass between each vertebra. Insufficient distance between the vertebrae can result in nerve root pressure and pain.
Inner core of your discs is made of jelly-like material that provides the flexibility and “cushioning” in your back. When you are sitting, standing, or exercising (weight-bearing activities), fluid is squeezed out of your discs and into adjacent soft tissue and vertebrae (just as you would squeeze moisture out of a sponge). As a result, your discs lose some of their moisture, flexibility and height. When your discs are compressed and thinned, your vertebrae potentially place more pressure on the nerve roots. More pressure equals more pain. As you relax, while being inverted your spine begins to stretch. As the spine stretches, the space between each vertebra will increase, thus decreasing the pressure on the discs between each vertebra. This encourages fluid movement back into the disc, helping to keep your discs plump and happy and decreasing the pain in your back.