Any one use one?
You know the thing you hang from like batman. I hear it's good for stretching out the old spine and stuff.
And I need it
I was gonna get inversion boots and hang from playground apparatus near my house, but they're expensive.
Yeah alot of that stuff is way expensive. The cheapest inversion tables start at around 100$, which doesn't include shipping. Even if you want to pick one up to save on shipping, quality ones are alot more. I would suggest a swiss ball/stability ball. They're pretty cheap and you can do extension and decompression exercises on them.
If you have a chin up/pull up bar, you can also do hanging decompressions using contract and relax. Alternate between overhand and underhand grip on each set. Hang loose and relaxed, then inhale and concentrate while you tighten all the muscles (still hanging, don't actually pull or chin up), especially glutes, shoulders and back. Next, exhale, release, and relax completely, and hang loose again while doing some deep breathing. I was surprised by how effective it was the first time I did this .
It's a chicken and egg situation with me. Every time I try and work out harder and improve my core my back acts up. So I need to take care of my compressed lower disks before I do stuff on a chin up bar so I can increase my strenghth.
I am looking at something like this
I think of inversion as only being helpful long-term if you're also actively working on lengthening the space between your vertebrae (for lack of a better description) on a day-to-day basis. Tai chi is good for this, so is yoga.
Even though I have access to gravity boots, I can't be arsed to use them. I find hanging stretches to generally be pretty good. Beyond that, I will sometimes find a counter or surface with a jutting edge and then press my palms into it to hang while simeltaneously bringing my knees up to push my lower spine down -- effectively trying to seperate the ribs from the pelvis.
Final word: Overdoing it doesn't work. The body is like an over-protective mother. Be very gentle and very gradual when attempting these stretches and you'll get better results.
My Chirporactor told me 5 minutes a day, every day would do a lot of good
I always thought those things were a silly gimmick. I had no idea they are still around. If you want one cheap, I suggest visiting a yard sale in 1989.
Baiscally I was told is that it's traction and a lot of people including Dr's recommend it
I do have one.
I didn't get it to deal with any particularly acute problem, it just looked like it felt good. And it does.
When I regularly use it, and when I attempt to "crack" my back in the morning, nothing happens. That part is kind of unsatisfying, but I suppose it's indicative of something good (the lack of crack, that is).
As for sit-ups with it, quite nice.
How do you find it on your knees and ankles?
I was told the inversion chair puts less stress there