Exercises For Decompression
Doctors will often recommend a series of exercises to help with
lower back pain. The
knee to chest exercise is usually first on the list. Actually,
the self-adjustment technique I use
is a version of the knee to chest exercise. The
pelvic tilt is also a commonly recommended exercise.
These exercises will not only decompress you spine but they will
also help strengthen the muscles needed to keep your back in
Using The Trueback Device For Decompression
As I got into my later 40's, age seemed to be catching up with me
and back problems were persisting somewhat no matter what I tried.
As a result I began to rely more and more on pain relievers such
as ibuprofen. One night however I watched an infomercial
promoting a device called "Trueback" and a picture of the one I
own is shown below:
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The True Back is an arched device one lies on with an open
channel down the middle. The device decompresses the spine. My
initial suspicion was "Junk" since most TV-infomercial products
are either junk or scams. Doing several internet searches in the
usual places like
The Ripoff Report and a few other places showed no complaints
on this product. So I gave this device a try.
The Trueback Worked!
I could be sitting in my chair with back bothering me, lie on the
Trueback for a few minutes, and get back in the chair with nearly
all pain gone immediately. One Saturday I gave it the acid test:
I spent the day climbing 6 of our apple trees and pruning branches
as I usually do each spring. I would jump down from a branch and
climb back another. At the end of the day I was exhausted, and my
back was really feeling it. I got on the Trueback and most
of the aggravation left me. Also, the next day I did not wake up
with the usual headache I would get after a previous day of
extensive activity. All without touching the ibuprofen!
Trueback is available at the
Trueback Website for
about $80 plus $15 shipping or for as little as about
$50 with Free Shipping at Ebay. There are other products
similar to the Trueback in price and function although I have not
tried them. All I know is that the Trueback device worked
for me. A picture of me using this device is shown below:
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I now pack the True Back decompression device along on long car
trips. On the last two 5 hour drives (each way), I simply hopped
on the Trueback at about the half-way point of my trips and thus
was able to completely skip the usual 400-800 mg doses of
ibuprofen! Also read about how I was once again
able to drink juice again and get the
Vitamin C I needed.
More Advanced Spinal Decompression
There are other advanced decompression methods that utilize some
high tech decompression tables like
The SpineMed Decompression Table and the
Vax-d table .
I personally know someone working with the Vax-d table and he
claimed they are effective. These methods require visits to a
center offering these services and may be quite expensive unless
you have good insurance. Talk to your chiropractor or doctor if
interested in this type of therapy.