It's just as important to take care of your spine as it is to take care of any other part of your body. However, the spine isn't like any other structure. It's long and has many bones,
Stretching the Spine
There are 33 vertebrae in your spine. Between each one is a joint, and in that joint is a gel-like disc that prevents the vertebrae from rubbing against each other. Muscles,
Stretching your spine with exercises or practices like yoga can be effective, but if they aren't working you may want to try a back stretching device or inversion table. Devices like a back stretcher or inversion table take pressure off of your spine to allow the muscles around it to relax, which they can't normally do when you're stretching.
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Back stretchers come in all shapes and sizes. One of the most popular forms is a round pad that has a half circle shape, with the round part of the circle facing up and the flat part on the ground. You can lie down on your back and allow your back to bend over this half circle shape, letting gravity do the work to pull your spine into a stretch.
Benefits of a Back Stretcher
This device works well if you need to practice stretching your back in a
Drawbacks of a Back Stretcher
Strapping yourself into an inversion table and flipping upside down might make you feel like you're imitating a sleeping bat, but there is much more to this device. When you flip upside down and hang from an inversion table, gravity is pulling your spine in the opposite direction than it usually does. When you stand upright your spine is being compressed by gravity, whereas when you invert gravity lengthens your spine.
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Benefits of Inversion
As you hang upside down the muscles and ligaments of your spine stretch out and lengthen, which makes it easier for the space between the vertebrae of your spine to expand. Unlike the back stretcher, which moves your spine in a certain direction and stretches it, the inversion table creates more space between the vertebrae of your spine.