Medical equipment such as the Posture Pump and inversion tables are designed to decompress the spine. This therapy primarily focuses on the hydration of the disk and the ability of gaping and gravity to restore the disk's hydration. With proper hydration of the disk, the muscles, ligaments, bones and nerves of the spine can function better and with little compromise.
According to PosturePump.com, Posture Pumps are designed to decompress, shape the spine and lubricates disks and joints. They can be used with ice to decrease inflammation. This product was designed to improve posture and slow down the natural compression of the disks which happens as you age.
Got Your Back
The Posture Pump website offers four different products: the cervical disk hydrator, disk hydrator for low back, cervical spine trainer and elliptical back rocker. The Posture Pump was created by a doctor with 25 years' experience in treating low back pain and neck pain. It's recommended to warm up before using it. Expect temporary soreness as muscles adapt to the changes. Some reviews say the product is not well designed and is uncomfortable to use. There is a 30-day return policy and a six-month warranty.
Another Point of View
Inversion tables -- devices on which you hang upside down -- are designed to relieve back pain by stretching and relaxing muscles while reducing stress and tension. They can also help with circulation problems, height loss, prolapsed organs and general body function. Inversion tables increase range of motion and flexibility while reducing the effects of gravity.
Things to Know
Inversion tables come in manual and electric styles. Electric tables make it easier for everyone to use inversion therapy. Inversion therapy comes with risks. People with conditions ranging from high blood pressure to glaucoma to recent stroke, pregnancy or ear infection should not use an inversion table.