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Back pain and nervousness

Mar 15, 2017 8:00 AM

I had L3 &L5 crushed in my lower back. The pain is worse when I sit for periods of time and feels better when I stand which feels like an oxy moron because of the excruciating pain in feet if I stand too long. Has anyone with lower back problems experienced any of the following problems I have?
1. When someone or something (traffic jam) makes me nervous my lower back shakes and my spine seems to shake along with a lot of pain in lower back.
2. Pain running down leg(s)
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Mar 17, 2017 11:16 PM

Have you ever tried an inversion table? I have scoliosis that was repaired with a 20 in stainless steel rod with some hooks, screws and other fun stuff. I get amazing relief from hanging like a bat. I would frequently take my child to the park (more because I needed to hang) to play on the monkey bars. Short version I bought a teeter inversion table. Inversion tables are designed to use gravity to relieve some of the pressure on the spine, which becomes compressed over time. The theory of inversion table use is that hanging upside down or at an angle where your head is lower than your feet will decompress the spine, which should relieve the pressure and pain. I prefer the teeter brand because the other brands are not built as stable. Some require you to wear very uncomfortable boots, some just have a padded bar the hurts my ankles. The one I have has molded supports that cushion my ankles. Check with your doctor of course before you try this. See if there is any place where you could try one maybe call physical therapy places, you may need a doctors note. Also if anyone has hypertension, vertigo, just check with your doctor because when you go upside down it definitely makes your blood shift. You do not have to completely invert to feel benefits you can take is slowly. I go past 180 degrees but I have been doing this since the 80's. Check it out. Hope it helps you!

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