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Can anybody tell me the pros and cons of hanging upside down, to relieve back pain?

I have arthritis in my back, and a friend of mine suggested this contraption, that will hang me upside down, to relieve the tension in my vertebrae. I'm a little apprehensive about this. Pros and cons please.

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as long as u dont hang there for too long or use this method in place of current medication u should be ok. that being said if u have any heart conditions or family history of heart conditions or stroke u should def consult your doctor before attempting this in place of treatment, I can guarantee you that doctors and medical professionals have tested this method vs. medication and found it wanting, the general use for this treatment is in traction for compressed spinal injuries involving accidents or loss of pressure due to infection. dont skip any meds for this one and definitely get a consult before pursuing this treatment further

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Thank you very much. I found this very helpful.
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Inversion therapy doesn't offer long lasting back pain relief, and it's not safe for everyone. Some of the cons are that your heartbeat slows and the blood pressure increases when you are inverted for more than a few minutes. It is not recommended to try inversion therapy if you have HBP or heart disease.

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Helpful information, thank you.
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MonAmie

I asked about it and the doc said no..it could make back problems (mine) worse. Also as already stated, some people can't do this because of unknown cardiac issues. You have the incisional hernia also to consider.

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Well, I never even thought of my hernia. That probably would have made things quite difficult. & I chose not to do the inversion therapy.
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