Alternatives to Inversion
My girlfriend has battled back problems her whole life. She had very bad scoliosis at an early age and at 12 had a serious surgery involving a spinal fusion from T2 to L3. Now she is 30 and about 8 months ago started having problems and pain again. Most doctors have said that with her fusion it was only a matter of time until the remaining discs gave out. Last summer she had some sort of intra-disc injections (containing some sort of steroids I believe) that helped but has now seemed to worn off. She is about to undergo some procedure where the burn off the nerves in hopes it will reduce the pain.
Right now, she has an inversion table and using it seems to reduce the pain for her. She tried a traction table twice but said it did more harm than good. She subsequently was "chewed out" by her doctor who said that she shouldn't be on an inversion table. The problem with an inversion table is that she can only stand it for a few minutes with the blood rushing to her head. Is there an alternative to an inversion table that does the same thing? Or is this what a traction table is? I was almost thinking of something that would suspend her in air under her arms (like crutches) or via a chest harness such that the suspension would happen by pulling her feet down rather than her head down on an inversion table.
Any help or advice is greatly appreciated!!!