Who is Appropriate for The Invertabelt System?
Most individuals do not have difficulty loading the front half of the disc. This is secondary to the forward flexion activities that dominate our everyday lives versus the much less common extension activities. When individuals continually load the front end of the spine over time, it may begin to stress some of the structures on the back side of the spine and they may become irritated. Most individuals need a little break from flexion and this is where extension and the ability to load the posterior half of the spine becomes essential for spinal health.
Loading the back half gives the front half a break, and allows structures to rest. Herein lies the problem, after continual flexion loading, it can become more difficult and possibly painful, to initiate loading the back half of the spine. When pain is experience with extension, this triggers the individual to avoid this position. The pain related with the movement is now identified as threatening or dangerous to the patient as a result of the pain that it incurs. This reinforces the forward flexing pattern and makes it even more difficult to break the cycle loading problem.
The lumbar spine should have between 40 and 60 degrees of extension or back bending depending on your age. A quick test to see if you have a loading problem is to perform extension while standing after sitting for 45 minutes. Take notice of how far backwards you can bend before you feel a restriction. Try performing 10 repetitions and assess quality and quantity of motion of your first repetition versus your tenth. If the quality or quantity improves you probably have a loading asymmetry discrepancy.
Improved spinal health is dependent on reaching end range of motion (EROM) at the spine. As discussed above, most individuals have difficulty loading the spine in the back bending or extended position. Some individuals can perform standing back bends or prone press ups (see exercise library) and achieve EROM. Others need assistance, or overpressure activities. Overpressure applies gentle stretching on the joint in the limited direction of the spine.
The Invertabelt offers a gentle overpressure stretching techniques that allows the spine to move into end range of motion promoting optimal health and decreasing asymmetrical loading patterns. Please see the Exercise Library for Back Bending Exercises With and Without Overpressure that may help promote proper loading patterns for the spine.