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Common Questions: Orthotics & Inversion Tables

My patients are always asking my opinion on various chiropractic topics & techniques so today I’ll give you my thoughts on a couple of them.

Do Orthotics Really Work?

Orthotics are inserts that are specifically fitted to your foot and are worn inside your shoes. The purpose of Orthotics are to fix a leg which may be shorter than the other leg. This is one way to handle an actual shorter leg NOT a shorter leg due to a twisted pelvis. If the pelvis is out of alignment, this creates an appearance that a shorter leg exists, but it’s not actually shorter than the other leg. In this case, just put the pelvis back in alignment and don’t use Orthotics.

But in the case of an actual short leg syndrome, Orthotics can be used. Keep in mind that in order for the Orthotics to really work, you have to fit them in EVERY pair of shoes you wear. This is key, because wearing shoes with Orthotics one day and the next day wearing shoes without can really cause your skeleton a lot of problems. The muscles get mixed messages, the nerves get compressed and this can make your symptoms worse. So keep these points in mind if you are considering Orthotics.

Are Inversion Tables Effective?

I often get asked about “inversion tables”, patients ask me if they should buy one and if they are effective.

Inversion tables are great when you are inverting. But we live in a gravity environment, that means that all the rest of the time you aren’t inverting, the earth is pulling on your skeleton downward constantly. If your spine is out of alignment, this persistent pull wears out the discs. Think of the tires on your car, if you need a wheel alignment, the treads will wear out on the tires at certain places. It’s a similar concept with the misaligned areas of the spine. The discs wear out and decay faster in those areas due to the constant pull of gravity. This gets worse the older you get because the pulling doesn’t stop.

What is most important is to ensure your spine is aligned. And although inversion tables take gravity out of the equation and give your spine a break from the pull and pressure on the discs is relieved while you are inverting, it doesn’t realign your spine. So it doesn’t do much for the 23 1/2 hours of the day you aren’t using that inversion table.

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