Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) can be painful, but it is not quite as dire as it sounds. Technically, it is not a disease, but a condition, and the term degenerative applies to the disc, not necessarily the symptoms. In many cases, people with DDD actually improve over time.
DDD occurs when the outer layer of a disc becomes structurally unsound, usually with small cracks and tears. These tears in the disc can cause nerve inflammation or irritation, making it uncomfortable to sit for long periods of time. Over time, this can cause instability and misalignment of the spine.
Some customers will find temporary relief through the use of inversion tables, which increase the space between the vertebrae. It can be especially effective when used immediately before sleep, maximizing its benefits. Always have the client read the warning card before using the inversion table. Others may benefit from products to hold the spine in proper alignment to reduce instability.