What is an Inversion Table?

4206868_orig[1]Try hanging upside down for just a few moments, and you will understand why millions of people around the world use this ancient therapy to reduce back pain, reduce stress and improve their quality of life.

Today’s methods are more accessible and luckily more comfortable.Set the table to your desired angle of inversion. Rotate on our precision balance system, which allows you total control of the speed and rotation with simple weight displacement of your arms. Relax. In just a few minutes, the body decompresses, naturally using your body weight and gravity so soft tissue in the joints can hydrate and decompress. Progressive decompression allows each joint to be decompressed by the same weight that compresses it while upright. This “perfect” stretch helps naturally relieve back pain, keeping the weight-bearing joints healthy and allowing the weight-bearing skeleton to align, which can result in better balance, posture, and symmetry.

7 Benefits of Inversion Therapy

As a chiropractor, I endorse activities that safely promote spinal health. When used appropriately, inversion tables have several benefits.

1. Improved Circulation

2. Promotes Natural Alignment

3. Alleviate Back Pain

4. Improved Posture

5. Stress Reduction

6. Improved Flexibility

7. “Height Management” (Inversion won’t physically make you taller, but it can effect your height. Spinal discs tend to compress with age, resulting in a subtle reduction of height over time. Routine use of an inversion table may play a roll in hindering this process.)

In addition, an English study out of Newcastle University found that inversion therapy may reduce the need for back surgery.

Tips for Buying an Inversion Table

Evaluate the table’s weight limit. Cheap “economy” tables have weight limits at or below 200-lbs. You definitely don’t want your table to break while you’re hanging upside down. Aim for solid/sturdy construction. Inversion tables shouldn’t squeak, lean, or bend. You don’t have to buy the most expensive model available, but avoid bargain-basement inversion tables. Expect to spend $250-400 for safe and durable units.

Don’t Use an Inversion Table if…

While inversion therapy is considered to be safe and natural, there are contraindications. Bear with me here; this is going to sound like the end of a drug commercial, but it’s important information for you to consider… Research studies have found that inversion increases pressure within the eye. Patients with glaucoma or detached retinas should not try inversion therapy. Other conditions including conjunctivitis (pink eye), pregnancy, extreme obesity, uncontrolled hypertension, hernias, congestive heart failure, recent surgery/fractures are also considered contraindications for inversion therapy. Finally, patients taking blood-thinning medications (anti-coagulants) are discouraged from using an inversion table as well.

If you have additional questions about inversion tables, call our office today.