Health Benefits: Will Inversion Help You?

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The majority of people purchasing inversion tables do so because they believe the table will ease or solve their particular ailment. Though others may purchase them for use as gym equipment, this article will focus on the majority.

What Conditions Can an Inversion Table Help with?

Many users buy inversion tables because they have specific problems, and many buy for more general reasons of well-being. The most common is Sciatica, which is the name given to any sort of pain that is caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve.

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from the back of your pelvis, through your buttocks, and all the way down both legs, ending at your feet. This is commonly due to a slipped disc (also known as a herniated disc), another ailment which inversion therapy can help with. Many people partake in inversion therapy before disc herniation when the disc is protruding in order to prevent the disc herniating.

Similarly, sufferers of spinal stenosis and any other form of back pain may find that inversion therapy can ease or solve their problems. 

Other than that, many users simply use inversion for their general health.

General Benefits

  1. Trains your muscles without putting pressure on the spine
  2. Recuperating after intense activities – improves mental sharpness because oxygen goes to your brain.
  3. It strengthens the ligaments
  4. It stimulates blood circulation
  5. It helps the discs and spine stay in good shape – prevents any shrinkage.
  6. Relieves stress. A full-body stretch feels rejuvenating – many users find they can sleep better after using their inversion table.

Okay, so it sounds good. Does it actually work?

This is the tricky part.

In some cases, the results of inversion tables have been undeniable. Similarly, through only a small amount of investigation you can see that many people will swear emphatically of the positive impact their inversion table has had. Clearly they work for many – and work very well.

However, there are also contrary testimonies and pieces of information that seem to indicate regular physio-therapy can be just as effective. Many people believe that inversion is only good for short term relief, and will not remedy your problem in the long term.

Without getting into nuances and complexities of individual back problems, the only real answer to this would be you have to try it to find out. In most cases it will certainly help very much with pain relief, but whether or not it will alleviate problems long term is difficult to say.

How does it work?

Inversion therapy takes pressure off the discs in your spine, increasing the space between the vertebrae. If the discs have fell out of alignment, as your spine is stretched they can realign back to their natural position.

A study from Newcastle University showed that to decompress the discs between your spine, you have to be pulled by a force that equates to about 60% of your bodyweight. This is how inversion works – by inverting you can stretch your spine and decompress it, opening up your joints.

It is explained in the video below if you want to watch it. The man speaking is Roger Teeter (of Teeter Inversion tables) so take what he says with a pinch of salt, but it’s a good explanation.

Are there any health risks?

Yes there are. You shouldn’t attempt inversion if you have any of the following conditions – or you should see your GP before inverting.

– Scoliosis
Your taking anti-Coagulants, Blood-thinning drugs or Aspirin
– You have bone weakness, recent fractures, skeletal implants
– Conjunctivitis – (Pink eye)
– GlaucomaWhat are the benefits and risks of inversion tables
– Osteoporosis
– You have heart or circulatory disorders
– Hatial hernia or ventral hernia
– High blood pressure or hypertension
– Middle ear infection
– Extreme Obesity
– You’re Pregnant
– Retinal detachment
– Serious spinal injury
– You’ve had a stroke or a mini stroke (TIA).

In the short term, you may suffer from dizziness, nausea and headaches. Be sure to not invert too quickly – start off slowly with small amounts of inversion and slowly build up.

So that’s basically everything. I am not a medical professional and all this information was researched in separate studies, so if you have any doubts what-so-ever be sure to see your GP first before inverting.

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