1. What are inversion table’s used for?
2. What exactly is an inversion table?
3. How are they used?
4. What are the benefits of an inversion table?
5. What problems are inversion table’s known to help?
6. Do they actually solve back problems?
7. Are there any risks?
8. What brand should I go for?
9. How much should I expect to pay?
10. What different types of Inversion tables can I buy?
11. Is there anything else I should know?
What are inversion table’s used for?
They are primarily used by anybody who suffers from back problems, by gym goers wishing to take advantage of the different workouts they offer, and by those who practise yoga. The benefits offered by inversion tables however can extend to anyone. They are perhaps the most popular within the medical profession due to their ability to alleviate back problems where other medication has failed.
What exactly is an inversion table?
An inversion table is a raised platform on which the user lies back on with a handle on each side for the user to grip, and footholds where the user can strap themselves in securely. Before using, the user must adjust the height gauge (on the stand) to their own height, and on some inversion tables set the angle of inversion (usually using a safety strap or bars).
How are they used?
When comfortable, the user will simply push themselves back using the handles, or by moving their arms, and the platform rotates backwards. The user will continue to rotate backwards to a point of which they feel comfortable – you are in control. In time, most users eventually get used to being fully inverted, i.e. rotating all the way back until they are upside-down.
What are the benefits of an inversion table?
Inversion tables are excellent for loosening up your back and easing spinal injuries, and also loosening up knee and hip joints. Other benefits of using an inversion table include that it stimulates blood flow, it is a stress reliever, it can train both your muscles and ligaments without putting pressure on the spine, it increases flexibility, and it helps the discs in the spine stay in good shape. This is a very succinct outline however- you can read more about the benefits by clicking here.
What problems are inversion table’s known to help?
The main problem is back pain. Often the pain we suffer in our back is due to our spine being too compressed. This is natural, resulting simply from living our lives under the influence of gravity. By inverting, gravity will stretch your spine – known as decompressing it. Similarly, other back related ailments, such as herniated discs or sciatica, can be relieved through the use of an inversion table. Again, you can learn more about this here.
Do they actually solve back problems?
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 some – 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. 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, if the inversion table does not solve the problem, it will be of great benefit.
Are there any risks?
Yes, as you might expect. People who suffer from the following should consult their GP before using an inversion table:
If you take anti-coagulants, blood-thinning drugs or Aspirin
If you have bone weakness, recent fractures, skeletal implants
Conjunctivitis – (Pink eye)
Heart or circulatory disorders
Hatial hernia or ventral hernia
High blood pressure or hypertension
Middle ear infection
Extreme Obesity (most tables have a weight limit of 300 lbs, with some stretching to 350 lbs)
Serious spinal injury
You have had a stroke or a mini stroke (TIA)
What brand should I go for?
The biggest brands in the inversion table market at present are Teeter hang ups and Ironman, but they generally come at a premium price. For information on how to proceed buying an inversion table, click here.
How much should I expect to pay?
Generally about $250. If you go for a motorized inversion you can expect to pay over $1000. If you want a budget inversion table you can probably get one for a little over $100. Most of the reliable, more respectable tables cost around $200 – $350.
What different types of Inversion tables can I buy?
You can get motorized or non-motorized. Most people go for the non-motorized table, but if you really desire control or you feel uncomfortable, you can go for a motorized table. The problem is they do cost a lot more.
Is there anything else I should know?
Inversion tables hurt your feet – when you’re hanging upside-down you would be wise to wear thick socks and trainers. The lower cost tables are more uncomfortable but even if you go for a better brand you will probably experience this. To remedy it, you can buy gravity boots, which do the trick, but they are quite expensive. The best thing to do is probably to see how it feels for you, and if need be, buy the gravity boots.