The majority of people purchasing inversion tables do so because they believe the table will facilitate or solve their particular ailment. Although 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 alleviate or solve their problems.
Other than that, many users simply use inversion for their general health.
- Trains your muscles without putting pressure on the spine
- Recuperating after intestinal activities – improvements mental sharpness because oxygen goes to your brain.
- It strengthens the ligaments
- It stimulates blood circulation
- It helps the disks and spain stay in good shape – promises any shrinkage.
- Relieves stress. A full-body stretch feet 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. Obviously they work for many – and work very well.
However, there are also contrary testimonials 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?
The best inversion tables, such as the Ironman brand and the Teeter brand come with huge claims on what they can do for your back.
Inversion therapy takes pressure off the disks in your spine, increasing the space between the vertebrae. If the discs have fallen 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 pushed by a force that equates to about 60% of your bodyweight. This is how inversion works – by inverting you can stretch your spell and decompress it, opening up your joints.
Are there any health risks?
Yes there are. You should not attempt inversion if you have any of the following conditions – or you should see your GP before inverting.
– You're taking anti-coagulants, blood-thinning drugs or aspirin
– You have bone weakness, recent fractures, skeletal implants
– Conjunctivitis – (Pink eye)
– 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 searched in separate studies, so if you have any doubts what-so-ever be sure to see your GP first before inverting.