Can using an Inversion Table help with back pain?
Inversion table is a device that inverts the user to suspend body weight from the lower body. To use the machine you simply position your ankles within the rubber holders, pull the pop-pin for the foam holders, grab the handles then gradually push yourself. Its recommended that anyone with heart disease, high blood pressure, eye diseases (such as glaucoma), or are pregnant should consult their doctor prior to using an inversion machine. The machine is also equipped with a tether strap to limit the angle of the inversion.
Other Benefits of Inversion Therapy
Many people report that inversion table therapy is a great way to stretch muscles and ligaments, reduce muscle spasms, and improve circulation. Stretching stimulates the lymph glands to increase the flow of lymphatic fluids; part of the body’s waste disposal system. Similarly, cellular health depends on good blood circulation to deliver nourishment and remove waste.
Inversion table therapy also helps to relieve motion sickness and stress. In addition, the body becomes more aware of its spatial orientation and balance when the inner ear is stimulated during inversion.
Plus, it is not necessary for the body to be positioned completely upside down to gain benefits from inversion therapy! Unlike antigravity boots used with an inversion rack, an adjustable inversion table offers the flexibility to choose the most comfortable angle.
Dialogue with Your Doctor
Like anything that can affect your health, talk to your doctor before you start using an inversion table. This is important because certain medications and health conditions may make using an inversion table unsafe. Your doctor may recommend against inversion table therapy if you are obese, or have a detached retina, fracture, glaucoma, heart condition (circulatory problem), hernia, implanted device, middle ear or eye infection, osteoporosis, are pregnant, or have a spinal injury. There may be other medical conditions not listed that your doctor may view as a contraindication.
Getting Started with Inversion Therapy
What is the best way to start your inversion therapy program? Slowly – take it easy and take your time! Even at a 15-degree angle your body will feel a mild muscular stretch and the benefits of increased blood and lymph circulation. Most people do not need to exceed 60-degrees as the spine decompresses at this angle. Don’t exceed what your body tells you!
Some of the better quality tables include a sliding backrest and a locking mechanism which allows you to combine gentle stretching and exercise movements during inversion. This might include moving the head from side-to-side, stretching the arms overhead, or performing abdominal sit-ups or crunches. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist about how often you can invert and specific movements to enhance your inversion therapy program.
Macarthur Fitness Equipment has an inversion machine like the one above on display at our Narellan showroom. Come in today and try it out or purchase our Inversion Table by clicking here.