What are inversion tables?

If you are suffering from back pain, you may be wondering if an inversion table will work for you. You may have heard about Inversion therapy from your friends or even came across it online. But the big question is, do inversion tables help lower back pain?

Low back pain can be caused by a number of reasons including poor sitting posture, too much bending or even lifting very heavy loads. As most people with low back pain do, you may have sought various inversion therapies to help relieve the low back pain and improve your function.

Inversion Therapy has been around for many years. In fact, people used to be tied up by their ankles to rebalance their bodies and reposition the internal organs. However, Inversion tables are nowadays modern and comfortable. They are made of cushioned table that is connected to a metal frame and has hinges. When using the Inversion table, you have to strap yourself on the table and then allow the table to flip over slowly, thus inverting the body. You can actually control how fast and how far you tilt.

Most Inversion tables range in cost from $200 to $400.

So how does an Inversion table work?

An Inversion table works by tilting you upside down but how is that even a remedy for low back pain?

Studies suggest that by reversing the pull of gravity on your spine helps unload your bones, joints and discs in your lower back. This helps stretch and separate the vertebrae in what is known as spinal decompression.

During a study, the spines of individuals in both an inverted position and in a normal position were closely analyzed. The spine of a person in inverted position was found to have more spaces between the vertebrae. Physical therapists think that the extra space between the vertebrae allow the discs to gain moisture and become more flexible.

The benefits of an inversion table peaked my interest and are worth a highlight;

Relieve back pain

Reversing the pull of gravity help to ease the pressure on nerve endings that pass through the discs in the spine. The extra hydrated spaces created during the inversion exercises help to add more shock absorption and enhance flexibility in the entire spine.

Back Realignment and posture Improvement

Spinal realignment is achieved by pulling the spine into the correct position without undergoing any surgery. The abdominal muscles push the spine into the appropriate position hence realigning the back.

Improved circulation

The circulatory system transports blood to and from the heart and the rest of the body organs. When standing, during the day, the system works against gravity. Persistent inversion helps the circulatory system by helping the blood reach other body parts and organs easily by reversing the direction of gravity.


Improve Core Strength

Most Inversion tables can be used for exercises like inverted squats which when performed regularly can help improve the strength of body muscles. This may also lead to a better posture and help the body muscles relax.

So, if Inversion helps relieve back pain, who can practice inversion therapy?

Patients with lower back pain, displaced discs, and painful nerves may practice inversion therapy. Even people with no back pain may practice the therapy to relax their bodies and improve their core strength.

However, patients with high blood pressure or a heart disease should first consult a doctor before practicing inversion.

It should also be noted that long-term effect of inverted therapy has not been well documented and it is, therefore, necessary that you consult your doctor before you start the therapy. With the proper medical advice from your GP, however, Inversion therapy will mostly do you and your back some good.