Before you go spending hundreds of dollars on inversion table therapy and equipment, make sure that you fully understand its pros and cons first, weighing the benefits and also the possible dangers, all to your advantage.
When you compare it to personally visiting a chiropractor or an accredited clinic for your medical conditions and back problems, and undergoing other therapies for back pain and vertebral correction, there are advantages and disadvantages to choosing this truly promising piece of equipment.
Inversion Table Therapy
Having your own inversion table is far cheaper than consulting a chiropractor every session for inversion table therapy. Inversion tables are commonly sold for anywhere from $99 to $370 or above, but that is still lower than the $60 to $70 average fee charged per session with a chiropractor. Some cities and states like New York even have higher fees for chiropractic sessions.>
Inversion tables are compact and can therefore be used in homes and even in offices. Most importantly, they can be easily used anytime they are needed as opposed to the hassle of trying to schedule an appointment and having to go to a chiropractic clinic to avail of practically the same procedure of inversion table therapy minus the real human assistance.
Because it is not a conventional medical treatment, it does not involve any drugs and remains a natural therapeutic method up to this day. Although occasional pain killers and muscle relaxants can be taken alongside every session to ensure maximum comfort, no drugs are necessary to make the therapy effective. If you are into alternative medicine, owning an inversion table is a must. Just make sure that you consult a doctor before going all-out on this.
An average of eight inversion table therapy sessions is needed for the health benefits to bring significant noticeable changes. Compared to electro-stimulation procedures and physical therapies and activities like massages and Pilates that result in immediate comfort, waiting for eight sessions can be a hassle, especially for those who are not at all 100% comfortable with the idea of having to be inverted for up to 15 minutes twice a day.
For some people, using inversion tables can be extremely uncomfortable, and many users do not reach a point of real comfort even after several uses. Being fully inverted to relieve back pain is somehow strange for many people and, unless the procedure is being guided by a pro, it will remain, for many people, a seemingly experimental homeopathic treatment.
Although the medical community is generally in approval of this form of treatment, it is still considered unconventional and can only be given to patients as adjuvant therapy. You can practically read no therapeutic claims on their labels.
Nonetheless, with the proper guidance of a licensed physical therapist, inversion table therapy can be a permanent solution to lifelong back pain issues.