The idea that turning the body upside down can have significant health, body and mind benefits, is no new concept. Dating back to the time of the Hippocrates, inversion therapy has a long and rich history.
So What's The Biggest Challenge To Inversion Therapy?
The main challenge with inversion therapy is getting into an inverted position, as well as staying comfortable throughout the exercise. This is what concerns many of those people who wish to engage in inversion therapy.
Two varying products have met this challenge; inversion tables and inversion chairs.
So How Do Inversion Tables Work?
Using an inversion table involves standing against an upright table device and strapping your ankles in. Next you lean your weight backwards, allowing gravity to rotate the table, of course with you attached, and bring you into an upside down position.
The table responds to gravity thanks to a axis located around your waist area when strapped into the table. When weight is applied, the table pivots around the axis, hence slowly turning the opposite way.
To return to an upright position the user must shift their weight again, hence the applied pressure brings the table back to an upright position.
Depending on the model of inversion table, you may only be able to invert yourself up to a maximum of 70 degrees, however some tables allow for full inversion.
Are There Any Drawbacks To Using An Inversion Table?
Some users of inversion tables complained about joint pain, for example knee pain, hip discomfort and ankle pain. This was especially noted in users who have a history of arthritis. In fact most suppliers of inversion tables advise new users that everyone's response to the therapy is unique, and that the time of inversion should be built up slowly and gradually.
What is an Inversion Chair?
Inversion chairs were designed to address the above described issue of joint pain experienced when using an inversion table.
An inversion chair is based on the same idea of inversion. However, with the chair, the user starts the therapy in a seated position with a strap securing the body at the lap. Leaning backwards causes the chair, and the user, to slowly invert and turn upside down.
What Are The Advantages Of Inversion Chairs?
There are two main advantages to inversion chairs when comparing them to inversion tables.
These are noted below:
- The Turn is Easier – Since the user is in a seated position, applying weight backwards, hence initiating inversion, tends to be an easier task.
- Less Strain on the Joints – Using an inversion chair still allows for the benefit of traction, however the seated position puts less strain on the joints. Because of this, common complaints for users of inversion tables, such as hip, knee or ankle strain, are very well addressed.
Precautions to be Aware of Before Trying Inversion Therapy for the First Time
Whilst many people express positive results of using inversion therapy, like any technique, each individual can respond differently. Before trying any new health therapy it is always advisable to discuss the matter with your health care practitioner.
Some health conditions which may pose a problem for inversion therapy are the following:
- A history of stroke
- A history of carotid artery disease
- Spinal instability
- Hiatal Hernias.
Certainly inversion therapy claims to benefit many people and you too may be a successful candidate for this form of potential health improvement.
If you feel that one (or more than one) of the following improvements would benefit your personal health, then you may wish to find out more about inversion therapy:
- Improve circulation
- Improve heart function
- Boost the immune system
- Alleviate varicose veins
- Improve flexibility
- Improve joint health
- Improve posture
- Improve sleep quality.
As noted above, the two main options available for those seeking inversion therapy are the inversion table and the inversion chair. Whilst both devices reach the same outcome of turning the user upside down, some users complain that the inversion table can put strain on the joints, causing joint pain and stiffness. In comparison the inversion chair can offer the same technique, but with easier use and increased support for the user.
Always remember to consult with your doctor before trying an inversion chair/table.