So, what are the pros and cons of inversion tables? In this article we list some of these.
Inversion therapy has been around for quite some few years now. It is a form of spinal traction – basically, this therapy is only hanging upside down. Staying in this position helps to relieve ones lower back pain by stretching the spine.
The discovery of using gravity to relieve back pain was made as far back as 400BC when a famous physician observed a patient being hung by the knees and ankles from the ladder to relieve pain.
However, today, inversion therapy often uses an inversion table to achieve health benefits which come from gravitational reversal which applies a pull on the body organs, joints and bones.
The inversion table is very popular today as a piece of equipment that is used for this kind of therapy. Inversion tables are can be adjusted to various angles so you do not have to hang completely upside down if you fear the position.
Most people go for the partial inversion as just a slight inversion of 20 to 30 degrees is enough to stretch and relieve the back pain.
Once you get used to the partial inversion, you can then increase the slant to almost 60 degrees to increase the stretch. However, if you feel your muscles getting uneasy, free from the extreme stretch and just stick to the partial slant.
The amount of time one should spend on the inversion table, however, will depend on the angle at which you are inverted at. The smaller the angle of inversion, the longer the time it will take for you to feel comfortable.
Most people start inverting a few minutes at a time and finally build up to ten minutes as they get used to the feeling of the inverted position.
For lower back complete pain relieve, you should consider using the inversion table two to three times a day.
Some Inversion Tables Pros and Cons:
Lower Back Pain Relief.
Research has it that inversion therapy helps increase the spinal disc space and reduces paraspinal EMG activity which is an indicator of body muscle pain.
Reduction of pressure between the spinal discs and increasing the space between them is what reduces back pain. Inversion table therapy aids the stretching as well as elongating the spinal column. This allows the discs to separate and the vertebral spaces opening where nerves enter and exit. This in turn allows nerve impulses to travel from the brain unhindered.
Increased Trunk Flexion.
Inversion therapy also increases forward trunk flexion which is the ability to bend over forward by at least 25 percent. Inability to bend over forward severe restrictions to some common daily activities such as putting on socks and shoes. The limitation also causes muscle atrophy.
Enhances Blood Circulation.
When inverting, the body does not work hard as gravity helps pull out blood which is much easier to get to the brain. This effect also improves the heart functionality as it gets much rest.
Reduces Headaches and also helps You To Breath Easier.
Ear And Eye Pressure.
Inversion therapy, brings about elevated pressure to the eyes and ears. People with retinal detachments or glaucoma may experience pressure on their eyes which leads to eye bleeding. Pressure exerted on the ears also triggers hearing problems and other discomforts.
Using an inversion table increases the chances of getting a muscle pull.
Increased Blood pressure.
Staying in an upside down position slows down your heart and this causes an increased blood pressure after a few minutes. This is harmful to your health if you have hypertension.
So the next time you decide to go for an inversion therapy, keep in mind the inversion tables pros and cons.
The above list of pros and cons of using an inversion table is neither exhaustive nor fully comprehensive. It is emphasised that you should ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR before considering using an inversion table.