Inversion tables are used for inversion therapy, which is a treatment for lower back pain and Sciatica (pain that originated in the lower back and travels down to the sciatic nerve at the back of the leg). While traditional forms of inversion therapy require you to be completely upside-down, inversion tables will help you get relief without having to go through such a tough procedure.
When a person stands upright, gravity will pull them downwards and compress their discs, spine, nerves and other body parts. Normally, we won’t even feel this perpetual pull. But, when we have a back ache, the earth’s gravitational pull will make it worse. Inversion therapy aims at reversing the effects of the earth’s gravity by turning the patient upside-down. This decompresses the patient’s spine, thus canceling out the effect that gravity has had on them all day.
People who undergo inversion therapy use inversion boots or are required to hang upside-down for certain durations. This is clearly not something anyone can do. The people who undergo these steps will have to be healthy, relatively young, and somewhat athletic in nature. However, an inversion table will allow you to have similar benefits without having to be completely upside-down.
Inversion table therapy uses these same concepts of using gravity to temporarily relieve pressure on the spine and stretch out muscles and ligaments. Here is how it works.
An inversion table allows you to lay down on or lean on it in such a way that your feet will be positioned at a height above your heard. This will provide the necessary anti-gravity effect you need for the therapy to work. The advantage of this contraption is that you can set the degree of incline you need. So, you can start off at a low incline and slowly increase it as you get used to the sensations of being nearly upside-down.
Thus, the inversion table allows you to relieve your aches and pains without the dangers that complete inversion can cause. For instance, the use of inversion boots can cause feet and ankle aches. Being completely upside-down may cause new aches, dizziness, and nausea in people who are trying it out for the first time. With an inversion table, your body is given good support while you rest in a semi-upside-down slant.
There are also Inversion Chairs that function in a similar way. These allow you to position your body in a sitting position rather than a stretched out laying/standing position.
Benefits of Inversion Tables
Inversion tables are one of the most common devices that people use for inversion therapy. They provide similar benefits as traditional inversion therapy but with reduced bodily exertion. Given below are some of the main effects that they have on the human body-
- Reduces painful compressive forces on the spine.
- Helps relieve painful muscle spasms.
- Decompresses spinal discs.
- Stimulates lymph glands.
- Helps relieve motion sickness.
What all these effects amount to is relief from such spinal conditions as spinal stenosis, disc herniations, and degeneration.
And finally, a word of caution. If you have fractures, a heart condition or breathing difficulties, it may not be safe for you to use inversion tables. In fact, there are many medical conditions that can cause you harm. So, before you invest money and time on inversion tables, be sure to consult a doctor.
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