Inversion tables are a great way to improve the health of your spine and find some relief from back pain. While inversion therapy isn’t a new concept, products designed for home use are still relatively new.
With tables becoming more and more affordable, more people are taking advantage of inversion therapy in their own homes. If you’re still on the fence about purchasing a table, consider these 7 benefits:
1. Improved Posture
It’s a well known fact that one of the many great benefits of an inversion table is that it improves your posture. When you are slouching, the muscles adapt and the chest muscles shorten and those in the back become longer. Over time, this becomes pretty unnatural and will result in bad posture.
Inversion therapy helps in the sense that is realigns the spine and stretches the muscle, so you will stand taller and straighter after your session.
Another thing to keep in mind is that we often have problems with so called misalignment and bad postural changes from sitting all day long or carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder. When you do these activities on a daily basis, your body will notice and this bad posture will become the new normal.
The good news is that during inversion therapy, your back relaxes and will have the opportunity to align itself to the proper position. Over time, this will help you stand straighter.
2. Back Pain Relief
One of the main reasons why people purchase inversion tables is to help them find relief from their back pain. These tables are a non-invasive, affordable way to improve or eliminate back pain.
When in an inverted position, gravity gently decompresses the spine and alleviates pressure. This gentle stretch separates the vertebrae and improves spinal health. As a result:
- The discs become rehydrated
- Nerve pressure is reduced
- The spine is realigned
- Tense muscles become relaxed
Using it for just a few minutes per day can greatly improve the health of your spine while giving you the back pain relief you crave.
3. Stress Relief
Tension and stress can cause pain in the back, neck and shoulders. When muscles tense up, they cause alignment issues in the spine and make it difficult for the body to eliminate toxins. At the same time, this extra tension causes nerve overstimulation.
Doctors believe that cramped and tense muscles are at least partly to blame for back pain, and stress is a major contributor to muscle tension.
When in an inverted position, the muscles naturally relax and stress just seems to melt away. As blood circulation continues to improve in this position, stress is further eliminated.
4. Improved Join Health
The decompression experienced during inversion therapy helps keep the joints lubricated and also affects the pressure on the joint. This stimulates the synovial fluid, which provides joint cartilage with vital nutrients.
These fluids are what help improve shock absorption and improve the health of your joints. Keeping the joints fluid is particularly important for those who are aging as this helps maintain mobility.
5. Better Flexibility
When the body is flexible, blood, oxygen and nutrients are able to move freely. When the body is stiff, tight and tense, things come to a standstill and you start feeling stagnant and unhealthy. Tight muscles and inflexibility can also cause mobility and balance issues, which can lead to an injury.
When using an inversion table, you stretch your spine gently and increase its flexibility. You’re not only decompressing your joints, but also elongating your muscles and improving your mobility as a result.
Inverted positions also help realign the spine, and stretch out those muscles that have shortened because of poor posture. This is why so many people claim that they stand “taller” after an inversion therapy session.
6. Improved Core Strength
Inversion tables can often double as a core-strengthening piece of exercise of equipment. With the table in an angled or completely inverted position, you can perform crunches or sit ups to build your core abdominal strength.
Performing crunches in this position is far more effective and challenging than performing them on the floor. Just remember to keep safety in mind. If need be, you can still perform sit ups and crunches in a seated or slightly angled position using the table.
7. Better Circulation & Toxin Removal
When in an inverted position, blood circulation is greatly improved. Gravity affects both your blood flow and your organs, and hanging in an inverted position can help decongest the organs.
Because your body needs to work against gravity to maintain blood flow to the torso and legs, inversion therapy can greatly improve the circulation process by using gravity in your body’s favor.
As you may know, the body’s blood flow is greatly improved when inverted and the lymphatic system becomes more efficient. The lymphatic system is responsible for removing waste and toxins from the body.
By improving the flow of lymph fluids, your body is able to remove toxins more efficiently, which can improve your overall health.
Most products on the market today are foldable, durable and affordable, which means you can take advantage of these benefits without having to break the bank.
No matter whether you’re looking for back pain relief or to improve joint health, inversion tables make a great addition to any home health regimen.
Inversion Therapy Basics
Inversion therapy is a process wherein a person lays on a table and attempts to change the gravitational force on the body’s bones. When you stand up, gravity is continually pulling down on your bones causing them to rub together, compress and never stretch.
Inversion therapy utilizes gravity to undo this stress by literally turning a person upside down. When in a 90 degree position, gravity will be working in the opposite direction. This allows the body to heal faster when bone or disc problems are present.
Imagine your vertebra being compressed. This is an ailment that causes people to suffer in immense pain. As your vertebra stays in this position, the pain worsens and you may be prescribed a steroid to help with the swelling and healing process. Over time, the compression comes to an end and the pain has finally subsided. So what causes this to take so long to heal? Gravity.
Every moment of the day there is a 100 percent pressure on your spinal column. If you have an injury, this pressure still exists and will stay there for quite some time.
When inverted, the pressure is 0 percent and will actually go into the negative range in some cases. This allows for a slight pulling apart of the vertebra which will not be felt or be painful, but actually releases the pressure felt on the vertebra.
Inversion therapies work in this way so that gravity does all of the work. All that you literally have to do is get into this position and the rest is done by nature.
How Inversion Tables Work
Inversion tables come either motorized or with manual operation options. The latter is the norm and is the least expensive option to choose from. Depending on the model chosen, there may be a few features that are not listed below, but the same general functionality will exist.
- The user stands on the table in an upright position and straps their ankles into a holder.
- The user leans back as the table begins to invert.
- The user chooses the degree setting they want (if applicable).
- The user eventually works their way up to a full 90 degree angle where they will be upside down.
Typically, you will be standing in a leaning position when applying the straps and will need to unlock the table so that you can lean back. The goal is to not go to a full 90 degree angle until your body is used to the positioning. If you do go too far too fast, you can expect to get very dizzy, lightheaded and maybe even nauseous.