Inversion Tables - Do They Work and Are They Safe For You?
Posted Aug 02 2010 10:40pm
The practice of hanging upside down to treat spine problems (by applying gentle traction to the spine) has been around for more than 2,000 years. Since inversion tables are not very cheap, it's important to find out if they are safe for your specific condition and if they actually work. Though they are usually used to treat back pain, they can also reverse other negative effects of gravity, like blood circulation problems, height loss and contribute to your general health.
How Do Inversion Therapy Tables Work?
Inversion tables reduce the influence of gravity, which reduces the compression of the vertebrae and discs and allowing the muscles and ligaments around your spine to finally relax. Hanging upside down can help to stretch muscles, reduce stress and tension, and provide healthy movement for your ligaments. The blood flow to your spinal muscles is increased and you probably know how poor circulation can cause variety of health problems - from heart disease to sexual dysfunctions. Other benefits are:
Increase of mental alertness
Improvement of your posture effortlessly
Increase in range of motion in the joints
Improvement in muscle flexibility
Are Inversion Tables Safe for You?
Like many other health products, it's important to learn about possible side effects or situations when inversion tables will not be right for you. Some people are concerned by their face turning red when they are inverted. This is actually normal - it happens because of the blood flowing to the brain, eyes skin and hair. If you suffer from high blood pressure, eye condition or heart disease - you should definitely check with your doctor before you use this device. In general, research has shown they are safe just like any other daily activities.
And Finally - Inversion Tables - Do They Work?
If you'll take the time and research users reviews - you'll quickly discover that most of them report inversion tables performing miracles in lives of chronic back pain sufferers. Many of them report cancelling scheduled surgeries and returning to their normal lives - after not even being able to work with all their pain.
If you can't trust personal reviews, you can take a look at research and studies:
A recent study done at New Castle University found that over 70% of inversion table users were able to cancel their scheduled back surgeries. Numerous clinical studies published in reliable medical journals have found that inversion actually increases the separation between the discs of the spine, which brings immediate relief from back pain.
BUT - The best way to find out if inversion table will work for you - Is simply to try it out before you buy it!
Most of the manufacturers don't offer free trial for their products - but some companies are confident that their product works and offer 30 day trial of their inversion table. So if it doesn't work for you - you can send it back without charge.