Inversion tables help to alleviate back pain, muscle tension, degenerative disc disease, spinal degenerative joint disease, spinal stenosis, herniated disc, spinal curvature due to tight muscles, sciatica, muscle spasm and facet syndrome.
Our inversion table is comfortable and easy to use. Some of the features include
- Extra-wide tubular steel frame
- Scratch-resistant powder-coated finish
- Foam-covered, extra-long safety handles
- Tough rubber non-skid floor stabilizers
- Memory foam vinyl-covered backrest
- Ergonomically molded ankle holders
- Inverts up to a full vertical 180 degrees
- supports up to 350 lbs
- Height adjustment up to 6′ 6″
What is inversion therapy?
Inversion therapy is also called spinal traction. The theory is that being upside down reduces the pressure of gravity on your nerves and the discs in your spine. You use it to temporarily generate more space between vertebrae that are crunched together.
You can use these tables to relieve:
- Back pain
- Muscle spasms or tense muscles
- Compressed spinal disks
- Sciatica pain
- Kidney stones
Some people also use them as a general way to gently stretch joints and muscles, or just to relax.
Does it work?
Back pain. Some people find that inversion tables offer short-term relief from low back or compressed disc pain. It’s most likely not an effective long-term treatment.
Sciatica. A 2012 study from England showed that inversion therapy combined with physical therapy was an effective treatment for sciatica pain from a protruding disc. It may decrease the need for back surgery.
Kidney stones. This type of therapy may be effective with painful kidney stones. Research shows that it can help you clear stones when you do it along with diuresis. This procedure, which you have in the hospital to get fluids so you can pee, can help clear kidney stones. You do this combo therapy following a shockwave treatment that helps to break up the stones.
What to expect
How do you use an inversion table? Lie back while you’re strapped in securely. Then you can gently tip over until your head is lower than your heart. You will be under the guidance of a physical therapist. We will show you how to do it and keep an eye on you while you hang out.
If you’re young and don’t have any cardiovascular difficulties, you can use one at home, but follow these safety tips:
Have someone watch you. Don’t use an inversion table without a spotter. Ask someone to observe you in case you can’t get back up.
Don’t lean back all the way. Try to just tip back at a 30-degree angle, or as little as 10 degrees if you’re an older adult.
Buckle up. Use the safety straps or harnesses so you don’t slide off.
Do it in short spans. When you first do it, try it for 1 or 2 minutes once a day to see how you feel. Limit your inversion table sessions to 5 minutes twice a day.
Tip-up slowly. After you’ve done it, come back up slowly to an upright position. If you pull up too quickly, you may trigger muscle spasms or disc pain in your back.
Combine it. This therapy may be more effective if you also stretch and stay flexible. Ask your physical therapist or doctor to suggest stretches.
Possible side effects and interactions
Inversion tables cause your heartbeat to slow down and your blood pressure to rise. You’ll feel the pressure in your eyes go up.
Because of these effects, they’re risky if you have high blood pressure, glaucoma or any other eye disease, heart disease, a history of strokes, hiatal hernia, inner ear problems, or are pregnant.
If you have knee or hip arthritis, using an inversion table may put you at risk for a joint injury.
Check with your doctor or physical therapist before you use one to verify this therapy is safe for you.