‘Inversion Table Comparisons’ – Do They Relieve Back Pain?
The number of people reporting back pain are increasing every year. A part of this can be attributed to the various forms of stress in our daily lives and in part to the constant force of gravity that we face everyday.
There are plenty of ways to reduce stress but for reducing the effects of gravity inversion therapy is probably the most commonly used practice. There are many different kinds of inversion equipment available ranging from inversion tables to hang-up bars.
All of them serve the same purpose – reverse the force of gravity. The effect is the elongation of the spine, reduction in the the pressure on discs, ligaments and nerve roots resulting in lesser back pain.
The use of inverting oneself to relieve back pain and stress on the body is not new.
It has actually been used since 400 B.C., but was only introduced to North America in the 1960’s.
A very simple explanation of inversion equipment is that it is a table that rotates on a pivot system to turn the body upside down. You can control the amount of inversion so that you only invert a small amount, if that is what you want.
Inversion therapy relieves forms or back pain, such as muscle spasms and disc problems, as well as minor problems such as headaches. It is used to decompress the spine, stretch the muscles and ligaments and improve the general circulation within the body. It has often been called the “Quiet Side of Fitness”.
Inversion is a safe and effective therapy for the spine and other weight bearing joints in the body. The use of inversion is not for everyone. Those who suffer from heart or circulatory problems, weakness of the bones, high blood pressure, or are taking blood thinning medication are not advised to use any form of inversion therapy. It is also not recommended for anyone who is pregnant.
You should consult your doctor before using any from of inversion as a way of relieving stress.