Here’s a quick question you probably haven’t asked yourself!
Are Inversion tables safe for everyone to use?
NO! It’s not safe for everybody’s use.
Although Inversion therapy is a very effective way of relieving back and neck pain, it’s considered a noninvasive way of decompressing your spine. It also gets rid of sciatica that usually arise as a result of sciatic nerve compression.
As effective as inversion therapy is, it’s important to note that it’s not a one size fit all! It does not work for everybody the same way, and this is what I would be discussing in today’s post.
I would shed more light on the benefits on inversion tables, how it works and who can use an inversion table.
Before I continue, it’s important to take note that the content of this post is not a medical advice, but I have done my best to verify the fact shared in this post.
The advice I render here should not be taken as a professional medical advice. Make sure you seek the opinion of your personal physician before you get an inversion table for yourself.
What Inversion Table Does?
Before deciding on whether you should get an inversion table of not, it’s proper to know what an inversion table does as it will help in deciding if it’s what you need or not.
An inversion table is an equipment used in carrying out inversion therapy.
Literally, the inversion table turns the body upside down in an attempt to reduce the overall weight effect of the body on the bones of the spine.
It has been proven that a larger percentage of back and neck pain symptoms is caused by the effect of the overall body weight on the spine bones. When the weight is too much, it can result into herniation of the intervertebral disc or compression of the sciatic nerve that usually result in great pain and discomfort.
What inversion table does is to reduce the weight by turning the body upside down during inversion, with the head towards the ground and the feet up in the air. This aligns the body towards gravity and reducing the pressure on the spine.
Who Can Use an Inversion Table?
Therefore, if you are suffering from any of the symptoms listed below, then you may consider getting an inversion table when you are done reading this post:
Back Pain: Mostly general back pain without serious complication might be a result of continuous stress from sitting down for a very long time (For those that work from 9am to 5pm) or from standing up or walking for a very long time.
If this sounds like the cause of your back pain, then you should consider getting an inversion table to get rid of this kind of general back pain.
Neck Pain: This might also occur because of stress and sitting for a very long time.
Neck pain may also arise from poor sleeping posture.
If this sounds like the source of your neck pain, then an inversion table can help alleviate such pain.
Ischemic contracture usually occurs as a result of poor blood flow to a particular region of the body.
It’s usually very painful and might render the affected region numb, making it impossible to move the region using muscle contraction.
If you suffer from frequent ischemic contraction, it’s probably due to poor posture (most especially sitting) or general poor blood circulation through the body system.
An inversion therapy might be of great help in such cases.
Spinal Decompression: This is a little bit precise, and it might be hard to tell if you’re suffering from spinal decompression until you have a scan of your spine using MRI or CT scan.
Spinal decompression may result from excessive pressure on the bones of the spine and the intervertebral disc the separates the vertebrae bones.
Frequent inversion therapy might be of great help for those suffering from spinal decompression.
It’s important to ascertain the cause of the decompression before proceeding with inversion therapy.
Headaches: Headache has several causes, ranging from stress to excess cerebrospinal fluid. Headaches caused by stress may be alleviated by getting enough rest.
More serious headache caused by the accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the spinal canal as a result of spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) may be alleviated through inversion therapy.
It’s also important to seek the physician’s counsel before proceeding with inversion therapy in such cases.
Rigid Joint: If you find it very difficult to flex and extend some of your body joints, then it’s appropriate to consider an inversion therapy.
Because Inversion therapy would effectively increase the flow of blood to the arteries and veins that supply the joint and directly aid the nutrition of the membranes covering the joint.
When the membranes covering the joints are well nourished, it would yield more synovial fluid, which would greatly increase the range of motion of the joint.
Those suffering from rigid joint and less range of motion in the joint can also benefit from the long inversion therapy.
Scoliosis Pain: To ascertain that you have what is called scoliosis, you must have undergone a scan ordered by the physician.
Scoliosis is an anomaly of the spine, it’s the slight bending of the bones of the spine.
In some cases, it may be severe while some are mild and less obvious.
This condition comes with pains when scoliosis patient undergoes a small amount of stress, from either walking a long distance or sitting for long.
Frequent inversion therapy can be of great help when the pain symptom arises.
Sciatica: This is a medical term used in describing the compression of the sciatic nerve.
The sciatic nerve is the nerve responsible for innervating a larger portion of the lower limbs muscles.
Compressions of this nerve usually result in great pain in this region of the body.
The compression of the nerve might be as a result of herniated disc or excessive pressure on the spine bones.
Inversion therapy has been shown to be a great way of getting rid of sciatica pain.
Spinal Disc Herniation: This is the bulging of the vertebrae done into the disc that separates the bones another.
It usually gives rise to great pain in the lower back region.
Pain arising from disc herniation can be alleviated through inversion therapy.
Who SHOULD NOT Use an Inversion Table:
Just like any other medication or therapy, there are certain contraindications.
Inversion therapy is generally considered unsafe for the under listed categories of people.
This does not mean they cannot undergo the therapy, but I STRONGLY suggest that they
seek a professional medical opinion before doing so.
Also, such therapy should be done under the supervision of a professional caregiver.
If you fall into the following category, avoid self-administration of inversion therapy until you get the proper counsel from medical personnel.
- Pregnant Women
- Spine Surgery History
- Spinal Injury
- Stroke Patient
- High Blood Pressure
- Sight Defect
Conclusively, it’s important to seek a medical counsel before you invest your money in getting an inversion table.
Even though you’re read about the benefits and how it can help alleviate your pain, it would be a wise decision to hear what your doctor have to say about the use of inversion table.