Inversion therapy is one of the most effective ways of eliminating pains in the lower back and neck region, it’s a safe and non-invasive means of aligning the bones of the back and the intervertebral disc between the bones.
Inversion table and inversion chair are the equipment used in carrying out inversion therapy.
For somebody new to the use of inversion therapy, the term “inversion chair” and “inversion table” might be used interchangeably, however, they are two different equipment, although they serve the same function.
Inversion therapy is a good way of relieving the spinal pressure and as such, people suffering from some forms of back pain or the other mostly use it.
It works by slightly placing the body towards the force of gravity, such that the usual pressure exerted by the body weight on the structures of the spine is greatly reduced.
It then stretches the body slightly to increase the flow of blood containing nutrient materials into the intervertebral disc located between the vertebrae bones.
The choice of inversion equipment; inversion chair or inversion therapy depends mainly on the user’s discretion and why the user is getting an inversion therapy in the first instance.
Age and medical history might also be a factor to consider when choosing between an inversion chair or inversion table.
What are Inversion Tables?
The major difference between an inversion table and inversion chair is the way each of them is designed.
An inversion table is designed in such a way that users can get fixed up on the equipment in a standing position. A typical inversion table is made up of a flat surface, with a neck rest (pillow) and an ankle belt or shackle. The shackle is responsible for holding the user’s leg when the table turns upside down.
To use the inversion table, all you have to do us fix the shackle and rest you weight slightly on the flat surface. The table is designed in a way to rotate to almost 180 degrees, so when user lean the weight on the table, is rotates towards the opposite direction and as such transfers the weight on the body away from the feet in an opposite direction.
What are Inversion Chairs?
Although it performs the same function like that of an inversion table, inversion chair has a slightly different design.
Inversion chairs are designed to focus on the lower spine rather than the entire vertebrae as in the case of an inversion table.
Inversion chair works by keeping the knees locked in a sitting position while the body rotates into an upside down position. It is used by assuming a sitting position on the equipment flat seat, while it rotates towards the opposite direction.
The new design of inversion chairs are made up of a kneepad, to prevent aching on the knee joint during rotation.
Differences Between Inversion Chair and Inversion Table.
The first noticeable difference between an inversion chair and inversion table is the way the equipment are designed.
The inversion chair is designed in such a way that users can have to assume a sitting position before using it. The inversion table, on the other hand, is designed in such a way that users would have to be in an erect (standing) position before using it.
Inversion tables have shackles on the ankle region whose main purpose is to tightly hold the user while being hanged upside down. It also has a pillow-like headrest to cushion the user’s head.
Inversion chairs have kneepads that do not only function in strapping the user’s knee to the chair but also provide some sort of comfort.
The main purpose of the kneepad is to ensure that user maintains a sitting posture while using the equipment. The design makes it easy to differentiate between the two types of equipment.
Although some inversion tables are designed to be foldable, such that they do not take up much storage space. Folding in very common with inversion chairs, and about 90% of inversion chairs on the market are easily foldable and can be stored without taking up much space.
Broadly, the both serve the same purpose; which is relieving the pressure in the spine and getting rid of back pain without undergoing any surgery or taking any medication. There is, however, a slight difference in what each of the equipment is capable of doing.
Inversion table has a wider reach when it comes to pain relief. Reason being that, it does not focus only on the lower back region like inversion chair, but rather its function extends all through the bones of the back, including the neck region.
Inversion chair, on the other hand, has more effect on the lower back region as compared to an inversion table. Inversion chairs are designed to focus on stretching the structures of the lower back in an attempt to alleviate the pains in this region.
Because users are always in a sitting position, the equipment has a lesser degree of rotation as compared to the inversion table and the upper part of the inversion chair is always stationary, while the lower part is responsible for the stretching.
Inversion therapy relies on the principle of gravity.
What this means is that for an effective inversion therapy, the total weight of the body is inverted from the feet and directed towards the head region, such that the body is aligned towards gravity.
Theoretically, this alignment should bring about some sort of weightlessness. To achieve the alignment of the body towards gravity, the entire body is rotated in the opposite direction, such that the feet points upward while the head points downward.
Inversion table has a high rotation degree, almost close to 180 degrees. Inversion chair, on the other hand, has a lesser rotation degree, because of the assumed sitting position.
Inversion equipment is generally considered safe; be it inversion chair or inversion table.
However, users on various forums reported that the feel more comfortable using an inversion chair as compared to an inversion table.
The main reason for the comfortability revolves around the degree of rotation of the equipment.
SHOULD YOU GET AN INVERSION TABLE OR CHAIR?
A lot of first-time users are always confused about which of the equipment they should go for.
I would try as much as possible to give a concise answer to this puzzling question, but your choice would inevitably depend on your reason for considering an inversion therapy and how deep your pocket is.
Inversion therapy has a wide range of benefit but the most common ones includes; relieving sciatica pain and pains in the lower back.
If you’re suffering from sciatica; which is a result of compression of the sciatic nerve due to excessive pressure on the structure of the spine.
The getting an inversion table is your best option. Reason being that inversion table has a high degree of rotation and as a result, it’s effect would extend through the entire bones of the spine.
However, if you’re suffering from pains in the lower back region alone, then an inversion chair is what you should go for because it focuses mainly on stretching the lower back bones.
Age and previous medical history are also very important. Seniors should get an inversion chair, not only is it easy to use, it’s also considered safer because it does not go all the way upside down.
Conclusively, inversion therapy works, not matter the choice of your equipment, it remains one of the safest ways to alleviate pains in the back region of the body.