Benefits Of Inversion Tables

12 November 2015

Lower back pain is one of the most widespread, and often debilitating conditions around. It is something that affects millions of people all over the world every day, and can have various causes such as a trapped nerve, or compressed discs in the vertebrae. This can drastically affect peoples' quality of life, and make it difficult to focus on even everyday activities, much less properly compete in any sports. You may have to take time off work, and if you can't afford to do so, there's no alternative but to grin and bear it. You may be a sportsman forced to miss important matches. But thanks to the benefits of inversion tables, it doesn't have to be this way.

What are Inversion Tables?

Inversion tables are devices that allow the user to be suspended either at an inverted angle, or fully upside down, while hanging from the legs, ankles or feet. While this may not sound like much fun to some people, it has a variety of therapeutic benefits. Hanging in an inverted position can cause the joints of the back to be stretched and expanded, perfect for relieving pressure on the vertebrae and potentially releasing trapped nerves. 

Benefits of Inversion Tables - Are Inversion Tables Good for You?

There are a range of benefits of inversion tables. They are ideal for anyone with back pain, joint pain or poor posture. Inverted movement is vital to maintaining muscle and joint health by encouraging rehydration and improving flexibility. Joints that are slightly out of alignment from overuse and misuse are helped to naturally realign with gentle stretching during decompression, resulting in better body symmetry and posture.

Here are just some of the main benefits;

  • Relieving back pain - inversion can relax muscles, rehydrate discs, realign your vertebrae and reduce pressure
  • Easing stress - releases tension in your shoulders, neck and back
  • Improving joint health - decompresses joints, strengthens and enhances shock absorption
  • Increasing flexibility - inversion, in particular stretching, can improve functional fitness for an active and healthy lifestyle
  • Improving fitness and building core strength - inverted exercises help to build a strong core, which can also be essential to better back health

Risks of Inversion Tables

While inversion therapy is a great method of treatment for the majority of people, it's not for everyone and you should always check with a doctor if you're unsure as to whether it's suitable. If you have certain conditions, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, eye diseases (ie glaucoma) or even pregnancy you should definitely consult a health professional before use. When you use an inversion table for the first time you should make sure someone is with you, to ensure that you're perfectly safe. For the vast majority of people, though, inversion tables are a great device and their benefits cannot be understated. 

Best Inversion Tables

If you are new to the concept of inversion therapy, it may be hard to choose just one product. Teeter, who produce a range of inversion products, are a great choice for anyone with some of the issues outlined in this article.

For the ultimate product, look no further than the Teeter DFM Inversion Table. The table provides natural relief of back pain and restoration of functional movement. Due to its motorised function, it enables smooth and accurate rotation to any angle, and the interlocking gears in the motor allow stabilisation at any angle for hassle-free treatment.

If you're looking for something a little more wallet-friendly, but still effective, try the EP 560 Inversion Table or the EP 960 Inversion Table. Or why not just shop the whole range of Teeter Products on Think Sport.