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Inversion tables make it easy to turn your body upside down, which can help to decompress your joints and align your spine to help relieve back pain.
“In theory, inversion therapy takes gravitational pressure off the nerve roots and disks in your spine and increases the space between vertebrae,” according to the Mayo Clinic. “Inversion therapy is one example of the many ways in which stretching the spine (spinal traction) has been used in an attempt to relieve back pain.”
Turning your body so that your legs and torso rest above your heart is also a great way to increase your energy, since blood that has been more static in the bottom of your body will flow more rapidly throughout your entire your body.
Gravity compresses your joints on a daily basis, so the idea of an inversion table is to use gravity—with your body in the opposite direction—to decompress your joints, as well as lengthen and align your spine.
If you experience back pain, inverting with a table may be a way for you to stay active without having to go to a back specialist on a regular basis.
Not only is inversion table therapy more accessible for most people than head and handstands, the table method method is effective in stretching your joints as you are suspended from your ankles—rather than bearing the weight of your own body with your hands or head.
As pointed out by the Mayo Clinic, the spinal traction that is created by inversion therapy may only be effective for short-term relief to back pain. But inverting can help with short-term relief in the lower back caused by spinal disk compression, and helps to eliminate the use of pain medication.
You should not try inversion therapy if you have high blood pressure, heart disease or glaucoma, since the inverted shift of your body can cause your heartbeat to slow and your blood pressure to rise after several minutes. You can order an inversion table online, but make sure to talk to a physician before you begin inversion therapy treatment.