Inversion Therapy… Is it a safe alternative to traditional treatments?
People have been using various forms of inversion therapy for thousands of years. It involves hanging upside down (inverted) with the intention of decompressing the spine and other joints of the body. We constantly have the force of gravity pushing on us all day, every day. The only thing is… we don’t feel it because we were born with the same amount of pressure on our body that we experience today. So like many things in our lives… we take for granted that, although it keeps our feet planted on the ground, it also creates extra stress on our joints that can lead to degeneration.
Benefits Of Inversion Therapy
Inverting your body has the exact opposite effect of gravity. So what an inversion table does for you is to help open the joint spaces of your body temporarily, which has very beneficial therapeutic effects. It can be especially helpful with symptoms of back pain. Other benefits include… Improved circulation of blood and lymph fluid, increased oxygen to the brain, maintains flexibility, strengthens ligaments, improves joint flexibility, and helps to build core strength.
Inversion Therapy Risk
Most of the risks are listed to make sure you are safe. However, if you have any of these conditions or symptoms then you should check with your Family Physician. The most common risks are… any heart conditions, hiatal hernia, high blood pressure/hypertension, middle ear infections, extreme obesity, pregnancy, retinal detachment, glaucoma, conjunctivitis, severe spinal injury, Stroke/TIA
As you can see the list of contraindications is long. Make sure to check with your physician before beginning an inversion table.
Which one to choose?
I have personally tried over 11 different inversion tables at home and in my office and I personally recommend the one below. This company has been around for years and has an excellent reputation for delivering a quality product. It is actually the one that I have set up in my own home office.
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The “Perfect” Stretch
While inverted, progressive decompression allows each joint to be decompressed by the same weight that compresses it while upright. Achieve the “perfect” stretch with the Teeter Hang Ups Inversion Table, a relaxing and rejuvenating way to help restore youthful function to your weight-bearing joints so you can move better and feel better!
Results in Minutes
Simply “set it, lock it and go!” The Teeter Hang Ups is easy to use and allows you to achieve a relaxing stretch that decompresses your back and joints in just minutes a day.
Rotate and relax on our precision-balanced system, which allows you to control the speed and rotation with simple arm movements.
No Pain, All Gain!
Benefits begin at a gentle 20 degrees, and total decompression is achieved at 60 degrees. At a full 90 degrees, you can conduct deep stretches and exercises that target your abs and increase your flexibility!
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Many, many thanks,
Bruce G., Ireland
I have a herniated disc in my neck and a pinched nerve. I refuse to have surgery; chiropractic and deep massage only do so much; and other alternative medicines have been ineffective. I am almost 64 years of age, an active golfer, still working, and am in good health otherwise. After almost four weeks [of using the Teeter], I have regained close to an inch in height, I am sleeping much better, and my overall pain and discomfort level is at the lowest it has been in years.
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Put Your Trust in Science
Patients Using a Teeter 70.5% Less Likely to Need Surgery
In a study conducted by Newcastle General Hospital in the UK on patients that were told they needed sciatic surgery were divided into two groups: Group one regularly practiced inversion therapy with a Teeter inversion table and regular physiotherapy, while others practiced physiotherapy alone. Results suggested that patients who invert with a Teeter Hang Ups inversion table are 70.5% less likely to need surgery compared to the control group!
Manjunath Prasad KS, Gregson BA, Hargreaves G, Byrnes T, Mendelow AD. Regional Neurosciences Centre, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
Study Demonstrates Full Decompression at 60°
Study measured internal disc pressure (in the 3rd lumbar disc) through a range of activities, including standing, sitting, bending and vertical and supine traction. The study suggests that a traction load of 60% body weight is sufficient to reduce the residual pressure of 25% standing body weight to zero.
Nachemson, Alf, et al: Intravital Dynamic Pressure Measurements in Lumbar Discs. 1970
Relief Within 10 Seconds of Inversion
Study found EMG activity (an indicator of muscle pain) declined 35% within the first 10 seconds of inversion. Study found that inversion increases the spinal length. Study concluded there is a correlation between a reduction in EMG activity and an increase in spinal length.
Nosse, L.: Inverted Spinal Traction. Arch Phys Med Rehabilitation; 59: 367-370, Aug 78.
Inversion Effective for Low Back Pain Relief
Study found gravity-facilitated traction (inversion), produces significant intravertebral separation in lumbar spine. Study concluded gravity facilitated traction may be an effective modality in the relief of low back pain.
Kane, M, et al: Effects of Gravity-facilitated Traction on Intravertebral Dimensions of the Lumbar Spine. Jour of Orthopedic and Sports Phys Ther. 281-288, Mar 85.
Over 88% Patients Returned to Work
After eight inversion treatments, 155 out of 175 patients were able to return to their jobs full time. Study concluded that the main basis for improvement was the stretching of paraspinal vertebral muscles and ligaments and possibly the widening of intravertebral discs. Study found significant improvements in a variety of diagnosis including spondylolisthesis, herniated discs, lumbar osteoarthritis with sciatica, and coccygodynia.
Sheffield, Frederick J. Lt. Col., MC. Adaptation of Tilt Table for Lumbar Traction.