Tips On How To Use An Inversion Table Correctly

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Today, most aging people are increasingly facing a problem of back-pain but this can be primarily treated by using an inversion-table. In fact, inversion-tables are built utilize gravity in order create some traction within the spine and pelvis hence taking pressure-off the compressed joints, nerves and discs. Additionally, an inversion-therapy will involve laying at a downward-angle but not completely hanging upside-down. However, the effectiveness of using an inversion-therapy for back-pain is not well-known and most say that they only experience a short-term relief form back-pain after using this therapy. All in all, below are some of the methods and steps you can follow when using an inversion-table:



  1. First understand its limitations: it very crucial to first understand the limitations on an inversion-therapy you begin going for it. In fact, an inversion-therapy is not meant to replace the advice/treatments that are offered by a personal doctor, chiropractor, orthopedist or physiotherapist. Additionally, some health-experts recommend patients to use inversion-tables and may even have these tables in their clinics but there no clear evidence proving that inversion-tables can cure spine-conditions or back-problems for a long period of time. This actually means that an inversion-therapy is short-term treatment that will only help to control back-pain and sciatica. On top of that, an inversion-therapy will increase your blood-pressure in just a few minute within your head, eyeballs and ears. This implies that people experiencing eye-diseases like retinal-detachment, glaucoma and other health-problems like high-blood pressure, migraines and strokes should avoid or be cautious when using an inversion-table.


  1. Place an inversion-table in an open-space: inversion-tables designed for home-use are very affordable and are usually found at medical-supply stores or rehabilitation-stores. Additionally, if you have a health-insurance then you may receive an inversion-table from the insurance-company but only for certain back-injuries. So, once you take your inversion-table home, try to create plenty on space around the inversion-table so that you can be able to freely adjust this table at any desired angle with getting injured. Additionally, try to place your inversion-table on mat or secured-rug so that it doesn’t slide-off or become unstable when using it. On the other hand, consider placing your inversion-table in an area that is not over used but with plenty of space like in the basement, garage, rest-room, attic or any other place that will make you feel comfortable using an inversion-table.


  1. Adjust an inversion-table to your height: all inversion-tables are height-adjustable in order to ensure optimum effectiveness. So, take some time to manipulate an inversion-table until it fits your body. In fact, most inversion-tables are equipped with adjustable-measurements that can easily be adjusted using twistable dial/knob but you should always remember to tighten the knob securely its adjustment in order to ensure optimum-safety. On the other hand, you may have to first read through the instruction-manual carefully in order to know how to operate your inversion-table and to know whether an inversion-table supports your body size and height. This is very important because some inversion-tables may not support people who are exceptionally short or tall.


  1. Climb onto the inversion-table: when the inversion-table has been height-adjusted and set to the right angle, carefully slide onto this table and then secure your feet and ankles using the provided straps. After, make sure that your back is the same level with the inversion-table and at this point you actually be looking up the ceiling. Carefully lift your hands above the head in order to throw your weight backwards so that the inversion-table begins to recline and then try to relax in chosen inverted-position for a specified amount of time. On the other hand, if your new to using an inversion-table then consider asking someone to supervise or assist you as you get onto the table and you will probably need this help if your over-weight or when you have limited flexibility.


  1. Begin with the lowest degree of inclination when using an inversion-table: an inversion-table is actually a small-bed which can be adjusted to about 60-90 degrees from a neutral or horizontal position. So, when laying on an inversion-table, make sure that your head is slightly declined below the legs or at lower-level than your legs like at about 10-degrees for the start. In fact, an angle that is too-much or aggressive may make someone feel dizzy and even bring headache due to a sudden rush of blood into the head. So, it’s only when you get used to the feeling and change in blood-flow or pressure that you should start to gradually increase on the degree of decline but over the course on several days. For example, you may have to increase the declining-angle by 5-degrees every week in case you’re using an inversion-table on a daily-basis. Lastly, make sure that straps are properly connected so that an inversion-table does not invert all the way down and then jar your body.


  1. Gently increase the duration and frequency of inversion-sessions gradually: you should know that the most benefiting amount of time spent on an inversion-table and the best angle is only determined by the user (you). In fact, some people may benefit from only 3 inversion-sessions a week while other may benefit from taking more sessions coupled with longer-durations weekly on an inversion-table. However, it’s recommended not to exceed 3-times of inversion-therapy daily and not for more than an hour for each session. So, it’s recommended to stay inverted for about 3-5 minutes for the first time even when the position you’re in feels good and doesn’t make you feel any side-effect. Increase your inversion-time time gradually over weeks but avoid staying inverted in case you happen to feel more back-pain or shooting-pains within the legs. in fact, most prefer usually prefer staying at an angle-of-inclination that is between 20 and 60 degrees but the best thing to do is not to never exceed what your body can handle.



  • Always wear comfortable shoes that lace-up and soothing-clothes when using an inversion table. In fact, wearing shoes and soothing-clothes will provide you with a more protective and comfortable inversion-therapy than going barefooted.
  • Ask for medical advice before you acquire an inversion-table in order to relieve your back-pain issues. So, first consult your family-doctor, chiropractor or physiotherapist in order to know what work best for your back-pain problem before going for an inversion-therapy.