Top 3 Recommended Inversion Tables (shown above, left to right)
- Ironman IFT 4000 Infrared (4.5 stars)
- Ironman Gravity 4000 (4.5 stars)
- Teeter Hang Ups EP-950 (4.5 stars)
7 Benefits of Inversion Therapy
As a chiropractor, I endorse activities that safely promote spinal health. When used appropriately, inversion tables have several benefits.
- Improved Circulation
- Promotes Natural Alignment
- Alleviate Back Pain
- Improved Posture
- Stress Reduction
- Improved Flexibility
- “Height Management” (Inversion won’t physically make you taller, but it can effect your height. Spinal discs tend to compress with age, resulting in a subtle reduction of height over time. Routine use of an inversion table may play a roll in hindering this process.)
In addition, an English study out of Newcastle University found that inversion therapy may reduce the need for back surgery.
Tips for Buying an Inversion Table
- Evaluate the table’s weight limit. Cheap “economy” tables have weight limits at or below 200-lbs. You definitely don’t want your table to break while you’re hanging upside down.
- Aim for solid/sturdy construction. Inversion tables shouldn’t squeak, lean, or bend.
- You don’t have to buy the most expensive model available, but avoid bargain-basement inversion tables. Expect to spend $250-400 for safe and durable units.
Don’t Use an Inversion Table if…
While inversion therapy is considered to be safe and natural, there are contraindications. Bear with me here; this is going to sound like the end of a drug commercial, but it’s important information for you to consider… Research studies have found that inversion increases pressure within the eye. Patients with glaucoma or detached retinas should not try inversion therapy. Other conditions including conjunctivitis (pink eye), pregnancy, extreme obesity, uncontrolled hypertension, hernias, congestive heart failure, recent surgery/fractures are also considered contraindications for inversion therapy. Finally, patients taking blood-thinning medications (anti-coagulants) are discouraged from using an inversion table as well.
I have used inversion units for years and feel they definitely serve a purpose, but I remember several years ago when a patient came into my office because she was not held securely in her unit and fell out injuring her head and neck. Using a quality unit does make a difference.