Spine streching using Inversion Table


What Are the Benefits?

There are several benefits of using the inversion table.

Decreased Pain

One study looked at the effect of inversion traction on pain, low back flexibility, and muscle strength in patients with chronic low back pain.

The authors found that inversion traction at an angle of 60 degrees reduced back pain and improved low back flexibility and trunk extensor muscle strength in patients following an eight-week program.

Improved Flexibility

Flexibility of the spine is important to allow joints to move through their full range of motion and to maintain good posture, balance, and prevent injuries.

The previously mentioned study also found a significant change in trunk flexibility after an eight-week inversion program.

Muscle Relaxation

When the body is placed in an upside down position, the muscles of the trunk and back are pulled by the weight of the body, allowing for them to stretch and lengthen, which may contribute to increased relaxation.

There is little high-quality evidence to support physical changes due to traction. It may temporarily take the pressure off compressed nerves and help stretch the muscles, but without functional restoration through physical therapy and chiropractic care, results may be temporary.

Conservative Treatment to Avoid Surgery

A 2012 study looked at the effects of intermittent extreme traction with an inversion device in patients with pain and disability due to low back disc compression.

Surgical intervention was avoided in 10 patients (76.9 percent) in the inversion group and avoided in only two patients (22.2 percent) in the noninversion group. Therefore, inversion therapy may help avoid surgery in a safe and economical way.



What’s an Inversion Table?

Inversion tables, or tilt tables, are long tables that have a hinge in the center with a place at one end to anchor your feet or legs. The user safely fastens their feet in the device and slowly tilts it into a head down position until they reach the desired angle.

Gravity-assisted traction can be a convenient and efficient means of applying force to the spine. The concept behind its use is simple: When issues arise due to spinal compression, you use mechanical energy to help pull them apart. You may find an inversion table in a health club or physical therapy clinic. They can also be purchased for home use.


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