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Back Inversion Tables Q & A

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

How do users stay securely in place when using back inversion tables?

The ankles clamps and foam supports on the foot of the back inversion table is what holds the user in place while in the inverted position. These can be straight, or molded for additional comfort and support. Some tables come complete with a tether strap that attaches the frame of the equipment to the back rest, allowing the user to preset the level of inversion that can be obtained prior to actually inverting. The frame also contains soft grip handles that can be used to support the individual through the inversion all the way to full inversion.

Are back inversion tables a good idea for all patients or are their individuals that should not use these devices for home use?

Most individuals can safely and effectively use high quality inversion tables. It is important to look for those that have a weight capacity that exceeds the weight of the user, have a warranty from the manufacturer, and that are made with a rugged frame that won't slip, bend or move when the equipment is in use. It is also important to look for commercial grade steels used in construction and ankle holders that are safe, non-slip and comfortable when in use.

Patients who have neurological conditions, respiratory conditions or cardiovascular conditions should not use a back inversion table until cleared by their doctor. People that are in recovery from surgical procedures, head or neck trauma, hip replacement surgery or any spinal injuries also should consult with their neurologist, orthopedic surgeon or primary care physician before using the equipment the first time. Any concerns with continued use should be reported to the doctor and the use of the equipment discontinued until cleared by a medical professional.

What are the suggested health benefits to using back inversion tables at home on a regular basis?

Individuals that use back inversion tables as part of a fitness or wellness program at home report a variety of possible benefits to including this equipment in their fitness routine. Since the inversion table allows all the weight of gravity and the body off of the spine and many patients report a greater range of motion for stretching and moving the shoulders and upper body. In addition the weight through the legs and hips allows better blood flow to the heart, improving circulation and providing relief for muscle and joint pain in the legs and hips.

Other users report that that the regular use of the table can provide increased pain relief due to decompression of the spine. People may use back inversion tables with tension and stress headaches and chronic types of pains and report improvement in some cases. Some models of inversion tables required the patient to rock in the inverted position, using their arms to create the rocking motion. This is reported to increase energy levels, oxygen levels in the blood, and even improve mental clarity and functioning.

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