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Best Inversion Tables for Back Pain

Updated on March 27, 2013

Inversion Tables and Back Pain Relief

The inversion table is a device invented to help in the relief of back pain. It stemmed from the age old Inversion therapy that was used to cure back problems as early as 400BC.

Despite the controversies it has sparked in the medical field (some doctors are for the idea, while other doctors oppose it), inversion tables for lower back pain relief remain a viable treatment solution. The patient is made to lie on the device and their feet are strapped to strong clamps fixed on the table. The patient is then suspended in an upside down position for a set period of time.

Below is a discussion about what inversion tables can do to help relieve back pain and how to choose the best one for you.

Inversion Therapy Tables

How They Work and Help With Back Pain Relief

Inversion tables and back pain relief principles work this way; the upside down position relieves gravitational pressure from the lower back nerve roots' spinal disks. Furthermore, medical experts have also discovered that the Gravity inversion table also helps in stretching the gap between vertebra bones. Positive results have been recorded with this procedure, with the most immediate being the short-term relief from severe lower back pain.

With many individuals reporting cases of aching backs every day, the inverted table for lower back pain relief continues to be a relevant treatment, though it cannot be used for long-term back pain cure. In the short term, the inversion table can help promote posture and lower back flexibility alongside relieving pain. With a straightened out vertebra, it becomes easy for blood to flow to the brain as well as the scalp.

Although a few users have complained that the Body Champ IT8070 is a little uncomfortable for heavier people (it's designed to hold up to 250 pounds), it is a great choice for those who are smaller. The height is adjustable to accommodate different people. You should make sure it is set to your height so you don't invert too quickly.

The backrest is adjustable so you can decide how fast you wish to invert. The movement is smooth so you aren't jostled as you recline. It's durable and can be set up in a short amount of time.

It is a bit bulkier than a few other machines, so storage can be a bit of a problem. It is perfect to use in a spare room or a larger room.

Inversion Table Exercises and Stretches

The Body Max IT6000 is a popular choice for those who suffer with chronic back pain.

It is easy to assemble and sturdy enough to use every day. It folds quickly for storage.

It can be adjusted to most body types and can support up to 250 pounds.

Unlike some other inversion tables, the ankle clamps are very comfortable and well

padded. It is relatively simple to bring yourself upright after using this table

Some reviewers have mentioned that they would like a little more control when beginning

their inversion. They felt that the table inverts quicker than expected. This is usually

rectified with a bit of practice.

The Teeter Hang Ups EP560 is a customizable machine that is easy to set up

and put away for convenient storage. The actual assembly takes some time, but once it is

put together, it is strong and ready to go.

Inversion is more controlled on this machine. As with any inversion table, take your time

when inverting. Some have found that they would like to have a foot release lever instead of the user having to bend.

Stronger than some other machines, this table supports up to 300 pounds.

Benefits of Inversion Therapy

Able to hold up to 350 pounds, the Ironman Capacity Memory Inversion Table is

built to last. It has a steel frame that is capable of supporting a great deal

of stress.

It is easy to adjust and the ankle supports are strong and stable.

Although it comes in at a weight of 67 pounds, this machine is able to folded

for storage in an area only 26 inches wide.

Many users have commented on how enjoyable the thick padding is and love the

heating option as you invert. However, some others would have liked it if the plastic

handles had been "integrated into the frame instead of a plastic add on."

The IronMan LXT850 Locking Inversion Therapy Table has been noted for relieving pressure on the spine quickly. It has a stabilizing bar on the bottom to help with comfort when fully inverted.

It is easy to adjust and is very heavy. Because it is heavier than some other inversion therapy tables, it can be difficult to move across a room. It does fold up quickly and space can be saved if it is in a small area.

Some users have mentioned that they have become so comfortable with its stability that they have taken to using it as a toning workout machine.

It would benefit from a knee support to help relieve stress on the ankles. Also, the assembly instructions can be difficult to follow, but, if you call the manufacturer for assistance, they are helpful.

An Inversion Table With Greater Weight Support

The Health Mark Pro Max Inversion Therapy Table offers the same features as the tables above, but this machine can support up to 600 pounds. This ability to handle more stress can be very useful for people with chronic back pain and are heavier.

Do You Think an Inversion Therapy Table Would Help With Your Back Pain?

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      Elaine Chen 

      5 years ago

      I don't know there is such product available for back pain; thanks for sharing

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