Just looking for some basic preventative spinal decompression exercise routine to help keep the back from developing compression problems over the long haul.
I've seen the inversion tables and they are affordable- however I'm a little concerned about the circulatory and eye pressure issues, etc even if they might not apply to me .....who knows if they will? At any rate it seems unnatural to hang upside down, and I see the arguments online that we aren't 'evolutionarily geared' for this. So I'm looking for alternatives.
My question then is about the Power Tower. You can look these up online, basically its a simple pole with arm support and pads that you can raise yourself up and let your legs hang, you can do leg raises or whatever you like also (most have a chin up bar also.)
So.... obviously if you use a Power Tower, you are exerting some decompression force on your spine by letting your legs hang. Is this as effective as an inversion table, much less effective, or not comparable? Would you 'hang' say as long on one of these as an inversion table, more, or less? What about gravity boots- helpful, or excessive, possibly dangerous?
Any issues with stress on your shoulders, arms or other problems that might result from using one of these for any extended periods. Just thought I would get some opinions.
Not to throw in a distraction but there is also an inversion chair, which seems somewhat similar to an inversion table but you are in a sitting position.
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