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Inversion Tables

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Alternative Treatments
I have a friend who recommended an inversion table. He uses it with great success 1-2 times a day for no more than 5 minutes.

I have some scoliosis, rotated pelvis (probably due to the scoliosis) and mildly bulging disks at L-3 through L-5.

Lately, my upper back is very stiff.

I get manual adjustments every month from my doctor who said the inversion table might also help.

Just wondering which is a good model and how effective they are.

Thanks for your input.


  • I always suggest people check with their therapists before trying it; it all depends what your issues are,and they are NOT a success for everyone. I used one for a while because it felt good when I was hanging on it, but it REALLY messed up my pelvis and SI joints, causing me more grief!

    My physiotherapist had one that you could try at home before committing to the purchase of one - might be worth looking into, too!

  • I tried one in a Backrite store before my surgery - I immediately felt pressure on an old disc injury in my neck. I think they are worth trying if your doc suggests it and you have only lower back/lumbar issue, but it increase pressure on thoracic and cervical vertebrae. So if your having upper back issues in addition to lwoer back- may not be beneficial.
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  • i have a "normal" inversion table, which is what most people think of where you are hanging from your feet, but also i have a bent-knee inversion table which is far better for low back problems. i highly recommend it. essentially you are hanging from your hips rather than your legs, and the position doesn't force your back into a curved position. since your spine joins into the sacrum at an angle, hanging in a full "straight" position is not necessarily good for low back, because you end up shearing the vertebraes rather than pulling them apart.

    one thing i've really learned by using the inversion table is, back pain is a combination of many factors, and you have to work on all of them. a ruptured disc pushes on a nerve, but your body wants to protect that nerve, so your muscles jump in to try to help, but that just causes chronic muscle tension and spasms. you have to get your muscles to stretch out and relax before you can get any help from the inversion, which is really nothing more than "poor man's" spinal decompression, but i highly recommend it if you are able to be upside down without making yourself sick.

    here is a link to the bent-knee inversion table. i've never seen these in the stores, i ordered mine online, though i don't recall from what company. https://www.amazon.com/yukon-fitness-total-system-tbs-212/dp/b000px4x9q

    lastly, this isn't just good for back pain, i also can adjust my neck by putting my hands on my ears while upside down. if my neck is compressed, after a little while i can feel the discs pop apart. if you've ever been to a chiro and had the "towel" adjustment done to you, that's what it feels like.
  • I have a cervical traction unit, which is similar to an inversion table put for the cervical area. It does relieve a lot of pressure but you have to remember that these traction devices take out the natural curve of your spine. After you use the inversion table you should roll up a towel and place it in the curve of your back and lay on it for several minutes. If you lose the natural curve in your back your disc dry up.

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