Inversion tables are proven to have very minimal risks. While it entails certain precautions, they are generally safe. As for long-term effects, there are no studies to date that show negative effects due to prolonged use of inversion tables.
Still, it is not for everybody. Some people may have certain physical conditions that might restrict them from using an inversion table. If you are one of those people and you use an inversion table without confirming with your healthcare provider, you can end up with compromising your safety.
How Inversion Tables Work
Experts in inversion therapy believe that the use of inversion tables could help correct spinal problems that cause back pains.
You can look at it this way:
Gravity constantly applies pressure on our muscles and bones. Inevitably, they get strained over time. Inversion tables provide pain relief by releasing that pressure. It puts the body in an upside-down position to relax the bones and muscles and return them to their original state.
An inversion table is basically a padded table used as the backrest on a tabular steel frame. It can invert up to 180 degrees. There is a strap at the bottom to hold your weight as you go upside-down.
While your body is inverted, the pressure or the stress in your muscles, bones, and joints caused by gravity is released. This decreases the pain and after regular use, completely eliminates it.
Who Shouldn’t Use An Inversion Table
Despite its many benefits, there are some medical conditions in which using an inversion table could do more harm than good. Here are some of the restrictions.
Problems Associated with Glaucoma or Retinal Detachment
Hanging upside down causes an increase in the pressure in the eyes. This could worsen glaucoma or retinal detachment and could possibly cause bleeding in the area.
The same position also puts pressure in the ears. It could increase the pain in ear-related problems.
People with high blood pressure should not use an inversion table. While you’re hanging upside down, your heartbeat will slow down and your blood pressure will increase, causing your heart to force blood through your body at an elevated rate.
People healing from bone fractures should not engage in inversion therapy until they are fully healed. Give your bones some time to set into place.
Inversion tables should never be used during pregnancy. It can be very harmful to the baby, especially since large amounts of amniotic fluid can close in on the baby. Too much of this fluid and hanging in an inverted position can cause the baby to assume a breach position.
People with obesity, surgical implants like orthopedic devices, and hiatal hernia should avoid using inversion tables as well. To be safe, always ask your doctor, especially if you have other conditions not mentioned above that you think might be aggravated if you use an inversion table.
Possible to Be Treated
Some conditions cannot be relieved by inversion tables alone. However, when combined with medical treatment, improvement can be possible. The list includes:
- Arthritic pain
- Weak bones – only under strict medical supervision.
Other medical conditions such as certain mental illnesses might also make the use of inversion tables risky. People with vertigo might find it very difficult as well. It could also trigger undesirable mood swings for some.
Take caution but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t use an inversion table. Talk to your doctor to come up with ways on how to combat these triggers or what you can do or take before you can safely use an inversion table.
Safety must be your top priority. If you really think that you could benefit from using an inversion table but you have a serious condition, it is best not to risk it unless there is big evidence that the chances of improving your health are really high. Weigh the possible outcomes and always consult your doctor.