The inversion table is a device that uses gravity to release pressure and tension in the spine. When using it, the head is placed lower than the level of the legs. Thus, the inversion table decompresses the spine and this helps to release tension and relieve pain in the vertebrae.
There are different types of inversion tables. Some have massage and warm-up features. Through a convenient controller, the user can adjust the strength, type, and time of the massage. It has a lumbar pad that offers 2 types of massage, 3 steps, and a duration of 5 or 10 minutes.
Using such an inversion table every day for only a few minutes helps with:
- coping with stress
- strengthening muscles
- relieving pain and tension in the back and lower back, especially when caused by a herniated disc or stenosis
- increasing the body’s flexibility
However, if you have hypertension, glaucoma, or heart disease, be sure to consult a doctor before using the inversion table.
Disc herniation (discopathy)
This condition affects the spine. It is the rupture the outer fibrous ring of the discs between the vertebrae, allowing the soft central part to deform and enter the spinal canal. There it presses the structures that are in canalin canal.
The main symptoms of discopathy are local pain, according to the severity, which spreads to the sensory area of the respective nerve root and affects sensitivity. You can also feel motor weakness, as well as pelvic – reservoir disorders.
A disc herniation can occur on any disc in the spine, but the two most common forms are cervical (in the cervical or neck region) and lumbar (in the lumbar or waist region). The latter causes pain in the lower back, and even in one or both legs. Lumbar disc herniation is 15 times more common and is among the most common causes of low back pain. Disc herniations usually occur in people between the ages of 30 and 50.
Treatment of lumbar disc herniation can be conservative or operative and depends on the stage and severity of the disease.
Non-surgical treatment includes:
- stretching exercises
- physiotherapy and other therapies
It usually gives good results in milder cases.
This is not one of the diseases that is often heard or written about. However, it has a serious effect on the body and can cause significant damage. It is a narrowing and can occur in various parts of the body such as blood vessels, intestines, and esophagus.
There is a spinal stenosis that occurs in the spine. It narrows the canal of the spinal cord, which leads to spinal cord damage due to compression. Formal stenosis can narrow the openings of the nerve roots, which exit the spinal cord and reach various organs. Spinal cord stenosis most commonly occurs in the lumbar region. The lower back begins to hurt, and when walking, there are pains in the legs, which can be very serious.
The disease occurs in both adults and young people who have curvatures of the spine. It may be congenital, and the changes may affect the vertebrae and the discs between them. Thus, over the years, they wear out and lose their properties, which easily results in deformations.
Before treatment, an accurate diagnosis must be made:
- It is best to do this with magnetic resonance imaging.
- Another suitable method is computed tomography.
- A myelogram is often used, in which a special substance is injected into the spinal canal.
Different types of medicine can be chosen for the treatment of the disease – allopathic and homeopathic. The first has both conservative and operative treatment, while the second uses the Indian medical science of Ayurveda. The disease can also be treated with yoga. Specially selected physical activity has a great effect.
The use of inversion tables gives very good results, too. They help with both stenosis and discopathy. We can have the inversion table as a home fitness device, which is extremely easy to use.
If you use it for a few minutes, not even every day, you can quickly feel a positive change. The device moves the body, not load it. The muscular connections are balanced and so the pain gradually decreases. The exercises are non-strenuous, easy, and are recommended for anyone with stenosis and back problems. The inversion table can also be used by completely healthy people. They strengthen the main muscles with exercises in the inverted position of the body.
Two types of inversion tables can be found on the Bulgarian market – one is the American Teeter, and the other – Emer, which is produced in the Chinese operations of the company. The former can be used for both active and passive exercises.
They help to strengthen the muscles and increase flexibility. Muscle tone is improved and stress is reduced. In passive exercises there is no effort and through them, the joints and discs are rejuvenated.
The device tilts at an angle set by the user. The positive effects are obtained at an angle of 20 degrees, and complete release of tension in the spine is achieved at 60 degrees. When the body is upside down, there is room for more stretching and exercise. The inversion table can also be used for abdominal presses, sitting, and squats.
Inversion tables can help people who have to remain in static positions for a long time. This may be because their work involves long-distance driving or hours spent bent over a desk, computer, or sewing machine. If you have chosen such a profession, you should exercise regularly. Inactivity is the main “helper” of back and lower back pain. In addition to exercise, attention should be paid to a maintaining a healthy diet.
You can safely try using the inversion table before deciding on surgery, which is the most extreme measure, although doctors often recommend it. According to experts, inversion table exercises can not only relieve pain, but also cure it in many cases and prevent surgery.
Each operation is followed by a rehabilitation period, during which the patient returns to normal life. The main goal is to restore the muscular corset that holds each person’s spine. It is advisable for the person who has been operated on to entrust the monitoring his recovery of normal movement to specialists or to a clinic or a ward with the necessary devices and programs.
The course of treatment usually combines different interventions for each patient, depending on his condition. These are most often therapeutic exercise, gymnastics, massage, and physiotherapy procedures, all done in the presence of therapists.
Inversion tables can also be used for rehabilitation after disc herniation or stenosis surgery. However, this can be done only after a doctor’s permission and necessarily under the supervision of a rehabilitator.
The inversion tables we’re talking about are the result of the ingenious idea of a professional athlete named Roger Teeter. After an accident, he suffered from unbearable back pain for 5 years. The pain was also a consequence of his being a professional water skier. In search of a solution to his problem, he discovered that turning the body upside down helps to restore the spine and relieves pain.
Thus, with inversion therapy, the graduate engineer and inventor overcame his pain. Teeter then founded a company called Sky’s the Limit to make inversion devices. It first produced gravity boots and then the inversion table called Teeter. For more than 50 years, Teeter has been involved in fitness and sports activities.
Now our company leads the field in the production of investment vehicles and technical innovations. The inversion tables are readily available and can be easily ordered online. They are offered with a guide for using them, as well as a 1 to 5-year warranty. Plus, they are extremely light and comfortable to use. They are practical, too, because they can be folded and stored in any convenient place in your home.