Inversion Therapy and Chronic Back Pain
Newcastle University's Regional Science Center in England conducted a clinical trial on 22 men and women who were told by medical professionals they required back surgery to fix their back pain issues. Half of the group received traditional physical therapy, including massage and personalized exercises, and the other half of the group received inversion therapy along with physical therapy. At the end of the trial period, nearly 80% of the group that underwent only physical therapy still needed surgery. However, the group that combined physical therapy with inversion therapy reported that less than 25% of these patients needed surgery to relieve their pain.
How to Invert
Start your inversion session by adjusting the roller hinge according to your weight, and the table to fit your height. This will comfortably and safely hold you in place as you invert. Then, attach the tether strap which controls the angle of the inversion table- this stops you from going completely upside down. Place the ankle clips on your feet. You are now ready to invert!
Slowly bringing your arms towards your head will invert the table backward. When you are ready to come back to an upright position, slowly bring your arms back toward your feet.
* If you are new to inversion, just go back as far as is comfortable- the feeling can be awkward at first and it takes a while to get used to it. The Inversion table becomes easier to use after you become more comfortable with the mechanics of the machine.
Once the table is inverted, breathe, relax, and allow your body to stretch. When you are finished, simply use the handle to pull yourself back to a normal, upright position. Remove the clips from your feet. Store the inversion table in a safe location until you are ready to use it again.