Inversion therapy is a technique where you are suspended upside down to stretch the spine and relieve back pain. The theory is that by shifting the body’s gravity, pressure eases off the back while also providing traction for the spine. For these reasons people with the following conditions might find this therapy very useful:

  1. Chronic lower back pain
  2. Poor circulation
  3. Sciatica
  4. Scoliosis

Because of the stretching and circulatory benefits of inversion therapy the following benefits may be experienced by using an inversion table:

  1. Creates more protective fluid around spinal discs
  2. Removing waste from the spine
  3. Decrease inflammation
  4. Increase blood circulation through surrounding muscles

Here is what some research studies found about using an inversion table

  • REDUCED BACK PAIN

A recent study looked at 47 people with chronic low back pain whom used inversion therapy as an alternative treatment. 3 Minute sets at different angles completely reduced back pain after 8 weeks and also improved the torso flexibility and strength of the participants.

  • IMPROVED SPINAL HEALTH

Inversion therapy can improve the space between your spinal discs and relieve pressure in the spinal column. Pressure between discs cause pain in the spinal column, most commonly around the lower back area.

  • INCREASED FLEXIBILITY

Practising inversion therapy may also translate to better flexibility. Micro movements in the spine over time may help make the body stronger. You may find it easier to bend and reach as flexibility improves. Inversion therapy also helps to improve posture which might be useful for people with desk jobs or bad posture.

  • REDUCED NEED FOR SURGERY

A 2014 study suggests that the zero-gravity nature of inversion can reduce compression. The authors of the study also noted that inversion may potentially prevent disability from back problems. This could also in turn reduce the need for spinal surgery.

Another 2012 study found that people with lumbar disease reduced their need for surgery six weeks after using an inversion table regularly.

Despite these findings it is important to note that back problems are complex. Inversion therapy is not a guarantee against surgery nor should it be seen as a fix for back pain but rather as an alternative treatment option to pain medications and long term spinal health.

Risks of inversion therapy

Inversion therapy is mostly very safe for most of the populace except for people with some of the following medical conditions.

Contra-indications

  1. Osteoporosis, fractures or spinal injuries
  2. High blood pressure, history of strokes or heart disease
  3. Ear infections, glaucoma and cerebral sclerosis.
  4. Retinal detachment
  5. Pregnancy
  6. Obesity
  7. Use of blood clotting medications

As with any form of exercise your body need to adjust to inversion therapy and starting with shorter sessions and building up to being inverted longer is recommended. This can help reduce spells of dizziness or muscle strains.

Inversion therapy at Vive studios is used effectively by combining an inversion therapy session with a massage session.

The Inversion helps to realign the spinal column and relax the muscles before the therapist starts to manipulate the soft tissue through massage. We have found that the combination of the 2 treatments leaves clients completely relaxed, realigned and revitalized.

Visit our studio and speak to one of our therapists to set you up with an inversion therapy session and feel the difference for yourself. We look forward to meeting you.