CATEGORY: Spinal Inversion/Traction for Back Pain
TYPES: Regular Inversion Tables, Electronic Decompression Machines, Seated Inversion Therapy Systems (Foldable or non foldable), Chair-style Inversion Systems, Yoga Sling – Inversion Swings, Back-A-Traction Mini Inversion Tables, Decompression and Extension Inversion Machines, Disk Brake System Ratcheting Inversion Tables, Infrared Therapy Inversion Tables, Back Inversion Mats
*All brand names are trademarks of their respective owners & used for review(s) & comparison purposes only.
INVERSION THERAPY PROS:
> Highly effective stretch for decompressing spine
INVERSION THERAPY CONS:
> Hanging upside down can be uncomfortable & impossible for some
> Dramatically increases blood pressure to the head
> Requires lots of time to be effective
Inversion therapy doesn’t provide lasting relief from back pain, and it’s not safe for everyone. Inversion therapy involves hanging upside down, and the head-down position could be risky for anyone with high blood pressure, heart disease or glaucoma.
Well-designed studies evaluating spinal traction (inversion) have found the technique ineffective for long-term relief. However, some people find traction temporarily helpful as part of a more comprehensive treatment program for lower back pain caused by spinal disk compression. Your heartbeat slows and your blood pressure increases when you remain inverted for more than a couple of minutes — and the pressure within your eyeballs jumps dramatically.
-Dr. Edward Laskowski, Co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center and a Professor at College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.
These tables are great for spinal decompression & can certainly work to provide mild back & neck pain relief. However, one stretch alone is not enough to correct poor posture, which is the root cause of most back pain. In order to permanently realign posture, which is the reason your spine needs to be decompressed in the first place, you must stretch the chronically tight chest & shoulder muscles in front of your spine in order to stop them from pulling your spine forward (inversion doesn’t do this). Also, you must strengthen the chronically weak back & shoulder muscles behind the spine, which allow the spine to curve forward (inversion doesn’t do this). Spinal decompression may be helpful but only represents a partial solution for curing most types of chronic back pain because it does NOT strengthen your back or actively realign your spine. If you rely solely on spinal stretching to cure your back pain, it’s like bringing a knife to a gun fight.
The BODY-ALINE is a more complete solution that directly treats the root cause of most back pain – not just one of the symptoms (a compressed spine). However, we do recommend using Teeter Inversion in conjunction with the BODY-ALINE if you can handle the increased pressure in your head due to the extra blood flow from being upside down. Ultimately, your time & money is better spent on a product that quickly & efficiently treats the proven root cause of most back & neck pain as opposed to a partial solution. This analysis summarizes why, in our opinion, the BODY-ALINE is a better overall solution for most chronic back pain, compared to to even the best inversion tables for back pain.
A Personal Review of Inversion Therapy for Chronic Back Pain from BODY-ALINE Co-Inventor Jason Bowman…
Many brands of inversion tables are highly effective devices for spinal decompression. The idea of stretching the spine to relieve pressure is a valid one & will provide relief. However, a more complete back pain treatment must account for root cause. You have to ask what is the causing the abnormal compression of the spine that requires it to be decompressed? The answer, in most cases, is poor posture. Teeter Hang-Ups does nothing to permanently correct poor posture, which means you will be committed to sessions of hanging upside down for the rest of your life – until you start treating root cause. The BODY-ALINE treats root cause.