A few months ago I decided to buy an inversion table since my lower back sometimes ached and felt tired – I think it is primarily a result of having a desk job where I sit most of the day. The back pain was nothing serious, but wanted a quick and easy way to alleviate some of the annoyance and possibly avoid it from getting worse. I was skeptical at first, but decided to give it a try since the investment was nominal ($110).
Inversion therapy is a form of treatment that involves hanging upside-down to reduce spinal stress and compression. The theory is that you can eliminate pain by slightly increasing the space between your vertebrae. Benefits cited have been improved alignment, posture, pain relief and better circulation.
Although I can’t say it has been miraculous, I find the therapy to be beneficial. I use the inversion table daily – once or twice a day for about 5 minutes each time – and the aches and tiredness in my lower back are less noticeable and my back usually feels great right after hanging upside-down. The blood flowing to he head felt weird at first, but actually became relaxing after I got used to it, almost meditative. It now feels so good that I actually look forward to doing it every day. It has probably also helped in my running as well, although I’m not sure how to quantify it – but it certainly hasn’t hurt my running.
I’m not sure if this is something I would recommend to everyone, but if you have a job where you sit all day and are experiencing mild to moderate lower back pain, it may be something worth considering and may also help reduce injuries if you are a runner.