Inversion Table Pros and Cons

While inversion therapy has been recently growing in popularity, the practice of inversion therapy itself dates back to ancient times! Some of you may know about The Father of Western Medicine, Hippocrates, who happened to use inversion therapy for his own patients.

Inversion tables are becoming so popular because it naturally relieves the pain we so commonly feel in our backs. There are many other benefits, which we’ll go over later on. In this article, we are going to focus on inversion table pros and cons.

What is Inversion Therapy?

While it may sound like an intricate process to someone who doesn’t know what inversion therapy is, it’s really quite simple. The only thing required in order to practice inversion therapy is for you to invert yourself at an angle with your head lower than your feet. Because of this positioning, the back can be then relieved of pain.

With that being said, you might have the misconception that inversion therapy requires you to be at a full, upside down 180 degree angle in order to gain the benefits. This isn’t true. If you have the right equipment (like an inversion table), you’ll have the ability to safely invert at any angle you are comfortable with.

Side note: It is absolutely necessary to only use an inversion table or chair with the supervision of someone you trust, such as a spouse, physician, or personal trainer.

The most popular way to practice inversion therapy is with an inversion table. Other ways to practice inversion therapy can be done with an inversion chair, yoga, or gravity boots.

The use of inversion tables are on the rise as more people become aware of the benefits. Are you wondering if an inversion table would be right for you? Luckily for you, we’ll be digging into inversion table pros and cons.

Inversion Table Pros and Cons

Pros of Inversion Tables

  • It’s a completely natural method to relieve several health conditions, as well as improve bodily functions. Address your back pain without the costs, hassle, and harm of prescription pain medications.
  • Inversion tables don’t take too much time to use. They only need to be used for 5-15 minutes, 3 times per week in order for you to reap the benefits. And with the ok from your doctor, you can even use an inversion table more than once per day if you would like.
  • They help relieve back pain, whether it be lower, upper, or middle back pain.
  • Some may find relief of their arthritis and joint pain.
  • Circulation is improved throughout the body, and especially to the brain. This allows more oxygen to travel through the body, assisting in the healing of muscles and preventing fatigue.
  • Being inverted helps stretch out the entire body, reducing pressure on the spine, as well as giving more length to it. You might even “grow” a half inch or so!
  • Because an inversion table can help you stretch, it can also help increase flexibility.
  • It might sound weird, but using an inversion table can help prevent motion sickness. The inverted angle helps to stimulate the inner ear. This is the location of spatial orientation and balance.
  • Inversion promotes drainage of the lymphatic system, which helps removes toxins from the body. In a sense, using an inversion table is a light detox of some sort.
  • With all these health benefits, using an inversion table has the ability to improve your overall mood. This can reduce stress and make life easier for you.

Cons of Inversion Tables

  • Certain health conditions may make using an inversion table not okay for you. These conditions are high blood pressure, severe arthritis or osteoporosis, glaucoma, retinal detachment, pregnancy, or even a simple ear infection.
  • Inversion tables can be a little difficult for some people to use, especially if you’re on the older side.

As you can tell, there are barely any cons to using an inversion table. If you’re healthy, you should be able to use an inversion table with no problems. Of course, make sure there is someone there to help you.

Are There Alternatives to Inversion Tables?

If there is something about inversion tables that make you feel a bit iffy, then you’ll be glad to know there is an alternative for you to consider: inversion chairs! ( If you want to learn more about inversion chairs, check out our Stamina Inversion Chair Review as well as our informational piece on everything you need to know about inversion chairs ) The inversion chair is essentially the same thing as an inversion table, except you are seated while being inverted. You reap all the same pros of inversion tables, but instead you are in a chair.

An inversion chair may particularly be better for you if your back pain is extremely severe, if you are a bit older, or if you have some mobility limitations. The seated position makes it easier to get in and out of inversion. So if you don’t fancy the tables, but you still want to  practice inversion therapy, a chair is the way to go.