Do Inversion Tables Help at All?
You have probably seen those infomercials on late night TV, but do inversion tables help your back pain? It’s a question I have often asked myself as a long time chronic back pain sufferer. I have had issues with my own back since an accident that caused me a herniated disc at the young age of 12.
The Teeter Hangup is the one inversion table that probably comes to mind immediately, to most of us. For a long time, it seemed this one inversion table was the only available to the public at a very high price tag. What many people do not know is that there are now some very affordable comparable inversion tables now on the market for around $100.
The inversion table, I decided to purchase, the Innova ITX9600, only cost me about $90, and because I purchased it from Amazon, I knew I could simply return it if it did not work, or if I felt the table was not sturdy enough.
The Innova ITX9600 shipped very quickly and free with my Amazon Prime Membership. I would suggest having a strong friend or family member around to help you maneuver the box this equipment comes in. The shipping weight is only 58 pounds, but is a bit awkward and if you already are having back pain it is probably best to not take any chances making it worse.
I was really impressed by how easy the ITX9600 was to set up, it was ready for use in about 10 to 15 minutes. It’s definitely the best inversion table for Scoliosis that I have found yet.
The Innova ITX9600 appeared to be strong and sturdy and was rated for 300lbs, and is very easy to adjust for my own 6 foot height. The height adjustments for this machine goes between 4′ 10″ up to 6′ 6″.
So… Do Inversion Tables Help Your Back Pain?
My first time in the ITX9600, was a bit of trial and error getting the pivot setting correct. This adjustment takes no tools, it is a simple spring loaded pin, you pull to make the adjustment. Two, or three changes and I found myself hanging upside down. I could instantly feel the pressure on my spine go away, as you would expect from hanging upside down.
I felt no pain and only spent about 3 or 4 minutes in the inverted position. I was most interested in if I could get myself upright again on my own, more than I was worried about pain relief. Once I figured out how to get my weight shifted properly I smoothly got back into an upright position.
One thing to note. The Innova ITX9600, has several degrees of recline, and I do not suggest the full reclining position for a first timer as I did. It will make you feel a little uneasy at first. Just something to note.
Do Inversion tables help your back pain? Not right away, it feels great the first use while you are inverted. My pain did come back quite quickly after stepping out of the machine. Giving it some time and adding some exercises, I can say I am beginning to feel an improvement. At the end of a days work, I am not nearly in as much pain or fatigue as I was. Do inversion tables help your back pain, I can say it has for me.
I would suggest anyone with a back injury to ask you doctor about using inversion tables for relief before doing so. It just seems like it might be too extreme for some injuries.
Most all inversion tables seem to be the same, some offer massage, infrared and acupuncture features, but all tables seem to be made very much alike. It’s really a choice of how much you want to spend and what features most interest you. Amazon offers 5 different models by Innova alone.
If you have back or neck pain I highly suggest considering an inversion table, if you are someone who can get into a routine of using it on a regular basis. I know from my own experience, if I did not make this machine a daily routine, it would offer me only little to no relief at all.