View Full Version : Inversion Tables

10-13-2003, 10:24 PM
Has anyone here ever tried an inversion table? It is a gadget that is sort of like a cot that has a pivot point in the center. It allows you to hang from your ankles (which are tethered) UPSIDE DOWN. You are supposed to use this thing for 2 minutes at a time twice a day. This according to the sales guy at Relax the Back (a retail store for back therapy type products). The theory is that your spine decompresses while inverted. On one hand, I am tempted to buy one, as I kinda buy the decompression thing. On the other hand, I'm kinda scared that some kind of irreparable damage may be done due to the mis-alignment of my back due to the scoliosis. They cost in the $4-500 neighborhood. ANy thoughts?:confused:

10-14-2003, 12:37 AM

Laying upside down will not damage your scoliotic spine. But whether it will alleviate any pain you may be experiencing due to your scoliosis is highly questionable. Scoliosis is not a problem with compression. It might feel good to "fight gravity" for a few minutes, but this benefit won't last. It certainly won't straighten your spine, if that's your goal.

Frankly, I would save the few hundred dollars.


12-28-2003, 09:15 AM
Bill - I have an inversion table here at my home. It's actually borrowed - the guy who owns it can't use it anymore. I've tried it several times and really rec'd no relief. I must admit I've yet to go the full 180 upside down position. (maybe today?) I get more relief by laying down and grabbing a board behind me and just stretching eveything from my behind and up. Feels like a bit of traction. I do this almost everynite to get things stretched enough to try to sleep. If I get brave up the inv table I'll let you know. Linda