Inversion Table Risks & Benefits

Updated March 23, 2017

Inversion tables are used to decrease spinal compression. Almost all activities performed cause pressure on the spinal cord, which causes spinal compression. People use inversion tables to relieve back and neck pain caused by compression. There are many benefits of using an inversion table, but there are some risks involved as well.

Pain Reduction

Inversion tables are used to reduce pain in parts of the body. Back and neck pain are two of the biggest reasons people look into using these tables. Inversion tables cause the muscles and ligaments in the body to relax and fight the effects of gravity. By doing this, the body relaxes and muscles get a sense of relief. These tables are also used to reduce the pain in sore, overworked muscles from work, athletics and workouts, and other causes. A person's own body weight is used as a natural force which, when inverted, helps restore the natural gaps in the vertebrae. Pressure in the back and neck is often caused by the vertebrae compressing, and to relieve this pain, there must be spaces created between each vertebrae.

Other Benefits

Many people believe that the use of an inversion table relieves stress from the body. Relieving pressure in the body, often relieves stress and increases mental awareness as well. People who suffer from poor circulation often give inversion tables a try. These tables stimulate circulation in the body lifting the pressure from the body.

Other people use inversion tables to encourage good posture. People often develop poor postural habits throughout life. Inversion helps the body to go back to its natural, gentle "s"-shaped curve.

Toxins in the body cause pain and spasms in muscles. Inversion allows the flow of lymphatic fluids to increase, which naturally flushes the body's system.


Before using an inversion table, seek professional advice from a doctor. People with certain conditions should avoid inversion tables altogether. Certain conditions include, but are not limited to, pregnancy, hernia, high blood pressure, recent stroke, glaucoma, spinal injuries and obesity. When using an inversion table, it is important to have a companion nearby to help you right yourself after your inversion session.

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