Anyone use an inversion table?

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  1. wingerjim

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    A couple of student at my kwoon said they use an inversion table to help with back pressure. Does anyone use one and is it helpful or hype? Thank you
     
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    I've considered inversion boots. I keep meaning to look into what research has been done, but it never makes the top of my research list. I look forward to seeing what others have to say here.
     
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    My Sanda Shifu did, however he also hits trees with his palms, elbows, shins and knees too...so I am not sure if this is a good endorsement
     
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    I have one. I don't use it but my wife does. IMO, you can get the same result by doing this.

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    That gives the circulatory benefit of inversion, but not the decompression of the spine that can be (theoretically) provided by inversion tables and inversion boots.
     
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    Xue Sheng All weight is underside

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    I have often wondered if an inversion table's decompression aspect would help with my occasional, heading towards chronic, hip pain.
     
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    Me, too. I've had a problem in my right hip off and on (was really bad for a couple of months last year). I've wondered if inversion would help release that, since it seems to be tied to some lower-back issues.
     
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    They seem to range in price form $100 to $1000 and the quality varies form model to model to. Next time I am at the Y I think I will see if they have one to try.
     
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    Hey, I just realized something, to a lesser extent, I can do this on my TotalGym

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    Put it up to level 6 and hang back and see if it helps, hurts, or does nothing at all
     
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    Don't go cheap with an inversion board. Best to start in the mid price range! My wife uses one and loves it!
     
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    What is that?
     
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    Dropping 10 kilo is more effective.
     
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    Not for me. :eek:
     
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    I finally got around to looking for some informed articles. Here are two quick ones that suggest it's not beneficial, beyond short-term gains.

    By the way, doctor: Do inversion tables work? - Harvard Health
    Inversion therapy: Can it relieve back pain?

    They are probably referring to the same sources, since they list the same risks and cautions (and the same benefits).

    A bit more optimistic here, though I think they're referring to the study that provided the limited benefits mentioned by the others:
    The Good and Bad of Inversion Therapy - Alternative Treatment - Chronic Pain | HealthCentral

    A report on what appears (at least in the superficial information provided) to be a reasonable study, with real benefits for sciatica:
    Ground-Breaking Study Gives Hope to Sciatica Patients | Teeter.com123
     

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