Originally Posted by joekelly
I was on the course the other day and my play partner mentioned 'inversion table' (IT) and i wondered the benefits. News report i just read found very little , if any, benefit of IT for low back pain. Cautions for those with hypertension, glaucoma or heart troubles. If you are unfamiliar with the 'upside down' position the blood rushing to your head and eyes esp can give you short term problems.
Yes, I heard the same thing for a couple of years - caution.
I am a guy with coronary issues, and like anything else, I use machines as a tool to obtain the results I want. Like any machine or sport, don't overdo it. Read the second to last sentence of my post.
I found that going immediately to full inversion, places a lot of pressure into the head -- so don't do it. I go to slight inversion, then 60 degrees and relax, then later, full inversion briefly to stretch things out. You do not need to go full inversion to obtain the benefits. When I go to full inversion, it's not for more than 15 seconds or so.
There are critics of inversion like any therapy. I can talk about actual use. Typically, I would strain a back muscle for weird reasons - bend over and not lift anything, lift a little too much weight, etc. weird stuff that typically occurred twice a month ...
Not since I began using the Teeter. And it's a quality table. Your mileage may vary.