Inversion Therapy


Inverting the body has been practiced for many years as a way to relieve back pain.

You can turn your body upside down by doing handstands or headstands. Or, you can invest your body by using either an inversion table or an inversion chair.

If you invert your body by doing either a handstand or a headstand the weight of the body will be borne by the hands.

When using an inversion table you will be hanging from your ankles in the upside down position.  The pull of gravity may decompress the joints of the body.  It may help to relieve painful muscle spasms and help improve other spinal problems such as degeneration and herniated discs.


When you are using an inversion table for the first time you need to have someone with you in case unexpected health problems occur or in case you need assistance getting out of the apparatus.

You should start small if you plan to use an inversion table.  Start with just a few minutes at an inversion of 10 to 15 degrees and build up your stamina.

If you have high blood pressure, heart disease or eye problems like glaucoma or if your are pregnant you may be at a higher risk for problems.  Be sure to consult with your health care professional before beginning inversion therapy.  In fact, it is wise for everyone to consult with their health care provider before beginning this treatment.

Using an inversion table which involves hanging upside down may be too much for some people.  If you prefer there are inversion chairs.  Using an inversion chair allows you to sit while still placing your head below your feet.  Using the seated position in the chair puts less pressure on the leg joints and is likely more comfortable.  It is not necessary to have a second person nearby when seated as opposed to hanging.  You will still get the same anti-gravitational effects on the body.

Many people have found the use of inversion therapy to bring helpful temporary relief from lower back pain.