Inversion Machines and Devices.
There are more and more devices for helping people get upside-down coming onto the market. These are some of the usual ones:
Inversion Table, Backswing.
Forward Bending inversion devices.
We will soon post information about all of them but first here is the safety warning for Tilt Tables.
Since the School of I T does not sell inversion equipment we are able to give unbiased information about the devices on the market.
A Safety Warning!
Opposite you can see the usual method of using an inversion table. For sports people, which is a large part of the market, the tables are remarkably safe. There are however some dangers with these devices for those who are not in the peak of health and I would like to point them out here.
1. They can pull very hard on the ankle joint and I have treated clients who have hurt their ankles with regular use. (Pic 12).
2. If you have lower back problems the tables can exacerbate them. The flatness of the table and the pull on the ankle increase the curve in the lower back while encouraging muscles to tighten to protect the ankle from the ankle itself all the way up to the lower back. Having the arms hanging above the head further curves the lower back. Forward bending inversion machines avoid this problem.
3. These devices are promoted as decompressing the spine but unfortunately, when you are inverted with your arms hanging down either side of the head the shoulders block decompression in the upper back and neck to some extent.
3. It is possible to adjust the length of the table incorrectly so that once you get inverted it can be difficult, if not impossible to get back up again without help.
4. Some systems encourage exercising in the inverter which can topple the device if you overdo it.
5. Toppling the machine is dangerous enough but not nearly so much as climbing onto the machine with your feet on the ankle pads.
Please do not leave your inversion table without locking the mechanism in some way so that if someone unfamiliar with the machine, or children playing, stand on the ankle pads and sit back against the table they will not fly backwards very fast and be thrown on their heads with risk of serious injury. I have seen this happen to an unguarded machine at a festival. That the machines do not have automatic locking in the lowered position surprises me. See Pics 13 & 14.