Inversion for Low Back Health

I constantly take it for granted that people know about inversion therapy but after talking about it to clients only to find out that few people actually know about its benefits. I’ve been inverting for back health for almost 18 years. I currently have a Teeter Hang-ups Inversion table and yes, it’s that old. It works well and allows me to literally hang upside down. I originally purchased it to help with low back compression incurred from playing impact sports and weight lifting. It helped tremendously and by inverting I experience several benefits. These include: lumbar spine decompression, spinal muscle stretching, decompression of ankle, knee, hip and sacroiliac (SI) joints with accompanied adjustments in my spine and SI joints. It has virtually replaced any need for Chiropractic and I believe that isn’t something that they wouldn’t honestly want to hear.

Prior to using, follow all set up guides and adjust the table to your height.


Here I am in the starting position. My ankles are locked in and my hands at my sides.



I am at approximately zero degrees of inversion in the picture below. Notice I bring my hands to the level of my head.


To get completely inverted I bring my hands above my head and that causes a shift in body weight so I can hang upside down.



  1. Follow the instructions that accompany the inversion table you purchase. If you’re not sure about your health check with your doctor.
  2. Invert gradually by using your hands to rock back and forth as if you were lying on a teeter totter and use the safety strap to limit the degrees of inversion.
  3. Once you become experienced, you can hang upside down for as little as 30 seconds to any length of time. I often invert for 2-3 minutes statically.
  4. Breathe diaphragmatically by inhaling through your nose and exhaling out your mouth. This will enhance muscle relaxation and increase the likelyhood of the benefits of inversion.

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