Does Inversion Therapy Help With Back and Neck Pain?

Inversion tables are simple devices that flip upside down and are used to help people with various problems ranging from back pain, neck pain, sciatic pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and chronic headaches. One method of using an inversion table involves using it on your back to do light acupressure on your back muscles.

Inversion therapy has been around for a while, but its recent popularity can be attributed to the release of the documentary titled “Mirror Ball”.

The film, directed by James Mielke and written by David Williams and Ethan Zuckerman, explores the history of inversion tables (OTB) and their role in helping people with spinal problems. The movie also highlights how they are used as a complementary treatment to conventional treatments like physical therapy and chiropractic care. While this approach is not new, the popularity of inversion therapy has only recently started to grow.

While this may seem like a simple idea, it’s actually quite complex as different people have varying levels of comfort with inverted hanging positions. Some people find them uncomfortable and some find them a bit painful (hence that’s why we recommended getting a partner for these sessions).

How does one determine what works for each person? One way is through trial-and-error testing. Another way is through scientific experiments designed specifically to study the effects of inverted hanging on certain parts of the body and certain types of stressors on certain parts of the body.

Inversion Therapy for Back and Neck Pain

Inversion therapy involves using a powerful tool to help alleviate back pain. It is a form of exercise that involves hanging upside down, and the theory is that by doing so, you take the pressure of gravity off your spine, lifting your body weight away from your legs and into a position where your spine can ease back into normal alignment.

The treatment has been around for more than 100 years, and there are many different types of inversion tables. Some are simple devices that allow you to hang upside down; others have complicated mechanisms which allow you to slide up and down the table through different positions.

Inversion therapy can be done at home with a simple inversion table or at an instructor’s facility. If you are interested in trying out inversion therapy for back pain, there aren’t any standards for how much time should be spent on it or what the intensity level should be, but one thing is certain: if it isn’t working for you, it probably isn’t worth doing (or perhaps just isn’t something you want to spend time on).

Benefits of Inversion Therapy for Back and Neck Pain

Inversion therapy has been around for a long time. It was used to treat spinal injuries, but recently it has been the subject of a growing amount of research. Inversion therapy is an old practice that involves hanging upside down with your head and shoulders touching the ground. It does not involve any physical exercise; it is just hanging in one position for about 15 -30-60 minutes depending on your therapy session.

However, there is a growing number of studies that suggest it can help relieve neck pain along with some other conditions like back pain

One study found that it was more effective than physiotherapy and supportive massage when treating chronic low back pain. The study looked at over 1,000 patients and found that those who did inversion therapy reported less pain, particularly at night and during the day. Another study looked at nearly 4,300 people who had been ill or injured and found that those who did inversion therapy reported less neck pain compared to people who didn’t use inversion therapy.

The evidence seems to support the idea that inversion may be useful for alleviating neck pain too: research has shown that people with many types of neck pain report better days after doing an inversion, results have been consistent across different countries and it works as well with physiotherapy or chiropractic treatments for improving overall function.

So if we can improve function by doing something so simple as hanging upside down for few minutes every day, why ignore this treatment? Some may say it’s not worth spending time on considering whether or not it works because there are easier things to do without spending money on such treatments — like taking over-the-counter analgesics or visiting a chiropractor!

Warm-up exercises before inversion therapy

The idea behind inversion therapy is that it helps with neck pain caused by spinal problems (such as disc problems, or even for those who have never had a disc problem, it can ‘fix’ them). The theory is that when your head is upside down you are taking more pressure off your spine, which relieves the tension on the nerves along your spine.

The first step in inversion therapy is to lie on a padded table (which should be positioned so that the head is supported at a 90-degree angle). Then you lower yourself into an inverted position— upright with your legs crossed and knees bent (so they are parallel to the floor) and your head supported by a pillow.

You should then breathe through your nose while breathing in and out through your mouth; this will help you relax.

The way to get the maximum benefit from inversion therapy is to practice about five minutes per day before any exercise. It’s important not to overdo it—don’t do more than 10-15 minutes of inversions daily. You should also do stretching exercises beforehand before any exercise.

Stretching exercises for your back

Just like how medicine has to be constantly monitored and adjusted to keep it safe, so too should physical therapy. The Mayo Clinic suggests that stretching for your back is as important as any other part of your body when it comes to keeping you healthy.

It also suggests that back pain is the absolute worst thing you can have. Spinal problems are typically caused by an improper alignment of your spine. If you’re suffering from low back pain, there’s a good chance you have a poor alignment.

The good news is that inversion table stretches are effective for spinal problems just as they are for neck pain and other injuries.


The following is a summary of inversion therapy and its effectiveness.

Inversion therapy can be used to treat a variety of back and neck problems, including spinal cord injuries and nerve problems. A doctor will place a hard sac-like band around your neck and lower spine as you hang upside down for about 30 minutes each day for six or seven days. The goal is to increase the space between your vertebrae — which reduces pressure on nerves — and relieve pressure on your brain stem, causing it to relax.

We advise that if you have some other medical conditions, such as low blood pressure, this treatment may not be right for you. If you’re under 40 years old with no neck problems, rest assured that there’s nothing wrong with your body that inversion therapy won’t help heal.

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