INVERSION THERAPY TABLES, GRAVITY BOOTS & INVERSION CHAIRS for POSTURE - A REVIEW
CATEGORY: Spinal Decompression, Inversion Therapy, Spine Stretching
TYPES: Inversion Tables, Electronic Stretching/Decompression Machines, Hang Upside Down (Gravity) Boots, Inversion Chairs & Boards, Various Spine/Back/Posture Stretchers, Inversion Chairs, Spyder Boots/Inversion Rack Combo, Inversion Tables with Advanced Heat/Massage Therapy & Vibration Built in, Spinal Decompression Inversion Slings, Gravity Inversion Systems with Pads
*All brand names are trademarks of their respective owners & used for review(s) & comparison purposes only.
INVERSION PRODUCTS for POSTURE - PROS:
- There are many positive online customer reviews of inversion therapy tables, gravity (upside down) boots & inversion chairs touting their general effectiveness for relieving back pain.
- Fairly easy-to-use.
- Stretches/decompresses the spine, which can be helpful for realigning the spine.
INVERSION PRODUCTS for POSTURE - CONS:
- Can be uncomfortable for some.
- Although they stretch the spinal erector muscles that run vertically along the each side of the spine, most do NOT actively stretch any other postural muscle groups, specifically the chest & front of shoulders.
- They require a significant time commitment for maximum effectiveness.
- Hanging upside down (as with tables & gravity boots) dramatically increases blood flow to the head and multiplies pressure, which can be dangerous for some.
Why BODY-ALINE is Better for Your Posture:
Inversion therapy tables, gravity boots & chairs are great for stretching & decompressing the spine; which can provide some back pain relief. However, this type of stretching ONLY affects one postural muscle group: the spinal erectors (these are the muscles that run vertically along each side of your spine). Inversion therapies generally do NOT offer targeted stretching or strengthening of any other postural muscle groups besides the spinal erectors. For example, if your chest muscles & the front of your shoulders aren't stretched along with the spine, then your shoulders will still roll forward & draw (curve) your spine forward as well.
Since inversion therapy tables, chairs & gravity boots ONLY affect one postural muscle group, and do nothing to effect/realign the rest of the important postural muscle groups of the upper body, their effectiveness as total posture solutions is very limited. In other words, no matter how much you hang upside down, poor posture will just set in again if the rest of the your posture muscle groups are not rebalanced, as well. Posture correction is best done through targeted stretching AND strengthening exercises of all the major postural muscles.
Inversion therapy does NOT strengthen any postural muscles!
Decompression stretching can relieve pressure on the spine but it, alone, is just not enough to correct most cases of poor posture. So if you're looking to buy inversion tables or chairs strictly for posture correction, you're probably going to need more help than that because most cases of poor body posture can not be corrected by performing just one stretch.
However, we do recommend inversion therapy tables, chairs & boots (or any other devices that passively stretch the spine) to be used in conjunction with the BODY-ALINE. But, before you flip upside down on an inversion table or hang upside down with gravity boots, we strongly suggest you get permission from a physician first. Hanging upside down, almost completely vertical, for 10 -15 minutes at a time drastically increases the blood pressure to your head. Make sure you are healthy enough for this! This analysis summarizes why, in our opinion, the BODY-ALINE is a better overall posture solution compared to even the best inversion & spinal decompression therapies.
As you have read, we recommend spinal inversion & stretching devices & equipment to be used in conjunction with the BODY-ALINE. However, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on them! Inside the “10 Back Saving Tips You’ve Never Heard Before” E-book that you receive free with your order, we provide easy-to-follow instructions showing you how to do a safe & effective spine stretch that can be done with a $10 piece of equipment (that you can purchase online or at any Walgreens). Using the BODY-ALINE, along with doing the spine stretching exercise we give you, is more then enough, and an unbeatable combination, for restoring perfect posture!
- Jason Bowman, Co-Inventor of the BODY-ALINE
A Personal Review of Spinal Decompression & Inversion Therapy Tables & Chairs from Robert Gearhart JR., Co-inventor of the BODY-ALINE...
"Inversion therapy tables & chairs can be effective overall health products. The decompression of the spinal vertebra from hanging upside down can provide back pain relief. However, one has to ask the question: Why does the spine need to be stretched/decompressed in the first place? In most cases, the answer is: poor posture. Chances are... if you correct your posture, your spine will no longer need decompression stretching. Although viable back pain products, inversion therapy tables, chairs and gravity boots have their limitations when it comes to improving posture because they generally only affect one posture muscle group. The BODY-ALINE provides targeted stretching for ALL the major postural muscles groups of the upper body, which makes it a total & complete posture solution.
In all fairness, most inversion therapy tables, chairs & boots are marketed more as back pain cures - not posture correction products. So if inversion therapy makes your back feel better, we recommend it in conjunction with the BODY-ALINE. Just don't expect inversion therapy or spinal decompression, alone, to permanently correct your poor posture."