Dr. Wendy, a chiropractor from in Hayden, ID, says that she is committed to, “endorse activities that safely promote spinal health.” Hence in, “The Upsides and Downsides of Inversion” Dr. Wendy objectively analyzes the benefits of inversion therapy.

As Dr. Wendy points out, inversion is one of the most effective ways to improve back health within the comfort of home.  Inverted decompression (or gravity-assisted traction) can offer a myriad of benefits like temporary back pain relief, improved spinal health and alignment, and decrease muscle tension and stress.

Though inversion has a long list of benefits, it may not be right for everyone. For example, inversion is contraindicated for people who have uncontrolled high blood pressure and glaucoma because of the changing pressure within the eyes. You can read more about inversion and certain medical conditions here.

In conclusion, Dr. Wendy recommends that you should start slowly when inverting. Initially setting the table at a shallow angle and inverting for a short one to two minute period will both decompress your back and gradually introduce you to inversion without too much discomfort. To make sure that inversion is right for you, it is recommended that you check with your doctor first.