Inversion Table: FSA Eligibility
What is an inversion table?
An inversion table is a padded flat table that allows you to flip your entire body over. The user straps into a chair and gradually rotates backwards to a comfortable position, taking pressure off the ankles and feet. Inversion therapy involves being upside down or at least at an inverted angle with the intention of therapeutic benefits. The thought is to create a form of spinal decompression or traction force through the spine in order to decrease low back pain.
Low back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit a physician and can be caused by any number of reasons including too much heavy lifting, constantly bending down, or poor sitting posture.
What are the risks associated with inversion tables?
The biggest risks associated with inversion tables are the unsafe rises in blood pressure , a rise in pressure in the eyes (glaucoma), or a rise in heart rate. Thus people who have cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, eye diseases (such as glaucoma), or are pregnant are at higher risk for the dangers related to inversion therapy and should consult their doctors about it first.
The first time anyone tries inversion therapy with gravity, someone should be standing by, in case assistance is required to get out of the apparatus, or if health problems are experienced. Another risk is that typically during an episode of acid reflux, gravity keeps a lot of stomach acid away from the doorway from the stomach to the esophagus. However, in an inverted position, gravity cannot do that job so one has to be careful in avoiding that dangerous combination (LIVESTRONG).
How might inversion therapy help?
Inversion therapy doesn't provide lasting relief from back pain, and it's not safe for everyone. Spinal traction or stretching the spine can temporarily relieve back pain and be a part of a more comprehensive treatment program. If you are suffering from low back pain or pain in the leg that is coming from the back, doctors also recommend carefully engaging in normal routines and perhaps add exercise (Healthline).