Loads of people, including myself offer praises for the benefits of inversion table therapies that extend the the spine, relieving back pain for millions of sufferers around the world.
There has been some confusion on the safety of inversion therapy starting back in 1983, but lets hear from the Mayo Clinic first and see what they have to say about it.
The Mayo Clinic states Inversion therapy may give some short term relief, but there have been studies that have shown it to be ineffective long term. This is true from my experience. I can get on the table or the inversion chair and in 3 to 5 minutes, pain free for the next 8 to 12 hours depending on my activity level. This is a very generous trade value when you have back pain.
Back to the confusion starting in 1983.
According to Wikipedia, a book written by Mia Campbell brought about a huge misunderstanding that still has some in the medical profession opposed to inversion. You can read more about the debacle on Wikipedia.
It is still recommended that people with high blood pressure, heart disease or glaucoma not try inversion therapy and that no one should start inversion therapy without first consulting with your doctor.
The best part is that it works for most even if it is short term.