When it comes to inversion machines for back pain, you have three basic options – the 90/90 inversion therapy machine, the inversion chair, and the inversion table. Each of these has it’s own unique advantages, and we will briefly discuss these advantages in this article below.
Advantages of the 90/90 Inversion Machine
The biggest advantages of inversion machines has to do with what can be done for stretching of your spine and reducing your back pain. A 90/90 machine does this while allowing yourself to not put any type of stress load on your ankles, knees, or other ligaments. You basically sit in an inverted seating position, and you control 100% everything – all you need to do to revert yourself is push up / sit up with your hands. One main advantage of this type of inversion machine is that you can do back extensions while still enjoying a very controlled, easy inversion session.
Inversion chairs are great machines for those suffering from back pain and who cannot undergo full inversion therapy, or who have a hard time getting used to inversion tables. Because you are literally sitting in a chair and are strapped in you have much less mobility – making it more comfortable for many people, but not allowing you to perform many exercises that you would be able to with the other machines.
Inversion tables are the most common machine for inversion therapy, and are highly recommened for people who are 1) healthy enough (consult with your doctor), and 2) want to have the most freedom to be able to do specific exercises such as inverted sit ups and crunches. Basically, you get the most freedom and ability, but you do have to get used to hanging 100% freely from your ankles, which can be too stressful for some individuals.
The bottom line is that you will need to choose which is better for you. In addition, talking to a physical trainer/advisor or a doctor is also highly recommended to ensure you get the one that is best for your back pain.