Health Conditions to Avoid Inversion Therapy

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While there are many health benefits to be had through the use of inversion therapy or spinal decompression as it is often called, there are a few existing health conditions which would require you to avoid incline therapy.

It’s important to understand that while incline therapy has been researched and tested for many decades and found to be a safe and effective form of spinal decompression, it does create elevated pressures to different parts of the body. You should be aware of this before using an incline unit and take proper precautions during use of the unit.

It is common to see an elevated pressure in the ears and especially behind the eyes. This is due largely to an increase in blood flow and thus blood pressure to these areas. For these reasons I have listed the critical health issues that would immediately be cause to stop using any form of incline equipment.

Before purchasing a first incline device I would recommend you check with your physician or chiropractor to determine if the use of an incline system is right for you. Keep in mind this applies to anyone who might get on this unit. Here is a list of the top medical reasons that one should never use an incline device.

If you suffer from extreme obesity- You should first consult with your physician about the effects of decompression therapy on your body.

Glaucoma, Retinal Detachment, Conjunctivitis – Because of the increased pressure around and behind the yes during inversion you should never use decompression therapy with these conditions.

Pregnancy – Consult your doctor on this one because many people have found relief from Sciatica during pregnancy but there are bad possible complications so never try this without a doctors’ consent and a spotter.

Spinal Injury, Cerebral Sclerosis, or acutely swollen joints – Once again inversion puts pressure on joints that could cause damage under these conditions.

Middle Ear Infection – The pressure from incline therapy can cause excessive pain so avoid it during a middle ear infection.

High Blood Pressure, Hypertension, Recent Stroke or Transient – Inversion causes an increased flow of blood to the heart and upper extremities so do not attempt any form of decompression therapy if you are dealing with any of these blood pressure related problems.

Heart or Circulatory disorders that you are being treated for – Again this goes back to consulting your doctor before beginning any form of decompression therapy since the increase in blood flow can be harmful in these cases.

Hiatus Hernia or Ventral Hernia – Once again we are talking about putting pressure on parts of the body that normally do not receive this pressure, so refer to your doctor.

Bone Weakness including Osteoporosis, Unhealed Fractures, Modularly Pins, or Surgically Implanted Orthopedic Supports – Inversion adds an amount of pulling pressure to all your joints and this pressure increases depending on the degree of incline angle. So while many people enjoy the benefits of decompression therapy after having procedures like joint replacement of implanted fracture pins, you must consult with your physician before attempting incline therapy after one of these procedures.

Use of Anti-Coagulants including Aspirin in high doses – I keep going back to the fact that you will be elevating your blood pressure during an incline session and the use of product meant to increase blood flow will work against you here.

While the possible health benefits of incline therapy far outweigh the possible side effects, some of these side effects can be deadly. So take your health seriously and check with your doctor or chiropractor, or maybe even both before beginning a healthy decompression therapy routine.

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