Review Your Studio Ergonomics!

I’ve recently found out that I have actually done some damage to my back from sitting on a poorly designed chair in my studio for many years. Some of the discs in my spine seem to have shifted and compacted and I went to see a doctor about this. After a couple of conversations somebody suggested I actually try some inversion therapy. She apparently had similar issues a while ago and fixed most of her symptoms simply by spending some time – in a disciplined manner- on an inversion table. I set out to get myself one and started by reading a lot of inversion table reviews online. I tried out a couple at shows and gyms before making my final decisions and then settled on the Ironman 5800. Here are some of my thoughts on what’s available out there and what I learned..

The Ironman inversion table is one of the best inversion tables on the market today. Aside from the Teeter inversion table, this is just one of the most popular and best-selling devices for the relief of back fatigue and pain, as it allows the individual or patient to execute a wide range of inversion table exercises, as well as ab training which decreases back pain. This type of gravity guidance inversion table is sturdy and well-crafted, as well as easy to use and relatively lightweight. Health professionals such as doctors and physical therapists have been using devices like the Ironman inversion table for quite some time, as these can give the patient benefits that cannot always be obtained by medication or risky surgical procedures.

Fig3_disk_WInversion tables work by countering the effects of gravity on a person’s spine, as he or she may suffer from chronic back pain, stress, or fatigue due to repeated or heavy impacts caused by sports or injuries, or spinal compression as a result of an overly sedentary or inactive lifestyle. The therapeutic benefits you can obtain from a device such as an inversion table are manifold, and may be best explained by touching on how it actually works first.

Inversion tables operate on the concept of inversion therapy, which treats back pain or stress by decreasing the effects of gravity on the human spine by reducing spinal compression and permitting the relaxation or “loosening” of the ligaments and muscles around the spine itself. This happens while the patient lies down or “hangs” in an inverted yet relaxed manner. The very position provides relief from back pain by eliminating some or all spinal compression due to gravity, the degrees of which are dependent on the angle of the table (and the angle of the patient as well). To break the process down step by step, inversion therapy eases pressure on the spinal column and its components, while stretching and reviving muscle groups in the area and facilitating better blood circulation. The significant reduction of tension and stress then reduces or eliminates back pain.

The use of an inversion table like the Ironman inversion table or the ATIS 3000 may seem to be a bit daunting for many, due in no small part to the seemingly precarious and awkward position one has to be in during the inversion treatment. However, the safety of these devices has been enhanced and proven through the years, just ensure you purchase of the best inversion tables to be able to get the utmost benefits of the therapy. After that, some familiarity with the machine, a little confidence, and some practice will enable you to use it comfortably and easily.

A singular tip to keep in mind while using machines such as the Ironman inversion table is this: use common sense. While the machine is safe with features such as improved ankle support, it is by no means, a plaything. Make sure that you have the approval of your doctor prior to using the inversion table, as certain ailments or injuries may potentially be aggravated by inversion therapy. Spotters are recommended during your first few tries, and so is the practice of slow downward and upward reps.

Prevention si beetter than cure, so if whether you’re standing or sitting in your studio – remember that you’re likely to spend many hours in that position practicing your art, so ensure you set yourself up in an ergonomically sound posture.