Can inversion tables cause vertigo? If you have ever seen someone on an inversion table, this is probably something that you asked yourself almost instantly. People claim that these types of tables help them feel better because it takes pressure off the spine, thereby reducing back pain, as well as pain in certain other areas of the body. With that being said, many people object to the idea of getting strapped to a table and being flipped over upside down. After all, this is not exactly the most comfortable position in the world. However, how can you know whether or not it actually causes vertigo, that uncomfortable sensation where the world suddenly turns on its ear and everything starts spinning?
Inversion Tables and Vertigo
The truth is, these types of tables can sometimes cause vertigo but they generally don’t cause it in most people. If you are a relatively healthy individual, you might experience some minor dizziness when you first start using an inversion table. Chances are, this will not be significant enough to force you to stop using it. This type of dizziness is more like a nuisance than anything else and it usually dissipates after you get accustomed to using the table.
However, there is that small population of individuals that are deeply bothered by using an inversion table. These individuals usually find themselves in a situation where everything starts to spin so quickly that they have virtually no control over their own ability to right themselves or do anything else. It can last for a few minutes or it may last much longer. Typically, people that experience this type of vertigo already have some type of problem with their inner ear, which is ultimately what causes the vertigo. When the inner ear is no longer able to equalize pressure and create a sense of balance, vertigo occurs. For people that have issues with their inner ear equilibrium, the use of the table can exacerbate the condition to the point that it is virtually unbearable. It can also cause the condition to come on quite suddenly and for anyone that already experiences vertigo, it can make it much worse than it has been in the past.
For people that have never experienced vertigo and do not have other signs of problems with the inner ear, such as motion sickness, it is generally safe to use an inversion table. For those who have a known problem, it is a good idea to take things slowly, especially at first. It might be possible for you to acclimate to the situation or you may not be able to use an inversion table at all. Each individual is different, so it will require some trial and error on your part in order to find out how severe the problem might be.
Unfortunately, if you find that using an inversion table causes an extreme episode of vertigo, you might be doing yourself a favor to stay away from it, despite its relative benefits when it comes to relieving back pain and reducing pressure on the joints. In other words, you will have to decide if it is worth the trade-off. For most people that experience vertigo, the answer is no.