FAQ Friday: Are There Any Contraindications for Inverting?
Many people have experienced tremendous benefits from using Teeter Hang Ups inversion tables – from relief from lower back pain to increased flexibility and energy. But before inverting for the first time, but sure to check out the list of health contraindications listed in the Owner’s Manual and detailed below. If you have one of the listed conditions, you may still be able to invert, but it’s advised that you first seek the advice your physician.
Note that the below list is not exhaustive and you should always speak with your doctor before beginning any kind of exercise program:
Anti-Coagulants (Use of): Blood-thinning drugs or aspirin to reduce clotting of the arteries and blood vessels. The use of anti-coagulants signals people at risk for circulatory problems.
Bone weakness, recent fractures, skeletal implants: Inversion may exacerbate these conditions.
Conjunctivitis (Pink eye): An inflammation of the transparent membrane that covers the front surface of the eyeball and the inner surface of the eyelids caused by bacterial or viral infection.
Glaucoma: A condition of elevated pressure within the eye because of an obstruction of the outflow of the clear, watery fluid circulating in the chambers of the eye. The resulting pressure (which is imperceptible without an eye exam) kills cells in the optic nerve, which can lead to a gradual loss of vision.
Heart / circulatory disorders: Any condition involving the circulatory system.
Hiatal hernia, ventral hernia: A hiatal hernia occurs when intra-abdominal pressure increases cause a portion of the stomach to move into the chest cavity through a weakness in the diaphragm. A ventral hernia develops at the site of previous surgery, usually along vertical incisions. It may also result from weakness in the abdominal wall.
High blood pressure, hypertension: A common disorder in which the heart is pumping blood through the circulatory system with a force greater than that required for normal blood flow. An elevated blood pressure which exceeds 140/90.
Middle ear infection: The middle ear helps equalize air pressure in the ear. A person may feel discomfort or disorientation during inversion.
Obesity (extreme): In some people obesity can be associated with the undetected onset of many of the circulatory and eye problems mentioned above. The weight capacity of each of the inversion products should not be exceeded.
Pregnancy: Pregnant women should exercise caution when inverting.
Retinal detachment: A separation of the retina, the thin, delicate membrane covering the rear portion of the eye, from the optic nerve. Usually results from a hole in the retina that allows the vitreous humor fluid to leak. Treatment is almost always surgical. A retinal hemorrhage, in most cases, can heal by itself.
Spinal injury: Any severe spinal cord trauma requires a person to consult their physician before inverting.
Stroke: Occurs when a blood vessel in the neck or brain becomes blocked or when a vessel in the brain bursts open. Symptoms include paralysis, difficulty speaking, memory loss, and impaired thought processes.
Transient ischemic Attack: Often called a “ministroke,” a TIA occurs when the blood supply is temporarily interrupted to a part of the brain due to a blockage. Often precedes the onset of a full stroke, and requires immediate action.
If you are not sure you should be inverting, print this page and consult with your doctor.
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