The Best Inversion Tables to Relieve Gravitational Nerve Pressure

Relieve Gravitational Nerve Pressure with inversion therapy

Back pain is one of the plagues of the modern world. And the pressure of gravity can make it worse. But how can you relieve gravitational nerve pressure? Can inversion therapy help? And what’s the best inversion table for this kind of pain? Read on to find out.

What is Gravitational Nerve Pressure?

Gravity is the force that attracts objects with mass toward one another. This force keeps us — and everything else —- securely bound to the surface of the Earth. What does that have to do with back pain? Well, because the Earth has so much more mass than a human body, the Earth’s gravity has a significant pull on our bones and joints. And this pull puts pressure on the nerve roots and discs of the spine. Experts call this gravitational nerve pressure, and if you have a pinched nerve or any other sort of nerve pain, it can be excruciating.


A pinched nerve may cause pain in the area where the nerve is located, like the neck or lower back. The pain may radiate out, as it does with sciatica. You may also feel numbness, tingling, burning, or a “pins and needles” sensation. Also, you might also experience weakness with specific activities. Gravity increases the pressure on a pinched nerve. Therefore, it can worsen these symptoms. So. if you want to relieve back pain from a pinched nerve, one crucial step is to reduce gravitational nerve pressure.

What are the Traditional Ways to Relieve Gravitational Nerve Pressure?

For many people, the first line of defense against back pain is medication. Your doctor may prescribe something mild, like an over the counter anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen or aspirin. If your pain is severe or chronic, your doctor may prescribe a stronger medication. You may also find relief from heat patches or creams. Many have also found relief from back pain in therapeutic massage. However, none of these addresses the cause, which is pressure on the nerve roots and diskc of the spine. Inversion addresses precisely this problem.

How Can an Inversion Table Help to Relieve Gravitational Nerve Pressure?

The theory behind inversion therapy is that it removes gravitational pressure from the nerve roots and disks. Also, it increases the space between the vertebrae. Some call this stretching of the spine spinal tractionAnd many say it has brought them relief. According to the Mayo Clinic, spinal traction isn’t a cure for back pain. However, can be helpful as part of a more comprehensive treatment program for pain due to spinal disc compression.

In the short video below, two physical therapists discuss using an inversion table to relieve back pain.

A few words of caution

Inversion therapy can cause problems for people with certain medical conditions. If you suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease, eye problems, inner ear problems, or are pregnant; inversion can even be dangerous. Additionally, hanging upside down can increase acid reflux and make it worse. Always check with your doctor before beginning any treatment. If you want to try inversion therapy, your medical professional can tell you if it will be safe for you.

What are the Best Inversion Tables to Relieve Gravitational Nerve Pressure?

For the Top 7 Spinal Decompression Devices on the Market, check out our article, here.

Inversion tables are hot, hot, hot right now. How can you find the best one for you? Let’s have a look.


The first quality you might think about when you begin your search is the price. And prices can vary quite a bit. But this is your back we’re talking about. You don’t want to go with something simply because it’s cheap. While you can get a bargain from time to time, it’s more important to look at what you need and the features that can deliver that.

Sturdiness and quality materials

If you order online, as many people do, one table may look much like another. It’s hard to judge the quality of the materials or the sturdiness of the inversion table. Here are a few terms to look for:

Heat treated steel. Heat treated steel in weight-bearing joints makes an inversion table strong and sturdy. You need the table to be able to hold your weight safely. So, look for heat treated steel joints.

Roller Hinge. The roller hinge, demonstrated in the video below, connects the bed and the frame of the inversion table. It holds all of your weight. It’s one of the most critical parts of the table and is also the part most likely to fail. A roller hinge made of heat treated steel will be sturdy, durable, and safe.

Ergonomic design and ease of use

“Ergonomics” is a design term that means making a product efficient, safe, comfortable, and easy to use. When you’re looking for an inversion table, you want one that fits with your body’s size, shape, and weight. You want the design to make inversion therapy as simple as it should be. You should be able to maneuver the table in and out of position and to get on and off without trouble. Some ergonomic design features to look for include:

Assist handles. Assist handles will help you to move the bed into and out of position. Also, they will help you to control the bed in the way that you need to. Additional handles can help with advanced stretching and decompression.

Auto-locking hinges. These will prevent the bed from accidentally separating from the base while you’re using it, which is a crucial safety feature.

The Ankle System. An ankle system should be comfortable, but also easy to use. An extended handle can make bending over to secure your ankles much easier. This is very important if you want to relieve gravitational nerve pressure.

Smooth Bed. If the bed of the inversion table is smooth, your body will be able to slide more easily into a maximum stretch to relieve gravitational nerve pressure.

FDA clearance

The FDA regulates an inversion table as a Class 1 Medical Device.

Image: Public Domain, by Zebulon Rogerson/FDA, via Wikimedia Commons.

The FDA regulates medical devices for safety and effectiveness. And this includes some inversion tables. Anyone can slap together an inversion table and sell it for entertainment purposes. However, if you want a table that the FDA has cleared for use for specific kinds of back problems and back pain, look for one with FDA clearance. Inversion tables fall under the category of Class I Medical Devices. You can read more about FDA regulations for medical devices at the FDA website.

Third-party certification

Relieve gravitational nerve pressure with UL approved medical devices like an inversion table.

Image: Public Domain, by Underwriters Laboratories, via Wikimedia Commons.

In addition to FDA clearance, some inversion tables are endorsed by third-party organizations that examine safety, reliability and more. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is one such organization. A stamp of approval from UL means that an inversion table has undergone significant safety testing, and has met specific standards of safety and quality.


As with anything, especially anything you buy online, it’s good to have a warranty in case something goes wrong. Additionally, since inversion tables are large, heavy, and difficult to ship, try to find a company that will reimburse your return shipping costs in the event of a return.

A Few Highly Rated Tables

Teeter EP-560

Teeter inversion tables can be pricey, but the features speak for themselves. The EP-560 is FDA cleared as a Class 1 Medical Device. Also, it has independent safety certification from UL. It is made from heavy-duty steel and comes with a five-year warranty.

Ironman Gravity 4000

If you’re looking for an inversion table that combines comfort, functionality, and ease of use, this may be the table for you. The padded bed provides extra comfort. Easy-to-use handles make positioning a snap. Also, the Ironman Gravity 4000 has one of the highest weight clearances on the market — 350 pounds. And it comes from a name you can trust.


Can inversion therapy help you to relieve gravitational nerve pressure? Can it alleviate your back pain? Many people firmly believe that it can. The first step is, of course, to clear this, and any potential treatments with your doctors. Many people find inversion helpful for their back pain. But certain medical conditions can make inversion therapy dangerous. Once your doctor has given you the thumbs up, the next step is to find the best inversion table for you. Toward this end, think quality, safety, and ergonomics. Good luck, and good health.


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