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Do inversion tables work?

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Inversion tables decompress the spine and reduce the pressure on it, which can relieve back pain. Additional benefits include reducing muscle spasms, improving circulation and stretching the body.

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When a person is standing, gravity pulls his spine towards the ground. Inversion therapy uses gravity to benefit the spine. Inversion tables allow the user to choose the degree of inversion. Mild benefits begin at a 15-degree angle. The spine decompresses at a 60-degree angle. A person should consult with his doctor before using an inversion table. Inversion therapy can be combined with light exercise, such as abdominal crunches, or other stretches, such as stretching both arms overhead.

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