History and Growth of Inversion Therapy

Since inversion tables weren’t in use until the recent past, it is a common notion among people that inversion therapy is probably a modern and new method of treatment. But just like the ancient practice of yoga, inversion therapy can also be traced back to thousands of years. Every doctor or medical practitioner at the outset of his practice takes the Hippocratic Oath, which is named after Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine. Inversion therapy finds its roots in Hippocrates, who is said to have developed the idea around 400 BC.

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He had invented something called the Hippocratic Bench, which would stretch the bones and skeletal structure of human beings in order to set straight the spine and mend broken bones. The patient would lie on a bench and all the body parts which require treatment, like his legs, feet, arms, etc. would be tied with ropes. The clamps on either side of the bench would hold the ropes, which would then be pulled to generate stretching of the spine and other body parts. The loophole in this method was that the amount of pull on the body could not be regulated. Another method used by Hippocrates was tying the patient upside down using ladders and pulleys to create an anti – gravitational force on the spine. This was used to cure spinal problems and other joint pains.

Despite being such an age old technique, inversion therapy got lost for several years until the 1960s when a Californian Chiropractor, Dr. Robert Martin, through his research developed the inversion therapy and brought it back to prominence. This led to emergence of inversion products. By 1980, inversion therapy had obtained acceptance and was widely acclaimed. Other complementary products like gravity boots also began to float the markets.

By 1984, there was a splurge of inversion equipment by several manufacturers. The unfortunate part was that in the race to out-rival fellow competitors most of the manufacturers did not pay heed to the quality of the products. This in turn led to a lot of side – effects and harmful consequences on the users. As a result from mid eighties to early nineties, the inversion therapy remained dormant, additionally because of the misconception that it causes heart strokes.


In the early 90s inversion therapy woke up from dormancy, regained its popularity and has continued to scale up ever since. People slotted for bulged discs’ surgery were given the inversion therapy as part of a research study in a university in the United Kingdom, in 2007. It was found that this therapy gives relief to the patients from their incessant pain.

One should be thankful for the invention of inversion tables, which has converted the painful ancient method into a satisfying uncomplicated experience. Gradually with time and usage of inversion tables, the effectiveness of the same for an overall fit body, has been realized; to the extent that the US Army has also included inversion as a part of their physical routine and training.

In an inversion table, the ancient healing technique is suitably streamlined using modern technology, whereby maximum comfort and ease is coupled with maximum benefits. To experience the multifaceted effects of inversion therapy, an inversion table is an imperative purchase.

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