Lifting an Engine Left Me Hanging Upside Down

corvette-engine I recently hurt my back while helping a friend lift the engine from his Corvette with a pulley system. I thought we were being careful and had taken all the precautions and somehow I still managed to dislocate something or pinch a nerve that left me in excruciating pain. I wobbled around for weeks, swallowing inordinate amounts of pain killers and finally decided I needed to go see a chiropractic as it wasn’t getting any better. The good news is it doesn’t seem like I damaged anything too badly. She suggested I try some inversion therapy, which is something that I was seriously skeptical about at first but after another week in pain I decided to give it a go.

I am totally amazed at the results! I read a lot of reviews on and ended up getting a powered inversion table, partly because I obviously like things that are powered but also because I’m a “big guy” as you probably know and I thought it would be easier and safer to tilt the device slowly mechanically, rather than rely on my athletic prowess to flip my boy around. Powered inversion tables are some of the most popular types available today due to all the benefits they have to offer. It’s believed that placing the body in an inverted position can help improve the overall health of a person in many ways. Inversion tables were invented to make this type of therapy easier for the patient to enjoy the benefits that inverting the body offers, without the safety issues that other options involve. There are two types available which are the manual and the powered inversion tables. The manual tables may be less expensive but the powered ones are preferred by many because they offer benefits that you can’t get with the manual tables. Benefits of inversion table with motors include the following:

  • They are easier to operate than the manual types
  • Instead of using your body weight to tilt the table they use a motor
  • You can be more comfortable while inverted because you don’t need your arms to keep you in position
  • You have better control over the angle of your inversion

Using a back pain inversion table like those at can help relieve the discomfort that you feel but they have other benefits as well. But it is very important that you know how to use an inversion table before you start. Some of these benefits are listed below:

  • Helps the body to stretch and rejuvenate muscles
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Increases the oxygen flow to the brain
  • Strengthens ligaments
  • Relieves or improves varicose veins
  • Increases flexibility
  • Relieves stress
  • Improve posture

It’s important to choose the right inversion table system for your needs so take the time to get familiar with the different types available before making your choice. Not only will you need to choose between the manual and the powered inversion tables but you also need a table that suits your height and weight. If the table is not long enough or if it’s too long it can be uncomfortable. The padding on the table is another thing to consider when you’re searching for comfort. The straps that hold your feet in place are also very important. They come in different styles so you’ll need to look for one that would be comfortable for you.

It may seem like a small thing but when you’re lying in an inverted position and the straps around your ankles are the only thing holding you in position, you can see just how important they are. It’s also a good idea to choose a table that allows you to adjust your own settings. There are many different suppliers and shopping around is always a good idea. Ironman and Teeter inversion tables are quite popular and it would be worthwhile to look at what they have to offer. The 90 degree inversion table will allow you to be completely upside down but it’s recommended that you start out at a 20 or 30 degree angle and work yourself up to the full inversion. In fact, some people never go beyond the 60 degree angle. By choosing a table that allows you to pick your settings you can put it in the position that benefits you the most or the one that you feel the most comfortable in. Powered inversion tables make it easier to invert to the desired angle and keep this position until you’re ready to change.