Yes, inversion tables are perfectly safe to be used daily as a means of decompressing your spine, and as a means of spinal traction.
In fact, developing a routine will help greatly to this end as carrying out these actions regularly will work as a means of re-strengthening weakened muscles and will adjust and re-align your spines gradually, and incorporating using an inversion table into your routine will mean that when your spine has fully re-adjusted, your inverting will act as a means of keeping your spine in place and will also significantly decrease the risk of such a condition taking place again in either your neck, shoulders, upper back, lower back or lower limbs.
When using an inversion table for the first time and trying to decide on a safe routine that incorporates the best angle and time spent inverted, you should consider the fact that your body will not be acclimatised to being inverted and therefore it’s best to start off inverting at a smaller angle between approximately five and fifteen minutes, whichever feels right for you, with a friend standing by in case you find yourself lacking in the strength to return your body to its normal position or feel any form of discomfort the first time you use your inversion table.
This initial experience will tell you (it helps to have said friend time how long you’ve been inverting for) what is the ideal duration for you to invert is – and although you can gradually work towards inverting at larger angles – to decrease large amounts of sudden blood flow to the brain, it is not a good idea to push yourself to invert beyond a point that you feel comfortable (this can be just the amount of time inverted while not pushing yourself to a larger angle) as this can be dangerous.
But, providing that you have someone to watch over you while you invert for the first time, and you know your limits, you have previously resolved any potential problems or worries with your doctor, your inversion table is assembled correctly, and if you are sensible, then there will be no risk to you or your body should you choose to invert on your own as part of a daily routine.
Certain nuances, such as bending knees while in traction, are also supported by a daily routine involving an inversion table – provided that you don’t invert at too large an angle you can put a pillow underneath your knees to reduce the strain or pressure on them and invert without any discomfort to your joints.
Overall, provided that you use the inversion table in the correct manner i.e. don’t push yourself beyond your body’s capabilities, you should find that your discomfort has greatly lessened in a matter of weeks simply by inverting for no more than fifteen minutes a day every day – in order to keep your body used to the inversion table and subsequent angles of inversion.