This so-called 2,000 year old therapy has been known to provide individuals with relief from back pain, neck pain and sciatic pain. Inversion therapy involves being upside down or at an inverted angle with the primary focus of stretching you out. Try to imagine doing a handstand or handing from a monkey bar. Okay, but if you’re not that athletic, you can use the inversion table to get the effect of inversion therapy. But don’t go jumping on one yet. You need to get clearance from your doctor, especially if you are pregnant, have hypertension, cardiovascular disease or eye disease, such as glaucoma. Here’s a video discussing the benefits of inversion therapy:
Here’s a recap of the video, hi-liting the benefits of inversion therapy:
- Decompresses the spine. Helps loosen up the compressed discs and relieves pressure along your spine. This will help alleviate bulging or herniated discs, as well as relieve pressure to the nerves.
- Realigns your spine. Minor misalignment of the spine seem to self-correct during inversion therapy. This in turn can improve your posture.
- Improves circulation. When you’re inverted, you are actually increasing blood flow and hydration to the spine, thus providing the means to promote and speed up the healing process.
- Promotes relaxation. And another way of looking at it is that inversion therapy relieves stress. Some say that using the inversion table produces the same feeling of relaxation as from a yoga class, but with less effort. Bottom line, stress can manifest itself physically as pain, so it’s a good thing to keep stress at bay.
- Increases flexibility. With inversion therapy your joints stay healthy and supple, increasing your range of motion.
- Quick and easy. Inversion therapy can be done in a matter of minutes, it’s easy to do and affordable.
On the site LiveStrong, it discusses a research study from Newcastle University (England) where they found that 77% of the group that received inversion therapy with physical therapy no longer needed back surgery. The article also discussed that inversion therapy may not provide long term relief from back pain, however, can provide temporary relief if combined with physical therapy.
Anyways, always do your due diligence and get the facts before diving into inversion therapy and purchasing an inversion table.