Keen to know the ins and outs of it? There have been several methods of inverting the body, to defy the effects of gravity, which have been tried out over the past few decades. As scary as it sounds, there are tons of benefits for placing your feet higher than your head. Take people with back pain, for example.
Study has shown that, with the use of an inversion table, the stress on your spine reduces significantly as it lengthens out and you witness a reduction in muscle activities.
Assuming this study is true and well researched, there should be countless anti-gravitational advantages to help heal muscle spasms and aid the spine. Regular inversion can heal many spinal conditions in the long run. Sounds exciting, right?
People Say It Works, Simple As That
There are an extraordinary number of people who are fans of such therapy, especially those who prefer avoiding any back surgery. Results have shown that a few patients don’t feel perfectly normal even after they undergo surgery for their back, having all their back issues addressed. So, why not try out methods that don’t require surgery first?
If we’re talking about back problems, how can we forget kidney stones? For those who’ve suffered, they will blatantly tell you that the pain is absolutely unbearable. Once you’re checked up on and the issue is cleared, a few fragments of the kidney stones may remain and inverting your body may be the perfect solution to this; going against gravity may help you push these remains out of your system!
How many of you sit at your computer with rounded shoulders? How many of you arch your back when bending down to pick something up, or carrying heavy weight on only one of your shoulders? Inappropriate posture has led to poor spine alignment for many; when inverted, there is no pressure being applied on the spine, allowing for it to naturally come back to its normal alignment.
Going into further detail about spinal conditions, hanging upside down definitely helps you rehydrate your discs. When you’re inverted, the discs absorb moisture into its tissues, improving your flexibility. Furthermore, when your spine increases in length, it allows nerves to feel at ease and you stop feeling any nerve pressure.
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Methods for Inversion Therapy
The best part about inversion therapy is that it can be done at home; all you need is an inversion table or an inversion chair and you’ll have to pick which one satisfies your needs. Let’s have a look at both of them:
Inversion Tables: If you are looking for the most common method to hang upside down, inversion tables are the way to go. They are very aggressive when it comes to a full anti-gravitational effect, strapping your ankles. This is recommended for you if you prefer aggressiveness.
However, most people find that inversion tables are too much for them to handle and they don’t really need it to benefit them. It is also reported that a few find their ankles and knees to be hurt after the process. Assistance is generally needed when using these, as someone is needed to spot you for strapping your ankles and helping you hang upside down. Most people rush in to purchase an inversion table before finding out if it really suits them.
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Inversion Chairs: They are simple to use; you place your head below your feet in a seated position. It exerts less pressure on your leg joints therefore makes it more comfortable to use. A seated position allows for equal blood flow throughout your body, making it safer to use for anyone.
Despite not having that “aggressive” effect that the inversion table does, these chairs still pack a punch and provide enough force for it to match that of a table. Reasons why preference is given to inversion chairs over tables is the fact that they provide a much better posture (being in a safer, seated position) and, therefore, reduce the risk of any further damage to the spine or your back in general.
The Overall Conclusion
Overall, inverting your body has several benefits. It eases your stress, improves numerous joints in your body, increases flexibility and it improves your overall fitness. However, there is one that hasn’t been mentioned and may surprise you: it improved your core strength! Yes, when you’re making an attempt to defy gravity, you are resisting yourself against a force.
The professional bodybuilders amongst us would tell you that your body grows when you act on resistance. For the advanced fitness enthusiasts, crunches or sit-ups on an inversion table would help you build a strong core fairly quickly!
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There are many other reasons this sort of therapy is recommended by a lot of physicians worldwide. So, what are you waiting for? Start inverting yourself right now and see the benefits in no time!
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