Inversion therapy has become quite popular among chiropractors, alternative health specialists, physical therapists, professional athletes and trainers and even in people’s homes. Inversion table benefits are quite numerous. This type of therapy is a gentle method of stretching the spine to combat the effects of gravity, aging and physical stress. While people with high blood pressure, heart disease or glaucoma, or those who are pregnant should avoid this type of therapy, for the rest of us, it is very effective in treating a number of problems.
Spinal Decompression – Gravity is pulling you down all of the time. This is causing the discs and joints in the spine to compress a tiny fraction every day. Over many years, this compression can lead to pressure on the joints and nerves in the spine. People usually lose 2 to 4 inches of height over their lifetimes due to spinal compression and loss of bone density. Hanging upside down on an inversion table benefits the spine by allowing it to decompress, reducing the pressure on the discs and nerves. This is very effective in short term treatment of back pain and over the long term can lengthen the spine back out to its natural length and shape, which benefits overall health.
Flexibility and Strength – Inversion tables benefit overall flexibility when used as an exercise tool. By performing basic stretches and exercises while inverted, you are stretching the joint further than you can when upright and thus giving the muscle more distance to stretch over as well. This lengthening of the muscles and stretching of the joints promote overall flexibility. Many exercises performed on an inversion table are more effective than when done in the traditional manner. Inverted crunches, pelvic tilts and back extensions are particularly effective.
Posture – Using an inversion table benefits posture by lengthening the spine and restoring its natural shape. As we age, the spine tends to lose its natural curvature. When using an inversion table, you are essentially putting yourself in traction. This can be very beneficial over the long term and can help prevent the loss of curvature in the spine, which will in turn correct your posture.
Circulation – Inversion increases blood flow to the brain. This can be beneficial as it also increases oxygen in the brain and can improve mental alertness, cognitive function and memory. This can also relieve stress and fatigue. Using an inversion table benefits overall circulation as well. Since the blood normally has to work against gravity to return to the heart from the lower extremities, by using an inversion table, you facilitate that blood flow and make it much easier for the blood to circulate back to the heart. Inversion can help with varicose veins, sore legs, swollen ankles and feet and circulation problems in the legs. People who are prone to blood clots in the legs should check with their doctor before using inversion therapy.
Other Joints – Just as using an inversion table benefits the spine, it also benefits other joints in the body by taking the pressure off the joints and allowing them to decompress and regain essential moisture. Stretching and decompression is particularly beneficial to the ankle, knee and hip joints, as these joints are constantly under pressure while standing and bearing weight.
Inversion table therapy is recommended to be used as a proactive approach to preventing health problems. Inversion tables only provide short term benefits such as relieving pain when used occasionally, but when they are used on a regular basis you will experience long term benefits.