Ever seen a monkey or a bat hanging upside down from a tree and wondered what that is all about? After years of extensive research, medical experts have found the answer to this mystery. Inversion therapy typically involves inversion, which is the act of being upside down or positioning oneself in an inverted angle, so that your head is lower than your feet. Though there is evidence suggesting that human beings have practiced inversion since early medieval times, modern-style inversion therapy is mostly done on inversion tables. This device employs gravitational forces to decompress the spine. This technique is effective in relieving back pain, although it is known to cause complications in individuals suffering from high blood pressure and heart disease.
Health Benefits of an Inversion Table
Some of the advantages of using an inversion table include:
· Relieves back pain
The spine is designed in a way that makes it susceptible to compression by gravity. Over time, pressure builds up on the vertebrae that make up the spine, causing severe back pain, a common problem especially among the elderly population. Hanging upside down on an inversion table reverses gravity, thus reducing pressure on the spine and consequently relieving back pain.
· Relieves joint pressure
After an intense workout session, it is common to experience some discomfort in body joints. This is caused by straining your body, especially during high impact workouts. Medical experts recommend inversion therapy to remedy this discomfort. During inversion, muscles are stretched and elongated, thus relieving join pain. It is also effective in reversing misalignments that may occur during sporting activities. For people who already suffer from painful joints, you can try an inversion chair – which was specifically created for this task.
· Improves blood circulation
Did you know that blood vessels carry blood throughout our bodies in the opposite direction as gravitational pull? Hanging upside down on an inversion table has the effect of reversing gravity thereby reducing pressure on blood vessels and other internal organs and consequently improving blood circulation. This increase in circulation helps clear one’s sinuses by flushing nasal passages with blood rich in oxygen.
· Reduces breathing problems
Inversion therapy is known to strengthen the diaphragm, thus making the entire breathing process less laborious. Inversion also improves breathing by encouraging deep breathes. This allows more oxygen to reach vital body organs such as the brain and the heart.
· Improves digestion
An inversion table has significant benefits to your digestive tract. During inversion, fecal material that is in the process of moving to the colon via the ileocecal valve is pushed along by gravity, instead of working against gravity. Peristalsis (the process by which waste material moves within the intestines) is also eased by inversion. This means that all the fecal matter that may have accumulated in your intestines over time is effectively removed, reducing chances of colon blockage occurring.
· Aids proper functioning of the Lymphatic System
Unlike blood that is pumped by the heart, lymphatic fluids move by forces generated when one moves. Sometimes, these fluids accumulate in the lower parts of one’s body, for instance the ankles and feet, resulting in swelling. This is because gravity sometimes overcomes the mechanical forces required to transport lymphatic fluids. Although exercise is an effective way to keep your lymphatic system working properly, hanging upside down on an inversion table achieves far better results, and is less tedious.