Inversion therapy involves holding the body upside down or at an inverted angle for a period, usually for a few minutes at a time. The act of inverting the body is believed by many people to have beneficial health benefits.
There are several methods to achieve inversion. The most popular method is to use an inversion table, a specially designed piece of equipment that allows a person to clamp the ankle and lay back on a supporting bed. The bed can then be tilted to the desired angle. Other methods include gravity boots, headstands, handstands, hanging by the legs from a horizontal bar, hanging from strap supports and Yoga inversions such as the downward dog position.
The most well known benefit of inversion therapy is the relief of back pain. I have an inversion table and it works for me. I have had experience of lower back pain after certain exercise routines and my inversion table takes the pain away and seems to help the injury to heal faster.
Benefits Of Inversion
Some of the reported benefits of inversion therapy are:
- Relief of back pain
- Relief of joint pain
- Strengthen ligaments, which results in strengthening bones.
- Maintain height
- Regulate blood pressure
- Improve posture
- Control indigestion
- Improve heart function
- improve brain function
- Assist the lymphatic system function
- Improve mood, relieve stress and depression
- Increased flexibility
I have found that regular inversion helps to relieve back pain from injuries and helps the injury to heal faster, It appears to help normalize my blood pressure, helps my muscles to recover faster from exercise, gets rid of headaches and neck/shoulder pain and makes me feel better in general. My inversion therapy session consists of full inversion daily, for 5-10 minutes per session on my inversion table.
I find that a good quality inversion table is the most convenient method for regular inversion therapy in the home. Most tables can be folded after use to minimize floor space and most tables allow the user to set the inversion to various angles, ranging from a few degrees right up to full inversion. It is wise to work up to full inversion slowly when beginning a program because full inversion is very intense if you have not inverted before.
Precautions Before Starting Inversion Therapy
If you are considering inversion therapy and you have heart and circulation problems, eye conditions or any other conditions that requires regular doctor’s visits and/or medication, you should consult with your doctor before starting an inversion routine. Pregnant women and obese people should consult with a doctor before beginning inversion.