Inversion therapy has been around for a really long time. While we as a generation of people are only beginning to understand and appreciate the myriad benefits of hanging upside down, our ancestors understood extremely well the advantages of inversion. Although it is an alternative method of treatment and one that is not as well known as say chiropractic treatment, it still nonetheless has a lot to offer. In today’s world, for the most part, our lives are structures around our careers, which again for the most part are sedentary and hectic with enormous pressure to meet various goals and deadlines. Through months, week and years our bodies get stuck in different patterns and develop various disorders as a result of assuming the same degenerate postures. Here is where one can gleam the value of inversion therapy. Inversion helps to lengthen the spine and reduces muscle spasms among a host of other things that we will discuss in this article.
However, before you go rush out to buy an inversion table or chair, there are certain things that you should know about. Firstly you should check with your personal health care professional or doctor to learn whether you suffer from any heart or circulatory conditions since hanging upside down can place a great deal of stress on the circulatory system. Also, if you are pregnant, you should avoid using at inversion table till after you give birth. If you decide to try inversion therapy ad are given the go ahead by your doctor, we suggest that you start slowly using a small degree of inversion (not greater than 10 degrees) for not more than 5 minutes at a time.
Benefits of using an Inversion Table
1. Reduces Headaches: Inversion therapy relieves all manner of headaches. When you invert your body and hang upside down using an inversion table, you spine gets realigned. This decreases muscle spasms in your neck and shoulders and therefore eliminates that cause of headaches. Also, just as the muscles in the neck, shoulder and back are given the opportunity to relax, so are the muscles in your face allowed to relax.
2. Improves Lung Function: Through inversion the blood that gathers in the lower lungs can redistribute to the upper lungs, thereby, providing more oxygen. Also, inversion helps to correct postural problems and opens up the back, shoulders and neck which tend to stiffen from long hours sitting at the desk. With better posture, and the chest opening up, the lungs can operate properly and take in maximum oxygen for the system.
3. Improves Heart Function: During inversion the heart does not have to pump nearly as hard as when you are standing, since gravity does most of the work and helps circulation. This gives the heart a much needed rest. However, as noted above, you should always check with your doctor to determine whether you are fit enough to use inversion therapy and check if you have any heart problems.