After my recent move from Palm Springs back to our home in Sacramento one of the important pieces of furniture I wanted unpacked was my inversion table. I was first exposed to using inversion therapy early in my pain rehabilitation and have found it quite helpful. Today I was looking at chronic pain news and I found an interesting article by Steve Hefferon, which was published in the online American Chronicle.
Mr. Hefferon listed what he called the seven benefits of inversion for chronic back pain. If your interested Mr. Hefferon invites you to get more information in alternative back pain treatments when you sign up for his Back Pain Advisory at http://www.losethebackpain.com/ as well as access to free informative articles, videos and open forums. My olny word of caution is to check with your healthcare provider to make sure inversion therapy is safe for you. I’ve put his seven points below.
7 key benefits of inversion for the back pain sufferer
While relieving your back pain is your primary reason for considering inversion therapy, there are a number of additional benefits many people experience with a regular program of inversion. Here are 7 good reasons to use inversion therapy:
- Maintains your height. Regularly inverting will help you avoid the “shrinkage” that naturally occurs as a result of gravity over a lifetime.
- Improves circulation. When you’re inverted, your blood circulation is aided by gravity rather than having to work against it. In addition, with inversion, gravity helps the lymphatic system clear faster, easing the aches and pains of stiff muscles.
- Relieves stress. Everyone knows that a full-body stretch is rejuvenating! An inversion table provides the same feeling of relaxation as a yoga class—with a lot less effort. Many people find that they sleep better with regular inversion therapy.
- Heightens mental alertness. Any upside-down activity increases the supply of oxygen to the brain, which many experts believe helps maintain mental sharpness.
- Increases flexibility and range of motion. With inversion, your joints stay healthy and supple, meaning you can remain as active as you were in your younger years.
- Improves posture. The stretching that comes with reversing the force of gravity on your body helps you sit, stand, and move with more ease and grace.
- Realigns the spine after workouts. Running and other aerobic activities inevitably compress your spine—often unevenly. One-sided activities such as golf or tennis often pull the spine out of alignment. During inversion, minor misalignments often correct themselves naturally.