- Back Supports
- Home Seating
Almost all of the causes of back pain - including poor posture, spine misalignment and weak back muscles - can be attributed to the natural force that gravity puts on your body. Inversion therapy will reverse gravity's effects to work for you by allowing you to hang upside down. Instead of crunching your spine, inversion allows your body to work with the downward force of gravity, which will increase the space between your vertebrae and relieve pressure on the areas in your back that are in pain, such as the discs, ligaments and nerve roots.
Your spine is vital to your health as all communication between your brain and your body occur through nerve endings that pass through its vertebrae. Insufficient distance between these vertebrae can cause pressure on these nerve endings which causes back pain. Inversion therapy has been proven to lengthen the space between these vertebrae each session to eliminate the pain that this pressure may cause.
Sitting for a prolonged period of time and slouching while seated takes the spine out of its natural alignment and causes discomfort and pain in all areas of the back. During inversion therapy, the downwards gravitational force allows your body to comfortably reconfigure into its natural s-curve shape. This realignment also reduces the pain that comes from siting in an office chair all day.
Inversion therapy has been shown to improve circulation throughout the body. The human heart generally has to work against the forces of gravity to retrieve blood from the legs and lower torso. The inversion process eases the stress on your heart during this process, leading to many long term aesthetic benefits such as healthier looking features.
The average human body shrinks as it reaches an advanced age due to shrinking discs within the body. This shrinking can range from marginal shortening to a couple of inches. Fortunately, inversion therapy helps maintain the health of these discs which allows individuals to maintain more of their original height.
The ease of circulation during inversion therapy also helps rid the body of varicose veins. These veins can cause pain and look unattractive due to the pressure of pooling blood on the veins. Hanging upside down on an inversion table gives the heart gravity's assistance to pull the pooling blood out of the veins and circulate in throughout the body. The elimination of this pooling blood will help ease the pain and get rid of these unsightly veins.
Inversion therapy is not a high stress exercise, however it is known to have similar and even greater mental benefits then exercises such as weight lifting and running. Just as with those other exercises, endorphins that help reduce pain and cause a feeling of elation are released during inversion therapy. The release of these endorphins, along with the relaxing feeling of inversion therapy combine to help you feel happier and relieve stress.
The relaxation and recharging benefits from using an inversion table can help nullify the feelings of depression as well. In March of 2007, Rosie O'Donnell helped familiarize many people with this means of dealing with depression as she said helped get over her depression by using inversion therapy along with antidepressants.