Did you know that exactly one-half of all working Americans admit to back pain symptoms every year? You don’t have to let back pain rule your life (or ruin it). Read about the benefits of an inversion table and how this all-natural therapy is helping thousands cure their back aches and take back their daily lives.
If you’ve ever woken up in the morning or ended your day with a twinge of searing back pain, you’re not alone; More than 80% of Americans will experience an episode of back pain at some point in their lives.
The problem is that, for most, physical therapy is time consuming, expensive, and usually ineffective. And painkillers are highly addictive (and don’t cure the root of the problem).
Luckily, there’s a revolutionary technique that’s completely natural, can be done in the comforts of home, costs little in the way of time and money, and is backed by science to help you stretch your back pain away.
Did you know that Bats and Sloths are the only creatures on the entire planet that will never suffer from osteoarthritis? Wondering why? Because inversion is their natural habitat!
What is Inversion Therapy?
Inversion Therapy is a practice that involves the body being suspended upside down at angles of varying degrees. When inverting your entire body, you’re effectively stretching out your spine and relieving an untold amount of back pain. By shifting the body’s gravity, pressure is eased off of the back while traction is provided for the spine.
Inversion Therapy is best performed on an Inversion Table, a device that will let your body hang upside down safely and effectively at progressive angles. An Inversion Table is a gentle, passive way to provide natural relief in the privacy of your home.
Practicing Inversion Therapy is scientifically proven to help you manage conditions such as:
Here are a few of the main benefits of practicing Inversion Therapy.
Re-Hydrated Spinal Discs
Think of the discs in your spine as similar to sponges. These discs are filled with fluid, which allow you flexibility as well as resistance against any sort of intense movements throughout the day.
The problem, of course, is that these discs become so compacted due to daily movements such as sitting or standing that they effectively are squeezed of most of their moisture by the end of your workday. In fact, one of the most compressing activities for your discs is simply sitting down!
The amount of traction required to overcome this intense compression is about 60% of your total body weight. An Inversion Table, used at an angle of approximately 60 degrees, is the only practical way to offset this force in a relaxed position.
Additionally, through the use of an Inversion Table, the separation between vertebrae increases. This allows for absorption of moisture into the soft tissue of the discs, plumping them for better shock absorption and flexibility.
Reduced Nerve Pressure
A bundle of nerves called the spinal cord run through the spinal column; these nerves control communication from your brain to the rest of your body. Your nerve roots exit between the vertebrae along the length of your spine, through the passageway created by the discs we’ve already mentioned!
Damage, dehydration and degeneration of these discs can result in a condition known as nerve root entrapment, more commonly known as a pinched nerve. Anyone that’s ever had this unfortunate distinction can tell you point blank; it’s not fun. This pain can radiate to all of your extremities, effectively putting your entire body in a world of hurt.
Using an Inversion Table allows these discs to lengthen, and the height of the discs directly relates to the size of the passageway for your nerve roots to exit. Plump, hydrated discs allow for maximum clearance in the spinal column, which in turn lends itself to alleviated pressure.
Realign Your Spine
Many silly, mundane, daily activities can lead to misalignment of the spine. Sitting at your computer, carrying heavy bags, and simply bending over all can do some serious damage to your spinal alignment.
When your vertebrae are bumped out of alignment, ligaments and muscles that support the spine can hold it in misalignment through the compression they generate. It’s difficult for the spine to naturally realign.
This is where an Inversion Table will truly make a difference in your posture and comfort level. When in an inverted position, the pressure in your spine will drop to zero. This takes the pressure completely off of the vertebrae, allowing the spine to naturally come back into alignment.
Relax Those Tense Muscles
We mentioned earlier that Inversion Tables were backed by science, and here are some cold, hard facts to cement that position. After all, we wouldn’t expect you to simply take our word for it!
Electromyography activity, or EMG, is a measure of muscle tension in the body. Muscles are stretched as circulation is increased, easing and reducing tension in the process. A recent NCBI study found that inverted positioning for short periods of time significantly increased spinal length.In addition to this, EMG activity in the superficial lumbar area was significantly reduced.
In fact, within just 10 seconds (!) of inversion, muscle tension decreases by as much as 35%.The increase in circulation that an Inversion Table provides also heals sore muscles, allowing oxygen-rich blood to travel into the effected areas and reduce stiffness.
Improved Joint Health
As it pertains to joints, decompression once again plays a pivotal role in relief and comfort. Joints and ligaments work hand in hand with muscles during body movements and exercise.
Decompression, the type provided by an Inversion Table, supplements joint lubrication by changing the pressure forces within the joint. This helps to stimulate synovial fluid, which reduces friction between joints during movement.
This not only nourishes the cartilage in the joints, but also enhances their shock absorption, protecting heavily against injury and aiding greatly in comfort. If you’re someone that often finds themselves complaining of stiff joints first thing in the morning, an Inversion Table may be just what you need!