We have all heard about it. We all know it. The force that brought down an apple in the sight of Sir Isaac Newton. It is called gravity. However, what most of us do not know is that whether you’re sitting, standing, walking or working out, the force of gravity is silently compressing and putting pressure on discs, ligaments and nerve roots in your spine and joints. This may sound little but look, from the time you left bed in the morning to the time you go to sleep tonight, you will have lost approximately a three quarter of an inch from your total height to gravity. This compression results in pain in the back and weight bearing joints. Moreover, spinal conditions such as spinal stenosis and herniated discs are worsened by gravitational force causing sharp pains in the back, buttocks and legs. To counter this effect of gravity, the body is put in an upside down position and the sane gravity slowly reverses its painful effects. This is called inversion therapy. Use of an inversion table is one of the commonest forms of this therapy.
An inversion table is an equipment designed to hold the body in an upside down position hanging by the legs for therapeutic purposes. The body is strapped by ankle bars, body straps or other mechanisms and the inversion table is then inverted from the horizontal position to the desired angle. In the upside down position, the spine and the joints below the anchor are decompressed leading to pain relief.
One of the greatest reasons why people find inversion tables heaven sent is that one need not undergo a back surgery to relieve pain. Surgery is invasive, painful, expensive and one spends time in the hospital. Invasion tables on the other hand can be used from the comfort of one’s home and they give excellent results. Also, unlike gravity gumboots one has more control when using am inversion table and can use angles that don’t strain the ankles or joints.
Inversion tables have shown awesome benefits in relieving pain and in general body wellness. Here are some of them:
1. Relieving back pains When discs and the vertebra are compressed, they in turn cause pressure on nerves that leave the spine through openings between the vertebra which causes pain. Inversion decompresses the vertebra, increases length of the discs taking pressure off the nerves and hence relieving pain. It also realigns the back and gives a better posture.
2. Relieves joint pains Joint pains are common especially after workouts. Inversion stretches and elongates overworked muscles relieving these pains.
3. Reduces stress Inversion relieves the stress on the neck and shoulders.
4. Enhances circulation When the body is in an upside position, the blood circulation is enhanced. Increased blood circulation in the brain helps relieve headaches. The lymph circulation is also enhanced hence waste products are more efficiently eliminated from the body and since lymphocytes circulate in the lymph system, immunity is enhanced.
5. Increased flexibility and alertness Stretching of the muscles by inversion therapy makes one more flexible and active.
Despite the many benefits of inversion tables, people with heart disease, high blood pressure, eye problems and pregnant ladies should consult their doctors before using them.