Inversion Therapy: Relieve lower back and sciatica pain, improve posture, and revolutionize your health by Mia CampbellInversion therapy is an easy way of decompressing and reducing stress on the spine. The discs between the bones of the spine are quite soft and gravity naturally compresses them over the years. It’s one of the reasons we often lose height as we age.
The discs get smaller and more compressed over time - they can even leak and irritate surrounding nerves.
Decompressing your spine by lying or hanging upside down allows the discs to expand. It also reduces nerve pressure and allows the spine to realign.
The father of medicine, Hippocrates, is known to have invented a form of inversion around 400 BC for his patients by using a system of ladders and ropes to relieve pressure on their spines.
Inversion can relieve back pain and sciatica and brings numerous other benefits as well, including:
• Preventing loss of height
• Reducing stress
• Improving posture
• Help insomnia
• Improved digestion and elimination
• Improved hormones
• Better menstruation/menopause
• Better mood
• Brighter complexion
• Increased hair growth
• Plus many more
This book explains why it works, how it works, and how to get started. You’ll discover the different types of inversion equipment, including approximate prices and the advantages & disadvantages of each.
By regularly inverting, you could make a massive difference to your health. The cost is minimal compared to the benefits. Slant boards cost from just $50, or you could make your own following the guidance in this book. All you need is a long piece of plywood, some wood to make a frame for the plywood top, and a piece of carpet as a covering (essential so it isnt slippy!).
Inverting is unusual in that it is relaxing yet invigorating. Inverting in the mornings is a great way to start your day and inverting before bed is very relaxing and can help sleep (especially when done as part of a regularly bedtime routine).
The beauty benefits of inversion are one of its best-kept secrets. When we invert, we nourish our facial skin with fresh blood flow. That means extra nutrients and oxygen. Lymph flow is also increased, taking wastes away more efficiently. The result is skin that looks and feels years younger. It plumps up, brightens, and glows.
Not to be overlooked is the effect on hair. Providing better blood flow to the head means that the hair is more nourished - resulting in stronger, glossy hair that grows
more quickly than you can believe!
While the benefits of inversion therapy are many, sadly there are people who are unable to invert due to certain health conditions. The main ones are cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and glaucoma. Thats because inversion temporarily raises blood pressure. Pregnancy is another condition that may mean inversion is - temporarily - not a great idea. To be safe, it really is best to check with your physician before starting inversion - just in case you have an undiagnosed illness that would be contraindicated, or something that you physician knows could be made worse by inverting. If you cant invert or have to stop temporarily, you can improve your health tremendously by doing a few simple things:
* Dont lean forward habitually when sitting.
* Dont hold your breath - many of us do while working on a computer (its called email apnea, a wonderful term invented by the technology writer Linda Stone).
* Take up regularly swimming. The movement is very beneficial and the bouyancy of the water reduces the effect of gravity on the body.
These tips are covered in more detail in Appendix 1 in the book.
Turning Back Pain and Sciatica Upside Down
Anyone who suffers from sciatica knows how painful and debilitating the condition can be. During severe flare ups of sciatica, you might not even be able to move around! If you have sciatic nerve pain, it is important for you to seek the proper treatment and do the right things to help improve your condition. Many people may think that there is nothing that can be done about their sciatica, or they may think that invasive major surgery is the only effective treatment option. However, there are many non-surgical ways to treat this condition. Regularly doing specific exercises, especially on an inversion table, and making sure not to over-exert yourself are some of the best ways to ease sciatic nerve pain.
Have you heard about inversion therapy? Many people with low back pain and sciatica find that inversion therapy performed on an inversion table provides symptom relief. This article is about inversion table therapy , an alternative that doesn't require turning completely upside down. An example of an inversion table intended for home use. Inversion therapy is not a new idea.
Could an inversion table and inversion therapy help your low back pain, leg pain, and sciatica?
When participating in inversion therapy, people often use devices called inversion tables. With your ankles secured, you can then invert your body position so that you are upside-down. Some people say that inversion tables help to relieve pressure on the spine. However, there are a few things you should know before you give inversion tables a try. Inversion therapy is supposed to stretch the spine, increasing the space between the vertebrae and relieving pressure on the spinal nerves. You may temporarily feel better while you are upside-down, but once you are upright again, your spine will go back to the way it was before.
Inversion therapy doesn't provide lasting relief from back pain, and it's not safe for everyone. Inversion therapy involves hanging upside down, and the head-down position could be risky for anyone with high blood pressure, heart disease or glaucoma. In theory, inversion therapy takes gravitational pressure off the nerve roots and disks in your spine and increases the space between vertebrae. Inversion therapy is one example of the many ways in which stretching the spine spinal traction has been used in an attempt to relieve back pain. Well-designed studies evaluating spinal traction have found the technique ineffective for long-term relief. However, some people find traction temporarily helpful as part of a more comprehensive treatment program for lower back pain caused by spinal disk compression.
Many people with back pain or sciatica benefit from the skilled services of a physical therapist to help them recover. Your PT may help choose the best treatments for your condition. If you have back pain, you may wonder if an inversion table can help. So, do inversion tables help low back pain? Low back pain LBP is one of the most common reasons for a visit to your physician, second only to the common cold. It can be caused by any number of reasons including poor sitting posture, heavy lifting , or frequent bending. If you have had LBP, you might have realized that a lot of people have experiences with back pain just like you.