Inversion therapy is a popular form of pain treatment among the general public. The medical community has also warmed-up to the idea over the past several years. If you’re unfamiliar with inversion therapy, you might think it’s a bit odd to hang upside for for twenty minutes or more. Here are some of the benefits of inversion therapy that you may not have been aware of.
Relieves General Back Pain
Traction is a form of decompression therapy used to relieve pressure on the spine. Physical therapists make use of a device that pulls against the lower and upper body, but you can achieve the same results at with an inversion table.
The neck and spine are made up of boney discs (vertebrae). Spongy cartilage separates the discs and acts as a type of shock absorber for the upper body. Throughout the day, gravitational forces compress the cartilage and puts intense pressure on the nerves within the spine. Inversion decompresses these shock absorbers, reducing much of the pain associated with herniated discs and pinched nerves.
Reduces Sciatic Nerve Pressure
The sciatic nerve is the larges nerve in the human body. It runs from the base of the spine down the back of both legs. Herniated discs or bone spurs can put pressure on the sciatic nerve, causing a painful condition known as sciatica. People with sciatica often don’t even realize their back and spine health is directly correlated to their sciatic nerve pain.
As inversion therapy reverses the effects of disc compression, it also relieves the pressure on the sciatic nerve. It can be a huge relief for anyone suffering from sciatica.
Inversion can help to realign the spine by way of the relaxing and stretching the soft tissues of the upper body. As the muscles and ligaments relax, the discs can move more freely, and gravity allows the vertebrae to properly align themselves.
Muscle on the front of the upper body often become overly tense from long bouts of sitting and poor motor patterns. Inversion can help to lengthen the ligaments and muscles of the chest and shoulders.
Spinal realignment and stretching of the upper body soft tissue leads to improved posture over time.
Inversion puts the lower limbs above the heart. This requires less effort from the heart to transport oxygen-depleted blood from the limbs back to the lungs. Clinical studies have shown regular bouts of inversion therapy to reduce varicose veins in some patients. When inverted, the heart can also more easily send oxygen-rich blood to the brain and upper organs. allowing for quicker healing and lowered inflammation over time.
Improved Lymphatic Movement
The lymphatic system removes toxins from the body. Think of it as your body’s sewer system. It’s made up of vessels that travel throughout the body kind of like veins and arteries.
But unlike the circular system, the lymphatic system has no heart to keep things flowing. Instead, the lymphatic system stays flowing by muscular contraction and regular movements of the body.
With inversion, the muscles and ligaments expand, increasing the flow of lymph fluid throughout the body. This more quickly removes toxins and lactic acids from the muscles. Less toxins and lactic acids make for a healthier, pain free body and speeds up recovery.