Inversion Therapy - Therapeutic Benefits
Inversion therapy is thought to have therapeutic benefits by stretching the back muscles, giving the vertebral discs of the back a chance to heal. Inversion therapy is most commonly used to treat back pain, though others have used this form of exercise/treatment to treat anxiety and depression. The following types of technology are used for inversion therapy: inversion tables, gravity boots, yoga swings, and traction tables. To treat back pain using inversion therapy, traction tables are usually available at chiropractic clinics, while inversion tables are the most common products that are available for home use. Inversion tables usually cost between $200-$500, and they are usually about 7 feet tall and 3 foot by 5 feet wide. Though these tables take up considerable space in your home, they are pretty light and easy to move around.
Inversion therapy involves being suspended from your feet upside down or at an inverted angle, in order to stretch the back for back pain therapeutic benefits. This type of treatment is thought to be effective by increasing blood flow, improving flexibility, posture realignment, and stretching the upper and lower back. Think about it this way, compare the effects and therapeutic benefits of inversion therapy with a dislocated shoulder. Imagine playing backyard football and landing badly on your shoulder after making an amazing catch in the end zone. Immediately you notice that you have done something wrong to your shoulder and you can't lift your left arm over your head. You know that something is wrong and you immediately make an appointment with your doctor to see what is wrong with it. Your doctor, tells you that your arm and shoulder is ok, and that it will heal properly as long as you keep it immobilized for a couple of weeks. He gives you a sling for your left shoulder and arm, so that it is stabilized while it is able to heal up properly.
Now imagine what type of therapy you would need to heal a back injury while still going about your daily life, working and playing. Unfortunately, you won't have an opportunity to put your back in a sling, you will still need to use your body no matter what you're doing. Any types of devices that are available to try to protect your back, such as back braces, anyway do little to heal back injuries or prevent future ones. On the other hand, inversion therapy is becoming more popular in clinics and for home use as well. The concept with this type of therapy is that the disks in your back that have become pathologically compressed will begin to heal themselves while the inversion therapy is taking place.
Inversion therapy involves hanging at an inverted angle or upside down in order to stretch the back muscles and intervertebral discs of the back. Normally, when we stand or walk, the back and especially the back discs absorb much of the weight of the body. If we were to lay at an inverted angle or completely upside down, the opposite pull of gravity could decompress the discs or joints below the anchor. This joint and spinal decompression causes each joint in the body to be loaded in an equal and opposite manner to standing in an identical position of alignment.