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Inversion Therapy is the natural anti-gravity decompression back pain relief method.
Inversion therapy, also known as anti-gravity therapy, is a drug-free and natural way to increase circulation, relieve back pain and reduce tension and stress. Inversion has been used for thousands of years to help remove toxins, increase oxygen to cells and the brain, reduce stress and anxiety, increase energy, improve lymphatic drainage and as an effective treatment for a list of spine and back conditions.
When inverted, the body and spine decompresses, providing less stress on joints, bones and muscles. Inversion can provide a "perfect" stretch and help to align the weight bearing skeleton. Many physical therapists, doctors and sports trainers are starting to use inversion to help prevent compression fatigue joint injuries. The US Army Physical Fitness School is expanding its use of inversion as well.
Some potential benefits of inversion therapy
Disc rehydration - damaged discs don't have a direct blood supply so they can heal very slowly. Decompression through inversion can take pressure off the disc so it widens and hydrates, speeding healing.
Nerve pressure reduction - Inversion can help increase intervertebral separation, opening up passageways and reducing pain caused by pinched nerves. Less pressure equals less pain.
Realignment - Hundreds of muscles and ligaments stabilize the spine and hold it in compression. If the back is out of alignment thanks to bad posture, lots of sitting or rotational movements, the support holds the body in that misalignment. Decompression helps realign the skeleton and promote better posture.
Muscle relaxation - Inversion can help speed lymph flow and relax muscles. Physiotherapist LG Nosse did a study that showed EMG activity declined by over 35% within ten seconds of becoming inverted.
Stimulated circulation - aids the heart in moving blood from your lower body to the upper body.
Relief from varicose veins - by moving the blood and putting the legs over the heart, varicose veins can be reduced.
Lower heart rate - caused by the rhythmic rocking of the inversion table.
More oxygen - helps move more oxygen to the brain which can stimulate you mentally.
Improved skin and hair - surface blood supply are stimulated.
Inversion therapy is also great for improving your overall fitness, reducing the effects of aging caused by gravity, strengthening ligaments, improving flexibility and shock absorption, encouraging better posture and for preventative maintenance.