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November 2017

The Best Inversion Tables Reviewed

There are many fitness products that still exist today which were already popular 20 years ago. One of these products are inversion tables. In spite of the fact that inversion tables have been around for some time, their build and features continue to improve as new material and engineering techniques are being applied. Future inversion tables will most likely have gravity boots attached. Gravity boots are from the 80s and were originally made to allow a person to hang upside down for fitness exercises.


The History of Inversion Therapy


Inversion techniques go back to 400 BC, when Hypocrites, the father of medicine, linked the knees and ankles of a patient attached to a scale and then hoisted the head vertically in a process that has come to be known as traction of the spinal column. The Greek technique of inversion is still valid, but today it is much easier to relieve pain in the back through a process called inversion therapy. The inversion process helps your body recover from the effects of compression induced by stress and daily activities. Inversion table therapy is performed by spending time suspended upside down which can have therapeutic benefits, including the alleviation of things such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, and the flow of oxygen to the brain. Inversion tables also help to stimulate blood flow in the circulatory system when inverted. Inversion tables are also a great way to do abdominal exercises and other stretching exercises such as squats, extensions, abdominal stretches, hip flexing of the vertebral column, side flexing, and also a wonderful substitute for other stretching exercises such as Pilates and yoga.


The Inversion Process


The inversion process can be a little uncomfortable at first, because your body is not used to being balanced ina an upside-down position, but you should get accustomed to it by the second or third time you perform an inversion. Initially, for the first couple of weeks or so, inversions should only be performed for a couple of minutes at a time. Once you get accustomed to inverting you can invert for anywhere between five and fifteen minutes, although there is no real limit as to how long you can stay inverted. However you should always consult with a physician about how long the inversion process should be for you. Also, if this is your first time using a good inversion table, it is a good idea to have someone assisting you with your ankle strapings for the first time, since your body may not be used to it immediately, you may start feeling sleepy or have mechanical difficulties in attempting to use the device for the first time! If you have heart disease, high blood pressure, eye diseases such as glaucoma or if you are pregnant (as with anything else), please consult your physician before using an inversion table!


Benefits of Inversion Therapy

  • strengthens the ligaments.
  • increases joint lubrication.
  • increases blood flow to the brain.
  • improves flexibility and joint range of motion.
  • promotes good posture and body symmetry.
  • removes muscle tension.
  • reduces back pain

Realigning The Spine


Your back is supported by a network of hundreds of muscles and ligaments that help stabilize the spine, but this process comes at the price of keeping the spine compressed. When the back loses its correct alignment due to poor posture, spending too much time sitting or performing activities while seated, the structure of your back loses its alignment. When you are lying down, your back braces only 25% of the pressure you feel when you are standing. In order to be able to decompress your spine, you need attractive force of at least 60% of your body weight which can be achieved through inverting to an equivalent angle of 60 degrees. This type of decompression re-aligns the spine, naturally promoting a healthy posture.


Stress Relief


When you are under stress, the physical effects can manifest in your body through pain in your back, neck, headache and muscle tension appear. The use of the inversion table is an excellent way to take a break, relax and to release all these traumas. In fact, for centuries, yoga practitioners have recognized the benefits of inversion, of transforming the body to find relaxation. The cardiovascular system is composed of the heart, veins, and arteries. This is the transport system, carrying food and oxygen to your cells of the body. The cardiovascular system also retrieves the blood of your lower limbs. Carrying nutrients and blood upward in the body means going against the force of gravity. The inversion process allows your body to work in conjunction with the forces of gravity to facilitate the process of movement. The inversion method helps to improve blood circulation and accelerates the cleansing of blood and lymph. the difference of the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system has no pump. Invert the body so will help to push the lactic fluid up to the chest. A feeling of well-being will appear and you will recover more quickly from strenuous efforts.


Increased Oxygen Flow to the Brain


Your heart has to work against gravity to send blood to your brain, which is the body’s largest consumer of oxygen. Only the brain cells that are close to a vast source of supply in capillary blood are well developed. Far from these sources of supply, the brain cells are underused. Thanks to the table of inversion, you can greatly improve the physical condition of the whole of your whole brain. Some argue that the increase in the circulation of the blood to the head by the inversion method improves the condition of your skin, stimulates mental alertness, and improved the hearing and vision. In addition, some claim that the hair will be in better health because of the extra blood available to the scalp being better provided in blood.


Other Benefits of Inversion Therapy


When you use an inversion table, you help stimulate the circulation of blood in the lower part of your body, especially in your legs and feet. This allows the blood in your extremitiesto flow more easily, which will can also help reduce the appearance of varicose veins. The inversion method also allows the body to stretch and helps to harmonize it. Almost every physical activity resulted in a form of compression of the spinal column. The compression, due to effect of gravity, is aggravated by activities such as weightlifting, aerobics, skiing, biking, or golf. Our daily activities create incorretc posture… imbalances of the spine. Most often, these imbalances are nominal and easily correct by the body itself. But a use of the table of reversal may help the body to combat them. Other physical activities tend to create tension in the muscles due to a contraction of the large muscle groups for long periods of time. Swimming, cycling, windsurfing and rowing, are examples of activities which have a tendency to create a lot of tension lower back. These athletes can run a better performance during a longer duration due to the table of inversion.


How Inversion Therapy Can Help with Back Pain


Quite simply, inversion extends the vertebral column. The space between the vertebrae increases, which relieves the pressure on the discs, ligaments, and nerve roots.  Less pressure means less back pain.  Stress and tension can cause muscle spasms in the back, neck, and shoulders, as well as headaches and other problems. Tense muscles produce spasms and pain by reducing the oxygen supply and by reducing the flow of blood in the lymph nodes. They allow the accumulation of waste chemicals in the muscles. Using your inversion table even at 25 degrees, even for only a few minutes a day can help relax the muscles and increase the speed of the lymph flow which allows you to flush the body of waste.


The muscle pain should go away.  A recent study showed a decrease of 35% of muscle pain in only 10 seconds of inversion. Using an inversion table will feed your disks and increase flexibility in your spinal column.  The health of your disks is all the more important since all communications between the brain and the body is done via nerves that pass between each vertebra. The inadequacy of the distance between the vertebrae can cause some of the pressures and pain on the nerve roots.


When you are sitting or standing, the liquid of your disks is pressed into the adjacent soft tissue depriving the disks of their moisture. If your disks are compressed and thinned down, your vertebrae can potentially place even more pressure on these nerves. If more pressure is present, than so is the risk of pain.  Using an inversion table helps increase the space between each vertebra, helping reduce the pressure on the discs.