Inversion therapy involves hanging upside down to apply gentle traction to the spine. Inversion was invented as early as 400 B.C. when Hippocrates (the father of medicine) first watched a patient hoisted upside down on a ladder for a dose of ‘spinal traction’. Not only can Inversion Therapy help to treat back pain but it can be used to reverse the negative effects of ageing on the spine.
The balance of Inversion Table is so precise that control of the rotation can be effected by simple arm movements. A tether strap allows the rotation to be arrested at any desired angle. Adjustable roller hinges allow adjustment of the rate of rotation. The table can be locked at 90° for full inversion in order to stabilise during exercise.
Some Benefits of Inversion
- Reduce back pain Provide care and feeding for discs
- Achieve functional fitness
- Train core muscle groups without loading the spine
- Recover from high impact workouts
- Reduce pain in overworked muscles
- Strengthen ligaments and joints
- Relieve stress
- Stimulate circulation
- Train for balance and orientation
- Improve posture and alignment
- Stimulate circulation and lymphatic flow
- Enhance mental function and senses
- Strengthen autonomic nervous system
- Age gracefully Inversion therapy lifts depression
What Are The Possible Dangers of Inversion Therapy?
Although this activity is safe we recommend seeking professional medical advice for example from your doctor before using inversion therapy equipment. The following are contraindications for inversion therapy (should not be done): pregnancy, hernia, glaucoma, retinal detachment, conjunctivitis, high blood pressure, recent stroke, heart or circulatory disorders, spinal injury, cerebral sclerosis, swollen joints, osteoporosis, unhealed fractures, surgically implanted supports, use of anticoagulants, ear infection and obesity.
Include stretches (off the inversion table), partial inversion, stretches and tractions (on the inversion table) and full inversion with stretches and exercises (on the inversion table).
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