Back inversion tables have reached heights since the day Hippocrates started using ropes and pulleys for suspending patients back in 400 BC That was 2500 years ago, and today there are numerous inversion tables that use different kinds of technology and have different designs.
The use of inversion therapy has regained popularity when Robert Martin created or designed the Gravity Guidance System during the 1960s. Currently, more and more people are showing their interest in using inversion therapy to address their muscle and back pain. Although, there are medicines that can help ease back pain, more and more people are looking to alternative treatment to avoid being dependent on pharmaceutical pain medications.
Those who use and promote inversion therapy and tables frequently state that it is ideal for people regardless of their age and their levels of fitness. However, it is still important to secure a doctor's permission before starting inversion therapy or any other kind therapy.
There are numerous benefits associated with the use of back inversion therapy and tables.
- It helps relieves back pain. When the body is inverted or partially inverted, the spaces between the vertebrae increases. This would relieve the pressure exerted on the discs, ligaments and spinal nerves. Therefore, it also reduces the pain.
- Stress can affect us negatively, it could affect social relationships, work performance and increase body fatigue, headaches, and muscle pain. When a person is inverted, muscles relax.
- Inversion therapy may help improve the body's circulation, including lymph fluids that carry toxins and other waste materials out of the body. Clearing the lymphatic system could help a lot in easing muscle pains.
- Inversion also increases the flow of oxygen to the brain. As mentioned, inversion helps in improving blood circulation. This would mean that more blood supply with sufficient oxygen is received by the brain. This would improve a person's focus and alertness.
- Inversion is especially useful for athletes. Athletes are generally subjected to different kinds of movements than non athletes, and during sports the spine can end up being misaligned. Inversion tables could help in realigning the spine and may even help improve sport performance.
- Slow decompression. Back inversion tables serves as an effective system to counter the effects of gravity on the body, which some believe helps rejuvenate the whole body, not only heal pains.
The numerous benefits of inversion tables could be experienced even without being in a full inverted position. Just by spending two to three minutes at a 20 degree angle, twice or three times a day, can help reduce or even eliminate back pains for many.