We often come across dozens of advertisements which splash quite a lot of good things and benefits of inversion therapy. It is becoming quite popular with a section of people, especially those who are aged and are suffering from various types of pains and muscle spasms. Back pain is one of the most common ailments for elderly people and also for those who are obese or overweight. Many of them are also youngsters who lead a laid back and sedentary lifestyle. There are others who also suffer from muscle weaknesses, varicose veins and other such problems. These and other problems could be chronic in many and it could prevent them from carrying out their normal activities. In such situations, it would be better go in for therapies which are non-invasive and treatments which do not put too much importance on pain killers and NSAIDs. Non-invasive surgeries and processes come with their own share of problems and we all know that depending on NSAIDs for long periods of time is fraught with risks and could create more problems than solutions. Therefore it would be interesting to know something more about inversion therapy and how perhaps investing on the best inversion table could be beneficial in more ways than one.
How Does It Work
The concept is quite simple, when you are into inversion therapy, as the word “inversion” suggests, your body is upside down. Your head is down on the floor and your feet is up. So, basically you are pushing the gravity down to your upper extremities, face, nose, ear and other such parts of the body. According to some experts, it could go a long way in helping to relieve the compression which the spinal cord is subjected to because of too much exposure to gravity. The muscles, tissues and joints tend to compress the spinal cord because of the pressure exerted by gravity on them. When you are in an inverse position you perhaps could give temporary relief to the spinal cord and help it to get relieved from compression. Further it could also perhaps help in expanding and loosening up the vertebrae in more ways than one. This could provide some much needed relief to those who are suffering from chronic and even unbearable pain because of compressed nerves of the spinal cord. There are a few more benefits also with inversion therapy when it is done with the right inversion table. Let us learn more about it, over the next few lines.
It Could Improve Spinal Health
Physical manipulation of the spine by massaging and various muscle strengthening exercises and techniques could be helpful in helping release compression of the spinal cord nerves. In the same light, there are some experts who believe that holding the body upright for a limited period of time could help in stretching the spine and help give relief to the compressed spinal cord and the nerves inside it.
It Could Reduce Chronic Back Pain
Many who have undergone inversion therapy have also seemingly benefitted quite a bit from chronic back pain. This is often considered to be one of the simplest and gentlest ways of treating and managing back pain. It could help to ease the pressure that is exerted on weight bearing joints and give them time to recuperate and get some much needed rest. It could also help those who are suffering from disc pain, joint pain. Further decompressing the spinal cord through inversion therapy could also play a big role in reducing the levels of pain and muscle spasms especially in the back. There is no doubt that back pain is one of the most common problems for those who are between the ages of 35 and 55 and therefore for this group of people inversion tables and inversion therapy could be quite useful.
Do They Come With Risks
However, there is no denying the fact that there are some risks and dangers associated with inversion therapy. At the end of it all, you are putting the body upside down and transferring all gravity from the feet and lower extremities to the brain, eyes, face and other upper extremities of the body. Hence, there are bound to be some challenges and we should know about the same, so that we are able to take an informed and correct decision.
What Happens When You Are Upside Down
When your body is upside down, first and foremost your heart rate gets reduced. At the same time your blood pressure increases and this could lead to increased pressure in the inner ear and eyeballs. Hence if you are suffering from any eye problem or ear related issued, it would be better to stay away from inversion therapy. If you have to do it, then you must take your doctors’ advice and then move forward.
Risks And Dangers
Those with heart disease, cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure and a history of stroke should stay away from these inversion therapies. If you suffer from broken bones, osteoporosis, hernia, and even if you are obese you must be very careful before doing these exercise and therapies. If you have conditions which are impacting your head (head pain, migraine and other such problems) it would be better to stay away from this form of therapy. It could also lead to retinal detachment and therefore people with glaucoma and other such problems should exercise extreme caution while going through such therapies. Pregnant women should always stay away from this form of treatment.
The Final Takeaway
There are varying opinions and thought process as far as use of inversion table is concerned. While some consider it very effective and result oriented, offering relief from various symptoms, there are other who consider it risky and dangerous. Further it also is an expensive treatment and therapy because of the cost of the inversion therapy tables and other accessories. It cannot be a long term approach to treating back pain and other problems and the risk versus benefits should be evaluated before moving forward.