If you’ve ever felt “heavy” after a long day of work, suffered any kind of back pain, held your baby for a few minutes too long, or felt stiff after hours in front of a screen, you probably could have benefited from inversion therapy.
Inversion therapy can benefit just about everyone. The concept is so simple—it requires no special equipment or training, and you can do it easily from the comfort of your own home.
Keep reading to find out what inversion therapy is and how you can benefit from it.
What is Inversion Therapy?
Inversion therapy is a form of treatment that involves being in an upside-down or angled position in which your feet are above your head. The aim is to stretch out and take pressure off the spine to rebalance, realign, and relieve back pain.
Throughout the day, gravity pulls down on the spine, causing compressed vertebrae and achy joints and muscles. Over time, this can lead to poor circulation, inadequate lymphatic drainage, and chronic back pain. Inverted positions give the spine a chance to decompress, defying the effects of gravity and improving function in the circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems in the body.
This form of therapy isn’t new or experimental—it dates back thousands of years to ancient yoga practices and poses. In fact, Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine, used inversion therapy on his own patients.
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How to Do Inversion Therapy
You can do inversion therapy in the comfort of your home without any special equipment. One great option is inversion yoga, including poses such as headstands, handstands, shoulder poses, dolphin pose, downward-facing dog, and legs-up-the-wall pose.
Another way to achieve a good stretch in the spine with an inverted pose is with assistance from inversion equipment, including:
- Inversion tables. This piece of equipment allows you to hang upside down securely while your back is resting against a padded board.
- Inversion chairs. Here, the idea is the same as an inversion table, only instead of being in a standing position, you hang upside down in a seated position.
- Gravity boots. Gravity boots, also called inversion boots, are ankle supports that allow you to hang upside down by your feet. They allow for more movement and freedom than inversion tables and inversion chairs.
You can also invert using every day or exercise objects at home, like a fitness ball….