If you think that inversion therapy can only be used for back pain, you couldn’t be further from the truth.
Undoubtfully, inversion tables are primarily used to relieve and heal back and neck problems (and very effectively, as you’ll see below). But they can be used for other quite surprising purposes, most of them no one knows about.
10 Surprising Facts about Inversion Therapy
1. Inversion Therapy Can Improve Complexion
Gorgeous actress Eva Mendez regularly uses her inversion table (at a shallow angle) to keep her beautiful complexion.
When you hang upside down and blood rushes to your face, it brings a surge of nutrients to your skin and hydrates it. The result is a plumped and glowing skin.
By the way, Other celebrities known to use inversion therapy are Ozzy Osbourne, Martha Stewart, Matt Lauer, Regis Philbin, David Duchovny and Rosie O’donnell.
2. Inversion Therapy Can Improve Brain Function
Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown inverts every single day to help increase his mental clarity and fight writers’ block.
When you invert, even at a slight angle, blood rushes to the brain and brings an extra spurt of oxygen and nutrients to it.
This increases clarity and stimulates brain functioning. Even a few minutes of inverting every day can increase brain functioning several times over!
3. Inversion Therapy Can Boost Work Capacity
Just a few years ago, Volvo management (the car manufacturer) announced to their employees that if they don’t use an inversion table every day (at work!), they would have to pay for most of their health benefits.
The first year after this announcement, the hours of missed work within Volvo dropped by 55%.
By the way, the employees didn’t even fully invert. They only inverted a tiny 15 degrees of incline.
4. Inversion Therapy Can Prevent Injuries
Did you know that Part of the recovery program in the army is using inversion tables and inverting from various objects like pullup bars?
Inversion therapy helps soldiers decompress their training-worn spines, mobilize their joints and increase circulation in their muscles and ligaments, which keeps them flexible, agile and much more resistant to injuries.
5. Inversion Therapy Can Relieve Stress (And Even Depression)
Do you remember how much fun it was to hang upside down when you were a kid?
There’s a good reason for that. Hanging upside down brings immediate stress relief. Inversion leads to a rush of endorphins, the “good mood” hormone to your brain, which brings immediate relaxation and can even relieve depression caused by reduced circulation.
6. Inversion Therapy Can Prevent Age Related Shrinking
Most people will lose from 1/2″ – 2″ (1-5 cm) in height during their lifetime due to thinning discs.
Inversion tables take the gravitational pressure off your spine, allowing it to rebuild itself and maintain its strength.
It actually slows down the “shrinking” process and prevents that commonly seen “hump” many elderly folks have. .
7. Inversion Therapy Can Relieve Varicose Veins (& Other circulation Problems)
When inverting, you are helping your heart to clear the blood from your feet, legs, and lower body. This allows the blood in your limbs to circulate more easily, which may help to drain blood from varicose veins.
Inversion allows your body to work with gravity to ease the circulation process.
8. Inversion Therapy Has Been Used Since 3000 B.C
Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine”, created his own type of inversion therapy by hoisting his patients on a ladder with a series of ropes and pulleys to harness gravity in an effort to stretch his patients and relieve their ailments.
It’s been used since 3,000 B.C. to re-balance the body, help increase circulation, stimulate the brain, enhance glandular system functioning, and relieve pressure on the abdominal organs.
9. Healthy People Can Invert for 3 Days Straight
Stunt master David Blaine proved in 2008 that if you are healthy, you can hang upside down for 3 full days (a total of 60 hours) without any kind of side effects.
When he came down his eyes were fine, his blood pressure was fine and his lungs were better than fine.
But, there are a few people who may not be able to use inversion therapy. To find out if you are one of them – See this article.
10. Inversion Therapy Can Replace Back Surgeries
It’s been scientifically proven that inversion therapy can allow you to cancel your back surgery, no matter what your doctor believes.
One study, done at the New Castle University found that 70.5% of patients who performed inversion therapy were able to cancel their scheduled back surgeries.
Another study consisted of 175 patients with crippling back pain (people who could not work) found that after 8 sessions of inversion therapy, 88.6% were able to return to their full time job.
One Important Warning
You’ve just seen why bringing an inversion table to your home is one of the best health decision you will ever make, but you can’t just go and buy an inversion table without knowing this fact:
All of these benefits can turn into dangers if you buy the cheapest inversion table you can find. Cheap comes with a very high price.
The inversion tables you get at places like Walmart, Ebay and other “discount” stores are made very quickly with either plastic or incredibly low-quality metals.
When you buy a quality-made inversion table, made out of high carbon steel, there is virtually no risk.
The constant pull of gravity is the most powerful force your body will deal with during your life time. Inversion therapy, used sensibly, can reverse and heal the compression of your body caused by gravity.
It’s extremely beneficial, and no more dangerous than many other fitness activities. And who knew it has all of these added benefits? I didn’t.
To your health & happiness,
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