Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Benefits of Inversion

I spent some time looking up the benefits of inversion since I got my sweet new inversion table. Here is what I found:

Inversion helps in the relief of back pain in four ways:
· Discs hydrate: Clinical studies show that when inverted the separation between the vertebrae increases, this allows for moisture to be absorbed into the soft tissue of the discs, increasing the nutrient content as well as plumping the discs for better shock absorption and flexibility.

· Pressure is taken off of nerve roots: The height of the discs relates to the size of the passageway for the nerve roots to exit from the spinal column, so a plump hydrated disc creates maximum clearance, helping to alleviate any pressure or pinching of the nerve root.

· The spine is encouraged to realign: The traction applied also decompresses the spine to create an environment where misalignments can naturally fall back into place.

· Muscles are gently stretched as circulation is increased, helping to reduce tension.

Inversion also :

  • Reduces muscle tension/ stimulates lymph flow
  • Improves circulation: From Better Back, Better Body
    “When you are in an inverted position-and this does not necessarily mean completely head down-you are helping your heart move venous blood from your legs and torso to the heart and lungs to be purified. When you are inverted, your heart is aided by gravity. This speeds the waste-laden blood from your lower body to your heart and lungs to be cleansed and rushes fresh, oxygen rich blood from your heart and lungs to your upper body and brain.”
The book also says inversion can help with varicose veins, and help keep your brain healthy.

  • Increases Flexibility and Range of Motion
  • Helps Correct Posture
  • Reduce the Effects of Aging Caused by Gravity (Counteracting Height Loss)
  • Provides Many (way too many to put on here) Benefits to Athletes

So there we have it. I will get to experience all of these wonderful benefits and hopefully have a relieved back :D.


  1. Those all sound like really good bonuses! yay, for a healthy brain lol. :)

  2. It actually said something way more drawn out and crazier, but "healthy" was so much easier to interpret. lol.

    I think it said something about making you smarter because your brain uses up 25% of your body's oxygen, even though it only accounts for 4% of your weight. Your heart has to work harder to get oxygen to your brain because of the effects of gravity, so hanging upside down gets more oxygen to your brain. Making it "healthier." At least that's what I got out of it. lol.



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