Inversion therapy, which has roots to Hippocrates, has been successfully used cross-culturally for centuries. The most common form of inversion therapy today is done with the use of an inversion table, which is essentially a teeter-totter. It works by balancing body weight equally on either side of a fulcrum, and then allows one to hang up-side-down by gradually increasing the degree of inversion. Widely known for alleviating spinal compression, inversion therapy has many other surprising health benefits.
Inversion works with gravity to alleviate pressure on the spine, thus bringing pain relief to back pain sufferers.
Inversion, by allowing increased blood flow, relaxes muscles and provides relief for painful spasms.
Continued use of inversion therapy helps align the spine naturally and improves posture.
Use of inversion helps increase the amount of fluid in the discs that separate each spinal vertebra. This provides more cushion on the spine, resulting in decreased nerve compression, which lessens pain.
Hanging upside-down renders one immobile, which forces relaxation and helps allow tension in the back and neck to be released.
In inversion, the circulatory system is assisted by gravity, which eases the blood flow to the heart.
The use of inversion therapy may help stimulate and rejuvenate an overly-taxed and sluggish lymphatic system.