What is Inversion Therapy? techniques, benefits & risks

Inversion Therapy
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You will get to know about Inversion therapy. What does this therapy do to your body to relieve several pains? Techniques and devices used for inversion therapy. We have added all this useful information below after thorough research. Some of its benefits and risks are also mentioned to inform you about when to use it and when not.

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1. What is Inversion Therapy?

What is inversion therapy

When you feel pain in your body, it is maybe severe or minor. In such a case with severe pain like cardiac pain or headache, you have to visit the doctor immediately. But when it comes to the minor or even some other type of severe pains that become a part of your daily life and are even not reduced through medications. This means now you need to go for the best massage technique. There are many massage techniques available, and inversion therapy is one. You can practice those massage techniques in a massage parlor according to experts’ recommendations or at home with massage devices like inversion table, back massager, neck massager, and more if you know how to use them properly.

Now let’s come towards our main topic Inversion therapy. Before 400BC, inversion therapy was used to treat back pain, increase blood circulation, stimulate the brain and more. After that Hippocrates (The Father of Medicine) strung up a patient on the ladder with the help of ropes and pulleys and put the rest of the work on gravity. That was great work by a great man. Still, the method was not recognized widely in the United States until more expert’s contributed to it. After centuries of researches, rejections and arguments, inversion therapy’s reputation is rebuilt in the present day.

Nowadays, inversion therapy is considered a massage technique when the body is suspended upside down to stretch the spine and relieve back pain. Inversion therapy can be done on various equipment, such as inversion therapy tables, chairs, gravity (inversion) boots. While there are also some poses through which you can take inversion therapy, it’s important to consult an expert first.

2. Inversion Therapy techniques and devices?

Some devices and techniques are here if you want inversion therapy for pain relief. Let’s have a look.

Inversion Therapy tables

Inversion table

The most appropriate equipment for inversion therapy is the inversion table. It helps you stretch the body to reduce the back pain, stimulate the brain and what more inversion therapy is used for. From all of the other methods, it’s the safe one. While practicing inversion therapy without a table, you may find body support and other issues. Some inversion therapy table models also offer you some other types of exercise; isn’t it amazing.

Inversion Therapy chair

Inversion chair

The inversion therapy chair follows the same operation as inversion tables; the point at which it differentiates from the inversion table is sitting instead of standing. They follow almost the same price tag, just like the inversion tables.

Inversion Gravity Boots

Inversion boots

They are actually ankle wraps to cover the feet strongly when you are in an upside-down position for inversion therapy. They work with most inversion devices and cost you a small amount but protect you best from unwanted situations.

Other techniques

Inversion therapy can also be performed with other techniques instead of inversion equipment. But the professional’s training is highly required if you want to practice it with other physical techniques.

Some of the yoga poses for inversion therapy are.

  • Handstands
  • Shoulder stands
  • Headstands
  • Plow pose

These methods are not so much easy and nor much difficult. All you have to do is consult with a yoga expert, which costs you a small price. But to deal with a little amount is beneficial for your health and protects you from a big disaster related to wrong inversion poses.

3. Benefits of Inversion Therapy

Your mind will be now much clear about what actually hanging upside down (inversion therapy) is and how it could be done. All massage therapies have some positive and negative sights; same is the inversion therapy. So let’s discuss first what pros inversion therapy offers to you.

Here are some benefits of inversion therapy based on authentic studies.

Increases flexibility: If you are the one whose work is stuck to the table and there are no physical activities involved in your life. Ultimately, your body loses its flexibility, and you feel tiredness and pains in the body, even you can’t bend. Inversion therapy here helps your body be flexible; micromovements in the spine with a passage of time make the body stronger. And within some time your all these issues get resolved.

Reduces need for surgery: When you are suffering from back problems or disability, which tends to the need for surgery. We will not say that inversion is the ultimate treatment for these issues. But if you keep practicing inversion therapy for some weeks, maybe reduce the need for surgery. But consulting with a doctor before adopting this technique is necessary. Maybe you face a complex back problem where inversion therapy is not the right option.

Improves spinal health: Our daily life involves many activities such as sitting, bending, running and more. These actions put pressure on spinal discs, which tends to back pain and sometimes a big disaster. So to improve the space between spinal discs and relieve the pressure on them, inversion therapy at 60 degrees works best.

Reduces back pain: All of the problems and solutions mentioned above are related to the back pain at the end. So inversion therapy tackles with them to ultimately reduce back pain, and it’s one of its major benefits.

4. Inversion Therapy risks

After the inversion therapy’s detailed introduction, devices, techniques and benefits, you must think about does inversion therapy work? Yes, off-course, it works in some conditions, but there are some risks for the rest. What are the risks, and to what conditions they are concerned? Have a look.

We all know that stretching upside down increases blood pressure and decreases heart rate. Also, it throws pressure on eyeballs. These do not seem to be an issue for some people but for others with different diseases and disorders, it may cause serious damage. Try to avoid inversion therapy if you face joint disorders or cardiovascular issues. Also, it is not recommended for you if you have any kind of infections such as ear infections, glaucoma and more. In the case of retinal detachment, pregnancy, obesity, and if you are using blood thinner medicines, inversion therapy is not for you then.

At last, if you are free from all of the above issues, still you have to be careful with inversion therapy. The best practice is to start it with short increments and go further. So you will never face any side effects and other issues.

Final words
What is inversion therapy? What are the methods and devices? Its benefits and risks. All these points are discussed in our above’s handy guide. The points we have mentioned are concluded by our research from authentic studies. So if you are ready to start with inversion therapy, follow all the methods and precautions and just do it! Good luck.

Zeeshan Ayaz

Muhammad Zeeshan Ayaz is a digital marketing strategist at Mist Interactive. Alongside digital marketing, he is also a passionate content writer who mostly writes about lifestyle and home improvement related topics. His writing style is precise and mostly focuses on information with SEO but never at the expense of user intent. Before his writing and digital marketing career, he graduated in with a degree in Software Engineering.

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