The act of turning upside down. In this case we'll be talking about the use of an inversion table which is used to turn a human upside down.
I began using an inversion table many years ago in hopes of helping my back pain and to this very day I still believe it's the single best health related investment a person can make.
By using an inversion table you can counteract the harmful forces of gravity. Throughout the day gravity pushes down on our bodies and actually compresses the discs in our spines. It's a fact that a person is taller in the morning than he/she is at night, this is because the discs in our spines are compressed and lose height. When you invert on an inversion table you will decompress your spine and relieve back pain.
When using the inversion table it's important to be able to relax in order to get the most benefit from inversion. As you relax while inverted your spine will begin to decompress, sometimes you will feel or hear the cracking/popping as your spine re-aligns (this feels good and usually gives immediate pain relief). The muscles in your back will begin to stretch also (it's one of the best and easiest ways to stretch your back). In addition, the act of inversion will relieve stress, stimulate your circulation and help promote overall good health.
By using an inversion table I have been able to stop using a chiropractor entirely(it didn't take long to pay for itself this way). I like to use it throughout the day and really try to get on it right before going to bed, normally spinal decompression occurs at night while sleeping, by inverting just prior to sleep you give the decompression a big head start which will leave you feeling better in the morning.
There are many different brands of inversion tables on the market today to choose from, the one I use is made by Hang ups, it's fully adjustable and works for people up to 6'6" tall and up to 300lbs. I use a small cushion type lumbar support for comfort while inverting. I haven't had any problems with this inversion table and it seems to be made quite well, I'm about 6'0" and 240lbs and I haven't broken it yet!
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