What is Inversion Therapy?

Inversion Table Therapy is a natural therapeutic treatment that involves a form of spinal decompression. Spinal decompression is achieved through the use of an inversion table by hanging upside down or inverting to a certain degree. The inversion table allows the regular user to achieve an inverted position for the sole purpose of receiving pain alleviation and therapeutic benefits of inversion therapy. Inversion therapy isn’t a new concept that just appeared on the scene. Many cultures throughout the age of time have admired what can become of an individual who regularly used this form of treatment. Some have even hidden this treatment from the masses in order to protect this “secret” that the upper class found to be their advantage. Inversion table therapy helped separate them from the regular folk in regards to health status. The healing power that inversion therapy produced was heavily revered by some and have only shared this amazing treatment amongst themselves, the “elite” class.

In today’s day and age where information can be shared in all imaginable ways, inversion table therapy is a viable option for those who seek to better themselves through a natural, yet effective treatment solution. Inversion table therapy bestows a wide-range of positive benefits that attach to the therapeutic treatment of spinal decompression. The most popular benefit that is produced through spinal decompression is pain alleviation or the pain-reduction effect. Almost instantly the user will experience this benefit once the therapeutic treatment of inversion takes place. The positive, healing benefit of pain alleviation, produced through inversion table therapy, is the first and foremost benefit that a user will instantly feel and appreciate.

Back pain, specifically lower back pain, is prevalent in today’s world. Most individuals will experience some form of back pain in their lifetime. Whether it springs from an injury or genetically acquired through hereditary means, everyone is at risk of contracting this condition. Many individuals are plagued by back pain which comes across as the leading disability in the world today. Not all forms of back pain can be stacked and measured the same way. Some forms of back pain can be quickly felt as a result of placing unnecessary strain on the back such as lifting a heavy object. Other forms may instigate dull pain that will steadily increase over a period of unnoticed time. Pre-existing conditions may negatively impact an individual’s spine which causes a form of back pain. An individual’s age is probably the biggest factor that causes back pain. Older individuals are more prone to back pain than any other group. As the body gets older, the blood supply that the inverterbral discs receive begins to diminish. These supply routes slowly break down and instigate the deterioration process of the intervertebral disc. Slowly but surely, the discs in the spine receive less and less circulation. Eventually, pain will be felt in direct result of this negative process.

How Does Inversion Table Therapy Work?

Negative Compression

The main culprit that causes most people to experience back pain is Gravity. Every single day, gravity and its forces are naturally pulling your body down towards the ground. That’s part of nature and we accept that. Otherwise everybody would be floating everywhere! In the mean time, the gravitational force negatively compresses many things in the human body including the stacked vertebrae in the human body called the spine. Have a look at the model above. The red arrows represent the combination of negative forces that place pressure on both ends of the intervertebral disc.

Between each and every vertebra in the spinal column lies a fibrocartilaginous joint also known as the intervertebral disc. These discs act like small joints that allows for slight movement as well as cushion and separate each individual bony vertebra. From the diagram above, the red space between the two vertebrae represent each intervertebral disc. It doesn’t appear to look good for the intervertebral disc in the diagram above. The intervertebral disc almost now looks like a squished marshmallow. The negative natural forces are pulling both vertebrae closer to each other which creates a negative impact on the disc in between. These forces may cause the disc to bulge, protrude, deteriorate, and eventually slip down the road!

Other negative factors may contribute to intervertebral disc problems. Although the gravitational force is a natural physical phenomenon that cannot be entirely avoided, these kinds of negative factors have their origin in negative human activity. Examples of these factors may include poor nutrition and health, the lifestyle of the individual, obesity, and smoking. Gravity in of itself may not ever become a negative factor in someone’s back or spine. An individual who follows an active lifestyle may not ever feel the effects of gravity on their spine and discs. An individual’s back pain may result from a combination of factors that contributed to the back (disc) problem. If an individual does not live an active lifestyle or continues to engage in negative activity, gravity and its forces will have a great impact on the individual’s intervertebral discs. These negative factors will reduce the resistance and health of a disc against the force of gravity. Gravity will then overpower the disc and negatively compression the less-resistant disc. A back (disc) problem or development will rarely come to pass as a result of a single factor.

This ruinous development may create a specific link to one of these common back problems, ailing the lives of so many who have to endure the pain; common back (disc) problems:

Common Disc Problems

All of the common disc problems of the spine may have been set in motion by the negative effect of gravity and other contributing negative factors. These negative factors may contribute to the problematic disc condition but it is safe to say that gravity at a certain point will become the biggest factor that generates pain from a negative disc condition. Some conditions and diseases have other accompanying factors that are involved such as the genetic traits, other poor physical conditions, an individual’s level of activity, health and nutrition, a person’s age, etc.

Pain is the biggest sign that an unwanted disc condition has become a big problem. The intervertebral disc now is producing pain instead of supporting and spacing out each vertebra. Not all disc conditions may cause pain. If an individual is starting to feel pain in the lumbar region of the back, they may be experiencing a herniated or bulging disc. These specific disc conditions will indeed cause pain in the area that the condition exists. The disc is now partially forced out of its natural position or the jelly-like nucleus of the disc has pushed its way through the weak ligamentous wall of the disc. Many nerves roots of the spine leave the vertebral column, very close to the intervertebral discs. The spinal cord and all of its nerve roots create an important nerve network that extends into the rest of the human body. The intervertebral discs vitally serve as support and help create just enough space for the spinal nerve root network to effectively function. Each spinal nerve root must exit the vertebral column without any resistance or pressure. A normal disc ensures this environment takes place. Otherwise, pain is produced if one of these nerve roots are compromised.

Herniated Disc

A healthy, hydrated disc creates enough clearance for the nerve root to travel between two bony vertebrae, without allowing the nerve root to be pressured or tampered with. A bulging or herniated disc is a type of degenerative disc disease that allows pressure to build up on top of a specific nerve root. Pain is immediately felt depending on the severity of the condition. In many instances, the nerve root of the large Sciatic nerve is commonly pressured if the herniated disc occurred around the L4 spinal nerve. This is called Sciatica and it is a common disc condition that begins with a herniated disc. A herniated disc is a more severe case of the bulging disc where the soft nucleus has broken through the last outer layer of the disc wall. In many cases, the herniation of a disc is due to age-related degeneration of the outer disc layer.

Spinal Decompression

Inversion Table Therapy is the answer. It is a powerful natural treatment that can reverse the progression of many disc diseases or conditions. Inversion therapy is an excellent alternative to painful surgery. Surgery oftentimes is a gruesome process that involves many years of painful recovery. It may occur after only a few years of recovery, one may still feel the pain that they felt before undergoing the route of surgery! Surgery does not always ensure a complete recovery from a disc disease or condition! This kind of surgery is often risky and requires an extremely long time-frame of recovery. Is it worth it when inversion therapy is the alternative?

Medical professionals may offer and suggest consuming pain-reducing medication or taking Cortisone shots for back pain. Even though these medical solutions offer temporary and satisfying relief, these solutions only mask the cause of the problem and cannot address the root of the problem. These kinds of medical solutions are often short-lived and require the user to keep taking the same steps in order to live pain-free. In fact, prescription drugs may have many bad, negative side-effects and the user can potentially develop a lifelong habit of consuming them. Again, these medical treatments for back pain do not offer a clear road to recovery. They’re just merely masking the root cause of their pain and hiding the problem.

Inversion table therapy utilizes gravity as its primary component. Using gravity in a positive manner, inversion therapy helps clear the road and jump starts the process of recovery. Inversion therapy is a form of spinal decompression that is performed by an inversion table. Using the natural effect of gravity, the inversion table helps create spinal decompression. When the human body is inverted by the inversion table, spinal decompression or spinal traction immediately takes place depending on the degree of inversion. The diagram above fully illustrates the natural phenomenon that is occurring in the spine when someone is using the inversion table.

The Large Green Arrows that are pointing away from the disc represent the force that is created by inversion therapy and the inversion table. In more simpler terms, the green arrows clearly represent spinal decompression. When this happens, pressure is taken off of the disc which then takes additional pressure off of the squeezed nerve root. Natural pain alleviation is immediately felt by the user of the inversion table as a result of the pressure reduced by the inversion table. Spinal decompression helps expand the degenerated disc and prevents the disc from placing unnecessary pressure on a nerve root.

In addition to pain alleviation, spinal decompression significantly boosts the circulation of a disc. Looking again at the same diagram, the bubble and the smaller arrows on the left side of the diagram represent the healing process of the disc. Those bubbles act as nutrients and oxygen that start to flow into the disc. The smaller green arrows represent the improved blood circulation into the disc. This improvement of circulation allows for the removal of harmful toxins in the degenerated disc. All of those effects are the natural healing properties of spinal decompression and inversion therapy. Over a period of time after consistently using the inversion table, many disc conditions and diseases can be effectively reversed and helps expedite the healing process of the disc.

Some individuals may not necessarily have a degenerative disc disease, yet they are suffering from back pain. Many individuals have just pulled or strained a muscle in the lower back which is a very common back condition in most folks. Inversion therapy helps stretch and elongate tight muscles as well as help decompress joints in the body. Many muscle cramps and strains are painful. Inversion therapy is the perfect solution to this very common back problem. Inversion therapy naturally stretches the muscle allowing for more blood to flow in which helps create a faster healing process.

Inversion therapy also helps restore vital fluids into the joints of the human body. During a span of a day, a joint may potentially lose half of its water! This loss of fluid decreases the height of the joint, especially in a intervertebral disc. The bones around the disc or joint inch their way closer to each other thus tampering with the range of movement. The inversion table, through spinal decompression, helps restore the level of hydration of the joint/disc. The joint can now effectively act as a natural shock absorber as well as increase to its normal flexibility range.

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