Inversion tables are devices used for inversion therapy.
They generally consist of a table that can be tilted while a patient is strapped safely on and turned upside down. Inversion occurs when the feet are higher than the level of the heart. At this point blood moves from the lower end of the body up to the head. This can be beneficial to suffers of headaches, or swollen ankles, either by supplying more blood, or allowing pressure to be relieved.
Proponents of inversion therapy believe that the change in weight distribution caused by hanging by the feet or the ankles can be therapeutic, and easy muscle or joint pain.
Chiropractors call this form of therapy spinal decompression, which is a form of Spinal Traction. Traction being the gentle pulling of muscle and tissue to relieve pressure.
There are dozens of different reasons for wanting to perform inversion treatments such as:
Pain relief is one of the most common uses for inversion therapy. The daily pressure of the spine compressing under gravity can be to much for some. Often the only relief comes from being able to decompress the spine at the end of the day.
Helping the Respiratory System
Inversion therapy can help breathing, or clearing the sinuses. Mucus can easily build up at the back of the throat, practicing inversion is perfect to help shift the build up. This in turn leaves airways clear.
Circulatory System Improvements
Taking the pressure off the legs can allow varicose veins to recover, and improves heart function as it takes the stress off.
Digestive & Immune System
Inversion can aid digestion, as the food is shifted round your stomach, it can also boost the immune system by easing pressure on the lymphatic systems
This new blog contains for more details on what inversion therapy can do and how it works.