Benefits of Inversion Therapy Part 3

Inversion Helps Reduce the Effects of Aging Caused by the Force of Gravity

Achieve Functional Fitness: This term is defined as a state of flexibility, strength and balance that supports youthful movement and activity. Inversion is a way to keep joints healthy and flexible as the body ages, which translates to an active way of living throughout a lifetime.

Maintain Height: Most people will lose from 0.5" - 2" (1.3-5.1 cm) in height during their lifetime due to thinning discs5. As a baby, your discs are 90% water. However, the water content in the discs decreases to 70% by age 70. An active inversion program can help maintain more of your original height.

Decongest Internal Organs: As the body ages, internal organs (kidneys, stomach, intestines) begin to prolapse. Middle age spread, apart from weight gain, is due to the relocation of internal organs. Digestion and waste elimination problems are also common symptoms. Inversion helps these organs resume their normal shape and place in the body.

Increase Oxygen to the Brain: Your heart must work against gravity to pump blood up to your brain, which is the body’s largest consumer of oxygen. Although it is only 3% of the body’s total weight, the brain consumes 25% of the body’s oxygen intake. Peter Russell notes in The Brain Book6 that the deterioration of the brain is not directly linked to age alone. Rather, this deterioration is caused by hardening arteries and high blood pressure, both of which decrease the supply of oxygen to the brain. Thus a major step in reducing mental deterioration over time may simply be increasing the oxygen supply to the brain. (NOTE: If you have high blood pressure, consult your physician before starting an inversion program.)

Relieve Varicose Veins: When inverting, you are helping your heart to clear the blood from your feet, legs, and lower body. This allows the blood in your limbs to circulate more easily, which may help to drain blood from varicose veins.

Inversion Enables the Body to Stretch and Align Itself
Nearly every physical activity involves some form of compression of the spine. The compressive effect of gravity is compounded by activities such as running, weightlifting and aerobics, which can exact an incredible toll on your back. One-sided activities like golf and tennis can be particularly troublesome because the strong-side muscle groups that develop while performing such activities pull the spine out of alignment, and these one-sided activities usually involve rotation of the spine, often under incredible loads. Still other physical activities, like bicycling and rowing, tend to create tension in the muscles due to a contraction of the major muscle groups for long periods of time. Even simple daily activities, if performed in the wrong way, can create skeletal misalignments. Most often these misalignments are nominal and will readily correct themselves given the opportunity. Inversion with movement (such as side-to-side bends and back arches) provides that opportunity.

Benefits of Inversion
The experience of thousands of people who invert regularly is that it gives them the relief from back pain they’ve been looking for. Just as important, they gain the rejuvenating effects of inversion on the entire body, providing health benefits far beyond the relief of back pain. 

Inversion may help to:

Reduce back pain

Relieve stress

Stimulate circulation and lymph flow

Improve posture

Reduce muscle tension

Strengthen ligaments

Increase flexibility and range of movement

Reduce the effects of aging caused by gravity