In 400 B.C., a Greek physician named Hippocrates, who is also called the Father of Medicine, hoists up his patients on a ladder with a series of ropes and pulley to relive their lower back pains. Although this natural way of back treatment was proven effective, it was only during the past few decades that this inversion therapy has been widely accepted by medical practitioners and the public as well. Nonetheless, archaeologists have also found ancient stones with drawings inverted poses of yoga.
In the 1960s, Robert Martin, Jr established Gravity Guidance which manufactured the so-called gravity boots. People used this boots to hang themselves upside down to relieve headache and back pain. But unlike inversion table, gravity boots require users to have the strength and stamina and are not suitable for people with limited mobility. In 1983, a book titled Inversion Therapy by Mia Campbell quoted Dr. Goldman and became controversial. Allegedly, he said that inversion therapy is dangerous and can cause problems. He later published another book to correct the wrong interpretation.
Benefits of Inversion Table
Inversion therapy is also a form of mechanical traction that is used for non-surgical spinal decompression. But aside from being useful in relieving lower back pain (LBT), continuous use of it also provides other health benefits. You can find many inversion table reviews online talking about the benefits of using the inversion table, below are some of them:
Relieves joint pain – After you work out or play a tough sport such as tennis, your joints are likely to experience some stress. Inversion therapy helps stretch your ligaments and elongates your muscles, and can also correct some minor misalignment.
Flushes your lymph system – In simple terms, your lymph system is the drainage system of your body. It helps your immune system in removing and destroying excess fluids, debris, and other waste products. Hanging upside down helps in flushing some of these wastes.
Improves your posture – It also works like posture pumps, and is very helpful in decompressing and shaping your spine. If you have postural problems, your spine needs to be stretched so it can be adjusted back to its natural position.
Enhances blood circulation – Once you are hanged in an upside down position, your blood flow will reverse and the little gates inside of your veins will be relaxed. This can boost oxygen delivery and mental performance as well. Using an inversion table also helps reduce stress after a long day of work.
Improves your strength and flexibility – They are also used for some physical exercises, including sit-ups and twists. Such exercises are also being done by people who are taking advanced yoga classes, but are usually taught after some years of doing yoga.