In a blog post at the beginning of the year about free health resources I included a video of David Wolfe and his “Health Tips for 2015.” One of the things he mentioned/recommended was getting inverted daily. I’m glad he brought it up because it’s something I haven’t been doing for awhile. I’d forgotten that Plow Pose and Supported Shoulder Stand, as well as other yoga poses involving inversion, are known for providing a wealth of benefits. Since watching to Wolfe’s video I have tried to be more conscious of “turning my world upside down” on a regular basis. Have even made use of the inversion table at the chiropractor’s whenever I happen to have an appointment.
But I have been wanting to find out more about how and why inversion is so good for us, so I was pleased when the following article from Be Well Buzz recently came my way…..
12 Health Benefit of Inversions
Can you believe that standing upside down could actually help your body and your mind? Yes, inversion represents the quiet side of fitness and can significantly help to relieve many forms of back and neck pain.
What Is Inversion Therapy?
Inversion is the pose in which you hold your heart higher than your head. Inversion therapy helps your body to recover from the compressive effects of gravity and daily activities. Scientifically, it has been proven to be quite advantageous for cardiovascular, lymphatic, endocrine and nervous systems. In fact, inversion is a perfect exercise for the body as a whole.
What Are The Health Benefits of Inversion Therapy?
Inversions are so effective that the US Army is planning to include it in its physical training. You can achieve a lot of benefits by inverting 3-5 mins every day. One of the most shocking facts about inversion is that bats and sloths are the only creatures on earth who will never suffer from osteoarthritis. This is because inversion is in their natural habitat. So, if you have a family history of osteoarthritis, then make sure you start inverting from today.
In case, you are not able to invert on your own, you should try leaning against the wall while inverting that will also give you the same advantages. An inversion table and/or gravity boots are amazing as they can help you easily alleviate debilitating back pain and other health issues without surgery or drugs.
- Relieves Spinal Pain
One of the basic advantages of inversions is that it relieves spinal pain to a great extent. It enables a person to have a better posture. Since the spinal cord is the most important part of the body, which affects how the person sits and stands; inversion can help improve the outlook of a person.
- Improves Blood Circulation
Inversions increase the blood flow to the brain, giving it more oxygen and nutrients and making the brain function faster and better. This improves concentration, memory, observation and boosts clear thinking. Standing inverted actually makes the brain work better. According to Dr. Robert Martin, the author of The Gravity Guiding System, Turning the Aging Process Upside Down, the brain operates 14% more accurately when the brain is operating on an inverted, inclined plane. Inversion also helps move the stagnant blood in the body because you are standing against gravity when you are inverting. It forces the blood to move which would not do so standing in a straight position.
- Controlling Indigestion
Inversions are the yogic approach to control indigestion. Indigestion, which may cause anxiety and skin disorders, is considerably improved when one practices inversions.
- Decreasing Mood Swings
Standing upside down can actually make you feel better! When blood circulation gets fine, this releases neurotransmitters and balances the hormones which make a person feel light-hearted and more happy than usual. So, if you are really sad, try doing inversions! It might make you feel a lot better! This is said to control depression, premenstrual symptoms and mood swings.
- Enhancing Immunity
Inversions increase the ability of a person’s body to fight off diseases. Since it cleans the blood, an overall healthy feeling is maintained.
- Countering Insomnia
Inversions also help to decrease insomnia. When your mind is all relaxed and in high spirits because of the healthy blood flow, you will be able to sleep better. When inverting, muscle tension decreases by 35%. This is one of the reasons why a person can sleep better after inverting.
- Look Beautiful and Feel Beautiful
This is an amazing benefit of inversions. Inversions can actually make you beautiful. When a person’s posture is improved through inversion, it shows grace, poise and sophistication. Good circulation will automatically bring brightness to the skin, making the person look younger than he/she originally is. Acne and other skin conditions will also tend to decrease with performing inversions.
Inversion makes the body flexible and adaptable to changes. A flexible body remains healthy and strong, even when it reaches old age.
- Maintaining Proper Posture
For athletes or workers who perform a lot of physical work, inversion is the best way to keep the spine in proper posture. It will also reduce tiredness and will gain back your strength after a workout. Inversion therapy works wonders for the lower back pain caused by this physical work. It also helps reduce muscle pain.
- Strengthening Bones
Inversion helps to make ligaments strong which are one of the basic elements of your bones. Ligaments hold your bones together. When they’re strong, you will often be saved from a bone breaking accident.
- Stress Therapy
Inversion is an amazing therapy to counter stress. When a person is under a lot of stress, his body tends to revolt with back pains, headaches and joint muscle pains. Physiotherapist LJ Nosse did a study titled ‘Inverted Spinal Traction’ published in Arch Phys. Medical Rehab 59: 367-370, Aug 78. The study confirmed that inverting decreased muscle tension by over 35% within the first 10 seconds! When muscle pain is gone, stress reduces. As a result, the person feels lighter and happier, ready to face the challenges in life.
- Maintaining Height
A lot of people will shrink over time as old age approaches. Inversion can help stop that and retain your original height.
Inversion therapy is one of the “after yoga therapies” which carries immense benefits. Even when you do it the first time, the psychological feeling of turning your body against its natural position will be enough to lift you up both physically and mentally.
NOTE: Check with your yoga teacher and doctor if you have a chronic condition such as high blood pressure, glaucoma or epilepsy, which are contraindicated for yoga inversions.
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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.