Inversion therapy as the name implies involves inverting your whole body, hence putting your body into a position where your head is lower than your heart.
Also, Inversion therapy usually involves putting your feet above your head too. However, there are some inversion techniques, such as the Dolphin Pose in yoga, where the head and feet are both on the ground but the heart is elevated above the head.
The inverted position reverses the harmful effects of gravity, and in doing so, is one of most effective treatments for back issues, load bearing joint issues, improving the nervous system, reducing mental stress, defying the aging process, strengthening the immune system, detoxification, improving the mind, and much more.
Several secret societies throughout history have practiced various forms of inversion therapy even if it was not called so for a long time after its adoption. It was adopted from the evidence found by archeologists that apart from spider monkeys and bats, some humans have been inverting for health benefits as far back as the Stone Age.
Apparently, they used the inversion therapy to keep their bodies strong and increase their mental capacity. However, these secret societies practiced their inverting rituals covertly because it gave their members a significant advantage over their competitors and their enemies!
These early practitioners of inversion therapy included the impressive Yogis of ancient India and the Ninja warriors of ancient Japan.
One of the best ways to improve your health is with the use of inversion tables. This is mainly because inversion therapy targets and refreshes the most vulnerable and stressed out part of our system; providing relief from back pain as well as improving the health and strength of our spine.
The use of inversion tables isn’t really new, in a manner of speaking. However, there have been new products lately, most of which are quite affordable, and as effective. More and more people have been taking advantage of this therapy because it provides them with the care they so desire and it does so in the comfort of their homes.
One other major advantage that has increased people’s devotion to this therapy is the removal of toxins.
Well, research has shown that blood flow improves greatly when the body is inverted, hence making inversion exercises effective in detoxifying the body.
Detoxification can occur in different parts of the body in different ways which are connected to various inversion exercises. Our body has three different detoxification systems built into it, namely; lymph, digestive and circulatory.
The lymphatic system consists of organs, ducts, and nodes. It transports a watery clear fluid called lymph. This fluid distributes immune cells and other factors throughout the body.
It also interacts with the blood circulatory system to drain fluid from cells and tissues. It runs throughout the body, especially the lower body, involving the lymph nodes, the spleen, and the thymus gland, among others.
Also, the lymphatic system is responsible for removing waste and toxins from the body mostly through fluid flow processes. Improvement of the flow of body fluids in the lymph helps the body to more efficiently get rid of toxins from the body thereby improving the overall health of the body.
Inversion therapies can be used as an anchor activity in a strategic and sequential method of lymph detoxification.
Detoxification of the lymph system has lots of effect of our health including digestion, cellulite, toxin and waste elimination, heavy metal elimination, skin, nail and hair health as well as boosting of the immune system.
The valves of the lymph system move the waste-filled fluids to be flushed and filtered. But since there is no pump as there is with the heart, lymph circulation depends solely upon your breathing and muscle movement.
Physical exercise and diaphragmatic deep breathing are critical to lymph cleansing and to healthy immune response. If the lymphatic system gets congested, it can lead to recurring sore throat, enlargement of the lymph nodes, swollen tonsils, swollen feet, hands and ankles, slow healing, among others.
To prevent this, the lymph has to be pumped back to the heart where it will rejoin the major blood supply in the vascular system.
The use of inversion tables are beneficial in different ways. These benefits help drain accumulated lymphatic fluid from the legs and then recirculate it through the body.
Also, organs located in the abdominal region of your body are squeezed during the process, stimulating the livers and kidneys, hence forcing out the toxins in the blood. And when the twists are released, clean blood flows into these organs and refreshes the whole body.
Inversion exercises have been sometimes compared to yoga, and has been seen to give similar, and healthier results.
Another method of detoxification, aided by inversion occurs in the digestive system. This mostly involves the disposal of the remnants of our ingestion after the valuable part of it has been exhausted.
Detoxification in the digestive system also covers difficulties in excreting food waste products from the body, reduces the time we spend on the toilet seats eventually preventing the adoption of diseases transmitted onto the body via this means.
In the normal digestive process, a complex series of glands and organs specialized in food processing need to break down ingested food, into molecular levels for it to be properly processed. This ultimately leads to the removal of waste products from the body.
During inversion of the body, the movement of faeces from the small intestine to the large intestine is aided by gravity, as opposed to its natural route against gravity.
This aids efficient digestion as well as peristalsis since gravity pushes up the faeces against the intestine walls during inversion. Trapped faeces are removed during the process, thereby avoiding lots of health issues including internal bleeding, blockage of the colon and cramping.
Lots and lots of amazing things happen to the body when it’s inverted. Blood circulation is greatly improved when the body is in an inverted position. Just as in the previously explained section, gravity affects both blood flow and organs in the body.
However, hanging in an inverted position can help decongest the body organs. Because your body needs to work against gravity to maintain blood flow to the torso and legs, inversion therapy can greatly improve the circulation process by using gravity in your body’s favor.
When inverting, your heart does not have to work as hard because gravity can help pull blood from the extremities to the heart and it is much easier to get blood to the brain. Also, as blood that has pooled around the body gets flushed out by reversing the effects of gravity, this allows the cleaner blood to circulate more freely.
Now this inversion table benefit is also one of the most important ones because with better blood circulation you are helping your body remove wastes faster, give the organs and tissues better nutrients and improve your overall oxygenation, especially towards your brain.
This vast network of vessels and organs is responsible for (among other things) the flow nutrients, blood and oxygen (along with other gasses and hormones) throughout our body and into and out of cells.
It is one of the chief means by which the body is able to resist disease.
So, we can all draw the obvious conclusion that not only does inversion help get rid of toxins in the body, but that it also does that in as many ways as can be done in our bodies.