When the body’s weight is suspended from the lower body – rather than borne on the hands as in handstands or headstands or hanging from a bar with arms at sides, which are also forms of inversion – the pull of gravity may decompress the joints of the body below the anchor. Hanging by the feet, as with gravity boots or inversion tables causes each joint in the body to be loaded in an equal and opposite manner to standing in an identical position of joint alignment.
Inversion Can Help to Relieve Many Forms of Back and Neck Pain
There are many causes of back pain, including poor posture, weak back and stomach muscles, and misalignment’s to name a few. Many of these causes can actually be attributed to one force we must all battle: gravity.
Inversion therapy puts gravity to work for you by placing your body in line with the downward force of gravity. Using your own body weight as a natural form of traction, inversion elongates the spine by increasing the space between the vertebrae, relieving the pressure on discs, ligaments and nerve roots. Less pressure means less back pain.
Inversion allows your joints and spine to elongate, creating space between your ligaments and discs. This helps relieve some of the pressure accrued over the course of your daily activity (or even inactivity). Daily sessions of just a few minutes can make a huge difference in how you feel, reducing your tension and improving your posture. Therapy tables will benefit you with better circulation, decrease stress and greater amounts of oxygen to the brain and other vital organs. All the major joints in the body get a boost from inversion. Gravity can affect them negatively over time just like your spine. Hanging will open up these joints like nothing else will. It also helps strengthen and stretch your ligaments and tendons.
Roller Therapy Tables – Mechanical Traction Table
Mechanical traction units are therapy tables that the patient lies down on, either on their back or face down, depending on which therapy the doctor decides would be most beneficial for their condition. There are a few different types of traction tables.
The inter-segmental traction therapy tables are designed to specifically target the curve of your spine, restoring your spine to its appropriate degree of curvature. Traction tables help to reduce neck and back pain and are especially beneficial for headache sufferers. Each of these therapy tables have rollers that are brought up under your back, helping reduce tension, break up scar tissue, hydrate discs, and bring new blood and fluids to the area, helping your body to heal faster.
Dry Hydrotherapy Massage Table – Waterbed Table
A dry hydrotherapy massage bed uses warm water and jets similar to a spa tub; but it’s covered in vinyl so the client stays dry. The client lies on the water-filled bed while the jets deliver a soothing massage.
The following are a representation of the benefits provided by dry hydrotherapy massage beds:
- Relaxes and stimulates the muscles.
- Releases chronic muscle tension and pain.
- Reduces physical fatigue.
- Releases muscle spasms and cramps to relieve soreness and stiffness.
- Reduces fibrosis in the muscles.
- Warms up muscles prior to activity.
- Relieves tension related to headache and eye strain
- Helps maintains correct posture and body balance.
- Reduce Muscular tension eases structural problems
- Restores fluid to joints and joint capsules to loosen joints.
- Relieves the tension on ligaments and tendons surrounding problematic joints.
- Expels waste matter from muscles, partially compensating for lack of exercise.
- Restores tone to flaccid muscles, to compensate for inactivity due to of illness or injury.
- Muscle adhesion from injury is eliminated or prevented.
- Body flexibility and range of motion in joints is increased.
- Joint strength is increased.
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