While we have had many customers tell us that inverting has the frequency of their occasional headaches or migraines, we are unaware of any studies that have been conducted to determine if there is any correlation. However, here are some interesting points worth noting:
Contributed by: Dr. Carlos Gonzalez
Most people, including many doctors, misunderstand what inversion is all about. They either think it’s a gimmick or they don’t understand the benefits of inverting. As a Chiropractor, I want to give you my professional opinion of when and why one should or should not invert.
Most people can safely invert. Inversion is one of those BEST KEPT SECRETS. I have inverted thousands of patients over the last twenty one years of my chiropractic career. These were people who were injured in car crashes, injured due to improper lifting, sports injuries, slips and fall etc. Many of these people had been to medical doctors, but were not getting pain relief through conventional medical treatments. These people were prescribed many different narcotics and injections for pain, and physical therapy provided little to no relief. They thought their next option was spinal surgery or their doctor told them to learn to live with the pain. In desperation to avoid surgery and in hopes to find natural pain relief – this is when most people turn to chiropractic care and/or inversion therapy.
As part of my treatment protocol, I introduce inversion to most of my patients. In my clinical experience, inversion is best for back or neck pain, sciatica, muscle spasms, herniated and/or bulging discs. Inversion helps tremendously and many times will completely get rid of the patient’s pain. When inverted, your spine and discs stretch and open, allowing relaxation of the muscles, alignment of the spine and rehydration of the discs. When there is a bulging or herniated disc, inverting creates a negative pressure to the disc spaces forcing the bulge or herniation to retract back into its natural position.
When I introduce a patient to inversion, I typically perform a short demonstration on how to invert. Then I have them try it themselves with myself or one of my experienced staff acting as their spotter. It still amazes me how many patients tell me this feels really good, I feel no pain at all, this is so easy, or I’ve always been curious and wanted to try hanging upside down.
Inversion is beneficial to everybody, even if you have not had a back or neck injury. Gravity compresses on your whole body every day as soon as you wake up and get out of bed and will continue to compress your body, specifically your spine and discs, until you go back to bed. Sitting actually causes more pressure to your lower back than standing. This is why people who work sitting have more problems with their low back. Inversion is excellent for anyone who works behind a desk or at a job that calls for a lot of bending, lifting and reaching because it allows your muscles to relax and your spine to realign and decompress. People in these types of jobs often report back that they begin to feel their body is enabled, this is because routine inversion is allowing them to reset their back by rehydrating their discs and relaxing their muscles, which grants them better flexibility and range of motion. Maintaining flexibility and increasing core strength greatly reduces a person’s chances for an on-the-job back injury. Make sure you check out the great core exercises Teeter offers on their site.
You should invert on a regular basis, not just when your back hurts or once in a while. Inversion is one of those things that if you just do it on a regular basis and then stop, you will start to feel the difference in a few days. Your muscles will start to tighten up and your body and spine will begin to feel compressed. By the end of the week, you will be saying, I need to get on my Teeter inversion table. Inversion also increases the blood flow to your brain which helps people wake up when they invert in the morning, relax and sleep better when they invert at night, or helps refresh the mind during a mid-day break. This is a fantastic benefit that many people don’t realize.
There are contraindications to inversion. The first thing I evaluate is if a patient is physically and medically able to hang upside down. Obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and glaucoma are the most common conditions that would signal a red flag as contraindications to inversion. There are other contraindications and you should always check with a qualified clinician who has experience with inversion therapy before inverting.
I personally invert just about every single day usually 2-3 times a day. I no longer suffer from that burning sensation at the base of my neck. My low back rarely gives me any problems unless I do hours of yard work or sit at my computer for hours without taking breaks. If you have ever been curious about inverting try it, you don’t know what you are missing until you know what you’ve been missing. You won’t be disappointed!
For a more detailed discussion on the benefits please visit my website or go the Teeter Hang Ups site. In my opinion, Teeter has the best educational website on inversion and showcases the many different types of high quality inversion tables for the public and for healthcare professionals.
Dr. Carlos M. Gonzalez is a Nationally Board Certified Chiropractor and has been in private practice since 1991. Dr. Gonzalez has produced and hosted live radio talk shows, has appeared on local TV numerous times in El Paso, TX and testifies in court as an expert witness. Dr. Gonzalez has written over one hundred articles on wellness, inversion, fitness, pain relief, preventative care and many more topics. In addition, he has authored Hanging Out Pain Free and has a soon to be released book, Hanging Out For The Health Of It How Inversion Can Cure Your Pain And Change Your Life. Dr. Carlos M. Gonzalez
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With the busiest travel holiday of the year upon us, many travelers will be faced with long lines, delays and sitting for extended periods of time. There’s no need to arrive at your destination already stressed and exhausted from the trip. With a few handy tips and the right mindset you can reduce anxiety, pain and discomfort.
Preparation and mindset are the two most important tools in your arsenal when it comes to reducing stress and anxiety as you travel. Prepare for your trip in advance by packing these travel essentials:
- Comfortable Shoes
If you are at the airport, you’ll have to slip them off anyway and shuffle through the line, and sitting for extended periods of time on a plan with little wiggle room won’t help either. Wear shoes that easily slip on and off and will allow you to be comfortable on the plane. Don’t forget to wear socks!
- Noise Canceling Headphones
You can’t control the screaming baby behind you or how many times the fasten seat belt light beeps, but you can blissfully ignore it with a set of noise cancelling headphones and your favorite music. They block even the most shrill of baby cries and are far more comfortable than ear buds.
- Vitamin C
Sitting in the same place with hundreds of travelers breathing re-circulated air for hours can weaken your immune system, combine this with the stress of travel and it’s a recipe for a cold. Throw some packets of Vitamin C boosting powder (like Emergen-C) in your carry on and mix up a quick drink before and after your flight.
You can have as many gadgets to prepare you for your trip as you like, but if you start out your trip with a negative mindset, nothing will get you from point A to point B in a good mood. As you set out on your journey, keep the following things in mind:
- Prepare for the worst, expect the best
Decide in advance how you are going to react if your luggage is lost, your flight is delayed or you miss your connection. These are all factors outside of your control and feeling powerless can lead many of us to react poorly. Before reacting to any unplanned events, take a few deep breaths and count to five on your inhale and another count of five on your exhale.
- Look at delays as an opportunity
Contact the people who need to know of the delay, then look at the extra time as an opportunity for time to yourself – kick back and relax with a good book or a magazine.
- Stretches are your friend when you travel. Try to move around and stay limber when you have an opportunity. This site has some good tips for stretching when you travel.
- To combat back pain while you are away (and without access your Teeter inversion table), remember to pack a portable back stretcher with you!
Back pain will be experienced by 90% of adults in their lifetime and when it hits, there isn’t anything that one wouldn’t do to get rid of it. When you have back pain everything changes; you get out of bed differently, you feel ridiculous trying to pull that t-shirt over your head, you’re not comfortable standing, sitting or laying down – you simply want it to go away so you can put on your own socks again and get your regular life back.
Your spine is like the Mama of your body, and you know what they say, “If Mama’s not happy, nobody’s happy.” A common root cause of lower back pain is weak core muscles, which fail to provide adequate support for the discs and vertebrae that construct the joints in our lower back. Combine that with poor posture and the compressive forces of body weight and gravity and your back pain becomes more of a question of “when” rather than “if.”
As promised, here is Blythe’s second video on her Teeter EP-950 discussing what she loved about Teeter and the benefits of inversion.