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.
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.