When does “alternative” become mainstream?  I guess when over 125 million Americans do it. That is, incorporate at least one “alternative” medicine practice into their health care, like yoga, meditation, acupuncture, massage or inversion therapy.

This morning, The Today Show‘s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales and Jenna Bush Hager each experimented with some of these therapies on-air. At minute 5:40 of the segment, Savanna speaks with physical therapist Sandra Foschi about alternative back pain treatment using the Teeter Hang Ups Contour L5 Inversion Table. When asked how it works, Foschi explained, “Inversion is great for elongating the spine, taking pressure off the joints, bringing oxygen to the brain, and increasing circulation.”

 

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Foschi then rotated Natalie into nearly full inversion, commenting that she’s in good shape so she can move really fast (note from Teeter: most people start off at 30-45 degrees to help their body acclimate to the feeling of inversion). Not surprisingly, Natalie commented that it “feels like the blood is rushing to my head.” Savannah questioned if it’s good to have blood rush to the head and Foschi explains, “That’s another benefit of increased circulation, the great rosy glow.  You just want to make sure you move up slowly, if you have high blood pressure or glaucoma, you do want to check in with your physician.”

When Natalie asks, “How long do you leave me hanging?” Foschi jokes, “Until the 9 o’clock hour!”