Hanging upside down was something we probably did as kids and greatly enjoyed. Little did we realize as adults how this simple activity actually helped us to be healthier. Most back pain we experience as adults stems from two problems: over tightened muscles and compressed spinal disks. There are only a few ways to overcome these problems, two of them include chiropractic care and inversion.
Compression fatigue stems from the weight of our body’s pushing down on the vertebra, which also compresses the disks, or fluid filled sacs, between them. Sitting at desks, lugging around kids, and other daily and work related tasks also cause us to posture our backs in ways it wasn’t meant to, adding further strain on these disks.
Rotational fatigue involves activities that cause muscles on one side of our body to be used more than the same muscle on the other side. This often causes muscle strains that further pull the disks out of place and add strain to our delicate backs.
How do we overcome the strain of daily activities that rob us of vitality and cause us pain? Two simple tricks will improve your life if you start them today. The first is through targeted muscle training that specifically strengthens back and abdominal muscles properly. We are not talking about sit-ups here, those can actually cause more harm. Secondly, you need to stretch out the muscles and re-lubricate the disks in your back. We are only as young as our spines are limber, supple, and healthy. The latter is easily fixed with an inversion table.
Ease Stress, Relax and Stretch
We are not talking here about hanging upside down from your knees on the monkey bars or from some contraption carefully bolted to the ceiling. Inversion tables are simple pieces of equipment that allow you to easily lower yourself to an angle that is comfortable for you. They come in a variety of styles. They allow you to easily put on your favorite music, pick up your favorite book, and even turn on a book on tape while you allow yourself time to relax and stretch.
Balancing, horizontally and then gradually more vertically, will help ease the compression of the delicate fluid in your disks. Even though the temporary session lasts 15 to 30 minutes, typically, this gentle stretching allows for the delicate muscles in your back to gradually stretch and loosen while allowing improved blood flow, nerve supply, and disk-fluid replenishment. Over time, this can have a profound effect on the health of your back while improving your posture and possibly reducing pain.
If your back is killing you and you feel you don’t have enough hours in the day to care for your back, then simply imagine how much less time you will have when you move too slowly to get things done or are in too much pain to accomplish your daily to-do lists. Then, exercising, stretching, and relaxing 3 to 4 times per week is a small price to pay for better health, more energy, less pain, and a better back, isn’t it?