There are many advantages to inversion therapy, including some advantages that most people don’t think about. Inversion tables, chairs, and even gravity boots are well known for helping people to reduce back pain, relieve stress in your ligaments and muscles, and help you build your core muscles; however, not too many people concentrate on how inversion therapy can help even those with injuries unrelated to back pain.
This was brought to my attention when a good friend of mine came to me yesterday. He was asking about what he could do for an injury that he got while playing a basketball game – he landed extremely hard on the ball of his foot (the front part, not the back). He has been limping around for about 2 days now, and he noticed that his whole body was starting to tighten up, leaving him with a little bit of lower back pain along with some pain in his upper and lower legs.
Like I told him, this is a perfect example of when someone who has an injury unrelated to back pain create and cause back problems – problems that could be prevented by using an inversion therapy table for just 5 or 10 minutes a day. The fact is, my friend is having problems because he is being forced to favor one side of his body, which is messing up his core muscles and balance and putting extra stress on certain parts of his back. This in turn is causing his muscles to tighten and cause pain. By simply inverting for a few minutes he could stretch out those tight muscles very effectively, thus immediately reducing his pain. In addition, he could do some basic swing stretches and other exercises that would stretch out and build the core muscles up so he wouldn’t have those problems either long-term or short-term.