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Inversion therapy involves being upside down or at an inverted angle while hanging by the legs, ankles, or feet with the intention of therapeutic benefits. The process of doing so is called inversion. It is a form of spinal decompression and is a form of spinal traction.[1] Gravity boots are ankle supports designed for inversion therapy.[2] Some people use gravity boots to add an extra challenge to workouts, doing inverted crunches or squats.[3]

People who have heart disease, high blood pressure, eye diseases (such as glaucoma), or are pregnant are at higher risk for the dangers related to inversion therapy and should consult their doctors about it first. The first time anyone tries inversion therapy with gravity, they should be sure to have someone standing by, in case assistance is required to get out of the apparatus, or if health problems are experienced.[1]

During an episode of acid reflux, small amounts of stomach acid may manage to escape from the stomach and into the oesophagus. Typically, gravity minimises this upward leakage but combining an inversion table and acid reflux can be a painful, nauseating, and potentially dangerous combination.[4] 

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FAQ

Q: How long can I safely remain inverted?

A: There is no established time limit, but your body should tell you when itís time to end an inversion session. Beginners should only remain inverted for one to two minutes during the first few weeks of therapy, increasing the duration slowly as time moves on.

Q: What is the protocol for using my inversion table safely?

A: We recommend that you consult your physician before beginning an inversion table regimen, especially if you have high blood pressure or other health issues.

Q: Do I need to become completely inverted for maximum benefits?

A: No. Most people start to feel a gentle spine stretch and muscle relaxation at 20 or 30 degrees past horizontal. Many practitioners never push past 60 degrees.

Inversion therapy experts say that 60 degrees of inversion should provide maximum benefits for average users. A 90-degree inversion could be beneficial for an elite athlete in training or an experienced home user who wants to perform calisthenic exercise.

Q: Is inversion therapy safe for everyone?

A: Consulting with a physician is always a good idea before starting a new exercise regimen. While most people in reasonable health should feel an improvement in flexibility and a reduction in neck, spine, or leg pain with short inversion sessions at 20 to 30 degrees past horizontal, itís not an ideal practice for everyone. Checking in with a professional who knows your personal health history is a wise precautionary measure.

 

Date Inserted: 28 July 2018
Last Updated: 28 July 2018
 
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