Here’s the truth about back and neck pain: there are dozens of things that can cause pain but the physical reality is almost always the same. There is some form of compression, a squishing of the vertebrae into one another or a pinching of the nerve.
Due to this being the core reason, and everything else is a symptom of it, you can massage, sauna, and medicate yourself but this is only masking the problem rather then treating the cause of your pain.
Take a look at the illustration below left.
The gravitational pull of the earth drains the lubrication fluid around the spine bringing your vertebrates closer together. This is one of the main causes of a bulging disk and other back and neck pain related ailments.
When one stretches and inverts it decompresses the spine and re-lubricates your spinal fluid, preventing you from shrinking and therefore preventing unnecessary back and neck conditions.
What can interfere with a healthy spine are such things as sitting all day in an office or car, exercising without stretching, only rotating the spine 20% of its full potential, years of poor posture, carrying heavy objects and wearing unsupportive footwear.
Physiotherapist LJ Nosse did a study titled ‘Inverted Spinal Traction’ published in Arch Phys. Medical Rehab 59: 367-370, Aug 78. The study confirmed that inverting and decompression of the spine decreases muscle tension by over 35% within the first 10 seconds!
Inverting upside down can actually make you feel better; those suffering from anxiety, depression, irritation, insomnia, mood swings and trauma are relieved by neurotransmitters being released from the brain, such as serotonin, endorphins and oxytocin!
DETOXIFY YOUR BODY
The lymphatic system clears toxins from the tissues and plays a vital role in the immune system. Inversions circulate lymphatic fluid, helping to drain toxins from the extremities and move them towards the lymph nodes. Lymph nodes filter the lymphatic fluid that is moving towards the heart. Inversions promote more rapid circulation of the lymph through the nodes, the rate of blood purification and detoxification increases, helping to revitalize and maintain general health and wellbeing.
Inversions also help to decrease insomnia. When one inverts muscle tension is decreased by 35%. When our muscles are relaxed so is our minds and body.
Inverting will also help reverse the aging process by not only dramatically delaying the sagging skin process and toning the muscles around your face and body but also preventing you from shrinking as you mature. Fresh blood and oxygen is also circulated around the face and body this enhances our natural glow and improves any skin conditions such as acne.
IMPROVE BLOOD CIRCULATION AND LUNG FUNCTION
The circulatory system is comprised of the heart, lungs and the entire system of vessels that feed oxygen and collect carbon dioxide and other waste products from the cells. Arteries fan out in an intricate tributary system from the heart, which pumps freshly oxygenated blood from the lungs outward. Veins return blood to the heart and, unlike arteries, make up a low-pressure system that depends on muscular movement or gravity to move blood along. One-way valves at regular intervals prevent backwash and keep fluids moving towards the heart in a system known as venous return. Turning yourself upside down encourages venous return. Inversions also ensure healthier and more effective lung tissue. When standing or sitting upright, gravity pulls our fluids earthward, and blood "perfuses" or saturates the lower lungs more thoroughly. The lower lung tissue is thus more compressed than the upper lungs. As a result, the air we inhale moves naturally into the open alveoli of the upper lungs. Unless we take a good, deep breath, we do not raise the ratio of air to blood in the lower lungs. When we invert, blood perfuses the well-ventilated upper lobes of the lungs, thus ensuring more efficient oxygen-to-blood exchange and healthier lung tissue.
IMPROVE BRAIN FUNCTION
Inversions increase the blood flow to the brain, giving it more oxygen and nutrients and making the brain function faster and better. This improves concentration, memory, observation and boosts clarity of thought. According to Dr. Robert Martin, author of ‘The Gravity Guiding System, Turning the Aging Process Upside Down,’ the brain operates 14% more accurately when the brain is inverted, Inversion also helps move the stagnant blood in the body because you are standing against gravity when you are inverting. It forces the blood to move in a way which it would not do so when standing in a straight position. Inverting also gives the heart a break. The heart works persistently to ensure that freshly oxygenated blood makes its way up to the brain and its sensory organs. When inverting, the pressure differential across the body is reversed, and blood floods to the brain with little work from the heart.
IMPROVE LYMPHATIC SYSYEM FUNCTION
The lymphatic system is responsible for waste removal, fluid balance, and immune system response. Lymph vessels arise among the capillary beds of the circulatory system, but comprise a separate system that transports stray proteins, waste materials, and extra fluids, filtering the fluid back through the lymph nodes and dumping what remains into the circulatory system at the subclavian veins, under the collarbones. The lymphatic system is analogous to a sewage system; an intricate, underground network. Lymph, like the blood returning to your heart via the veins, is dependent upon muscular movement and gravity to facilitate its return. Because the lymphatic system is a closed pressure system and has one-way valves that keep lymph moving towards the heart, when one turns upside down, the entire lymphatic system is stimulated, thus strengthening your immune system.
IMPROVE ENDOCRINE FUNCION
There are several endocrine organs or ductless glands in the human system, which bathe in blood, absorb the nutrients from the blood and secrete hormones for the proper functioning of a balanced and well-developed body and brain. If the glands fail to function properly, the hormones are not produced as they should be and the body starts to deteriorate. The ample supply of blood when inverted increases their efficiency in maintaining the body and brain synergy Further, the venous blood flows to the heart by force of gravity, without any strain. Healthy blood is allowed to circulate around the neck and chest thus improving our endocrine function.
IMPROVE DIGESTIVE FUNCTION
The changes in the gravitational pull on the body also affects the abdominal organs. When inverted the bowels move more freely and constipation is relieved. The pull of gravity on the organs, especially the intestines, creates weight on the abdominal organs and on the diaphragm, this encourages deep breathing, which gently massages the internal organs thus encouraging elimination.