Upside Down or Right Side Up?

Feb 28, 2015 by Dr. Shelly Persad

ChiropractorWhere does the sea end and the sky begin? That’s my question every time I’m upside down.

This isn’t a new sport or a personal pastime of mine; it’s actually called inversion therapy which involves putting your body into a position where your head is lower than your heart.

Although humans may not have been inverting as long as spider monkeys and bats, who spend hours hanging upside down in trees, archaeologists have found evidence that some humans were inverting as early as the Stone Age! And you’ve been warned – you may see more people around Rocky Point hanging upside down, as per my health recommendation.

Why? What are the benefits of seeing the ocean upside down?

We’re not in need of a significant advantage over our rivalries, such as the ninja warriors of ancient Japan who used inverting rituals to keep their bodies strong and their mental capacity sharp. But what we are in need of is optimal health.

The inverted position reverses the harmful effects of gravity, which causes you to lose up to 2” of your height over your lifetime. In fact, over the course of a day, you lose ½”-¾” due to fluid being squeezed out of your discs (located between your spinal vertebrae) and into adjacent soft tissue, just as moisture is squeezed out of a sponge. As a result, your discs lose some of their height, flexibility, and absorbency, often times leading to bulging discs.

Inverting is one of the most effective things you can do at home for your health and wellness.

Here are my 33 reasons why I hang upside down, and why you should too:

1. Prevents back and joint surgeries

2. Repairs herniated discs

3. Relieves sciatica pain

4. Reverses spinal stenosis

5. Reduces osteoarthritis

6. Corrects scoliosis

7. Eases fibromyalgia pain

8. Reduces headaches

9. Improves lung function

10. Clears sinuses

11. Helps you breathe easier

12. Improves circulation

13. Improves heart function

14. Alleviates varicose veins

15. Aids digestion

16. Increases lymph flow

17. Boosts immune system

18. Revitalizes internal organs

19. Improves posture

20. Increases flexibility and range of motion

21. Realigns your spine

22. Speeds up recovery after exercise

23. Strengthens ligaments

24. Improves sleep quality

25. Decreases fatigue

26. Increases energy

27. Regain height

28. Decreases stress

29. Stay mentally alert

30. Alleviates depression, mood swings, and sadness

31. Instills creative thinking

32. Reduces PMS symptoms

33. Oxygenates hair follicles

So there you have it, my secret to remaining ageless!

It doesn’t take much either – studies show that inverting only to 60° reduces the pressure inside the discs between your vertebra to 0%, compared to lying down where there still remains 25% pressure, meaning that your ligaments and muscles that encase the spine are never fully relaxed.

My recommendation is to invert for 5-10 minutes every day to start feeling younger, more energetic, and more attractive!

My only word of caution is those who have high blood pressure, heart disease, eye diseases (glaucoma), or are pregnant.

To read more about inversion: www.rockypointchiropractic.com/benefits-of-inversion.

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