Have you ever heard of inversion therapy or spinal decompression? If not, get ready to learn about a spinal alignment technique that can help circulate lymph fluid and cleanse the entire lymphatic system.
You may be thinking; why should I care about my lymphatic system? What’s so special about lymph fluid and how does it relate to spinal decompression? Well, stay tuned because you’re going to learn how this technique can keep your body strong, healthy, and pain-free…
What is Lymph Fluid and Why Should I Have a Clean Lymphatic System?
The lymphatic system is our body’s toxic waste stream, and lymph fluid is what circulates and eliminates these toxins. Lymph fluid attracts many of the toxins that are dumped from other organs and cells.
This fluid moves upward through the lymphatic system, collecting waste from the ducts (nodes in your neck and under your arms which become swollen when you’re sick or have an infection). Naturally, lymph fluid circulates in one direction; upward and toward the heart and neck.
It flows through your body’s cells, bathing them, and collecting the toxins that need to be eliminated. Think of lymph fluid as similar to oil for your car. The oil flows through the engine components and attracts all of the dirt, particles, and grime, keeping the whole system clean, circulated, and healthy. In comparison, keeping your lymphatic system clean and well circulated is essential for maintaining good health.
Your Lymphatic System is Heartless!
Therefore, avoiding toxins and keeping your lymphatic system clean is all you need, right? Unfortunately, no! Although it sounds pretty simple, there’s a twist… or should I say… an inversion to the story.
Unlike our circulatory system, which has the heart to pump our blood, the lymphatic system does not have a pump. Therefore, if not pumped externally, it will remain stagnant, collecting and storing toxins and eventually leading to illness.
In order to circulate the lymph fluid upward, there has to be an upward motion applied to your body. In other words, you either have to bounce up and down (rebounding, jumping jacks, jump rope, mini-trampoline), or put your heart above your head.
For this reason, Inversion therapy is one of the most effective methods of getting your heart above your head. To learn more about the lymphatic system, check out these books.
Spinal Alignment and Spinal Decompression are Gravity’s Worst Enemies
Gravity is a wonderful force! We need gravity in order to stay grounded on Earth. However, gravity wreaks havoc on your spine, compressing it every moment you’re walking, standing, or sitting.
Because of this, regular spinal decompression is not only necessary, but required for proper spinal alignment. In fact, I second what many chiropractors say; good health begins in the spine. Gravity is constantly forcing your spine, joints, ligaments, and muscles downward, which causes compression of your entire spinal column.
Your spine has spaces in between each vertebra, and those spaces are filled with a tissue called cartilage, which cushions impact. With the force of gravity causing compression, cartilage is continuously being squeezed and rubbed together. This is what causes back pain and decreased mobility as you age.
Besides pain, other problems caused by a compressed spine are:
- Herniated disc
- Bulging disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Foraminal stenosis
Okay, So What Exactly IS Inversion Therapy?
Basically, inversion therapy puts your body at an angle that allows your heart to be elevated above your head. Inversion therapy pulls your entire spine toward your skull, defying the effects of gravity. As a result, full spinal decompression is achieved, allowing proper spinal alignment.
This also allows your lymphatic system to properly circulate lymph fluid. The practice of hanging upside down to apply gentle traction to the spine is thousands of years old. Learn how you can relieve lower back and sciatica pain, improve posture, and revolutionize your health by reading Inversion Therapy.
Inversion therapy may provide the following health benefits:
- Maintains your height: Regular inversion therapy can help you avoid the “shrinkage” that naturally occurs as a result of gravity over a lifetime.
- Stimulates lymph fluid circulation: When you’re inverted, lymph fluid circulation is aided by gravity, rather than having to work against it. In addition, gravity helps the lymphatic system flow faster through its natural upward motion. This helps support the filtering and cleansing process of your lymph nodes.
- Relieves stress: Everyone knows that a full-body stretch is rejuvenating! An inversion table or a pair of gravity boots can effectively provide stress relief. As an added bonus, you get the same stretching and stress relieving benefits as a yoga class, but with a lot less effort. Many people experience more restful sleep with regular inversion therapy.
- Heightens mental alertness: Any upside-down activity increases the supply of oxygen to the brain. Many experts believe inversion can increases creativity and help maintain mental sharpness and clarity.
- Increases flexibility and range of motion: With inversion therapy, your joints stay healthy and supple, allowing you to remain active as you age. This can help you feel vibrant as in your younger years. Inversion can also ease the aches and pains of stiff muscles.
- Improves posture through spinal decompression: Reversing the force of gravity on your body helps you sit, stand, and move with more ease and grace.
- Spinal Alignment after workouts: Running and other aerobic activities unavoidably compress your spine; often unevenly. One-sided activities such as golf and tennis pull the spine out of alignment even more. During inversion, spinal alignment occurs and minor imbalances correct themselves naturally.
What’s the Easiest and Safest Way to Invert?
Although some people swear by gravity boots, I use an inversion table to invert. In my humble opinion (and from trial and error), an inversion table is the easiest and safest inversion therapy method available. Gravity boots can be a pain in the back (pun intended) to put on.
An inversion table allows you to adjust the angle of inversion. My inversion table has settings from 20 degrees to 90 degrees. I find that at about 60 degrees or higher, I get the most back pain relief.
From my research and experience, I’ve had some pretty dramatic results using an inversion table. Aside from chiropractic care, inversion therapy has made a significant difference for me. I no longer suffer from excruciating back and neck pain.
A Word of Caution…
Please make sure you do your homework and research before considering inversion therapy. There are some conditions to consider such as: if you’re pregnant or if you have glaucoma or other eye ailments.
Also, if you experience heart and/or circulatory issues, these may be complicated from inversion therapy. As always, talk to your doctor before starting inversion therapy.
The Secrets to Living a Pain Free Life Revealed…
I suffered from recurring back and neck pain for many years. As I stated in my book, inversion has significantly helped with the pain.
I use my inversion table combined with yoga, foam rolling, stretching, wearing barefoot shoes, meditating, and deep tissue massage/trigger point therapy. All of the mentioned activities combined have eliminated my back pain for good!
I highly recommend giving inversion therapy a try. If you suffer from chronic or even sporadic back and/or neck pain, you would most likely benefit from inversion. If anything, it will prevent you from “shrinking” as you age…