As a band, we spend a lot of hours on a bus, in cars, on planes and trains. Simply put, we travel a lot and to be honest we actually slouch around quite a bit between gigs as well. We’ve had to find constructive ways to keep ourselves in shape and take care of our bodies (when we’re not nourishing it with frosty adult beverages!) while on the road. Regular exercise and yoga has been a favorite for a long time abut recently we actually bought a inversion table which we take with us wherever we can. this actually started with Jennifer (our bass guitar player) buying a pair of inversion shoes and hanging from the doors in or hotels like a bat on a regular basis!
It didn’t take long before we all got pretty hooked on the therapeutic effcts of hanging upside down. We got an Ironman Gravity 4000 inversion table and simply love our our new toy! Here are some things we’ve learned about these nifty devices.
Inversion table exercises are characterized by moderate forms of stretching to strengthen the body’s core muscles. Stronger and flexible muscles are less vulnerable to injuries and strains that can aggravate neck and back pains. Building up your muscles also improves posture. In addition, inversion table exercises boost a healthy person’s level of fitness and prevent stress from forming up in the joints and muscles. There are as always pros and cons though.
In preparing yourself for inversion table exercises, make sure that your table is locked before proceeding with your routine. It is also important to follow the instructions carefully since one wrong move can have negative effects on your muscles. In addition, begin with small, easy steps to allow your body to adjust. Remember to not attempt starting another form of exercise until you are completely comfortable with your current routine. Gentle stretching movements are initially done to warm up your body. Normally, you extend your arms over your head, carefully extending your body into full stretch. After that, attempt to slightly arch your back. Do it on one side of your body, and then repeat the stretch on the body’s other side. As you become comfortable with the simple movements, you may begin with the advanced and more complicated inversion exercises like sit-ups, crunches, back extensions, and squats.
It’s good for the Spine
When doing the exercises, can inversion tables decompress the spine? Clinical studies of inversion tables published in reputable medical journals have confirmed that inversion can decompress the spine and can bring relief to back pains, leg pains, and sciatica. Hanging upside down can take off the pressure of the discs in your spine, which in turn relieves pain in the back. If you are suffering from these pains, in time, you will be able to work up to doing your stretching routines to strengthen your back, stomach, and legs.
As a beginner, remember to tilt the inversion table at 20 – 30 degrees angle only. Then start doing your regular routines. As you become more comfortable with the position, adjust your tilt until you can invert at 90 degrees, otherwise known as the expert level.
For patients with herniated disc pain, inversion therapy allows gravity to help align the body naturally. Since herniated disc is a result of excess pressure, removing this pressure from the disc is a good start to solving the problem. Exercises and therapies on the inversion table are proven methods to alleviate pressure using gravity to decompress the spinal disc. Moreover, inversion exercises stimulate blood circulation to the damaged disc, thus promoting faster healing.
Inversion table exercises are performed by thousands of people to help them relieve the pressure from their back. Inversion table alone can help users relieve themselves from back pain temporarily. In conjunction with an exercise program, patients can extend and improve on the benefits of using the inversion table. For maximum security, use a spotter while using the table. This can help avoid the risk of possible accidents if you experience a medical emergency while suspended upside down.