In its simplest form, inversion therapy is basically hanging upside down. If you are a yoga fan, doing inversions without the help of chairs and tables might be easier than singing your ABC's.
However, most people require a little (read a lot) help with balance, and inversion tables come in handy. It is worth mentioning that being inverted is not only for people with back pains- it has more than a dozen benefits for the entire body. These include improved brain function, blood circulation, a better immune system and the general well-being of the body.
Dan Brown, the bestselling author of "The Da Vinci Code", even says inversion helps with with writer's block and gets the creative juices flowing.
In the spirit of educating you on how to use an inversion table , here are the steps you should follow:
As a beginner, you should start at no more than 2 to 3 minutes before turning upright. Then gradually work your way up to longer inversion sessions as you get more comfortable with it. The frequency with which you invert is more important and of greater benefit than the duration. As you gain experience, you can go for longer periods of time. You should not exceed 20-30 min.
You can invert as often as you feel comfortable. A lot of people like to invert when they get up in the morning, others prefer to do it after a long day of work. A quick five minute session anytime can work wonders for you.
We would caution you, however, not to invert right after a meal for obvious reasons. Please give your body enough time to digest your food before hopping on.
As always, as your particular situation may be unique, it is best to consult with your doctor and/or chiropractor with any questions you may have about inversion therapy.