Prior to being a massage therapist, I worked in Corporate America, and so I’m still recovering from “Computer Posture.” By sitting in front of a computer for most of the day, many times the lower back muscles become compressed, overused, and weak; the head starts to protrude forward causing neck and shoulder pain; and migraines and headaches.
I hold most of my tension in the neck and shoulders, and the inversion table helps a lot. It’s similar to doing a yoga head stand, but with safety, support, and ease.
Some of the main benefits of the inversion table are it:
- decompresses the spine
- relieves muscle strain
- increases circulation, blood flow, and oxygen
- reduces the effects of aging on the body
I love it! I always feel relaxed and my muscle aches are completely gone or greatly lessened.
Teeter Inversion Table
I bought a teeter inversion table. It is the best inversion table on the market. It’s safer, more comfortable, and lasts longer than the average inversion table. It also usually comes with a 5 year warranty and has a 5 star consumer rating.
Here’s the one I purchased: Teeter Hang Ups F7000S Inversion Table
– I highly recommend it. I saved my tips for 6 months to buy this table.
The newer version is: Teeter Hang Ups EP-550 Inversion Therapy Table
– I have heard great things about this table. It’s suppose to provide more support with the new, flexible, plastic bed surface that twists and moves with you, but there is a price difference of almost $100.
Cheaper Inversion Tables
The Ironman Gravity Inversion Table is a great value for an inversion table. It is one of the most popular because for the price, you don’t sacrifice safety and sturdiness as some of the other tables.
The “No” Inversion Table Method
Before I purchased an inversion table, I used the technique I’m about to show you all the time. It works really well to decompress the lower back, increase energy, and improve circulation.
If you think about it, we’re right side up most of the day, and gravity can start to have an adverse affect on the body, muscles, and posture. This strain on the body is greatly reduced when you elevate your feet and legs like in the exercise below.
Here are the steps to the exercise:
- Get a yoga mat or blanket and place it on the floor near a sofa or chair.
- Lay on your back, place your feet on the furniture.
- Your legs should be at a 90 degree angel
- Rest for 5-20 minutes
If you have neck and shoulder issues, add this variation:
The great thing about it is you can do this posture while you’re watching television, listening to music, or waiting for dinner to to be ready.
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