6 Benefits of Being Upside Down

Who knew that being upside down could have so many health benefits? But inversion is purported to have a myriad of health benefits. The basic principle behind inversion is that by going upside down, we reverse the effects of gravity. You can reap these benefits by getting yourself an inversion table, which flips you upside down after you strap yourself into it. You could also try handstands during your yoga practice.

Disclaimer: The information in this article and site are not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. While these benefits have been tested in smaller studies, the results are not conclusive until larger studies are done. Consult your doctor before starting inversion therapy. 

1. Better Posture.

Inverting can actually increase your posture, because while we are upside down our cores are engaged. Better posture is not just one of those things your mom nagged you about – it’s good for your back too.

2. Decreased Back Pain.

Going upside down can increase the distance between the vertebrae in your back, which can temporarily relieve back pain. Inverting could also prevent you from needing surgery if you have a slipped disc. A 2012 study found that 77% of patients who did inversions and physical therapy ended up not needing back surgery, versus 22% of patients who only underwent physical therapy.

Have a bad back? It’s safer to use an inversion table instead of doing a headstand.

3. Improved Circulation.

Hanging upside down makes it feel like all the blood is rushing to your brain. When you invert, your circulation improves which is better for your skin. Better circulation has been linked to fewer wrinkles and less acne.

4. More Flexibility.

Having stiff joints is not only uncomfortable – it can also be painful. But inversion has been shown to actually increase flexibility.

5. Improved Brain Function.

This one goes hand in hand with #3. If the blood flow throughout your body has increased then you can count on your brainpower to increase as well. You might expect improved memory and clearer thinking.

6. Improved Mood.

Inverting – either through yoga or using a table – has actually been effective in decreasing feelings of anxiety and stress. That’s not too surprising because if it can help you reduce some of your back pain, that would automatically contribute to stress reduction. In some cases, inversion can even be used to fight depression.

How to Invert:

There are a few things to note before we all run off and strap in to a table. If you’re looking for equipment to help you with inversion, then you’ll need to choose between a table and a chair. A table must be adjusted to your height and weight for it to be the most effective. Chairs that invert would probably be a better bet for those of us who don’t have a lot of free space in our homes – but they don’t tip as far back as a table would.

Lastly, if you want to try inversion without any equipment, try iyengar yoga. Headstands are a fixture of iyengar yoga, and if you’re a beginner you don’t have to worry about not being able to do one right away – they offer other inverted positions you can try.

Did you like this? Check out 11 Ways to Become More Flexible!

Written by Roselyn Sebastian

Photo Credit: Sami Taipale via Compfight cc

Who knew that being upside down could have so many health benefits? But inversion is purported to have a myriad of health benefits. The basic principle behind inversion is that by going upside down, we reverse the effects of gravity. You can reap these benefits by getting yourself an inversion table, which flips you upside down after you strap yourself into it. You could also try handstands during your yoga practice.

Disclaimer: The information in this article and site are not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. While these benefits have been tested in smaller studies, the results are not conclusive until larger studies are done. Consult your doctor before starting inversion therapy. 

1. Better Posture.

Inverting can actually increase your posture, because while we are upside down our cores are engaged. Better posture is not just one of those things your mom nagged you about – it’s good for your back too.

2. Decreased Back Pain.

Going upside down can increase the distance between the vertebrae in your back, which can temporarily relieve back pain. Inverting could also prevent you from needing surgery if you have a slipped disc. A 2012 study found that 77% of patients who did inversions and physical therapy ended up not needing back surgery, versus 22% of patients who only underwent physical therapy.

Have a bad back? It’s safer to use an inversion table instead of doing a headstand.

3. Improved Circulation.

Hanging upside down makes it feel like all the blood is rushing to your brain. When you invert, your circulation improves which is better for your skin. Better circulation has been linked to fewer wrinkles and less acne.

4. More Flexibility.

Having stiff joints is not only uncomfortable – it can also be painful. But inversion has been shown to actually increase flexibility.

5. Improved Brain Function.

This one goes hand in hand with #3. If the blood flow throughout your body has increased then you can count on your brainpower to increase as well. You might expect improved memory and clearer thinking.

6. Improved Mood.

Inverting – either through yoga or using a table – has actually been effective in decreasing feelings of anxiety and stress. That’s not too surprising because if it can help you reduce some of your back pain, that would automatically contribute to stress reduction. In some cases, inversion can even be used to fight depression.

How to Invert:

There are a few things to note before we all run off and strap in to a table. If you’re looking for equipment to help you with inversion, then you’ll need to choose between a table and a chair. A table must be adjusted to your height and weight for it to be the most effective. Chairs that invert would probably be a better bet for those of us who don’t have a lot of free space in our homes – but they don’t tip as far back as a table would.

Lastly, if you want to try inversion without any equipment, try iyengar yoga. Headstands are a fixture of iyengar yoga, and if you’re a beginner you don’t have to worry about not being able to do one right away – they offer other inverted positions you can try.

Did you like this? Check out 11 Ways to Become More Flexible!

Written by Roselyn Sebastian

Photo Credit: Sami Taipale via Compfight cc

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