Act Like a Kid and Go Upside Down – Your Body Will Love It!
Did you know that Hippocrates use inversion exercises dating all the way back to 400 B.C.? Chiropractor Dr. Robert Martin introduced inversion therapies to America by in the 1960’s. Inversion is any activity done upside down to stretch and lengthen the spine.  It is mainly used to providing pain relief and reduce stress from a person’s back and neck.  Some inversion exercises include specific yoga poses, some Pilate’s moves and inversion therapies performed with gravity-defying machines such as inversion tables and chairs.
I use to attend a breathing and meditation yoga class every week. During this class I noticed the instructor would make a point of having us do at least one inverted or upside-down position. After class one day I asked her if there was a meaning behind this. The instructor went told me about how healthy it was for your heart and mind to almost “reset” the blood that is circulating in your body. It peaked my interest so I looked into the benefits of going inverted and wanted to share them with you.
Ten Great Reasons to Invert Yourself
1.) Relieves spinal pressure by increases the space between individual vertebrae and lengthening the spine. This helps reverse the compressing effects of running, jumping, sitting, and standing
2.) Strengthens your ligaments to help prevent bones accidentally breaking. 
3.) Improve circulation in the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. 
4.) Increased blood flow moves metabolic waste such as lactic acid out of tissue more efficiently. This helps detox the body and strengths your immune system. [Click The Link to Tweet] 
5.) Increase blood circulation to the brain which gives brain cells more oxygen. This increased blood flow helps improve memory, concentration, and awareness.  Inversion may also be helpful with recovering from traumatic brain injuries (ask your doctor before trying).
6.) Reversing gravity rushes nutrients and oxygen to your face which removes toxicity including acne. [Click the Link To Tweet] It also stimulates your facial capillaries and hair follicles.
7.) It will make you happier! Inversion flushes your adrenal glands causing them to release neurotransmitters and endorphins which make you feel happy. [Click Link to Tweet] These happy hormones can help counteract depression, mood swings and seasonal affective disorder. 
8.) It also helps reduce anxiety and anxiousness by stimulating your parasympathetic nervous system, which produces feelings of relaxation and calmness.
9.) Helps move along the digestion process in your colon and can help relieve forms of indigestion.
10.) Relieves muscle tension for a better night sleep. A study conducted by LJ Nose showed muscle tension declined by more than 35 percent within 10 seconds of inverting. 
Different Ways to Invert Yourself
- Yoga poses that involve any movement where your legs are over your head or your head is pointing downward.
- Using an inversion table, bar, or chair
- Doing a Handstand
*PLEASE READ: “Inversion exercises have been found to increase both blood pressure and pressure behind the eye in healthy people. Because of these findings, inversion therapy is not recommended for those with high blood pressure, glaucoma or spinal instability and patients taking anticoagulants or aspirin therapy. Inversion therapy is also not recommended for pregnant women, stroke patients, and those with detached retinas. Seek the advice of a qualified health professional before beginning any program involving inversion exercise.” 2.
I hope you found this information useful and interesting. Please share below any inverted exercises you practice and how they have helped your life.
Missty L. Klinger
March 9, 2016
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
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Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
- Jennifer Arnett and Demand Media. (2014). What Is Inversion Exercise? http://woman.thenest.com/inversion-exercise-10616.html
- Gillian Mandich and Angela Peters (2013). Six detoxifying health benefits of inversions. http://www.chatelaine.com/health/wellness/the-health-benefits-of-inversions/
- (2015). These Are Just Some Of The Many Benefits Of Inversion Therapy. http://www.energycenter.com/grav_f/benefits.html#dep