pain is one of the most common physical
complaints in the world. Every day, it is
estimated that some eleven million Americans
struggle to get through a day complicated
by an aching back. In the United States
alone, some 93 million workdays are lost
each year due to back problems. There is
overwhelming evidence that spending a few
minutes each day hanging inclined can be
beneficial to your back, and to your general
health, by simply counteracting the continuous
downward pull of gravity. Hang Ups inversion
equipment offers a safe and comfortable
way for anyone to benefit from the soothing
sensation of inversion.
concept of turning the body upside down
for better health has been around for centuries.
In yoga the headstand position has been
used by yoga practitioners as a way of temporarily
reversing the direction of gravity. However,
not everyone can to do headstands &
this position still does not relieve compression.
time, the compressive force of gravity is
particularly harsh on the spine because
of the flattening effect on the spinal discs.
The intervertebral discs act as shock absorbers
between the vertebra, and consist of a cartilage
covering which surrounds a gelatin-like
center. Combine the compressive effect of
gravity with stress, weak back and stomach
muscles, a lack of exercise and you have
all of the ingredients for back pain.
course, it is impossible to offset the gravitational
effects of a lifetime just by jumping on
an inversion table. But by spending a few
minutes inverted each day, or two or three
times a day, people usually begin to feel
results by the end of the first week. After
a month of inversion, many people don't
know how they ever got along without it.
physicians and chiropractors report positive
results from using natural gravity-inversion
traction with patients. A neurosurgeon in
San Francisco says inversion seems to get
people over the acute phase quicker than
other forms of therapy. We believe that
inversion can benefit the discs, strengthen
ligaments and soft tissues, and relieve
muscle spasms. We've also had success with
patients suffering from herniated discs.
providing relief from back pain, a daily
dose of inversion can help to promote good
health by correcting common spinal alignment
problems, eliminating tension headaches,
reducing hemorrhoids, alleviating the discomfort
of varicose veins, and stimulating mental
alertness. Many people suffer, especially
in their later years from prolapsed internal
organs that sag as a result of years of
the downward pull of gravity.
simply, inversion allows gravity to help
the body to naturally correct and align
itself. You stretch out and elongate your
spine, get blood to the brain, invert and
reposition internal organs, and take stress
off of the heart, which usually has to pump
blood uphill to the brain.
with any new exercise program, if someone
is in doubt about their level of fitness,
or if they are over the age of 40, consult
a physician before starting an inversion
program. Inversion is not recommended for
people with extreme weight problems, those
with a history of stroke, acute back injuries,
or high blood pressure, and it is very important
that people with these conditions consult
with their doctor before trying inversion.
Also, individuals who have bone disease,
retinal detachment, or any other serious
eye disorders would be advised to avoid
inversion without their doctors permission.
do some doctors advise against
centuries traction had been
one of the primary doctor
prescribed therapies for back
problems. Recently pain medication
and surgical treatments became
popular. Even though traction
was recommended for centuries
sometimes modern doctors will
advise against inversion therapy.
It has been our experience
of the main reasons they advise
against inversion is because
they do not understand that
the user has total control
over the angle of incline
and extreme angels that may
concern the physician are
not recommended nor are they
usually necessary for achieving
great benefits. What some
doctors need to realize is
that a person can set the
table for horizontal or any
mild degree of incline. When
very mild angles are used
the stresses on the body are
minimal and any risks are
reduced. We have heard from
people over the years who
avoided inversion therapy
because their doctors did
not understand the potential
benefits. Some of these people
found a different doctor who
did understand how much benefit
could be achieved with as
little as 15-20 minutes a
day of mild inversion and
rhythmic intermittent traction.
This is achieved easily with
the inversion table by creating
a rocking motion. Some
doctors contraindicate inversion
therapy for very good reasons.
In some cases they have not
taken the time to study this
therapy that has
brought pain relief and
a better quality of life to
hundreds of thousands of people.
someone with a back problem about to begin
program of inversion therapy we offer a
few helpful suggestions.
slowly: Invert only 15 to 20 degrees
at first, and stay inverted only as long
as it feels comfortable, which may only
be a few seconds at first. Remarkably, you
can gain all of the benefits of inversion
without ever fully inverting yourself. Most
people find 20 to 60 degrees of decline
adequate and very comfortable.
up slowly: When you come back upright the
pressure is again placed on the discs and
nerves. Come up slowly and relax at the
horizontal before coming upright.
changes gradually: Increase the angle
of decline only if it is comfortable, and
only increase the angle a few degrees at
a time. The Hang Ups F5000 inversion table
has a tether strap to help people stay within
their inversion range. People can add rocking
back and forth (rhythmic traction) to their
inversion program once they feel comfortable.
attention to your body: You're unique,
and your body will tell you what's good
for it. You determine the pace when adapting
to the inverted world.
after a long day at a 25-45 degree angle
for 15-20 minutes can be a great stress
relieving & rejuvenating experience.
Intermittent Traction: Use intermittent
traction (pull and release) or rhythmic
traction to encourage blood, lymph, and
spinal fluid circulation. Moving, twisting,
stretching, and light exercise while inverted
aids in the alignment of bones and organs
while minimizing any increase in blood pressure,
but strenuous exercise is not recommended
while inverted. Just relax and enjoy!
it regularly: There are a variety
of inversion programs and exercises. Trust
yourself to find the approach that's best
for you, and then do it every day. Two or
three short sessions a day seem to work
best for most people.
is a very dynamic & effective form of
traction. Even at a
45 degree angle a person is achieving a
greater force of pull on the back than hospital
traction. The force of the pull registers
much stronger on the body than it does on
the conscious mind. This is why it is easy
to over stretch the muscles & nerves
of the back and neck & possibly get
a spasm. Remember, most adults have not
hung upside down since they were little
on years of research and the testimonials
of hundreds of people who have found relief
from back pain, inversion is a powerful,
natural option for people who want to relieve
lower back pain. Sometimes there's an explanation
for why inversion works, and sometimes there
isn't - it works for some and not for others.
We only know that for many people, literally
turning their world upside down through
inversion therapy can provide an alternative
to drugs and surgery in a life filled with
people say it is the greatest stretch they
have had in years.
Bernard Jensen who many consider to be one
of the greatest naturopathic teachers and
healers of the 20th century recommends using
a slant board as part of an optimum health
program. This inversion
table does everything the slant board does