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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

For those with spinal conditions that cause lumbar vertebrae to compress your disks, one of the many things you an do to keep prevent your back from getting worse is to use inversions, or hang upside down, for a few minutes a few times a week. Years ago one of the chiropractors I worked with introduced me to a simple device that allows me to hang upside down (‘invert”), giving my spine some relief from gravity! I’ve been using my Invertrac for about years now and I find it really helps take  pressure off my spine caused by simply walking around upright against gravity all day.

Invertrac in motion!

Why Do Inversions?

Those of you that do yoga regularly know that inversions are part of a well rounded yoga practice. According to the Invertrac website, here are some of the benefits of doing inversions with Invertrac:

• Invertrac counters the degenerative effects of gravity.
• Invertrac allows for the benefits of spinal decompression without trauma to ankle, knee, or hip joints.
• Natural traction occurs in the lower back when subject is in bent leg position.
• The lumbar curve is flattened allowing this to more readily occur.
• Invertrac helps eliminate stress and tension by stretching spine and back muscles allowing complete relaxation.
• Enhances circulation.

And, according to the Total Health Yoga blog here,

Inverting your body in yoga can help you:
• Give your heart a break.
• Stimulate your endocrine system.
• Calm your mind.
• Strengthens your core.
• Enhance your ability to concentrate and remain focused.
• Increase body awareness.
• Help with circulation.
To include all of these gains to their fullest, you need to remain inverted 3-5 minutes (according to Yoko Yoshikawa at Yoga Journal).

Invertrac Features

Why Invertrac Versus the Inversion Tables or Boots?

According to my chiropractor friend, Dr. Richard Arrandt, of Arrandt Health Care, hanging by inversion boots can cause problems for the ligaments in your ankles. Your ankles and feet are not  designed to suspend your body weight. I’ve tried out the inversion tables myself and I find them to be pretty uncomfortable and they do put a lot of stress on my ankles and feet.

Are There Risks to Doing Inversions?

Inversions are NOT for everyone and there are a long list of contraindications to using the Invertrac or doing inversions here.

Keep in mind that when you are upside down, a lot of blood rushes to your head. So if you have blood pressure issues or eye pressure issues, the Invertrac may not be for you!  Check with your doctor or chiropractor and make sure you are a good candidate for the Invertrac before trying it out (or doing any inversions in yoga classes too!)

How Do I Get an Invertrac?

Unfortunately, consumers cannot buy an Invertrac directly, you must go through your chiropractor or health care provider.  Invertrac’s website provides ordering instructions here.

Note: Neither Working Well Massage nor I have affiliation with Invertrac.

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