inversion-therapy.jpg Inversion therapy goes back to the days of Hippocrates in ancient Greece. This therapy requires a person to hang upside down. Though the health benefits are many, it can also have its drawbacks. Critics opine that this is a temporary relief provider since the moment one stops practicing it, gravity starts working on the body again and the positive effects of inversion are lost. Despite this, people who practice this are satisfied with results.

Highlights of inversions
a. It reverses the flow of blood in the body.
b. It temporarily counteracts the negative effects of gravity on the human body.
c. It leads to improved circulation and lymph flow.
d. It pumps blood and oxygen into the brain.
e. It rejuvenates the immune system and helps in reducing arthritic and lower back aches.
f. It helps in alleviating varicose and spider veins, firming sagging organs.
g. It helps in fighting stress.
h. It is a very good traction for the spines.
i. One can also exercise while inverted, but one should always feel comfortable exercising in this position.

Disadvantages
a. This is not recommended for people suffering from high blood pressure, obesity, glaucoma, hypertension, osteoporosis, cardio or circulatory disorders.
b. Pregnant women should avoid inversions.
c. A doctor's opinion is a must for all people opting for this.
d. It can lead to muscle pulls if not done properly.
e. It gives only temporary relief.
f. There is no scientific evidence to prove that this works.

Inversion aids
a. There are yoga poses for this therapy.
b. High gravity boots, which can be strapped around the ankles and hooked on to a horizontal chin-up bar, can help a person attain a full 180 degree inversion.
c. A Yoga Sling, which can be attached to eye hooks anchored into a wall or ceiling, is easier to use than high gravity boots.
d. Adjustable inversion tables or chairs allow people to gently tilt back to a comfortable degree from an upright position.