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Back Pain & Inversion Therapy

Back Pain And Inversion Therapy

Most people will experience back pain at some point in their lives that interferes with their daily routine, whether work or recreation.

According to a 2014 study by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes, Americans spend at least $50 billion annually treating lower back pain.

As the second most common neurological ailment in the USA (headaches are #1), Back pain is the biggest cause of job related disability and a major contributor to productivity loss.


Your vertebra are supported and moved by many different muscles. Muscles are used for three basic functions: support, movement and posture control. If muscles are tight or weak they create or worsen back pain.

Joints are controlled by at least two sets of muscles: flexors which bend the joint and extensors which act to straighten. In addition, most joints have rotator muscles that twist and rotate your bones. Good posture is only possible if the flexors, extensors and rotators are in proper balance.


As societies around the world become more "mechanised and computerised", we've become less active and are often hunched over desks and steering wheels with our backs taking a disproportionate amount of the weight of our bodies.

When we sit for long periods, our back muscles hold us erect, but our stomach and hip muscles are inactive, becoming weaker, putting a painful strain on the back muscles. Also, the ligaments that the invertebral joints are supported by, require regular movement and loading, or else they to eventually become weak.

Doctors agree that most back problems are caused by weak muscles.


A lot of back pain is due to gravity's chronic downward pull on our bodies. This affects spinal alignment resulting in discomfort, poor posture and sometimes injury; and you wouldn't think, but sitting also places higher loads inside the lumbar disc than standing (between 150 to 250% depending on posture). All this can lead to compression of the vertebral disks, often causing pinched nerves leading to issues such as Sciatica.

The sciatic nerves are the largest nerves in the body. They start in the lower spine, pass behind the hip joint and go down the buttock and back of the leg to the foot. The symtoms of Sciatic pain can range from a tingling, burning or pins and needles sensation to excruciating, shooting pain all the way to the foot, which can make standing up nearly impossible.


This is where Inversion Therapy comes to the rescue!

Using inversion therapy can provide an excellent controlled workout to the muscles and ligaments necessary for a healthy spine. There is an enormous body of evidence that a compressed disc, whether or not it is actually ruptured, can be aided by Inversion Therapy. Inversion increases the invertebral space and allows the disc to return to its shock absorber and spacer function.

Also keep in mind that before surgery became so popular for back problems, traction was the therapy of choice. Inverted traction gives the user total control and the results we have seen to date are very impressive.

Now with the aid of the Gravotonics Yoga Swing & Exercise System you can begin reversing the effects of gravity easily without requiring any special strength, balancing skills, flexibility or agility and at any age!

Even children will enjoy hanging out and flowing through various inversion therapy positions. One of the most practical benefits on a health and therapeutic levels is that you can stretch and strengthen virtually every muscle in the body.


Healing Benefits:

The benefits of inversion to the muscular-skeletal and lymphatic drainage systems are well documented. Regular practice can improve postural alignment thus benefiting the spine and weight-bearing joints which as mentioned above are often compressed from the effects of daily activities and gravity.

The Swing provides a flexible and versatile means of support for the practitioner allowing for partial and full (180 degree) inversions.

For the majority of the time, the human body remains in an upright position whether it be standing, sitting or walking. Inversion therapy can assist in reversing the disk compression caused by these daily activities by giving the opportunity to traction and realign the spine.


Inverting assists the system of the body to function more effectively. The Endocrine, Circulatory, Nervous and Lymphatic systems all benefit from inverting. The pituitary and thyroid glands are stimulated assisting brain function and the nervous system is massaged.

When the body is inverted the Circulatory System and venous blood flow can take a rest. The increased oxygen rich blood flow to the face helps to slow down the ageing process as the skin cells are nourished. The organs receive a powerful massage aiding the body's digestive function; The parasympathetic nervous system is positively stimulated promoting a feeling of calm and deep well-being. This relaxed state generates muscle and fascia release, reducing pain and cultivating strength.


The Swing can be used for gentle passive lumbar or sacral traction, which can provide astonishing pain relief to the lower back in minutes. You can also carry out lower back strengthening exercises to heal lower back pain/injuries and correct the fibers and tissues caused by re-injury.

Well-being and the ability to perform any task may be increased by up to 100% after performing continued inversion therapy combined with flexing, moving and breathing as a form of flowing rehabilitation.

When undertaking Inversion Therapy we would like you to practice bilateral symmetry when doing exercises. This act of smooth control while focusing on muscle balance will correct imbalances in predominant muscle groups, again enhancing alignment and gaining superior strength.


The Gravotonics Yoga Swing & Exercise System is portable, just find a low tree branch and you are ready to hang out in a peaceful setting. It is a complete exercise gym, yoga, stretching and osteopathic therapy alignment device.