I am starting a new category for my blog. I get questions everyday via email and I answer the ones that are appropriate, which is almost all of them. I am going to start posting those questions and answers here for you:
Wondering what you think of Inversion Tables. A neighbor is letting us borrow hers and I’ve tried it a couple of times. I am 10 months postnatal so I’m having either complications or changes in my sacrum/sacroliac joint, so I am doing stretches for that more than the 50 degree/14 degree scoliosis. I don’t know if I’m moving from a 2 to 3 degree; and I don’t know with this table if it matters. Have any of your clients liked it/benefited from it? What would you recommend investing in, as far as equipment? Thanks so much for your advise. I know you’re busy. grace and peace, H
Great question. Thanks for your email.
An inversion table can be beneficial if there are no health problems that can be exacerbated by it. If you have glaucoma or if you are in spasm, I don’t recommend it. There could be other contraindications as well, I can’t think of them off the top of my head though. Research “Contraindications for inversion tables”.
Barring contraindications, begin with a slight inversion and add breathing. 5 count inhale, 5 count exhale. On the exhale, all the air goes out so that the muscles of the torso strengthen around the improved and lengthened alignment. The breathing and the consequent strengthening are the most important element to your being on the inversion table. Being 10 months post-natal there is more of a concern for strengthening and less for stretching. Your joints may just still be all loosey-goosey from the pregnancy and they just need some stability now.
Sending you SoCal Sunshine!