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Old 02-10-2008, 09:58 AM   #1
Joe Waguespack
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Any thought on inversion?

I was thinking the other day about all the stress we put on our bodies from the top down. Sqauts, box jumps, presses, running, actually just standing , sitting .....it goes on and on. All day our bodies are subjected to gravitational force placed from the top down. Common sense dictates that for most of our lives our spines are compressed downwards. Does anyone have any thoughts on inversion (hanging from the feet).? I have heard some say it can complicate certain spinal issues and I have also heard that it is great practice. Anyone with any experience or thoughts on the subject?
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Old 02-10-2008, 11:13 AM   #2
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Re: Any thought on inversion?

When we're sleeping (e.g. laying down) we actually have spinal fluid go back in. So you're always going to be a bit taller than you were in the morning. One of my friends told me about what her professors said about adjusting the mirror in your car at the end of the day because you're shorter than you were in the morning and it's too high for you at the end of the day. Kind of funny but true.

Anyway, yes, it can help stretching out muscles and the spine. Somewhat like a massage. Just make sure you can get out of it if you're doing it yourself.
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Old 02-10-2008, 11:30 AM   #3
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Re: Any thought on inversion?

I love being upside down--especially the head rush when righting myself up!!
Always loved this since I was a kid in gymnastics. Still do a lot of handstands and headstands!!
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Old 02-10-2008, 12:35 PM   #4
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Re: Any thought on inversion?

Instead of hanging from the feet, which puts a lot of stress on your knees and ankles, you can use a GHD to bend forward over it and let your spine decompress. Just get in it the same way as if you were doing a back extension, and then just lean over it and let gravity do its thing.
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Re: Any thought on inversion?

Yes, I do that a lot and it feels great. But there is just something about hanging upside down with straight legs that feels like it pops everything back in place and really lengthens the body. I used to do it frequently, was just wondering if anyone had any feedback. Thanks
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Old 02-10-2008, 06:12 PM   #6
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Re: Any thought on inversion?

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Instead of hanging from the feet, which puts a lot of stress on your knees and ankles, you can use a GHD to bend forward over it and let your spine decompress. Just get in it the same way as if you were doing a back extension, and then just lean over it and let gravity do its thing.
That's how I prefer to do them, but right now all I have is a inversion table - I don't feel I get as a good as stretch on the spine as hanging over the GHD
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Old 02-10-2008, 07:10 PM   #7
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Re: Any thought on inversion?

I have a pair of gravity boots that I use at home and it makes my low back feel great. It feels good but I was wondering if it's more of a gimmick thing or if they are considered "legit" by CF so I can keep them at the gym?
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