Have you heard of inversion therapy? If so, you’re probably familiar with the version where people actually hang upside down by their feet or legs. While there are benefits to that particular form of inversion therapy it too can be hard on your body. Particularly if you already have a back problem. These positions can often be quite uncomfortable too.
A gentler and much easier form of Inversion therapy is through the use of slant boards. Slant boards have often been recommended by such specialists as chiropractors, colon therapists, doctors and other health professionals.
Slant boards can be used to reduce fatigue, relieve stress and to strengthen and firm muscles.
Inversion therapy is said to relieve fatigue and stress by taking some of the pressure off the bodies organs.
Considering that your body is only slightly inverted – head down, feet up on literally a slanted board, the position is much easier on your body and much more comfortable over all. I can see how this kind of inversion therapy might help relieve the stress on a person with a sore back, or even a pinched nerve in their back. Also, perhaps this is why colon therapists recommend the slant board as well. People with pinched nerves in their back can and often do have problems going to the washroom. Perhaps relieving some of the stress on the nerves of the back also helps the bowels to function better too. Also, if the board helps you strengthen your muscles we all know that strong stomach muscles help a bad back. It makes sense to me.
Certainly if I were going to try inversion therapy I would be more likely to try a slant board over the totally upside down method of inversion therapy. Since it’s a more natural position for our bodies I’d think that I’d be more likely to use it regularly.
What do you think? Has anyone tried using a Slant Board or other forms of Inversion therapy before? What was your experience like?