Most people know that inversion therapy can help improve posture and aid in relieving back pain and other ailments. Many people don't realize that neck pain is one of the main reasons people try inversion therapy, or that it has a high success rate. If you're suffering from neck pain and are unwilling to try multiple medications, or if medications aren't working for you, inversion therapy may be a non-invasive option.
Exactly how does it work? The science behind how inversion therapy treats neck pain is fairly simple. Stress and tension from daily life and repetitive activities can cause muscle spasms and pain in the back and neck. This in turn causes tense muscles, which lead to a reduced oxygen supply and the accumulation of waste chemicals in the muscles of the afflicted area. Inversion therapy works by relaxing those muscles under the force of gravity, speeding the flow of fluids and washing waste materials out of the area.
Inversion therapy also helps by putting your spine (and thus, your back and neck) in line with gravity. When the body is inverted, it automatically aligns itself - something that doesn't occur when you are standing, as everything from bad posture to sore feet can affect your alignment. Natural inversion therapy programs can retrain your body to hold itself with proper alignment, thus lessening current neck pain and ensuring less pain in the future.