Are inverted exercises and inversion tables beneficial for the body?
Inversions and inversion tables compress your spine in the opposite direction as well as over-stretching and damaging the thin diaphragm muscle. About 50% of the population has a sliding hiatal hernia which can become more pronounced if you use an inversion table.
Also headstands, plow and shoulder stand are dangerous body positions that can compress the nerves and vessels in the neck inhibiting blood and lymph flow. End range flexion of the neck as in yoga plow poses can compress the anterior vertebral structures as well as create laxity in ligaments needed for cervical stabilization. The neck or cervical spine is simply not designed to hold the weight of the lower body. About 50% of the population has a sliding hiatal hernia which can become more pronounced if you use an inversion table. Digestion issues like acid reflux can become more pronounced by inverting for long periods of time.
Courses instructed by Michaelle Edwards, creator of FitAlign Posture Training
Kripalu Institute, Western Massachusetts
Change Your Posture, Change Your Life
May 21- 26, 2023
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