How You Can Add a Few Inches to Your Height Using an Inversion Table
Some people view the use of an inversion table as one of the effective ways to treat back pain and grow taller. While this therapy might not sound exactly awesome for many, most people who are desperate to add a few more inches will be willing to undergo it if there is assurance of achieving the desired result.
The question then becomes: is it realistic to expect to grow taller using an inversion table?
Most medical experts will dispute this. However, the way it is supposed to help is one that a good number of such may have nothing against. We address here key things you might want to know about this therapy.
How is Inversion Therapy Supposed to Help?
An inversion table is used to keep the body in an upside-down position, safely. It sounds like punishment, but several benefits have been associated with this in recent times. Back pain relief and a possible increase in height are just some of them.
One of the ways inversion therapy is supposed to help you become taller is by correcting the pressure on the spine that makes you appear shorter. It helps to stretch and decompress the spine. It creates space between vertebrae in the spinal column, thereby helping to improve your height.
The use of an inversion table can also help to realign your spine and improve posture. Spinal misalignment is one of the reasons people often look shorter than they are naturally. You can get help in relaxing tense muscles and even improving oxygen circulation by keeping your body upside down for an amount of time.
The therapy may help to correct certain spinal conditions that can tell adversely on your height. These include scoliosis and lordosis.
Inversion tables are also useful for promoting height with regard to how they enhance the health of ligaments. This is good news for bone and joint health, helping to guard against breakage and misalignments.
How to Use an Inversion Table?
You have the option of doing a partial or full inversion. It is your choice, depending on how bearable you find a particular position. The partial version involves stretching or hanging at an angle less than 90 degrees.
Although less comfortable, full inversion offers a more effective way of stretching your spine. It promotes a more significant increase in height.
The following are some steps you may follow when using an inversion table:
- Adjust the table to be at a height about 2-3 inches above you. On many models, you do this by first releasing a pin on the side frame and adjusting the foot assembly by sliding up or down. Set the hole to the desired height and push in the lock pin to keep it at that level.
- Next, place your back against the table’s backrest and put your feet through the rollers you find in the foot assembly. Move the rollers together as much as possible to secure your feet. Use the pull pin and ensure you’re well and comfortably strapped to the table. Adjust the safety strap beneath the backrest to the shortest distance, for beginners, to ensure you don’t over-invert.
- Raise your arm when you are ready to go while lying on the table, and watch as you are moved backward to about 20-30 degrees. Lower your hand after being inverted at that distance for some minutes to return to your starting position. You may repeat this with your other arm. Breathe in and out when raising and lowering your arms.
When you feel ready for higher-degree inversion, you just need to adjust the safety strap and follow the process thus described.
One of the effective techniques for using an inversion table to increase height is oscillation. This is great for stretching and realigning the spine. You raise and lower your arms in alternate directions to cause the table to oscillate.
You can also perform certain exercises on the table to increase your height. These include crunches, sit-ups, and crossbar exercise.
How Many Inches Can You Gain?
It is hard to answer this question due to the dearth of real medical proof that inversion therapy can help just about anyone to grow taller. The only exceptions, perhaps, are those with spinal deformities.
It is, therefore, hard to be specific about how many inches you can expect to add.
Reports of an increase in height that we came across put possible gains at between 0.3 and 3 inches. The higher threshold looks very less likely, however.
It’s been suggested that the best way to ensure you get significant results is by using your inversion table at least three times every day. This can supposedly help gain up to three inches.
Are Height Gains Permanent?
The gains in height from inversion therapy are temporary in most of the cases. You are likely to lose them when you return to normal standing position, as your spine compresses. This takes place some hours after you get off the table.
It probably looks like a waste of time using an inversion table then, you might say.
But advocates say you have a better chance of retaining the height increase with repeated use. In other words, an inversion table is not a one-off solution for growing taller.
By aligning your spine and correcting your posture, this therapy can at least be useful for expressing your maximum height. It is advisable, however, to speak with a professional, such as your doctor, before you embark on it.