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10 good reasons to invert | Derek Watts | Your spine is your central core | Story of your discs
Under pressure | Degeneration | Day-night pressure | Intensified pressure | One-sided sports
Discs affect posture, flexibility and alignment | Back pain | The forgotten remedy
Turnaround | Regeneration | Moisture-holding capacity of discs| 2 ways to release pressure
Medical study on back pain | 11 good reasons to put your trust in Teeter | Comments by users
Life after back pain could be better than before
as inversion helps your body in many ways
10 GOOD REASONS TO INVERT
FOR 3 - 5 MINUTES A DAY
1. Relieve back pain
2. Regenerate spinal discs
3. Increase flexibility
4. Improve posture and alignment
5. Stimulate circulation and lymphatic flow
6. Relieve muscle tension and stress
7. Strengthen ligaments
8. Improve appearance
9. Speed recovery after intense workout
10. Reverse aging caused by gravity
CARTE BLANCHE's derek watts
in the sunday times
on a teeter Hang Ups
Interviewer's question: 'You can't go a day without...?"
Derek's answer: "I can't go a day without doing two headstands.
If I don't wake up in the morning and do a headstand, I don't function.
And if I don't do one before going to bed, I won't fall asleep.
I have been doing them from about the age of eight. At home I now have a back swing ...."
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Picture: Simon Mathebula/Sunday Times
31 October 2010
THE spine IS YOUR central core
1. Well-being depends on a healthy spine
2. A healthy spine depends on its natural curves
3.The natural curves depend on the condition of your discs
"A man is as old as his spine"
Dr. Henry Winsor, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania
STORY OF YOUR DISCS
The soft and pliable protect the hard and rigid
The discs are little cushions that separate the vertebrae from each other and hold them in place.
A disc consists of a gel-like central core surrounded by a tough fibrous outer layer.
Healthy discs are thick and flexible, like resilient moist sponges
WITH HEALTHY DISCS YOU HAVE:
wide range of motion
Gravity weight forces your vertebrae to put pressure on discs.
As they are compressed, moisture is squeezed out.
Subject to constant pressure over time, discs are starved of life-giving water
that would bring oxygen and nutrients, and remove waste materials.
Unhealthy discs are stiff, flat, hard and inflexible, like flattened dry sponges.
RISKS OF UNHEALTHY DISCS:
loss of height
loss of body shape
weakened discs are prone to injury
'Old age' is the cumulative effect of a process already happening day-by-day
Pressure on your lower back compared with standing:
bending doubles the pressure
sitting raises it to 150%
getting off a chair increases it to 250%
lying down reduces it to 25%
inverting to at least 60°below horizonal releases it completely
Nachemson, Alf, et al. "Intravital Dynamic Pressure Measurements in Lumbar Discs." (1970): 1-38
DEGENERATION - REGENERATION CYCLE
at night discs regenerate, but not 100%
PRESSURE ON DISCS AS YOU SLEEP
From standing to lying, pressure on discs reduces by 75%, the residual 25% being due to the
muscles and ligaments holding the spine in compression like a mass of elastic bands.
Every day you can lose up to 2 cm in height as discs flatten through the course of the day.
At night they regenerate almost 100%, but not completely, due to the
residual pressure during sleep.
Over time this leads to the degeneration associated with 'old age',
and as discs flatten you can lose up to 5 cm in height.
Where does the lost height go?
To the waistline, contributing to middle-age spread and loss of body shape.
If lying down released all pressure, we could regenerate completely every day.
With inversion we can - benefit has been recorded within the first 10 seconds.
Weight training, aerobics and most sport intensify compression.
Although this is beneficial for bones and joints, de-compression is just as important,
to give the body a chance to regenerate.
A medical study found that running 1 kilometer with strides of 1,5 metres, a person weighing
70 kg exerts a load of 60 tons of pressure through the lower back.
(W Van Mechelen, Running Injuries, 1992. Review of the epidemiological literature,
Sports Medicine Magazine, Vol 14 No 5, Pg 320-335)
DISCS AFFECT POSTURE, FLEXIBILITY & ALIGNMENT
1. What we lose in height we gain on the waistline.
2. Organs prolapse around the waistline.
Squashed on top of each other, organs are less able to function properly.
Inversion helps reverse prolapse and regain original body shape.
As organs regain their original position their function improves.
Spinal nerves and facet joints rely on discs to maintain the spaces between vertebrae.
Worn discs can result in pinched nerves and worn facet joints, inflammation and pain.
Spinal nerves AFFECT BODY FUNCTION
The brain controls the body via nerves that emerge from the spinal cord through spaces between the vertebrae.
These nerves depend on healthy disc spaces for unimpeded entry and exit.
A pinched nerve that provides for voluntary action, as in movement of
arms and legs, causes pain, and alerts you to the problem.
A pinched nerve that supports an organ or gland causes no pain, but impedes function.
Without clear communication, the organ or gland associated with that nerve cannot
function effectively. With no warning signs, you remain unaware of the problem until symptoms
manifest, and even then, the real cause may not be obvious.
The chart shows the spaces between the vertebrae where nerves emerge from the spinal cord
to link to organs, glands and parts of the body:
A medical study showed a complete correlation between spinal alignment and function of associated organs, and deduced that misalignment causes nerve irritation, then reduced blood flow to related organs, and finally disease.
Dr Winsor's conclusion:
"The spine becomes stiff first and old age follows.
Therefore, we may say a man is as old as his spine."
Winsor, Henry, MD. Sympathetic segmental disturbances-II. The evidence of the association, in dissected cadavers, of visceral disease with vertebrae deformities of the same sympathetic segments. Medical Times, Nov. 1921, 49, pp. 267-271
THE FORGOTTEN REMEDY
REVERSE GRAVITY, REVITALISE
Hippocates, Father of Medicine, inverted patients on a ladder using ropes and pulleys.
This long-surviving treatment not only targets the symptoms, but counteracts one of the greatest contributors to back pain and aging.
Given the chance, the body heals itself.
Bert Morrow had 4 ruptured discs in his lower back at age 50.
A chiropractor recommended inversion.
At 69 he jumped his first hurdle, and began competing professionally. Balancing the compression of jumping by de-compression
from inversion, he competed into his 90's as a world-class hurdler.
Inverted, your spine gently extends, spaces between the vertebrae widen to give
discs space to absorb moisture, oxygen and nutrients.
Like sponges, they expand and regenerate. Benefit has been recorded within the first 10 seconds.
The amount of regeneration possible depends on the current state of your discs,
so the earlier you start the greater the degree of recovery.
MOISTURE-HOLDING CAPACITY OF DISCS
Getting discs to re-hydrate is comparable to watering a pot-plant.
PLANTS: Soil that has dried out does not hold water, and most of it runs out the bottom.
Once you start watering regularly, the moisture-holding capacity of the soil improves.
DISCS do the same - if you invert once, discs hydrate quickly, but cannot hold the moisture for long.
Inverting regularly, the moisture-holding capacity improves.
2 WAYS TO RELEASE PRESSURE
As discs expand you can gain up to 5 cm in height.
Space suits are made to allow for this boost.
Inversion has the same effect.
MEDICAL STUDY ON back pain
77% SURGERIES CANCELLED
Newcastle University (UK, 2007) conducted a study on sciatica caused by bulged disc.
While waiting for surgery, 2 groups of patients underwent different forms of treatment.
Patients in the experimental group received inversion therapy.
Those in the control group attended stretch classes.
Inversion reduced the need for an operation by 78% compared to 23% in the control group.
BULGED OR HERNIATED DISCS
If a disc weakens, the inner core can break through the outer coating, and the bulge that forms may impinge on a nerve. Inverting relieves pressure and encourages the influx of fluids and nutrients that promote healing. Eventually the soft tissue that has extruded can be removed by the body and the disc may recover its proper shape. Even if it is unable to return completely to normal, regular de-compression can help keep the pressure off so there is no further damage or nerve impingement.
Summary of Newcastle study
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11 GOOD REASONS TO PUT YOUR TRUST IN TEETER
"Designing fatigue out of a given structural application requires special steels.
My aircraft experience was a big help in designing Teeter inversion tables to be fatigue-resistant."
Engineer Roger Teeter, originator of Teeter Hang Ups.
1. New steel
Made of entirely of new steel.
2. Heat-treated steel
Key components are made of heat-treated steel.
3. Changes in height settings occur along the main shaft
Main shaft is triple-coated, the outer coat being outdoor-quality chrome, as used for motorbikes.
4. Hang free
When fully inverted, you hang free of the bed, so you can do sit-ups and other exercises.
The highly durable steel makes this possible.
Extra-wide base ensures stability.
6. Flexible backrest
Moving while inverted helps your body realign.
The flexible backrest encourages movement.
7. Extra handles
Besides the support handles, you also have traction handles.
• You can press your palms up against them to increase traction on your lower back.
• They make it easy to return from the fully-inverted position - tilt them, and you swing upright.
Finely balanced to give you a smooth swing.
9. Medically Approved
Approved according to US and EU medical standards.
Each table bears the UL and EU certification discs at the back of the main shaft.
5-year warranty on all parts.
11. Quality Testing
An independent US engineering company
tested 7 competitor brands sold worldwide.
Results showed that Teeter was the only table that:
• in a passive strength-test, weighted down to the point of collapse,
withstood over 4 times its maximum recommended weight.
• in an active rotation test, weighted to its maximum recommended weight,
was voluntarily stopped well after all the others had collapsed.
COMMENTS BY USERS
extracts from: Testimonials
... It has literally turned my life around ... L Jowett, Gauteng
... Inversion is the only thing that helps ... L Vercueil, Johannesburg
... pain-free......the best product ever. Dr M Rom, Johannesburg
The backswing has saved me ... J Immermann, de Rust
... helped me to avoid another back operation. S Rossouw, Pretoria
... now have painless full rotation in my neck ...Kenny Silke, Cape Town
... it's magic. KM, Harare
... no pain in shouders or lower back any more. Dr H Lotze, Cape Town
... works extremely well and product quality is superb. DF, Cape Town
... bend down to pick up things in a much more youthful way. A Howarth, Cheshire, UK
... more flexible and less pressure. T.O, Windhoek
... lack of any pain ... Joe Coetsee, Cape Town
... amazing success... C Spencer, New Zealand
... posture greatly improved ... very good product. M.S, Cape Town
... one of the best & most important pieces of exercise equipment ... J Eagleton, Personal Trainer
pain-free ... recommend it to everyone I know ... D.D, Cape Town
having great fun ... so energised after each use. KC, Cape Town
... rejuvenated and renewed ... just 2 minutes the back pain was gone. G Platte, Stellenbosch
spasm ... pain ... solution was the backswing ... J Hinton, Cape Town
No pain ... enabled our daughter to carry on with her dance career. Anne Spies, Cape Town
Being a medical doctor, I was sceptical but the result is unbelievable. GS, KZN
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