As an athlete, your best asset is your body and your great ability is availability. The importance of finding ways to take care of your body and recover cannot be understated. Being proactive instead of reactive can help limit major injuries and roadblocks down the road. Finding ways to shift things upside down and decompress can literally help you in doing this.
Inversion training is as simple as it sounds and can range from just getting your feet propped up on the wall all the way up to using a traditional inversion table.
What is the Goal of Inversion Training?
Throughout this article, we will walk through some methods to get these benefits while staying safe using what is often readily available in athletic performance environments. No matter the setup, the goal of inversion training is to use gravity to undo various types of pressure in the spine and lower body from standing, sitting, and straining day in and day out. A natural resetting and realignment process occurs when your feet spend time higher than your head. When setting up like the images below, the primary goal is to have the band raise you up just enough so that your tailbone is off the ground.
How Does Inversion Training Help?
Just about every method of physical activity compresses the spine to some degree, and inversion therapy relieves the aches and pains that come from this, barring any actual injury. Some pursuits that involve a high amount of jumping and even heavy axial loading squatting can apply more pressure than road cycling, for example. Aside from vertical forces activities that involve repetitive single side rotation like baseball or golf can also become problematic if done enough. Inversion work helps to reverse this by allowing the entire body to stretch and decompress. After all, is said and done, inversion therapy may be the most impactful recovery solution you haven’t given a shot yet. Try out a few sets for 1-4 minutes to experience it for yourself.