DEREK WATTS OF CARTE BLANCHE
INVERTS DAILY on a teeter Hang Ups
Carte Blanche presenter, Derek Watts appeared upside-down in the Sunday Times
of 31 October 2010. The interviewer's question: 'You can't go a day without...?"
"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 ...."
Gravity weight forces your vertebrae to put pressure on discs.
As they are compressed, moisture is squeezed out.
Over time the gel can harden and flatten to the extent that discs cannot provide proper support.
loss of height
loss of body shape
Bending over doubles pressure on the lower back relative to standing.
Sitting, it is 150% of standing pressure. Lifting yourself from a chair raises it to 250%.
When lying down it persists at 25% because of all the muscles and ligaments
that hold the spine in compression like a mass of elastic bands.
All pressure is released when inverted to 60°.
Nachemson, Alf, et al. "Intravital Dynamic Pressure Measurements in Lumbar Discs." (1970): 1-38
AT NIGHT YOU REGENERATE, BUT NOT 100%
25% PRESSURE ON DISCS AS YOU SLEEP
Every day you can lose up to 2 cm in height as discs flatten through the course of the day.
At night you regenerate almost 100%, but not completely, because of the persistent pressure on discs as you sleep.
Over time this leads to the degeneration associated with 'old age'.
As discs flatten you can lose up to 5 cm in height.
If lying down reduced the pressure to 0% we could regenerate completely every day.
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)
ONE-SIDED SPORTS GOLF, TENNIS, BOWLS
The repeated one-sided rotation of these sports can cause the back to strengthen asymmetrically
The body responds by over-compensating for the strong-side muscles, and pulls the spine out of alignment.
Inversion helps re-align the spine and keeps you performing at higher levels for longer.
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Spinal nerves and facet joints rely on discs to maintain the gaps between vertebrae.
When discs are worn down the result can be pinched nerves and worn facet joints,
causing pain and inflammation.
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 100% 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.
The conclusion reached: "The spine becomes stiff first and old age follows.
Therefore, we may say a man is as old as his spine."
Winsor, H. 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
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 knows how to heal.
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.
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.
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