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To be a better thinker, try hanging upside down

Posted by Graham Carr 10 September 2012

Inversion Therapy - the act of hanging upside down - is fast becoming the hottest new treatment according to  Its legions of fans include celebrities Dan Brown and Rosie O’Donnell, to name just a couple.

Basically, it involves hanging upside down on an inversion table or rack to promote gentle traction to your spine. Usually, this therapy is used to treat back pain, but the benefits aren’t just physical. According to Dr. Robert Martin, an early proponent of Inversion Therapy and the author of The Gravity Guiding System: Turning the Ageing Process Upside Down, the brain operates 14% more accurately when your body is an inverted or inclined plane.  Regular inversion, Dr. Martin and other experts say, improves your concentration, memory, observation and clarity of thought.  Put simply, inverting your brain makes it better.

Dr. Karen Koffler, director of Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University in the USA, says Inversion Therapy boosts brain health by increasing blood flow. “If there is increased blood flow to the area, there will be increased bioavailability of oxygen and glucose, the two most important metabolic substrates for the brain,” she says.

think is unlikely to add Inversion Therapy to its repertoire any time soon, but organisations and individuals can buy an inversion table for upwards of £150. A more extreme version involves an inversion rack and gravity boots (cost around £120), where there’s no support for your back and you do exercises such as inverted sit ups. Don’t start with this!

Generally speaking, Inversion Therapy is safe. However, before considering it, consult your GP particularly if you have high blood pressure, any eye conditions or heart disease.

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