Welcome to Expert Village my name is Dr. Ed
Riffel. One of the many benefits of doing inversion is decompressing the spine. This
was done years ago by Hippocrates who is the father modern western medicine. He would tie
people to a ladder and then a couple people would turn them upside down and they would
rack the spine, trying to open the spinal disc and un-pinch the nerves. So this has
been done for centuries. Until recently, we’ve come out with apparatus for safety so even
people who are not experienced or aren’t confidant to hang upside down by some shoe clips, you
can still do it. This is a model of the spine. This is the back part, the head. This is the
neck part, or called the cervical spine. This is the back part, or called the thoracic spine.
This is the lumbar spine or the low back. Then you have the sacrum which has been named
as a sacred bone. Then you have the two Ilium, the sacroiliacs, located right here. When
we decompress the spine we want to get the primary and the secondary curves back into
position. The secondary curves come forward, the primary curve comes backward, and then
the secondary comes forward. A lordosis in the lumber, a kyphosis in the thoracic, and
a lordosis in the neck part. We want to get that all lined up when we decompress this
will fall in place.