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Reversing the Age of the Spine

Feb 28, 2014 10:06AM

Meredith Musick with client

No one defies gravity, but it’s good to try. Reversing its effects with traction devices such as inversion tables, traditional yoga or head and shoulder stands can not only help to reduce the signs of aging, but also relieve back pain resulting from gravity’s constant pressure on the spine. Using ropes, pulleys and swings for support while in traction has also been used in standing or seated poses, creating mobility through leveraged action.

Research published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine suggests that more than exercise, inverting the body decreases stress on the spine, thus increasing circulation.. Additional benefits, according to Alternative Therapies, include a clearer mind, which is more relaxed and alert as blood flow nourishes the brain. The Great Yoga Wall is a unique system offering myriad ways to incorporate leverage and traction to both heal injuries and move more deeply in a personal yoga practice. Finding safer, deeper, more rewarding backbends are one such example.

Certain contraindications prevent some individuals from full inversions, making it important to enlist the help of an experienced teacher. With careful guidance, anyone can feel relief by incorporating a little traction every day. A yoga belt and a doorknob can go a long way to help lengthen the spine and experience a sense of rejuvenation.

Naples resident and yoga instructor Meredith Musick, LMT, is an experienced registered hatha and therapeutic yoga teacher with more than 20 years experience working with people at all levels. For more information, call 239-269-8846 or visit

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