Depression And Related Disorders

Depression and other related mental disorders have been stripped of their shame in recent years, making treatment more accepted and more accessible. This is in no small part to the admission of celebrities and notable figures admitting that they struggle with them as well. They have also been free about how and what treatments worked for them, and just like with other forms of care, we are willing to try what we’ve seen work for other people.

Inversion therapy is no exception. A number of celebrities and public figures have come forward to explain how inversion therapy has helped their struggle. Rosie O’Donnell is one such figure. She announced on “The View” that she was fighting depression and seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD. She also revealed that she had been using her inversion table as part of her management of these issues. Who would have thought something so simple as an inversion table could help with such a complex issue.

Rosie isn’t the only celebrity to advocate inversion table use. Author Dan Brown is a big fan of inversion therapy as well. The research backs up the hype when it comes to the benefits of using an inversion table. The proof is easy to find, and holistic authorities like rave about this simple therapy.

Dr. Lonnie K. Zeltzer did some great research on yoga and depression. Included in this was research on inversion poses and their effects, focusing on depression found in young adults (18-29 years old). The research was done at the University of California at Los Angeles, and it was published in 2004 in “Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine,” a medical journal.

Study participants were not receiving any psychiatric treatment for their depression, and none had any significant yoga experience prior to the study. Participants did inversion yoga two times each week for a total of five weeks before having their symptoms evaluated again. The results showed marked improvement in depression symptoms beginning in the middle of the study period, lasting through the rest of the study.

Endorphin levels are also shown to increase during this type of activity, which may be a part of or an additional benefit to this type of therapy.

Depression, anxiety, and seasonal effective disorder plague millions of Americans. While there is no one easy way to treat these disorders, a comprehensive treatment plan made with the help of qualified professionals can have a profound effect for patients.

If you’re experiencing depression, seek the advice of a licensed counselor and work together to find what works for you. Having someone to help monitor your progress and create a plan will assist in getting your depression and anxiety under your control.

Inversion therapy can be a great tool, but also consider consulting your medical doctor, especially if you are pregnant or have any joint problems. They can give you advice on finding the right inversion table for you or advise you on additional safety procedures for inversion.