A story hit the wires today about Rosie O’Donnell discussing her experience with depression on her TV show The View. She reported that she has battled depression and seasonal mood problems for an extended period of time, and then advocated for treatment. According to …

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Rosie O’Donnell & Inversion Therapy

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  1. My thoughts exactly. I searched the internet for anything written about inversion therapy helping depression and could not find a single article. She says that the extra blood flow to the brain releases more serontonin.

    I believe she is very mistaken. Now, I am not a doctor but I do know that the gastrointestinal tract secretes over 90% of the body’s serontonin. That makes me believe that extra blood flow to the brain would have no effect on serontonin. (But I have been wrong in the past) Any thoughts Mr. Will Meek. Please email.

  2. the serotonin in the gut is chemically different than that in the brain

  3. I saw Rosie’s show, too. I had never heard of this kind of therapy for depression. However, I have often noticed that after washing my hair (kneeling outside the tub with my head under the faucet), I would have a nice calm feeling for a while. I had hoped there was some merit to this “inversion therapy”. Maybe I just like clean hair.

  4. I have mastered the yoga headstand and practice it almost daily because of the calming feeling I experience from doing it. I was happy to hear that Rosie is doing it also and would be interested in where I can purchase the swing she used. I do know that people with glucoma should not practice inversion but I find it very beneficial. Thumbs up for the View!

  5. The View website has video clips of the show—including the mentioned “inversion therapy”

    http://abc.go.com/daytime/theview/

    Seems interesting–i’m looking online to find out more about it

  6. After reading everyone’s comments, Rosie may be true. I believe I hated on her in my 1st comments because I extremely dislike Rosie, and I was biased towards what she was saying.

    I do commend her for disclosing the fact that she is depressed in an effort to help people.

    To “Cathy” and any others whom are interested in buying that swing: I would recommend buying an inversion table rather than the swing. The tables are more stable and safer.

    Go to google, type in “inversion therapy products” or “inversion tables” and you can decipher which company is best to purchase from.

    Last note, EXERCISE is still the best way to fight depression. Exercise releases serontonin, endorphins, etc… Not only would exercise help Rosie’s depression, but it would help with her weight problem, high blood pressure, etc etc etc… I could write a book on the benefits of exercise. Nuff said.

  7. I am 54 years old and the Mom of two wonderful children, their both 22 years old and they are wonderful human beings. My marriage of 32 years has ended of late and I feel that my depression disorder has had a tremendous part in this. I hate this disease/disorder. 1. Where do I get that cool inversion swing and 2. Please , more research on this awful disorder….I am so tired of dealing with depression….please, someone come up with something that really works. D.P.

  8. I am 48, in realatively good shape,with the exception of “degenerated discs” (L4 & L5) as described to me by my chiropractor. My chiropractor used a table that he would strap me down at the chest and at the hips and stretch me apart. I refer to it as “the rack”. It gave me the best relief I had ever known. But at 50 bucks a pop how often can you go for it. I had picked up a pair of “gravity boots” at a garage sale or something years ago for the novelty of it, unopened I came across them a few weeks ago opened them and read the book that accompanied them. It made sense to me so I took them with me to the YMCA and started hanging upside down on the squat rack, which is very stable. Each time I do this I feel great. I am completely convinced that this helps me. I mentioned this to my chiropractor, and he said that this was not a good idea and possibly bad for my back. I am perplexed for I want to believe him, yet I know this takes away from his income, and I know how good it makes me feel!!!! Any comments for me?

  9. I have moderate depression and an anxiety disorder; I’ve seen a lot of professionals about this and I’ve gotten a lot of advice. I’ve been put on antidepressants and had cognitive behavioral therapy, both of which helped, and I’ve been things like don’t drink too much caffeine and be sure to get enough sleep, but no one has ever told me to hang upside down. I’m skeptical about this!

  10. Depression is a painful, draining disease. Rosie might have just meant that by decreasing stress on the spine that daily life and gravity place on it, you feel relief from the pain therefore the depression is lifted somewhat. By fixing the physical ailments you can improve your outlook on life and therefore feel better mentally.

  11. We just bought an inversion table at Sam’s Club for less than 120, but it was originally over 200.

    I wanted to try it so I hopped on & had a giggling fit(m husband didn’t warn me how quickly it drops you upside down if you put your hands over your head). Then he started saying “Rosie says…she does inversion & it helps her with her depression….”

    So I asked him more about it, but he said he didn’t read the article that accompanied that one line. So here I am, trying to find out more about this Rosie theory because I love Rosie & I love my husband…but healing depression isn’t a quick fix.

    However…if hanging upside down for 15/20 minutes a day will help me with my depression then I’m all for it because it beats popping a pill with tons of side-effects.

    I’m going to continue my research on the internet…but I’m glad to have read all of your comments above because I think I’m going to try the rosie inversion theory. And Brendan, I think you’re right…it’s about exercise.

    I have to research more about this inversion table that we just bought, but it’s supposed to help with back problems by helping you stretch. I guess there’s many benefits to the inversion table than I had originally thought. I wanted it to help me with my back pains, but if it can help me with my depression too…well, money well spent!

    Love to find out more about this Rosie theory or anyone’s thoughts on fighting depression using alternative methods.

  12. My husband & I just bought an inversion table at Sam’s Club for 120 dollars, but it was on sale & one of their last models…. We bought it initially because my husband said it was good for
    stretching & would also help me & him with our back problems.

    So just an hour ago I finally hopped on it & I had the case of the giggles. It was really relaxing at first because if your hands are down then you kind of float parallel to the ground (& it almost felt like I could fall asleep on it), then he told me to put my hand over my head so that the table would have me hang upside down.

    He didn’t warn me that the table would have me go upside down so fast so it made me giggle. (Plus the idea that our neighbor could probably see my feet in the air would cause them to think we’re a little strange….) My husband then told me that “Rosie said…inversion daily helps her with her depression….” but couldn’t tell me more about it because he didn’t read the article.

    Which leads me here doing the usual late night research that we all do on the internet. I love Rosie & I love my husband, but just because they say that this will help me with my depression doesn’t make me a believer. Have to have some facts first y’know!

    I do however agree that exercise is key in helping one feel better and can help with depression because of the endorphins and all the rest of that good stuff, but that’s only if you can motivate yourself to do those exercises when you are feeling depressed.

    The “rosie inversion theory” is interesting though…& I’m going to try it because the short time on the inversion table tonight made me relax & giggle. And hanging upside down for 15 to 20 minutes a day beats popping a pill with tons of side-effects!

    I’m a mom with 4 kids & 3 of them three & under so I don’t have a lot of time to myself. I have recently been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder after taking anti-depressants that I shouldn’t have been prescribed. I’m not much of a pill popper so alternative methods to help me when I’m low is much appreciated.

    And I’m so glad that Rosie’s talking about her depression because it really helps to know that someone like her who has accomplished so much is just like us & has the same ailments that we do.

    I guess i’m sold on the whole Rosie inversion theory.

  13. You know, that sling really does not look convenient or safe. Also, you do not have to hang 90 degrees down to obtain the benefits of inversion therapy. A high quality inversion table would be a much better choice. My number one concern when inverting is safety, so an inversion table from the only manufacturer who has their tables UL tested. I use a Teeter Hang Ups F7000 inversion table daily. I’ve never suffered from depression, but I feel real good and my back problems have been minimized.

    Here’s the F7000 inversion table that I’ve been using:

    http://www.betterhealthinnovations.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=stl-f71001&Click=121

  14. Thank you Rosie,
    I have something to hang my venison from after gutting it. I now have learned that there is something for beef or pork.

  15. Are inversion tables safe for children without back problems? How long wuld the recommended tme be for the little nippers? My Daughter is 81/2 years old.
    Thank you,
    Thom Whaley

  16. I started using one for my back and have only used it about a month. I had never heard it could help with depression but it does, I believe, help with my depression (or SAD) that I experience.

    Perhaps due to nourishing the brain with more blood flow?

    Obviously it is not a single solution for anyone, but as a part of a broader plan for depression treatment, I think it is worth a try. Try to borrow an inversion table before you buy so you know what it is like. I do full inversions about 5 minutes or so. Lots of pressure at first but it feels better after a minute or so.

  17. I always find that 10-15 minutes a day of inversion table therapy does my back the world of good. I can’t wait to get home from work to start dangling !
    However Thom I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone under the age of 16 for safety reasons.

  18. About 30 years ago when I was having a bad back spell, my physio mentioned that in her opinion bad backs and depression go hand in hand. I totally agreed with her, guessing that it was because we were told back then to rest and move very little with back pain. That theory has changed since then, but maybe the restored mobility when back pain is relieved (by inversion) is what helps depression. Regular slightly strenuous exercise, especially weight lifting, is what helps depression, and careful inversion does help back problems by decompressing vertebrae. I’m a firm advocate of both therapies, and can see how they are related.

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