The Spine Decompression Hong

An acquaintance of mine, the chief detective of a police department in one of the former Soviet republics, was self-conscious about his height—or rather lack of it— and took up daily hanging from a pullup bar. His taller wife would wrap her arms and legs around his waist and hang on to him until his grip gave out.

The bizarre exercise paid off: the chap gained over an inch in height after a while.

Sandwiched between the vertebrae, your spinal discs act as shock absorbers. They hold water like sponges to do their job. Unfortunately, never-relenting gravity keeps squeezing the moisture out of them. The discs eventually dry out, get thin and brittle. Your spine shrinks, stiffens up, and becomes more injury prone.

When astronauts return to earth they are a couple of inches taller than before the space flight, thanks to zero G. If NASA is not hiring, decompressing the spine by hanging from a pullup bar, head up, or upside down—as was the rage in the Bee Gees era—will allow the disks to absorb more moisture. It will not only help you reclaim your youthful height but will do a lot for your spinal health and mobility.

During the inhalation, make sure not to pull yourself up— which will reduce the amount of stretch.

Plain old pullup bar hangs are alright, with or without the added weight of your spouse. Throw Contrast Breathing in the mix—and you will be blown away by the difference!

Hang from a pullup bar. If you are not strong enough to support your body weight, use one of those health club lat pulldown machines. If you cannot stand health clubs—you are not alone—hook sturdy bungy cords to the rafters in your basement, kneel on a folded towel, and hold on to the rubber bands.

Inhale deep and tighten every muscle in your body making sure that you do not pull yourself up (Hang A).

Hold your breath and the contraction for a moment, then suddenly let all the air go, along with the tension. You will drop and 'get taller' (Hang B).

Repeat. Alternate your grips every time you perform the exercise—palms forward one time, palms back the next time. (Hang C).

Ideally, you should do this stretch every day throughout the day.

Still, twice a week is better than a slap on the face with a wet fish.

The spine extension and hip flexor stretches—and the splits— will groove a lot smoother, if you precede them with hanging back traction.

Make sure to hang out after lifting weights. A set of hangs after every set of deadlifts makes a healthy addition to the Power to the People! strength program.

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