About two months ago, I read about Inclined Bed Therapy and it made sense to me, especially in light of CCSVI. By raising the head of your bed by a 5% incline, or 4-6 inch difference from head to foot on a full length bed, you allow gravity to assist your blood circulation.
Andrew K. Fletcher is the "inventor" of this therapy, he uses his resources to spread the word about how beneficial IBT is for everyone, not just those with MS and he gets nothing in return.
If you can imagine a flat table with tubing in the shape of a U laying on top. If you were to pump water though the tubing, it would take lots of effort to get the water all the way to the top side of the U. Now incline the table by 5%, gravity will help the water roll effortlessly to the top of the tubing. Your veins work the same way.
I feel raising the head of my bed has had the most benefit on my health since I change my diet and I am tempted to say it has had more effect, though I believe nutrition is very important. I am no longer fatigued most of the day, I don't have to rest at 4:00pm just so I can make dinner and guess what? I stay up to bring in the New Year! Two months ago I was heading to bed at 9:30 every night.
So here is what I did:
I had bed risers in my garage, the ones stores sell so that you can make your bed higher to store stuff underneath. I had my husband help me lift the bed while I put two of them in place at the head of the bed. Then I measured to see how much of a lift they gave. Because of the placement of the legs of the metal frame, beds can vary in head height, even using the same bed risers. Mine was a perfect 6".
Andrew suggests you start with 4" to get used to it. To do that you can just put a 2 by4 under the legs at the foot of your bed until you are ready to go all the way.
Two weeks ago, my 19 year old sister A had an MRI and it showed a lesion. It is most likely the start of MS, a very scary thing for our whole family, that would make it 3 daughters with MS, crazy! I immediately raised the head of her bed with the two left over bed risers. She is sleeping deeper, feeling better and wakes up in the morning ready for the day.
I am trying to convince my sister Z (who also has MS) to incline the head of her bed, but she is worried that her husband's space with be disrupted. To this I would like to respond: Your husband loves you! He wants you to be healthy and happy. I am sure that this little sacrifice on his part will help you lift out of a lot of the fatigue you have been experiencing. I know it sounds too good to be true and you are a doubter, but I bet he will try it if you ask him to.
Here is a list of benefits I found here:
Benefits To You ...
--- Teenager reports all pimples went in two weeks (verified).
--- MS, Parkinson's, Hashimoto's and Arthritis improvements.
--- Huge detox to the body, this has been verified via client response to lymphatic massage (clients on IBT no-longer display symptoms of toxin flush) when they are sleeping on an incline.
--- Sleep right through the night. Breathing problems eliminated, sleep apnea, snoring, cot deaths resolved. This is absolutely amazing and will save the lives of thousands of people.
--- Provides Fascia Trauma Unwinding - Check the Myofascial Release menu. Absolutely incredible how this function of Inclined Bed Therapy operates. If you want to feel young, pain free, energized and in top health, give this a go.
--- Bones actually grow longer, you will grow taller.
--- Balances the pelvic girdle and addresses Scoliosis/Kyphosis/Lordosis and Dowager's hump problems.
--- Never be cold again in Winter, IBT keeps the body metabolism ticking along. You will get hotter in Summer, so take off the extra covers.
--- Clients with high blood pressure have seen their blood pressure normalize after a few months. Give it a go !
--- Nightly dreams become lucid (may be a product of lower toxins in the body and elevated oxygen levels).
--- Your heart wont work as hard, now this is going to extend life 10, may be 20 years, may be more ? (Just do it)
--- Oedema problems resolved. Yep, medical science got it wrong telling you to raise your feet, raise from your head and be startled by the results.
--- The most common report is that sleeping on an incline feels more natural than sleeping flat. People after sleeping inclined for a few months are never happy going back to sleeping horizontal. This is very addictive, you'll actually enjoy going to bed.
--- I have monitored several clients who used to spend up to $40 per month on general headache and pain killing drugs. They now have extra savings as they no-longer suffer head-aches or pain. Ooops! Mr Pharmaceutical won't like this. This may very well affect Pharmaceutical profits. Spread the word, because no one else will.
--- A message to smokers! For the first few weeks, may be a month, you will start coughing when you get out of bed in the morning, and this may pass after half an hour or so. This is IBT repairing your lungs. The increased humidity in your lungs and respiration improvements will provide an opportunity for your body to help repair damage done from smoking. IBT will also make it easier to kick the habit and for you to enter the wellness zone.
--- The best part is, it is free. Just a few blocks of wood under your bed. Always start out at 3 or 4 inches, then work up to 6 to 8 inches incline.
Personally, I no longer have to sit at the edge of my bed before I rise. I used to "black out" upon standing. My menstrual cycle has regulated and I actually feel normal most days! I had forgotten how that felt. I haven't has this much energy last through out the day in 4 years!
Happy Healing Everyone!