I have just uploaded an instructional video which shows how to convert a wooden framed bed (ours) for inclined bed therapy.
Hopefully this video will help you to make the changes to your own bed without breaking the bank. Ours cost £11 to convert http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa1xbNUf9QQ
Some years have past since introducing people with ms at TIMS to IBT, where one raises the head end of the bed 6-8 inches to afford a tiled but level sleeping posture around five degrees to the horizontal.
IBT was first tested when my wife and I experimented with avoiding sleeping flat to see if my theory about circulation in trees was also applicable to human and animal physiology. When my wife's varicose vein went from bulging and aching to flat and painless in 4 weeks, I knew that we were on the right track and that more people would be required to test IBT to see what other affects on health could be achieved by avoiding a flat bed.
Here on Tims the theory was received well and a number of you have tested IBT for yourselves to see if the theory held water (more information about theory: http://inclinedbedtherapy.com
Unfortunately, the IBT threads that contain the discussions and reports have become diluted by the interest in CCSVI, so I set up a forum on my home page and invited everyone trialling IBT to copy and paste their reports from TIMS so that the data would become easier to follow.
Only A few people managed to provide a copy of their feedback so having waited patiently for a year now, I feel we have a lot more to learn from everyone testing IBT and hope that this third request for feedback will initiate a more proactive response.
We all need to know what the longer term effects of IBT are and as I have never asked anyone for anything else other than the medical profession who by all accounts are now advising patients with ms to sleep inclined, should conduct a controlled / double cross over study to determine whether there is sufficient merit in this non invasive postural approach..
If your partner shares the same tilted bed, how has it affected his/her health? Answers to these sorts of questions are what led on to discovering how IBT can help people with other conditions.
I strongly feel that having invested 17 years of my life helping people without asking for anything other than feedback and a little help with publicity to reach even more people, the very least we can all do is to consolidate the data so that more people can find it and hope that the medical profession will act upon these results and test it for themselves.
The physiology literature states that gravity acts equally on both the venous return and arterial flow. The fact that varicose veins deflate when the bed is tilted proves that this is not the case! Density changes in capillary blood through evaporation from the respiratory tract, skin, hair and tear ducts MUST occur, it is impossible to evaporate water from a fluid that contains salts and sugars without altering the density! Any density change no matter how small will affect circulation! And our posture in relation to the direction of gravity is of paramount importance to making use of density changes!
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Experiment showing how gravity acts on dissolved salts and sugars in soft walled tubes, designed to represent arterial and venous flow. : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNJHChtHklg
Video showing how IBT helps people with neurological conditions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8oS-9dAU_Mhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNJHChtHklg