Initially I believe so, but I had this theory, that we always hangs in the same area as a dorsal nerve, a quarter inch or so. And over the years I got tired of fiddling around with wraps, theraband and just decided ok, I am going to experiment with this, and was wondering why no body hangs by the base for long term. First was the skin stretch, then the ligs, and now lately I actually have been feeling the internals are getting pulled on. I don’t get all the negatives that I got when I hanged closer to the head. I do add half pounds if the weight doesn’t feel like much but my experience has been to maximize light weight as long as I can.