Looking for the perfect inversion table? They are a great way to decompress the spine, pull toxins from the body and relieve back pain, but you need to invest in a good table to really maximize these benefits.
Not all are created equal. Some are better and more durable than others. Some tables look like they are well manufactured, but lack some of the important comfort features that every table should have.
Here are six factors that you need to consider when buying one.
1. Controlled Inversion
When purchasing an inversion table, one of the most important things to consider is whether or not the inversion degree is controllable. Most products will offer this feature, but you should still double check to make sure.
When starting inversion therapy, you need to work your way up to 90 degrees gradually. Otherwise, you may experience some unwanted side effects, such as dizziness or nausea. A table that allows you to adjust the inversion degree will allow you to work your way up to a complete inversion at your own pace.
2. A Quality Frame
The quality of the frame is also important. Remember – you’re putting your entire body weight (in an inverted position) on this table. You want to make sure that it won’t break or give out under you while you’re using it.
Look for tables with steel frames and non-skid floor protectors. Steel frames will be able to withstand extensive use and the floor protectors will prevent the table from skidding across the floor during use.
Generally, tables with larger frames are more stable. They may not be as portable as other models, but they’re safer and more durable.
While you’re inspecting the frame, take a look at how much weight it can handle. It should be listed on the box or in the product description. Make sure that you choose one with an appropriate maximum weight capacity.
Large frames are important for stability and durability, but how much space the table takes up is something you need to consider – especially if you live in a smaller home or an apartment.
While some tables are meant to be stationary and are better suited for dedicated exercise rooms, there are also products that fold up and can easily be stored away. If space is something that you don’t have a lot of, consider a foldable one. Just make sure that the table’s frame is durable and well-constructed for safety.
Comfort may not be the first thing that comes to mind when searching for the ONE, but never underestimate its importance. If the table is uncomfortable, you’ll never use it.
Tables that come with thick pads tend to be more comfortable than products with thin pads. Some also come with additional padding for the neck and lumbar region for extra support and comfort.
If you are suffering with lower back pain, you may want to consider products with lumbar support. Most of the time, these supports are removable, so you can use them only when necessary.
The safety features are also important. Inversion tables are generally safe, but poor design and inadequate safety features can make this therapy dangerous.
A couple of important safety features to look for are:
- Vinyl side covers – These covers protect fingers by preventing them from being crushed between the table’s bars while inverting.
- Steel frame – Steel frames are durable and can withstand extensive use.
- Floor stabilizers – These prevent the table from skidding across the floor.
- Ankle locks – It should have an ankle locking system to keep your feet securely in place when inverting.
6. The Price and Manufacturer
The cost and its manufacturer should also be considered. While you may be tempted to purchase the cheapest one you can buy, you may wind up just wasting your money in the long run.
Be realistic about how much you will spend on your inversion table, and make sure that you choose a model from a reputable manufacturer. A cheap product manufactured by a “no-name” brand may wind up breaking early on or it may not work properly.
If price is your only concern, you’re putting your safety at risk. Expect to spend at least $120 on a mid-range table and more than $300 on a high-end product. Budget-friendly tables are available, but anything priced under $100 will be questionable.
Keep these six things in mind when shopping for an inversion table. Don’t forget to look for customer reviews and purchase it from a reputable retailer. Taking the time to research the product and find out what other customers’ experiences are will help you find one that suits your needs and your budget.
When you purchase a product that you love, you’ll use it more often and enjoy the benefits that inversion therapy has to offer.