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 8 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 with 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.
3. Certifications & Approvals
Certifications are important nowadays to show trust, good manufacturing practices or stamp of approval for proven medicinal benefits. One of the brands of inversion tables stands out in this space, and the brand is Teeter.
According to their official website, Teeter products are considered safe and quality and they have a mark from an independent product safety testing group like Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
What is more, teeter products are the only FDA Approved products on the market registered as 510(k) Medical Devices.
“The UL standard for inversion tables tests for important safety features like table endurance. Inversion tables are put through 30,000 simulated use-cycles at the maximum rated user weight.
During these cycles, the ankle closure is tested as well to withstand 30,000 rotations and locking functions.”
Notable Teeter Products in 2019:
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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.
7. The Price & 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.
8. User Reviews & Feedback
When considering purchasing a new inversion table, you really have to look for reviews & feedback from past customers. I consider reviews only from the trusted sites like Amazon for example, because they only allow reviews from verified customers.
Look for the most helpful reviews and reviews that offers the most details as well as negative feedback. No product is totally 100% good and over glorified reviews are kinda not trustworthy for me.
One general rule to follow is, the more reviews and the higher average score, the better the product. Simple as that.
Some of the best reviewed inversion tables are:
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Keep these 8 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.
Inversion Therapy Basics
Inversion therapy is a process wherein a person lays on a table and attempts to change the gravitational force on the body’s bones. When you stand up, gravity is continually pulling down on your bones causing them to rub together, compress and never stretch.
Inversion therapy utilizes gravity to undo this stress by literally turning a person upside down. When in a 90 degree position, gravity will be working in the opposite direction. This allows the body to heal faster when bone or disc problems are present.
Imagine your vertebra being compressed. This is an ailment that causes people to suffer in immense pain. As your vertebra stays in this position, the pain worsens and you may be prescribed a steroid to help with the swelling and healing process. Over time, the compression comes to an end and the pain has finally subsided. So what causes this to take so long to heal? Gravity.
Every moment of the day there is a 100 percent pressure on your spinal column. If you have an injury, this pressure still exists and will stay there for quite some time.
When inverted, the pressure is 0 percent and will actually go into the negative range in some cases. This allows for a slight pulling apart of the vertebra which will not be felt or be painful, but actually releases the pressure felt on the vertebra.
Inversion therapies work in this way so that gravity does all of the work. All that you literally have to do is get into this position and the rest is done by nature.
How an Inversion Table Can Help
Over 2,300 years ago, the first documentation of this therapy can be found. What occurs is that the pressure on the bones is reversed, but also, the blood in the body flows differently. This allows for muscles to be filled with blood easier, alleviates pains and even helps the organs flush out toxins.
There is much debate on how long a person can stay inverted, but it seems to be done on a per-person basis. Even 10 minutes a day has shown to be very beneficial. These tables can help a person with the following:
- Back Pains: The number one reason for purchasing this product. People with back pain have found relief through inversion tables and the relief has been studied time and time again. What occurs is the pressure is relieved, allowing the back to find relief. Everything from disc compression to muscle strains have been relieved using this method.
- Joint Pains: Arthritis and joint pain can be greatly reduced when inverted. The blood flow and relief of pressure on the joints provides near immediate relief without the use of medications.
- Muscle Repair: Muscles repair and grow when blood is pumped into them and oxygen flows freely. When upside down, you will be causing blood to flow into your organs and muscles in an atypical manner. This allows for muscle growth and repair to occur much faster and is the main reason why professional athletes use these tables routinely.
- Organ Health: The body is filled with toxins that make it perform less than adequately. Unfortunately, there are not many ways to flush these toxins out of the organs. When inverted, the blood is forced to cycle out of the organs allowing your body to be less filled with toxins.
How Inversion Tables Work
Inversion tables come either motorized or with manual operation options. The latter is the norm and is the least expensive option to choose from. Depending on the model chosen, there may be a few features that are not listed below, but the same general functionality will exist.
- The user stands on the table in an upright position and straps their ankles into a holder.
- The user leans back as the table begins to invert.
- The user chooses the degree setting they want (if applicable).
- The user eventually works their way up to a full 90 degree angle where they will be upside down.
Typically, you will be standing in a leaning position when applying the straps and will need to unlock the table so that you can lean back. The goal is to not go to a full 90 degree angle until your body is used to the positioning. If you do go too far too fast, you can expect to get very dizzy, lightheaded and maybe even nauseous.
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References & Studies
- Inversion Therapy in Patients with Pure Single Level Lumbar Discogenic Disease: a Pilot Randomized Trial
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- Inversion Devices: Their Role in Producing Lumbar Distraction
- Blood Pressure Response to Inversion Traction
- The Effects of Inversion Traction on Spinal Column Configuration, Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, and Perceived Discomfort
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Peter writes for Posturebly since it’s start in 2014. His main passions are helping people improve their health, reviewing products & sharing his thoughts on improving the quality of life. His tips helped over 1,200,000 readers to date.