Best Inversion Table 2018 – Our Top Picks, REVIEWS AND BUYER’S GUIDE
Below are the best inversion tables you can find online. We have compiled pros and cons, as well as vital facts of each product to write the review. These vital facts include the overall features of the products, price, functionality, safety, assembly, foldability and many others.
Remember that one thing cannot work for everyone as we all have different likes, dislikes, and needs! However, we hope that through this article, you are able to make an informed decision on the best inversion table to perfectly fit your needs.
Our Top Picks
84 x 29 x 86 inches
46 x 28 x 63 inches
49 x 26 x 65 inches
84 x 29 x 86 inches
4'8" - 6'6"
4'10" - 6'6"
up to 6'6"
4'8" - 6'6"
84 x 29 x 86 inches
4'8" - 6'6"
46 x 28 x 63 inches
4'10" - 6'6"
49 x 26 x 65 inches
up to 6'6"
84 x 29 x 86 inches
4'8" - 6'6"
Reviews of 10 Best Inversion Tables
1. Teeter EP-560 with Back Pain Relief Kit Review
Our first rank goes to the well-known inversion table brand, Teeter. It is one of the best you will probably ever find on the market and this judgment is due to the features it possesses. Teeter releases a lot of additional accessories to enhance your pain-relief experience.
Now, let us explain the amazing things the back-pain relief kit can do in helping you release all the tension you piled up with just a single 5-minute inversion exercise on this table. The back pain relief kit comprises of Acupressure Nodes that works like acupuncture. These nodes hit those stress points and helps the body to let go of the tension.
The kit also comes with a Lumbar Bridge that further enhances the traction. Whether you are fully or partly inverted, you can subsequently enjoy better stretching with this. What is nice is that you get to move and lock the lumbar to a height you are comfortable with. It will help stretch that tensed area in your body when you need it.
The combination of the Acupressure Nodes and Lumbar Bridge from the Back Pain Relief Kit gives extra traction to the back and helps relieve you from your pain faster and more effectively. The fast rate if pain relief is triple the power of most other tables out there.
Another great thing about this table is its comfortable secure ankle lock. The most heard complaint from inversion table users is ankle discomfort from having to hold our body when inverted, especially on full 180° inversion. The Ankle Comfort Dial is designed to give wide customization according to foot sizes to ensure safety without sacrificing comfort. This makes the whole experience painless.
EZ-Reach Ankle System and Ankle Comfort Dial combined makes sure that you are properly locked on your table with comfort and safety no longer a worry. With personal experience and constant testing, we cannot stop expressing our love for this one table that has been properly designed.
This inversion table is also equipped with Extra-Long Stretch Max Handles. These handles bring to the user better stretching options and assistance.
Weight capacity of Teeter EP-560 with Back Pain Relief Kit is 300 lbs and recommended user height is in the range from 4'8" to 6'6".
This Teeter inversion table is UL certified and also FDA cleared.
Teeter EP-560 Product Variants
Teeter EP-560 comes in these models:
Unlike the model with Back Pain Relief Kit, the Teeter EP-560 Ltd. and the Teeter EP-560 are not as well equipped. Also, in terms of the price range, the best choice would be the Teeter EP-560 with Back Pain Relief Kit with regards to its benefits.
You should also get Teeter Hangs Up Vibration Cushion with this table but this would be an added extra cost as the EP-560 with Back Pain Relief Kit does not include it. With 10 different modes, you can relieve neck pain and stress with this cushion. To be truthful, this one gives a great experience for us when we spent hours sitting at our desk in the office.
Teeter EP-560 with Back Pain Relief Kit
2. Innova ITX9600 Review
The Innova ITX9600 is amazing considering the price that you have to pay - which is way lesser than the other inversion tables on this list. While one might think that the price can be indicative of perhaps low manufacturing quality or materials, that is definitely not the case here. Do not let that fool you! Based on its affordability as well as brilliant features, it has earned its right to the second place on our list.
Now, ask yourself this question - what is the point of weighing 300 lbs if the inversion table was never designed for the shape? With extra space on the Innova ITX9600 table, we can confirm that this table was really designed with the user's comfort in mind. This table is truly made for inversion as it hits all those important points in an inversion table any users need.
Instead of straps, the Innova ITX9600 uses a pin to lock down 5-choices of inversion range. This makes it easier in measuring how far you need to go. It gives 15°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 85° (175°) inversion options. Just make sure you locked the pin properly and know how far you can currently go. No need to go up from the table because the pin would be literally just beside you.
The manufacturers of the Innova ITX9600 refer to it as True Balance. The reason for the name is due to the equipping of the inversion table with ankle cups that secure the legs without any discomfort or pressure. The ankle cups let you invert comfortably and feel completely safe due to the presence of the pin and protective gear that are safer than straps.
Delving more into the comfort and safety of the table, at first glance you might think that the manufacturer might have forgone certain things in a bid to keep the selling price low, but they definitely did not. The steel of the inversion table feels sturdy and firm and the backrest is definitely comfy. It does not feel wobbly and the ankle rest is padded for more comfort. The handles are also made of foam that makes it easier to grip.
3. IRONMAN Gravity 4000 Review
The IRONMAN Gravity 4000 is one of the most capable inversion table out there. IRONMAN Gravity 4000 allows people that weigh up to 350 lbs to still enjoy the benefits of inversion therapy.
Its backrest is filled with memory foam. For those not aware of the benefits of memory foam, it is one of the mattresses recommended for spinal support and to aid in relieving pressure on the back. It lets the body sink into place and secures the backbone. It also comes with a lumbar that is removable for better back muscle traction.
Aside from that, the inversion table also has longer handles. Several 'accidents' with inversion tables are often due to the fact that the inversion tables cannot revert back to their original position after use. Although this may be due in part to the users not reading or understanding the proper instructions for it. The presence of the long handle helps prevent that from happening to you and we do find this very useful. It makes you feel 'safer'.
The table is very firm. The base is covered in rubber stabilizers that is skid-proof, making sure that the table does not move just when you are about to go inverted. If you notice, the table is also wider than others to ensure enough space for people of vast weight to still enjoy it.
Ankle lock is easy, safe, and comfortable. With 'palm reach' ankle securing system, you do not need to adjust anything right there. Just put your legs and pull the ratchet till it locks on your legs. This feature is patented and unique to the IRONMAN Gravity 4000.
IRONMAN Gravity 4000
4. Teeter EP-960 Ltd. Review
Another product from Teeter. The Teeter EP-960 Ltd. is great in its own ways. It is constructed similarly to the Teeter EP-560 with Back Pain Relief Kit. If you want the best, then this product is definitely the best in the Inversion Table market in terms of quality and features. Now, we know the question from most of our readers would be along the line of so why are the ranked differently? We will help you see the difference and how this is better and not better to the aforementioned.
Teeter EP-960 Ltd. is called so due to the premium feature that exists on it. There is the extended ankle lock handle to reduce bending. It seems that Teeter noticed the problem with some back-pain sufferers who could not bend but had to when they use this table. That is pretty contradictory and the product Teeter EP-960 Ltd. fixed this.
Apart from the extended ankle lock handle, there is also the presence of Ergo-Embrace Supports that are one of the best ankle support clamp for comfort. The ankle support clamps are better than that on the Teeter EP-560 with Back Pain Relief Kit. They evenly distribute the weight of the user around the feet and ankles and encourage a relaxing experience for the user.
It is also geared with better precision for rotation control. Lifting your arms will move it backward and lifting it back will help the table to go back to an upright position. This makes it easy to control the rotation of the table and prevent you from being stuck in the chosen inversion position. Of course, it is important that you also lock the hinge according to the instructions.
Other great features that make the Teeter EP-960 Ltd. the best on the market include the Acupressure Nodes that function similar to acupuncture therapy. When the nodes touch the tensed-up spots on your back, instant release of tension occurs. Traction is also enhanced with the presence of the Lumbar Bridge so regardless of your level of inversion, there is still a great stretching experience.
This inversion table is also equipped with Extra-Long Stretch Max Handles and Traction Handles for oscillation.
Like the Teeter EP-560 with Back pain Relief Kit, this inversion table also has a lot of patented features, such as ankle locks, cam locks, and specialized pivot bearings. All these go to improve the security and safety of the table as well as comfort of the users. Precision Balancing allows the table to be a lockout in full inversion, so you can exercise on it.
This Teeter inversion table is the third party certified and FDA cleared.
Weight capacity of Teeter EP-960 Ltd. is 300 lbs. The recommended user height is defined in the range from 4'8" to 6'6".
There is also one extra equipment called the Teeter Hang Ups Vibration Cushion for Teeter EP series but this is not a part of the EP-960 Ltd. It enhances the user experience as well as the benefits gotten from using an inversion table.
We evaluated the Teeter EP-960 Ltd. as the best inversion table on the market. We ranked this product to the fourth position because of the high price.
Teeter EP-960 Ltd.
5. Exerpeutic Inversion Table Review
Exerpeutic has done well in providing the inversion table that the society needs. It has a weight capacity of up to 300 lbs and height range capacity from 4'10" to 6'6" tall. Pretty decent capabilities right there, so we can first put this on our list of considerations.
Now, to the specific features of this inversion table. The inversion table feels sturdy enough. The 1.5" square steel frame is strong and it is pretty believable that anyone weighing 300 lbs can invert on this.
From the backrest, we can feel the foam is soft enough to give enough comfort to whoever is lying on it while still supporting the spine. Although, memory foam would have done much better in doing this and ensuring that we are still lying on the table on full inversion. It is still decent, though.
The ankle lock is not the best, but it is secure. The pin security system can also be found on several other types of an inversion table. But this one requires you to bend over your body to lock, which can be hard and even impossible for people with chronic lower back pain. You may need to have someone else help you do this. Wearing socks and sports shoes can help reduce the ankle discomfort if you feel any.
The handles are exceptionally long. This helps beginners a lot. There is no need to fear the risk of being inverted and unable to get up. The long handles will help you get back up as it is reachable even at full inversion. The tether strap will also keep the table inverted as long as you allow but be sure that you locked the strap tightly.
Exerpeutic Inversion Table
6. Innova ITM4800 Review
The Innova company makes great products and this is just another one of them. Innova ITM4800 at a glance has similar features to the Innova ITX9600. However, price-wise, it cannot beat the latter. But ITM4800 comes with its own strength despite the cost.
Like the ITX9600 model, we want to emphasize on the safety pin system that Innova used that also has protective gear that is waiting for a patent grant. This safety pin system works like tether strap; they limit the distance of your rotation. It has 5 choices from 15°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 85° (175°) inversion options.
Weight capacity at 300 lbs and height range from 4'10" to 6'6" like most that have been mentioned so far. It has adjustable headrest pad for better comfort, too. The ankle lock system is also similar to the pin-lock system but has better comfort as it does not use rollers, but chain-like holders. All these to create a sense of True Balance for better control of your rotation on the table.
However, we cannot say that the backrest width has been made as to how they would expect 300 lbs to look like. It would actually be hard to try to fit into the table if you are 300 lbs.
Now, the best thing about this table with increased price from the Innova ITX9600 is the therapeutic heat massager. There is an adjustable lumbar in the middle of the table that you get when you buy the table. It is able to vibrate and distributes heat to your lower back. As you may have guessed, this helps your back to relax and works as if someone massages you slowly while you are inverted.
7. Innova ITX9700 Review
Another entrée from Innova, the ITX9700. This guy deserves a place in our top 10 best inversion tables. Like the other Innova's inversion table, this one comes with a lot of the similar strong features that make it Innova.
The 5-options of inversion uses a pin-lock system that they deem to be safer compared to tether strap in other tables. It goes from 15°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 85° (175°) and they can be changed without taking a step out of the table. A feature that we personally like with this brand.
The backrest is made of memory foam, and provides a type of comfort that is not found in many. Memory foam, as mentioned before, may enhance your back pain relief. Couple this with universal hot/cold compress that can be purchased separately. We are also glad to see that the total adjustable features are still here, such as the height, headrest, inversion and the lumbar.
The ankle lock is ergonomic and comfortable like how Innova's inversion tables usually are. The table also has nice, long handles to hold on to if you are a beginner with inversion therapy.
All in all, we are impressed with how Innova manages to come up with minor changes and improvements to every inversion table. They do this while still going under the affordable budget, making them one of the most reliable and reachable back pain relief solution.
8. Merax Inversion Table Review
Merax thinks that a roll-shape lumbar is outdated and simply does not provide enough benefits to users. That is why they came up with a vertical vibrator and heat massager. Merax's inversion table with ultra-thin back support ensures that your inversion experience feels as if you are not putting too many things in the way of your back.
The first thing we would like to say is that this brand went with a daring red color instead of the usual blue color that is commonly associated with reduced pain and tension. Red is often associated with increased heartbeat, excitement, and energy, while it can be a pretty subtle suggestion and may or may not affect you.
Next unique thing about this guy is the removable back support. Similar to the Innova ITM4800, it vibrates and emits heat to massage your back, but in a vertical position. The company calls it an 'ultra-thin' back support, but we do not exactly see this to be ultra-thin. We would expect a lumbar pad to have a certain thickness, but we expected a horizontal one to be thinner than this 'ultra-thin' thickness.
It handles 300 lbs, but only allows the maximum height of 6'3", 3" shorter than the others here. It has got long handles and we are glad to see the table designed in a slightly wider shape for better accommodation. The ankle still uses the padded roller method, which might hurt after a few retentions on this guy, so make sure you are using socks and a good pair of sports shoes.
Another thing we would like to point out is how the pivot arm allows you to be balanced in the middle and oscillate or invert according to your arm's movement. This is possible if you adjust the height and the hinge when you assemble to fit your needs.
Merax Inversion Table
9. IRONMAN Gravity 1000 Review
While we are sometimes met with some inversion tables that do not actually allow you to get fully inverted, the Ironman Gravity 1000 allows full inversion. It is durable and strong with a capacity of up to 300 lbs and 6'6" tall. The frame is also constructed of durable steel frame and has non-skid stabilizers. The last thing you want is getting flung or flipped from your table!
Ankle cushion is made in 'bracer' mode, the type that we recommend to our users for less pain inversion experience. You might see the minority enjoying padded rollers style, but those are the ones that often bring discomfort.
Handles are long for beginners to safely get up from the table and the backrest is designed to be wide enough to handle people of different shapes. However, the lightness of the inversion table, which is a good thing if space is a problem for you, seems like it won't hold people of 300 lbs for good.
The ankle lock system uses a pin. Since the pin is pretty short, that means you have to bend. As we have mentioned with the ones that require you to bend, those with chronic lower back pain will find this difficult to do. As for the inversion angle lock system, it still uses the tether strap methods.
IRONMAN Gravity 1000
10. Invertio Inversion Table Review
Invertio's inversion table allows you to be fully inverted on the table even if you are 6'6" or weigh 300 lbs. Its high capability is also coupled with wide comfortable backrest. Although, the headrest cannot be adjusted.
This may have ranked the last here, but it is surely not because it is an awful product. This guy has padded rollers for the ankle lock, but it has 8-adjustable positions for better comfort. And from our personal opinions, this does give better comfort for padded rollers system.
The table still uses tether strap to limit the distance of the table's rotation for your safety. The steel frame is 1"-1.25" and is covered with anti-skid stabilizers. So far, the anti-skid stabilizers have been good and we do not feel any movements of the table from inverting on this.
The sides are covered to protect you from scratching yourself against one of the parts from your sides. The scratch issue might seem like a small thing, but it surely gives you a better sense of safety. Extra-long handles also make it easier to return back to the upright position.
It is not a bad catch, given the price and the value. You still get a good performing inversion table with small improvements in the handle and ankle lock system. The lumbar that comes with it is also a small bonus, so this is still a good choice to make.
Invertio Inversion Table
Based on the features and the merits of the products reviewed above, we will be recommending the Teeter EP-560 with Back Pain Relief Kit for maximum relaxation for your backbones. It is the best with so many added accessories, such as Acupressure Nodes and a Lumbar Bridge that maximizes those 5 minutes you spend down there.
But, if the price is not a problem for you, Teeter EP-960 Ltd. which is the best product on the market quality wise, would be the best choice to make. It can still use Acupressure Nodes and Lumbar Bridge and is constructed for better comfort and ease of usage. Definitely the best in our opinion.
However, when the budget is your main concern, Innova ITX9600 will easily fit your pocket. For the price offered, it has got all the great quality features from Innova products. The safety pin makes it easy to change your inversion limit without stepping out from the table. Ironman Gravity 4000 is also another affordable inversion table that allows users that weigh up to 350 lbs undergo inversion therapy.
After you got your first inversion table, do not forget to check out more from other articles on our website on how to maximize the benefits from your inversion table!
Benefits of an Inversion Table
The truth is, there’s more than one reason to make an inversion table part of your fitness equipment. Below, we look at significant advantages.
To Keep Your Discs Hydrated
Repeated research shows that when your body is in an inverted position, a gap appears between your discs. When that happens, absorption of soft tissues into the discs occurs. By extension, this action increases the nutrients in the disc which then leads to better flexibility.
While you may not know it, you’re better off with your discs dehydrated as it reduces compression on your vertebrae. In essence, inversion enables your discs to take in moisture and nutrients lost with time.
It Helps Maintain Height
On average your body shrinks by up to ¾ of an inch every day as a result of compression from gravity. An inversion table helps reduce the intensity of this loss by working against the process and stretching the spine.
A look at most inversion table reviews shows that individuals experience better flow after a couple of uses. And, there is scientific evidence to back this up.
You see, the blood flows through the body in one direction – against gravity. Thus, an inversion table boosts the process because it lets you hang upside down. The argument supporting this theory says that your organs get decongested when you’re in a hanging position.
A senior medical editor at Spine Universe notes that stretching upside down stimulates the lymphatic system to augment the flow of body fluid and get rid of waste.
It Improves the Lymph System
On their official website, the National Arthritis Relief says that staying in an inverted position helps eliminate a significant amount of waste from the lymphatic system. Just like the blood, the lymph system transports waste in one direction, so inverting your body allows it to flush out lactic acid and other waste that may bring you pain.
It Helps Relief Joint Pressure
This is perhaps one of the most popular inversion table benefits. In fact, it is the primary reason most people purchase these tables.
Your joints are at a constant risk of stress, especially after a session of high impact workout. The Natural Arthritis Relief website notes that hanging your body upside down helps elongate and stretch muscles, which may reduce pain.
The Healthy Back Institute site, on the other hand, asserts that inversion may also correct minor misalignment brought about by one-sided activities like golf or tennis.
It Offers Back Pain Relief
An inversion table works to reduce back pain by providing full spine traction. It repeals gravity that causes compression to the spine. The table also lessens the occurrence of pinched nerves. Inverting your body mimics spinal traction by stretching the spine, thus lowering the pressure subjected to the discs.
Relives Static Nerve Pain
Tingling sensations and numbness characterize static nerve pain. With an inversion table, however, you can reduce the contraction of muscles in the lumbar area that presses against the sciatic nerve. Plus, it can lessen the narrowing of the spinal canal thereby keeping the pain at bay.
Because an inversion table helps stretch stiff joints and muscles, it can also increase flexibility. It also helps you adopt a healthier posture and enhance your muscle’s efficiency. The realignment of the spine also allows you to sit in an upright position.
Helps to Clear Your Sinuses
Yes, one of the lesser known inversion table benefits is the ability to help clear your sinuses. It does so by;
- Improving circulation which by extension helps to increase the amount of oxygenated blood that reaches your nasal passages. That way, not only do your nasals remain moist but also work more efficiently
- Increasing the amount of blood reaching your head thus helping to clean your nasal passages
Promotes Easier Breathing
When you hang your body upside down, your diagram becomes stronger. As this occurs, you require less effort to breathe. It also encourages you to take deeper breaths which mean that more air will reach the lower part of your lungs.
The bottom of your lungs then becomes more pristine by collecting more oxygen than the upper parts. The overall effect is that your body parts get more oxygen including vital organs such as the brain.
It Boosts the Immune System
A proper lymphatic system helps improve the functioning of the immune system. In fact, studies show that those who use inversion tables get sick less often. And this makes sense in every word of it because a body free of toxins wards off infections better.
It Helps Improve and Maintain Posture
Not only does bad posture cause neck and back pain but also severely compresses the spine out of alignment. The adjacent muscles also become stressed which in turn leads to severe compression of the vertebrae.
While there are exercises to help improve posture, inversion therapy does it better. Thus, owning an inversion table helps you deal with problems caused by poor posture following years of slouching.
Strengthens the Ligaments
Chances are, you don’t give your ligaments as much thought as you ought to. While you may not know it, it is the ligaments that hold you together. If they get weak, you’re more susceptible to breaking your bones or misalignments. Hanging your body upside down helps increase the collagen in your ligaments, making them healthy in the process.
It also increases their stretching ability by reversing the loading that occurs when you’re inverted.
It Improves the Quality of Sleep
Research shows that inverting your body helps you fall asleep faster. Even though how inversion therapy works to improve the quality of sleep is unclear, one study attributes it to the ability to lower stress levels. Because hanging your body upside down makes your muscles more relaxed, it is easier to fall asleep.
Plus, increased circulation of oxygenated blood and a working lymphatic system eliminate toxins that may hinder your ability to fall asleep.
Reduces Fatigue and Increases Energy
You’re more likely to accomplish daily tasks much faster if you start using an inversion table. Improved removal of toxins, more oxygen, and better circulation combine to ensure that you don’t tire out as fast. You will have more energy levels to engage in fun activities with your family, perform better at your workplace/school and pursue your goals with vigor.
Helps Deal with Mood Swing and Depression
Well-known celebrities are on record saying that inversion therapy helps them to manage depression. Rosie O’Donnell, of the popular TV talk show “The View“ says she uses and inversion table to help her manage her seasonal affective disorder and depression.
One study carried out at the University of California found out that inversion poses lower depression in adults aged between 18 and 29. None of the subjects in this study had previous psychiatric treatment.
When your body is inverted, cortisol levels drop, thereby improving your moods. It is also said that endorphins in your circulation system increase as well.
Do Inversion Tables Really Work for Back Pain?
Let’s assume you decide to buy the Ironman inversion table. The question then becomes, can it help you deal with back pain? Right, you may have read the reviews that it works, but is it proven? Is there a scientific, perhaps medical explanation to this?
Well, the simple answer to this question is YES, inversion tables do help deal back pain. In a study carried out by the New Castle University and published by the Energy Center, up to 75% of individuals who use inversion tables avoid undergoing invasive treatment such as surgery.
To understand how things work, we look at various aspects.
Understanding Inversion Therapy – When you lie on an inversion table, your body hangs partially or completely upside down, an action that promotes traction on the spine. During the times of Hippocrates (regarded as the father of medicine), people used to hang upside down on a ladder to treat ailments such as back and neck pain.
Inversion therapy is therefore nothing new. However, unlike in the era of Hippocrates, nowadays people use inversion tables at the comfort of their homes.
Understanding the Spine Mechanism – Your spine consists of separate bones known as vertebrae. There are discs between each vertebra filled with fluid and nerves. The discs act as cushions to prevent the vertebrae from coming into contact with each other.
With time, gravity, poor posture and exercise cause the spine to curve unnaturally, subjecting the discs to pressure which in turn caused pain. Inversion tables work by reversing the direction in which the gravity pulls your body. It stretches your spine in the opposite direction thereby relieving pain.
The Accordion Effect – Fluid can also accumulate in the discs, leading to inflammation and discomfort. With an inversion table, you can get into the horizontal position and rock slowly like you’re on a teeter-totter. This rocking motion has an accordion effect on the spine, helping suck the accumulated fluid from the disc, thus taking pressure off the spine.
Reversing Spine Problems
Most inversion table reviews you will come across talk about treated spine problems. This is because inversion table’s traction therapy reverses the negative effects that gravity and aging have on the spine. The therapy can also help treat other conditions such as;
- Scoliosis (abnormal curving of the spine)
- Sciatica pain in the hip and legs as a result of pinched nerves in the lower spine
- Lordosis (abnormal curving of the spine in the opposite direction)
Contraindications – While an inversion table will help you deal with back pain, there are some contraindications. When your body hangs upside down, the increased blood flow in the head may lead to more pressure in the eyes and the head. You should, therefore, not use an inversion table if you have glaucoma, have high blood pressure or suffer from retinal detachment.
In other words, if used correctly, inversion tables do indeed help treat back pain. In fact, some people attest to have completely healed of their back pain problems due to the use of inversion tables.
Inversion Table Buying Guide
When shopping for the best inversion table, you’d better make the right choice. Just like any other fitness equipment, there’s a plethora of brands and models of inversion tables on the market. It is, therefore, important that you choose a unit whose design is in line with your needs. To get value for your money, ask yourself?
How Much Do I Know About Inversion Tables?
If you’re a first-time buyer, make sure that you do as much research on inversion tables as you can. You’re likely to get your money’s worth if you get well acquainted with the basics. For starters, inversion therapy tables are in the category of weight machines, despite the fact that they have no weights. Ask questions if need be, but do not spend your money before becoming aware of what you’re purchasing.
What’s the Table’s Maximum Weight Capacity?
Your body offers the weight required to stretch your joints and back. Because you will be hanging from your ankles, be sure to look for a model that can support your weight. You’re likely to make the most out of your table if it can handle your body weight.
How’s the Frame?
You should ensure that the unit’s frame allows you to control the degree of inversion. At the very least, it should enable you to start at shallow angles as you work your way to 60 or 90 degrees. The frame ought to have a static for an exercise room. If you don’t have a lot of storage space, choose a model that’s foldable.
Check the minimum and maximum heights. You should know the inversion table’s size determines its stability – pick a unit that has a larger footprint. The stability is of particular importance if you have a large body or if you intend to exercise while inverted.
How are the Clamps and Platforms?
Each table’s ability to handle your body varies from model to model. Ideally, you will stand on a platform before securing the clamp around your ankles. And, because your feet are not of the same size, ensure that the platform is adjustable.
Does the Table Have Back Pads?
You will be more comfortable if you choose a table that has thick pads as opposed to thin ones. Nonetheless, overly stuffed pads are not necessarily better. Give emphasis to the quality of padding, rather than the quantity.
Some models come with a pad that has a notch that the top to allow you to rest face down or face up. Others have detachable pads to create more room for exercising. You may also opt for a unit with a honeycomb or a molded meshing with little or no padding.
How About the Motor?
If you want convenience and ease of use, you can buy a table that allows you to rotate the bed. High-end models such as the Ironman inversion table enable you to move up and down at the touch of a button. While the motor is not a must have functionality, it indeed increases the table’s usability.
Does the Table Have Vibration Pads?
These are critical for a muscle relaxing work over. Vibration pads are the latest addition to most inversion tables. The pad works to massage your muscles and that, in essence, means you don’t have to visit a massage therapist. Also, ensure that there’s a handbrake to hold the table steady as you mount or dismount.
Is the Brand Reputable?
Yes, the brand name matters when it comes to buying an inversion table. You are better off with a brand that is trusted by the market. You need to review their customer service too.
While you’d hope for a smooth buying process, you can’t rule the possibility of returning your table. You need to be sure that the manufacturer will handle your claims speedily and replace the unit without any fuss. Later, we will talk about the popular inversion table brands.
What is the Market Saying about the Table?
One of the easiest ways to know if a particular model is worth your money is reading its reviews. Are customers satisfied with what the unit has to offer? Obviously, if most of the inversion table reviews are positive, then it is likely that it is a worthwhile investment.
Just remember to read the negative buyer’s sentiments as well. You don’t want to buy a table only to end up disappointed because you ignored a negative review about it. Needless to say, inversion tables with rave reviews and high ratings make the best buys.
What is My Budget?
This may be the determining factor about which inversion table you end up buying. While there is nothing wrong in spending lots of money, you should go for what meets your needs rather than looking at how much it costs. In fact, you should be more concerned about the features.
Note that high-end models don’t necessarily translate to value for money and vice versa.
How’s the Portability?
Remember when we talked about the ease of storage as a consideration to make when buying an inversion table? Well, storage and portability go hand in hand. You will certainly have problems storing your table if it is too bulky. Thus, be sure to check the unit’s weight before buying. If you are using it in your home gym, this should not be such an important deliberation, though.
That’s just about it. With the above things in mind before you go to your favorite online store, getting an inversion table that suits your requirement isn’t hard. Just remember to check if the unit you want to buy supports add-ons. Some latest models feature infrared heating technology to ease the pain even further.
Popular Inversion Table Brands
Some inversion table brands are more popular than others. Over the years, these brands have proven to be more trustworthy and with a knack for quality. It is not surprising, therefore, that customers keep coming back. Below we look at some of the most sought after brand names in the inversion tables circles.
According to their official website, Teeter is all about being unique. The site claims that this is the only brand to offer inversion tables that have passed Underwriters Laboratories certification marks. A look at the market and the reviews their models attract tells you that Teeter is indeed a top brand.
The company says its inversion tables seek to compete with the very best in the market. Their models get appraisal by;
- Static load test
- Functional endurance test
- Ease of assembly
- Ease of rotation
- Ease of lockout in full version
Their tables, according to the website can withstand up to 30,000 cycles. And in case you’re wondering how long Teeter has been in the market, it may catch your attention to know that they boast 27 years of existence. One thing that stands out with this company is the efforts to patent the features of its tables to protect buyers from cheap, counterfeit products.
Any fitness enthusiast will tell you that IRONMAN is a brand to reckon. The company has made some of the most innovative training equipment on the market. Their inversion tables are no different. Those who’ve used them say that they are build to last and offer nothing sort of satisfying results.
The best inversion table should allow you to enjoy a variety of features without leaving a hole in your wallet. There’s a notable difference in the way IRONMAN sells its inversion tables. They focus on allowing the buyer access the benefits of high-end models without spending too much.
And the best part is, the quality remain the same, irrespective of the model you choose – based on the sentiments by users. The brand’s official website states that helping you achieve your fitness goal remains their priority.
Innova Health and Fitness
Speaking of brands that have dedicated their products to help you stay fit and Innova fits the bill in every way. A manufacturer of various fitness products, this brand is known for its excellent inversion tables and an equally dedicated customer service desk.
Most shoppers like the brand’s attention on minor details for increased convenience. Their best selling unit, the Innova ITX9600 is one of the few units that can handle up to 300 pounds of weight. It is the company’s continued research that has placed them on top of the pie, though.
If you’re looking for a high-end inversion table with pioneering features, chances are it is likely to be from Innova. In other words, this is a brand to watch, and by the look of things, they will keep churning even better tables in the days to come.
A product of Paradigm Health and Wellness, Exerpeutic inversion tables represent a lifestyle of product innovation. According to their official website, the company spends a considerable amount of time and money to ensure that they create superior products.
Buyers seem to agree with this, and it is not surprising that they keep buying their products. Regarding customer service, the company says that they know what matter to their clientele is important to them. All their tables are UL, RoHS, ETL and CETL certified. With Exerpeutic, you are sure of your safety. After all, the majority of users accept this brand.
Pure Fitness offers state of the art equipment – at least that’s what their official website says. They also, through their products, inspire people to lead healthier, happier lifestyles. Their inversion tables echo this motto through the dexterity and precision they bring to the fore.
Pure Fitness is perhaps the only brand whose inversion tables are tested by certified fitness experts to ensure that they are safe for human use. While the company hasn’t been around for long, it has emerged as a consistent brand that has a keen eye on quality. Their customer service desk is open seven days a week to listen and address customer complaints.
Merax was instituted in 1995 and boasts as one of the largest B2C manufacturers and distributors. The company plies its trade in Los Angeles California. Over the last ten years, it has built a stable presence in the United States domestic market.
Apart from manufacturing inversion tables, Merax also sells other products including exercise bikes, treadmills, and trampolines. This manufacturer is also an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau.
As you would expect for a brand of its stature, Merax invests heavily in talent and human recourse. It says on its official website that sourcing for the best brains has helped stay afloat and most importantly, have the edge over its competitors.
Invertio aims to give you quality for your money with robust inversion tables meant to withstand consistent use. And it doesn’t matter whether you want to place your unit in a public or home gym, you’re sure of top-notch quality products with this manufacturer.
Invertio official website states that their tables come with a host of features to allow users to stretch with precision and efficiency. Their models are built to handle daily use hence reliable. As a matter of fact, most customers hail this brand’s inversion tables for their consistency.
Just like Merax and Pure Fitness, Invertio has not been around for long, but it is evident they’re serious about taking the market by storm. And for a company that promises to give customers the quality they deserve, you can only expect that their units will attract an even larger customer base in the days to come.
Inversion Tables Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Whether you’ve used an inversion table before or are just about to make your first purchase, knowing the answers to these FAQs will certainly come in handy.
How Long Should I Invert?
The answer to this question may vary from one person to the other. If you’re just beginning to use and inversion table, you can invert for one to two minutes for one week or two. As you get comfortable, increase the time gradually. Most individuals will keep their bodies hanging upside down for five to fifteen minutes once or twice every 24 hours.
In short, there is no time cast in stone as to how long you should stay on an inversion table. However, be sure to listen to your body. Return to the upright position when you start to feel uncomfortable.
What should I do while hanging upside down?
Most people will remain calm and just relax, which is quite okay. However, consider stretching and moving your body to optimize on the benefits inversion therapy has on your joints and ligaments. The slight movements help increase flexibility and improve re-hydration.
Besides, moving your body helps realign your joints during compression, thereby causing better posture and body symmetry.
Here’s a breakdown of what you should do while inverted.
- Intermittent Traction – This ought to occur during the first two minutes of using the table. It is helpful if you’re just starting to adjust to the feeling caused by an inversion.
- Oscillation – This involves moving your body up and down in a rhythmic motion. Doing so leads to a “pumping“ action that then stimulates the circulation and movement of fluids in between the discs.
- Stretching – This can be full or partial using torso rotation or the frame.
- Exercises – The only time you can move is when the table is fully inverted and in a locked position. Some of the tasks you can perform from full inversion include squats and full range sit-ups.
Most inversion tables on the market come with an instructional DVD to ensure that you use your unit properly.
How often should I invert?
If you’re to reap the maximum benefits of inversion therapy, then you’d better use your table a couple of times every day. You can do it early in the morning before engaging in other activities and just before you retire to bed.
The best way to do it is to make inversion part of your regimen. Hanging your body upside done is an excellent way to recover after high impact, rotational or compressive exercise.
Does it take long to feel the benefits of inversion?
You must be patient with inversion. Allow your body enough time to heal from within. Just like any other fitness program, it will take some time before you can start to experience tangible results. The secret is to remain consistent and patient. Focus on making your body relaxed when inverted.
Again, the time it takes to experience the results vary from one individual to the other. Some people may feel the benefits after a few inversions while other may take two to three weeks before they can learn how to relax and decompress.
Is it important to find a balance setting?
Yes. The more balanced you are on the table, the more the control you have over its rotation. If you struggle to find balance, you will not fully enjoy the benefits of inversion therapy. Plus, perfect balancing helps you stay relaxed to enjoy the whole experience.
Your body type and weight distribution determine your ideal balance setting. If your lower body is heavier than your upper body, you may have to shorten the main shaft so as to the best rotation response. Increase the length of the main shaft when your upper body carries more weight.
At what angle should I invert?
Start slowly (between 20 to 30 degrees beyond horizontal) for a couple of weeks as you learn to get comfortable. Move to 45 to 60 degrees once you can relax at the first angle. As you gain experience, shift to the magic angle (where your body stays parallel with the rear A-frame legs.
Repeated studies show that you will require a pull of 60% to decompress the lumbar. This equates to hanging your body upside down at an angle of 60 degrees.
Are there any remedies if I experience ankle discomfort?
For you to use an inversion table, you will have to suspend your body through the ankles. However, it is not uncommon for people to experience a certain degree of discomfort especially if they remain suspended for long. If this happens to you;
- Get footwear with adequate padding. Ensure that you’re wearing socks and that the shoes have a solid lacing system
- Rotate the cup position. Accomplish this by moving the ankle cup slightly downward before you put the locking system into place. This way, your ankles will turn as you hang to provide adequate support for your heels.
- Use the Ankle comfort dial. Start by adjusting the foot platform to reduce the space between the platform and the top of your foot. Doing so will ensure that your body doesn’t shift when you get inverted.
- Change how you invert. You may consider trying intermittent traction or oscillation. While it may take weeks before you get used to inversion, the more you adapt, the better.
Is it normal to feel pressure in my head when using an inversion table?
Yes, there is nothing wrong with this feeling. If anything, it is good for you! The high pressure is as a result of increased blood flow in the eyes and the brain. One study found out that your brain works 7% faster and is 14% more accurate when you’re hanging upside down.
Of course, if you’re a beginner, this feeling is unpleasant. You should, therefore, consider taking breaks if you get overwhelmed. As mentioned, you may also consider staying inverted for not more than two minutes.
How do I ensure that the table works on my back and neck areas?
To make the most out of your table, it is important that you stay inverted in a way that your back and neck areas will feel the most impact.
For the lower back, consider performing exercises that will move the connective tissue and the muscles in the lower body. When partially inverted, rotate gently from one side to the other. You can also rock your pelvis backward and forward.
You’re most likely experiencing back pain because on the stress and tension subjected to your muscles. The best way to ensure that the upper back pain goes away while hanging upside down is to relax. Take deep breaths. You can also involve another person to massage your shoulders.
For the neck area, be sure to rotate your neck from one side to another. Again, get a third party to press the base of your head and back. If you’re an experienced user, you can include a gently inverted traction to your neck. Do this by placing your arms behind the head at the base of your skull.
Can I use an inversion table if I am pregnant?
No. And if you have to use one, be sure to talk to your physician first. Inverting your body may cause harm to the unborn baby and is highly discouraged.
Choosing the best inversion table comes down to knowing what you want. And, considering that there’s more to these tables than just allowing you to hang your body upside down, you’d better get your facts correct.
Even though inversion therapy works to relieve back and neck pain, seek to understand what it is all about. At times, you can even opt to choose an inversion chair instead. Sounds confusing? Well, while the two provide similar benefits. The best inversion chair is easy to mount. You then get into an inverted position much faster. A chair would be an ideal option if you have physical injuries or are suffering from chronic pain.
Staying with inversion tables, it is important to check the latest features. Whenever possible, choose a table with most recent updates because it is going to serve your needs better.
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That said, our best inversion chair 2018 guide will help you get started on the right footing. Happy shopping as you start your endeavor to kick out back, joint and neck pain!