Recently, Today Tonight ran a report about the benefits of inversion and the Teeter inversion table as a simple and natural solution to back pain. We thought their report was well-informed and well-balanced — see for yourself in this short 3-minute spotlight on inversion:
The fact that talk radio hosts like to talk to Roger Teeter is no surprise. Think about it – they sit behind a desk and a microphone all day so they’re going to have bouts with back pain.
On June 6, 2014, the Wall Street Journal published an article titled “Benefits of Hanging Upside Down: Can It Really Help Back Pain, Improve Circulation and Combat Stress?” in which the author details her research into inversion to determine if the claimed benefits are worth considering.
The article quotes Roger Teeter, along with other specialists in the field, including a professor of neurosurgery at Newcastle University, a physical therapist, and a physician/yoga instructor. By compiling and considering the validity of a variety of sources, the article expounds on the evidence suggesting why the benefits of inversion should be taken seriously.
The author concludes by describing her experience with using a Teeter Hang Ups Contour L5 at the Gym Source in Newton, Mass, saying “I felt a very enjoyable stretch of my abdomen, my hips and the sides of my body. I don’t have back problems, but I did find the experience very relaxing.”
Okay, so he wasn’t an actual guest, but last night during David Letterman’s opening monologue on The Late Show they have a little fun with a clip from our infomercial.
We have reached out to The Late Show about Roger coming on air to invert with Mr. Letterman. Like the idea? Tell The Late Show.
When does “alternative” become mainstream? I guess when over 125 million Americans do it. That is, incorporate at least one “alternative” medicine practice into their health care, like yoga, meditation, acupuncture, massage or inversion therapy.
This morning, The Today Show‘s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales and Jenna Bush Hager each experimented with some of these therapies on-air. At minute 5:40 of the segment, Savanna speaks with physical therapist Sandra Foschi about alternative back pain treatment using the Teeter Hang Ups Contour L5 Inversion Table. When asked how it works, Foschi explained, “Inversion is great for elongating the spine, taking pressure off the joints, bringing oxygen to the brain, and increasing circulation.”
Foschi then rotated Natalie into nearly full inversion, commenting that she’s in good shape so she can move really fast (note from Teeter: most people start off at 30-45 degrees to help their body acclimate to the feeling of inversion). Not surprisingly, Natalie commented that it “feels like the blood is rushing to my head.” Savannah questioned if it’s good to have blood rush to the head and Foschi explains, “That’s another benefit of increased circulation, the great rosy glow. You just want to make sure you move up slowly, if you have high blood pressure or glaucoma, you do want to check in with your physician.”
When Natalie asks, “How long do you leave me hanging?” Foschi jokes, “Until the 9 o’clock hour!”