One of the features that truly sets any Teeter Hang Ups inversion table apart from other brands is the precision balancing. This is in no small part due to what we call “roller hinges,” the parts that connect the table bed to the A-frame base.
Many people have experienced tremendous benefits from using Teeter Hang Ups inversion tables – from relief from lower back pain to increased flexibility and energy. But before inverting for the first time, but sure to check out the list of health contraindications listed in the Owner’s Manual and detailed below. If you have one of the listed conditions, you may still be able to invert, but it’s advised that you first seek the advice your physician.
Note that the below list is not exhaustive and you should always speak with your doctor before beginning any kind of exercise program:
Anti-Coagulants (Use of): Blood-thinning drugs or aspirin to reduce clotting of the arteries and blood vessels. The use of anti-coagulants signals people at risk for circulatory problems.
Bone weakness, recent fractures, skeletal implants: Inversion may exacerbate these conditions.
Conjunctivitis (Pink eye): An inflammation of the transparent membrane that covers the front surface of the eyeball and the inner surface of the eyelids caused by bacterial or viral infection.
Glaucoma: A condition of elevated pressure within the eye because of an obstruction of the outflow of the clear, watery fluid circulating in the chambers of the eye. The resulting pressure (which is imperceptible without an eye exam) kills cells in the optic nerve, which can lead to a gradual loss of vision.
Heart / circulatory disorders: Any condition involving the circulatory system.
Hiatal hernia, ventral hernia: A hiatal hernia occurs when intra-abdominal pressure increases cause a portion of the stomach to move into the chest cavity through a weakness in the diaphragm. A ventral hernia develops at the site of previous surgery, usually along vertical incisions. It may also result from weakness in the abdominal wall.
High blood pressure, hypertension: A common disorder in which the heart is pumping blood through the circulatory system with a force greater than that required for normal blood flow. An elevated blood pressure which exceeds 140/90.
Middle ear infection: The middle ear helps equalize air pressure in the ear. A person may feel discomfort or disorientation during inversion.
Obesity (extreme): In some people obesity can be associated with the undetected onset of many of the circulatory and eye problems mentioned above. The weight capacity of each of the inversion products should not be exceeded.
Pregnancy: Pregnant women should exercise caution when inverting.
Retinal detachment: A separation of the retina, the thin, delicate membrane covering the rear portion of the eye, from the optic nerve. Usually results from a hole in the retina that allows the vitreous humor fluid to leak. Treatment is almost always surgical. A retinal hemorrhage, in most cases, can heal by itself.
Spinal injury: Any severe spinal cord trauma requires a person to consult their physician before inverting.
Stroke: Occurs when a blood vessel in the neck or brain becomes blocked or when a vessel in the brain bursts open. Symptoms include paralysis, difficulty speaking, memory loss, and impaired thought processes.
Transient ischemic Attack: Often called a “ministroke,” a TIA occurs when the blood supply is temporarily interrupted to a part of the brain due to a blockage. Often precedes the onset of a full stroke, and requires immediate action.
If you are not sure you should be inverting, print this page and consult with your doctor.
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If you are feeling some aching in your back when you return upright from inverting, there could be several causes for this. As we discuss a couple of the possible causes of this, it may be a good idea to re-familiarize yourself with the Use Instructions (or Instructional DVD with some models) to assure you are following all of the suggestions to effective and safe inversion.
You did too much too soon: If you are new to inversion, your body is not used to being inverted (chances are you haven’t hung upside down since the monkey bars in 2nd grade!) By inverting too much too soon, you are probably going to be a little sore. You can liken inversion to beginning any new exercise program. If you over-do it on the first day, you will probably pay for it later. Do what you can and stick with it! Not everyone will experience immediate relief, but most due through consistent inversion. At first, only invert to about 20 degrees or a little more than being parallel to the floor, and only for a couple of minutes. Progress as you feel your body is adapting to inverting.
You returned upright too fast: When inverted, your vertebrae have a chance to separate and the discs can decompress. This action reduces pressure on the nerves that run through your spinal column. When you ascend (return upright) on the inversion table, your spine “re-compresses”, meaning that the vertebrae return to their normal position and the pressure on the discs increases again. If you come up from inversion too fast, you might place sudden pressure on the nerves that run through the spine, which can cause some pain. Instead, you should invert to a mild angle (30-40 degrees) for a just few minutes. Come back up so your head is only slightly above your feet, just past the horizontal position (lying flat). Remain here for a couple of minutes to allow your spine to slowly re-compress, then slowly come up the rest of the way.
Always listen to your body. If you experience extreme pain, or if you always experience pain while inverting, you should discontinue inversion until you have had a chance to talk with your doctor.
If you are in a lot of pain before you invert, your pain may not go away instantly if you invert for a few minutes. While some people experience dramatic popping or feelings of their back loosening, for many, the feeling of decompression is more subtle. You may invert at night and still have a sore back, but wake up the next morning and feel great.
If you want to help yourself get the most out of inversion, you can also try to make sure your muscles are relaxed before you begin inverting. If you take a warm shower or use our Vibration Cushion, you can loosen your muscles before you invert. This can help your body decompress like it needs to and it can reduce the possibility of reoccurring back pain later on. Also, inverted stretches will help your muscles relax and allow your spine to naturally realign itself. When you are kind to yourself, it is likely that inversion will be kind to you
Whether you are brand new to inversion and are looking to make your experience as easy as possible, or an inverting veteran looking to increase strength or deepen your stretch, Teeter Hang Ups offers a variety of accessories to customize your inversion table for your needs.
What kind of accessories do we offer for our inversion tables and how do you know if you may need them? Use this handy guide to find out.
If you are new to the practice of inversion, you may want to use some tools to help you ease in and out of inversion. Consider our Over-EZ Training Handles, large support handles that are like training wheels for your Teeter Hang Ups Inversion Table. While Teeter inversion tables are precisely calibrated to rotate with simple arm movements, some beginning users find peace of mind using these handles for assistance as they move in and out of inversion.
All Teeter manual inversion tables provide an adjustable Angle Tether so that you can pre-set your desired angle of inversion. Our EZ Angle Tether Strap takes the guesswork out of finding the angle with color-coded straps for 20, 40, and 60 degrees (and remove altogether for full inversion, of course).
Looking to Relax
One of the greatest benefits of the Teeter Hang Ups Inversion Table is simply taking time out for yourself to relax. What better way to do that than with these Teeter relaxation accessories, sure to increase your level of relaxation and loosen your tense muscles:
The EP-Series Vibration Cushion combines vibration motors and light technology for heat and massage to relax and revive tired muscles. With the LCD remote, you can control the speed, frequency, location and heat while you invert.
Alternatively, you can unplug with Teeter’s aromatherapy Herbal Pillow Package for your neck and lumbar area. Simply pop the pillows in the freezer or microwave for cold or heat therapy and wrap around sore areas. You can use these pillows while inverting or simply relaxing on the couch, in bed or at the office.
Change It Up
Add another element to your inversion experience with our most popular accessory, the EZ-Stretch Traction Handles, which allow you to implement a deeper stretch by pressing against the handles while you invert. If you aren’t comfortable inverting at the more advanced angles but are still looking for a deep stretch, these handles are a great option.
The Traction Handles can also be used to practice intermittent traction, a form of rhythmic rocking that allows you to gently rock back and forth as you invert. Additionally, if you are exploring full inversion, the Traction Handles allow you to easily return from full inversion with a quick release.
If you’ve decided that full inversion is your new favorite activity, you may want to consider investing in our EZ-UP Gravity Boots and Conversion Kit for added ankle support and comfort. The Gravity Boots distribute the pressure around your ankles more evenly. You may want to consider using Gravity Boots with your Teeter Hang Ups if you have particularly sensitive ankles and you desire some added comfort as you invert. If you are going to be doing inverted exercises like crunches, situps or twists, the Gravity Boots are a good option to enhance your comfort as you build strength.
No matter what your inversion style is, we have accessories that can help enhance your inversion experience and give you the most from your Teeter Hang Ups Inversion Table.
Many people come to us post-surgery, realizing the undergoing more aggressive treatment for their back pain still has not helped the problem. As a result, we have many people asking us if it is safe to invert if they have fused vertebrae.