What are the differences between inversion tables, gravity boots and hip-support inversion?

If you are looking for an inversion option, you may already have an idea in your head of what inversion equipment looks like. Many people envision strapping in to gravity boots and inverting from a bar or piece of gym equipment. Gravity boots have been popularized in movies like American Gigolo, TV shows like Modern Family or in news stories where you see competitive athletes working out in a gym. But there’s also other forms of inverted decompression equipment that have become extremely popular over the years. Which type is right for you?

Gravity boots are an ideal option for certain people. If you are considering buying a pair of gravity boots, consider this:

  • Gravity boots are relatively inexpensive
  • Gravity boots are portable and you do not need a lot of space to store them
  • Gravity boots are an ideal option if you want to perform a lot of inverted strength training like inverted squats, sit-ups or crunches
  • If physical fitness is your primary goal, gravity boots may be perfect for you

Some potential drawbacks of gravity boots include:

  • You must be relatively physically fit in order to use gravity boots. In all cases (except for when used with a properly converted inversion table), you are required to hoist yourself up onto a bar and be able to dismount with ease
  • When using Gravity Boots, you are fully inverted – there are no other angle options
  • Be sure to consider these contraindications for inversion
  • If you have chronic or severe back pain, gravity boots may not be the best option for you.


Inversion tables are a great option if you are looking to combine physical fitness with all of the healing benefits of inversion therapy. Some reasons to consider going with an inversion table include:

  • You can invert as quickly or as slowly as you want. You have total control over your rotation with simple arm movements and you can easily return from the inverted position
  • You can invert to a shallow angle or a more aggressive angle depending on your preferences
  • Inversion tables come in a variety of price ranges and can be accessorized depending on your needs
  • If you are looking for an inversion option that does it all, an inversion table is a great pick for you

An inversion table may not your idea choice if:

  • You live in a very small space where the equipment cannot be stored under a bed or behind a door, or if you travel often and need access to inversion any time, anywhere
  • You suffer from one of these contraindications

A DEX II is a hip-support inversion device – Teeter’s superior version of a roman chair or hyperextension bench. The DEX II offers better ergonomic support and greater protection of your lower back, eliminating the risk of hyper-extension which can easily occur with traditional roman chairs. A DEX II may be for you if:

  • You want to target back pain in your lumbar area
  • You feel more comfortable forward-rotating inversion or inverting only from your hips up (with no strain on your ankles)
  • You want to perform stretching and back strengthening exercises consistent with traditional roman chair exercises.
  • You want to complement your fitness and stretching routines with equipment that helps build your back muscles and decompresses the lumbar

A DEX may not be your first choice if:

  • You want the sensation of full body inversion and decompression of all your weight-bearing joints
  • You have small space or need to invert on-the-go
  • You suffer from one of these contraindications


Still wondering which inversion option is best for you? Check out our handy-dandy tool to learn more about each product.