Partial inversion: Gentle stretching can
be performed while partially inverted by
crossing one arm over your body, gripping
the opposite side of the table frame, and
rotating up on one shoulder for a stretch.
You can also arch the torso from side to
side to loosen muscles and to help the mid-
and lower spine to stretch.
Similarly, stress in the neck can be relieved
by gently rotating the head to either side,
plus lifting the head (do not sit up, only
lift the head) or pushing back against the
nylon cover while lifting the shoulders
off the cover for a stretch in extension.
Full inversion: Only perform these exercises
when you are comfortable with being fully
inverted. Do not overdue it-as with any
exercise to which your body is unaccustomed,
you may experience sore muscles if you do
too much too fast.
Inverted crunches: Place your hands on your
chest or behind your head and lift your
torso half way to your knees.
Full sit-ups: This is the only way to perform
a full sit-up that is safe for your back.
Your spine is in line with gravity, so the
full sit-up does not place harmful loads
on the back. Place your hands behind your
head or on your chest. Sit up all the way
to your knees. You may need to place your
hands behind your knees to help pull yourself
up to a full sit up. Some people claim that
1 full inverted sit-up is as difficult as
10 regular sit-ups (without the strain on
your back!) User's of the Back Revolution
will only be able to perform partial sit-ups.
Inverted squats: On the tables and racks,
you are able to exercise your legs as well!
You may want to steady yourself by placing
each hand on the rear legs of the A-frame.
Bending your knees, lift your entire body
toward the sky. This action is similar to
a standing squat, except that you are utilizing
your leg muscles to pull your body weight
up instead of resisting your body weight.
Rotational stretching: You can use the A-frame,
support structure or door frames to aid
with stretching. Reach with one arm to the
opposite side of the structure and pull,
rotating your torso to one side. Do the
same with the opposite arm.
Back extensions: For the inversion table,
reach your hands over each shoulder and
grab onto the bed frame. Push your body
out away from the bed, arching your back
out. (Do not use the rear legs of the A-frame
for extensions, as that may place your body
weight outside the safe support area of
the A-frame). For the Back Revolution, cross
your arms across your chest and arch backward
Added traction: On the inversion table,
reach your hands forward and grab onto the
crossbar of the A-frame. Pull gently to
feel added traction to your lower back.
On the Back Revolution, grab hold of the
lower handles and pull gently to feel added
traction to your lower back.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER IS
NOT TO OVERDUE IT. INVERSION IS NOT A "NO
PAIN, NO GAIN" SITUATION. AS SOON AS YOU
FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE HAD ENOUGH, STOP!
THE STRETCHING OF MUSCLES, LIGAMENTS, TENDONS,
NERVES ETC. IS MUCH STRONGER THAN YOU REALIZE
WHEN YOU ARE DOING IT ON THE GRAVITY TABLE.
YOU MAY NOT REALIZE YOU OVER STRETCHED UNTIL
THE NEXT MORNING WHEN YOU CANNOT GET OUT
OF BED DUE TO A PULLED MUSCLE IN YOUR NECK
7. I'm feeling some aching in my
back when I return upright from inverting.
Is this normal?
could be several causes for this.
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 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!
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"-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 only to the horizontal
position (lying flat). Remain horizontal
for several minutes to allow your spine
to slowly re-compress. Then slowly come
up the rest of the way.
Always keep in mind that 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.
8. Is the inverting detrimental
if you should have heart disease or high
It is true that people should not invert
if they have uncontrolled high blood pressure.
However, inversion can cause a state of
relaxation that results in a drop in heart
rate and BP (sometimes even lower than at
a resting state). Some doctors have used
inversion as a treatment for high BP. If
you have concerns, you should check with
your doctor before inverting.
9. Will inversion therapy help
with a bulged disc?
When inverted, the natural pull of gravity
allows a separation of your vertebrae, which
lessens the pressure on the discs in between
each vertebrae. The action of increasing
the space margins between the vertebrae
can actually create a mild suction in the
disc, which may help encourage the bulged
disc return to its proper place.
The main benefits are realized by increased
circulation and waste elimination to injured
discs. In the opinion of many medical professionals,
several sessions of intermittent traction
are the best way to help the body dissolve
a bulged disc.
The length of healing time will vary with
different people. However, it has been our
experience that you should hang three or
more times every day for short sessions
at an angle most comfortable for you. Do
not over-do it-this is not a "no pain, no
10. Will inversion help with headaches
Some people have found that inverting on
a regular basis can actually help reduce
the frequency of migraine occurrences. However,
we do not have any medical studies to specifically
back this claim. I would advise not to invert
if you are in the middle of experiencing
a migraine, as it could potentially worsen
11. Will inversion therapy help
with draining blood from the lower limbs?
inverted, you are helping your heart move
venous blood from your legs and torso to
the heart and lungs to be purified. Inversion
also helps to move fresh, oxygen rich blood
from your heart and lungs to your upper
body and brain.
When a muscle contracts, this squeezes capillaries
and slows removal of wastes from the muscle.
Sustained muscle contraction due to stress
or cramping causes wastes to accumulate
in the tissue and this produces pain. What
inversion does for muscles is two-fold:
first, it stretches and relaxes them; second,
gravity helps the lymph system to clear
out the pain-producing toxins trapped in
the tensed muscles.
By stimulating circulation, inversion has
been known to relieve varicose veins. Varicose
veins are caused when blood pools in the
veins due to weakened one-way valves. The
downward pull of gravity causes blood to
slip back, and over time the vein will distend
and become painful. When inverting, the
pressure is relieved and the heart is able
to clear the blood from the lower body.
12. If someone has a fused vertebrae,
is it safe for them to invert?
are many types of fusion surgeries. Some
post fusion patients are helped by inversion.
Any fusion patient should consult with a
licensed physician before inverting.
13. Can inversion help children
with scoliosis? Does age matter?
medical advisor prefers to get patients
involved with inversion as early as possible.
Using inversion to help slow or reverse
the effects of scoliosis is helpful at any
age, but especially before the bones fully
harden at ages 12-14. The size of the equipment
may be an issue, so younger children will
need an attendant.
There are many causes of scoliosis. Some
causes may be problematic for inversion
(bone infection, cancer, compression fracture).
Most scoliosis in children is related to
bone anomalies or calcification disorders,
both of which do well with inversion. Of
course, if you have any doubt, you should
always consult with a licensed physician.
Does it work? Does inversion therapy actually
help relieve back pain?
is probably the most frequently asked question
about inversion therapy. Most people who
ask it are suffering from some form of compressed
disc condition along with sciatic nerve
impingement. Inversion tables for home use
first became available in 1980. Our company
has worked with hundreds of doctors and
thousands of pain suffers since that time.
Most of the people who have purchased inversion
tables do so because of sciatica. Ever since
we started in this field we have offered
an easy return policy if a customer was
not satisfied with results. Returns are
less than 1/2 of one percent. This is an
extraordinarily low return rate. Usually
returns are at the direction of a person's
physician. Usually the person has not ever
tried the table and their doctor is not
well informed about inversion. The doctor
may believe inversion therapy involves hanging
upside down. They often are trying to give
good advise but do not understand people
can use the tables at very mild angles where
any risk of side effects are reduced to
near zero. Doctors also do not understand
that since inversion table have been available
to the home market starting in 1980 practically
the only side effect we have seen is pulled
muscles from people overdoing the angle
of inversion, see Suggestions
For Getting Started. We
appreciate doctors trying to protect their
patients. However, in their effort to be
cautious doctors are often leading their
patients down a road of drugs (and addiction),
surgery and misery. And how doctors
can advise their patients to go ahead with
terribly invasive and dangerous surgeries
without trying something as simple and safe
as inversion therapy never ceases to amaze
us. Especially considering that for thousands
of years physicians advised traction for
back and neck problems. If the medical profession
advised traction for back and neck problems
for thousands of years why do they tend
to ignore it in the 21st Century? Most of
these back and neck issues are a mechanical
problem and inversion therapy is a mechanical
solution. We feel that by
any objective standard sending a
person into the heavy use of narcotics or
into a risky, dangerous and expensive back
or neck surgery without trying something
as simple, safe and time tested as inversion
therapy (or another form of traction) is
The simple reason it is not
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE is that it is
the standard in the medical industry to
do this. Thus it is accepted practice and
not open to scrutiny. Perhaps physicians
sometimes need to be reminded of their own
motto "First do
no harm." Returns are also due
to a severe inner ear problem or someone
OVERDOING the angle of inversion without
giving their bodies time to adjust.
feedback we get from customers is truly
amazing. Yes this is anecdotal evidence
which scientists say is not to be relied
upon. But when you hear consistently positive
stories since 1980, it is something that
cannot be ignored. As well, every research
study that we know of that has ever been
done has shown positive results. To give
a simple answer to the question yes inversion
therapy works magnificently if used slowly,
cautiously and for the correct reason.
If the cause and diagnosis is correct that
the problem is disc compression we believe
there is not a better therapy in the world.
If there is we would like to see it. After
pain is relieved the person trying to help
themselves needs to do some strengthening
and balancing exercises examples of which
can be seen here.
When we say for the proper cause and diagnosis
we mean that in some
cases back pain is a symptom of a serious
medical problem such as a kidney tumor for
example that has been misdiagnosed.
Even medical doctors sometimes make this
working with a well know Beverly Hills orthopedic
surgeon who used inversion therapy extensively
in his practice to help his patients recover
without the need of surgery we interacted
with many many patients who had tried virtually
everything without pain relief until they
came to this doctor and started inversion
therapy. Also in having two inversion therapy
equipment stores in the Los Angeles area
in the early 1980's we had a chance to meet
face to face with literally thousands of
people suffering from back pain. One person
that stands out is a well known entertainment
attorney. He told us he was losing his practice
because he could not get of bed. We delivered
an inversion table to his beautiful home
in the Hollywood Hills with a view that
reached all the way to the ocean. It took
two people to help him out of bed and onto
the inversion table. About ten days later
he came bounding into our showroom to purchase
another table for his cabin in the mountains.
He said the table had given him his life
back. We have heard stories like this from
countless people and the percentage of those
that are benefited is very very high.
we hear stories of all the people who are
addicted to drugs like Oxycontin because
of back pain we really wish they had the
opportunity to try inversion therapy to
help relieve their condition.
What is perhaps the #1 misconception about
believe the main misconception is the belief
that people need to hang at extreme angles
to get the benefits of inversion. This is
not only wrong but may increase the possibility
of pulled muscles and other unwanted side
effects, especially in the early weeks of
INVERSION IS USUALLY NOT NECESSARY
FOR BEST RESULT
our experience the #1 misconception about
inversion therapy is that you need extreme
angles to achieve good results. Please read
For Getting Started. Most
people have not hung upside down since they
were little kids. One of the few side effects
we have observed is a pulled muscle from
over stretching the muscles, nerves, tendons,
ligaments etc. of the back and neck. It
may be fun to hang at extreme angles and
do sit-ups and twists etc. but it is not
fun to wake up in the morning with a wicked
charley horse in your back and be hardly
able to move. It is good to take a few weeks
(or months) to allow the body to adjust
before going to steep angles.
Many years ago we worked with an orthopedic
surgeon who used inversion therapy extensively
in his practice to avoid surgery with his
patients. He had 8 tables in his office
& we were amazed at the slight angles
he would use for treating his patients.
10-15 degrees so their feet were only about
8" -14" above their heads - 2
times a day for about 20 minutes. Even with
this slight angle he showed us x-rays that
revealed improvement & told us about
MRIs that showed it even better. We delivered
many tables to his patients' homes &
many of them told us of the years they have
been suffering and even surgery didn't help
until they came to this doctor and started
inversion therapy. Other patients were suffering
from recent auto accident trauma and they
believed the tables were helping in their
recovery and healing process.
used conservatively inversion therapy is
very very safe! As with any new activity,
especially inversion it is a good idea to
start slow and stay at very mild angles
for the first week or so. Most people will
find the 40-45 degree position the angle
they will use most often once they acclimate
to the table. With Teeter
EZ Stretch Traction Handles this angle
can give you excellent results and the need
to go to more extreme angles is not necessary
unless you enjoy them or want to do inverted
How difficult are the Teeter Hang Ups EP-550
and the EP-950 Inversion Tables to assemble?
Teeter Hang Ups Inversion Tables arrives
85% assembled in the box. If the DVD is
watched it walks you through a very easy
assembly process. If you do not have a DVD
player it is still quite easy to assemble.
Some peole tell us they can't assemble anything,
but did not have a problem putting their
table together. You should not have any
problem at all. Directions
for installing the CV Bar can be found here.
How difficult are the Teeter Hang Ups EP-550
and the EP-950 Inversion Tables to fold