Best Inversion Tables Review 2020 – What All You Need to Know!

Last Updated: January 14, 2020

Do you suffer from back pain or sciatica? If you do, then you are part of the 80% of all adults who suffer from various types of back pain during their lives and could benefit by owning an inversion table and implementing a daily practice of inversion therapy.

*Click here to skip to the bottom-line if you just want to see our top picks for best inversion tables. However, if you are new to inversion therapy and need to be convinced that an inversion table will do amazing things for getting rid of your back pain then keep reading*

Here at treadmillreviewguru, our team is very active. We all run a lot, and as runners we often pay the price in terms of back pain. Personally, I suffered from lower back pain and sciatica when I trained for my first marathon 10 years ago.

So what did I do to get rid of my back pain? Well, I went to the orthopedic doctor. Why? Honestly, I was young and just assumed that’s where you start. When I learned that surgery was not really a good option, I went to a physical therapist and then to a chiropractor. The latter two helped me a little bit but I still was suffering from back pain every time I ran. And then a co-worker sold me her husband’s Teeter inversion table. With just one week of inversion therapy my back pain was gone (and I also learned that I loved the meditative practice of hanging upside down). My life was changed, and to this day I have an inversion table at my office and one in my closet at home so I can keep my back pain at bay.

As TreadmillRevewGuru.com has grown, we have decided to expand outside of treadmill reviews and information to help runners (and everyone really) live a more healthy life and recover from the physical problems that arise when you live an active lifestyle. One of those areas that we find people need help most is with getting rid of back pain – and that’s why we have created our list of best inversion tables for 2020. We’ve reviewed more than 15+ inversion table brands (most brands suck to be honest) and 40+ inversion tables to find only the best options for you below.

Here are the Best Inversion Tables of 2020

How We Rate Inversion Tables

Our inversion table reviews and ratings are based on the following:

  • Functionality. A good inversion table will comfortably allow you to hang upside down and stretch your back and get rid of your back pain with little to no hindrance on part of the machine. A great inversion table will do all of that while also making it easier to use as well as more functional all while having safety certifications and great warranties.
  • Features. My original inversion table was pretty basic. Fast forward 10 years and there are tons of great features you can find on inversion tables that increase the effectiveness. The features that matter most are the ankle locks, beds, and folding for storage, etc.
  • Build Quality / Durability. If you are hanging upside down you need 100% assurance that you will be safe and not fall and break your neck. The first time you invert is a little scary. Every one of our top 3 rated inversion tables are built exceptionally well, with the best materials, and have exceeded industry standard safety tests.
  • Comfort. One of the most common questions people ask us is if inversion tables hurt their feet. The answer is that they shouldn’t, but some do (the crappy ones). The ones on our list are very comfortable and you won’t have a problem using them once you get used to inversion therapy (it will take a few times, but we have some advice on how to invert for the first time as well).
  • Price. Inversion tables are actually very cheap when compared to other back pain relief options (chiropractic care, surgery, physical therapy, etc.). Trust me, I know. However, you still don’t want to pay more than you need to when buying an inversion table.

Best Inversion Tables 2020 – Top Picks By Our Experts


1. Teeter FitSpine LX9

The Teeter FitSpine LX9 is the cream of the crop in the FitSpine series. It has all the features as the FitSpine X1 and X3, but with some noteworthy additions.
For anyone looking for the best inversion table available look no further than the FitSpine LX9. All of the features that set it apart from the X3 make the LX9 easier to use. You’ll find the boarding platform, storage caddy, and an easier folding mechanism. These all allow for easier and quick use of the table while also making it a more comfortable experience.

The LX9 also comes with a measured and marked angle tether that lets you set your desired angle with markings for 20, 40, and 60 degrees.

You’ll also find the best ankle support system on the market — bar none. It is called the Deluxe EZ-Reach Ankle System. It has a micro adjusting ratchet mechanism that fastens the comfortable ankle cuffs around your ankles. All this is controlled with a lever with a palm activated button on the top. This makes it incredibly easy to fasten and unfasten while not having to bend all the way over.

Apart from features another aspect that makes this the best inversion table of 2020 is the company that backs the LX9. When people think inversion tables, most people think of Teeter. This is not only due to the founder’s name being perfect for a machine that literally teeters you back and forth, but it’s because Teeter was the company who pioneered the modern day inversion table way back in 1981 after suffering from debilitating back pain. As an engineer, Roger Teeter then set out to build the best quality inversion tables for back pain – and we think that is exactly what Teeter has done.

We rate the Teeter FitSpine LX9 as our top-rated inversion table for 2020 because of:

  • Teeter’s commitment to quality and durability. The Teeter FitSpine series are all independently certified by the industry’s highest UL safety standards. In fact, I still have my original Teeter inversion table I bought used over 10 years ago!
  • An inversion table that does exactly what it should do every time. Inverting on a Teeter FitSpine is very controlled, safe, and easy. One of the challenges with other inversion tables is figuring out the right balance point so you can get the most out of inversion therapy. This includes inverting at different angles, but also being able to teeter-totter back and forth between inversion angles. Teeter does a great job with all their products with this – and is one of the main reasons we rank the Teeter models so high.
  • One of the most comfortable ankle locks in the industry. A lot of people complain that inversion tables hurt their feet. Not so with a Teeter FitSpine.
  • Great value for your $$$. A Teeter is the top-of-the-line model in the inversion table available and it costs a tiny fraction of ongoing chiropractic care and surgery.
  • 30 day in-home trial. I know this isn’t technically part of the inversion table, but I think it’s a great way to allow people who are suffering from back, neck, and sciatica pain to try the product before they commit 100% to it.
  • 60 day money-back guarantee. Again, this just shows how much Teeter believes in their product, and you should take them up on that offer.

*Also, remember, The Teeter FitSpine (very similar to their EP-560 model) is for those who suffer from back pain, sciatica pain, spinal degenerative joint disease, degenerative disc disease, and other back issues. Teeters machines have also been shown to help reduce the need for surgery by 70%!

Read our full review of the Teeter FitSpine LX9

Pros
  • UL tested and certified to the highest industry standards (Voluntarily)
  • 300 lb weight capacity
  • Can fit users from 4’8” to 6’6”
  • Included boarding platform
  • Only inversion table brand registered with the FDA as a 510(k) Medical Device
  • Easy to assemble (average time 20-30 minutes)
  • Easy to store while not in use
  • Best materials and construction in the industry
  • EZ Angle Tether strap to control the inversion range.
  • Full 5-year warranty
  • Free Shipping
  • Multiple methods and guides for easy assembly
Cons
  • A slightly larger footprint because of the boarding platform
FeaturesSpecifications
  • Acupressure Nodes are used mainly for releasing muscle knots and spasm. These can be placed almost anywhere you’d need them.
  • Lumbar Bridge – squares your hips and helps your spine to return to its neutral position before your inversion begins.
  • FlexTech 8-Pt Floating Suspension Bed is an extremely comfortable bed that adjusts with you as you move.
  • Deluxe EZ-Reach Ankle System is the best in the industry. The easy to access and robust lever has a button built into the handle that lets you adjust the tension of the ankle support system. The ankle cuffs are the most comfortable ankle support that I’ve ever tested.
  • EZ-Stretch Traction Handles give you a way to intensify amount of spinal decompression you’re getting at any angle.
  • The EZ-Angle Tether is premarked with 15, 30, 60 degree markings making it easy to preplan you inversion experience.
  • Stretch Max Handles help the user to not only ease into inverting, but also can be used to help stretch the back.
  • The Boarding Platform Base helps the user get on and off of the LX9 with less effort. It can also be used to help fold the unit up.
  • Storage Caddy – Can be used to hold a bottle of water, cell phone, keys, or even the acupressure nodes when their not in use
  • Min – Max Height: 4’8″-6’6″ (142-198cm)
  • Max User Weight Capacity: 300lb (136kg)
  • Non-use Dimensions: 59” x 29” x 61”
  • Max In-Use Dimensions: 81” x 29” x 87”
  • Product Weight: Not Listed


2. Teeter FitSpine X3

The FitSpine X3 is Teeter’s middle tier inversion table. Don’t get me wrong even the most basic Teeter model is better than the other brands top tier inversion tables. So you’re still getting a top shelf piece of equipment.

The FitSpine X3 has a comfortable specialized suspension bed, EZ-Stretch traction handles, Deluxe EZ-Reach ankle system, EZ-Angle tether, and oversized Stretch Max Handles. All of these features make the X3 more comfortable and more effective in helping you with your pain. Giving options for better angles and better stretches on top of the already beneficial inversion therapy.

The X3’s ankle support system is just like the LX9 and is one of the most secure and most comfortable that we’ve ever used. It is very adjustable especially since the rotating foot pads were added which allows for a unique height adjustment.

With the X3 you’re still getting a product that has been through extensive UL testing that lead to it being passed and certified safe. It also got the FDA nod of approval that classifies it as a safe and effective 510(k) medical device. There is no other brand on the market who can say the same thing.

Teeter also has a 0% interest financing option and many payment options including HSA and FSA payment methods.

X3 vs. LX9

The Teeter FitSpine X3 is just as functional and effective as the LX9, but it does lack some features. What it does have is the amazing EZ-Reach Ankle System, FlexBed, EZ-Angle Tether, and EZ-Stretch Traction Handles. However, it doesn’t come with the storage caddy or boarding platform, which both make using and storing the inversion table easier. Everything else is the same.

Read our full review of the Teeter FitSpine X3

Pros
  • Comes standard with EZ-Reach Ankle System
  • Includes EZ-Angle Tether
  • FDA cleared as a 510(k) medical device
  • 11-gauge steel heat-treated steel frame
  • 5-year warranty
  • A month try-before-you-buy trial
  • FlexTech 8-point suspension bed is one of the most comfortable available.
Cons
  • The amazing construction of this inversion table makes it a tad heavy.
  • Because it doesn’t have a base like the LX9, you will need to lean the table next to a wall when you store it (although it does have a smaller footprint when folded vs the LX9)
FeaturesSpecifications
  • Acupressure Nodes – Completely removable and adjustable nodes that help to release stubborn muscle knots and spasms.
  • Lumbar Bridge – An adjustable and removable plate that helps square your hips and increase the effectiveness of the inversion. It’s also pretty comfortable.
  • FlexTech 8-Pt Floating Suspension Bed – Moves with its user by having 8 independently moving points that make this bed one of the most comfortable we’ve ever tried.
  • Deluxe EZ-Reach Ankle System – Is the Ferrari of all ankle systems. It is identical to the one found on the LX9 and is an absolute dream to use.
  • EZ-Stretch Traction Handles allow you to adjust the amount of traction that happens during inversion.
  • EZ-Angle Tether lets you easily preset what angle you prefer before inverting
  • Stretch Max Handles give you a great way to stretch your back while you invert. They also give you a way to control the speed at which you invert, which is great for advanced users and beginners alike.
  • Min – Max Height: 4’8″-6’6″ (142-198cm)
  • Max User Weight Capacity: 300lb (136kg)
  • Non-use Dimensions: 59” x 29” x 61”
  • Max In-Use Dimensions: 81” x 29” x 87”
  • Product Weight: Not Listed


3. Teeter FitSpine X1

Our number 3 rated inversion table is the Teeter FitSpine X1. The X1 is Teeter’s entry-level inversion table. It is less expensive because it lacks some of the aforementioned features of the LX9 and X3 models. But at this price point you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck still.

The X1 uses a pin system to secure your ankles in their super comfy ankle cuffs. It comes with acupressure nodes, lumbar bridge, and one of the best beds found on inversion tables.

The FlexTech 8-Pt floating suspension system gives you flexibility when inverting without hindering the decompression effect. It also has spaces and gaps through the beds face to attach the 8 included acupressure nodes. There are so many spaces and that gives you complete control into the placement of the acupressure nodes.

X1 vs X3

The Teeter FitSpine X1 will provide you with the same high-quality inversion therapy that the X3 provides but with fewer bells and whistles that make the machine easier to use. The X1 doesn’t come with the EZ-Reach Ankle System, EZ-Angle Tether, and EZ-Stretch Traction Handles. So if you don’t want those features but still want an amazing inversion table then this would be a great choice for you.

Read our full review of the Teeter FitSpine X1

Pros
  • Comes standard with EZ-Reach Ankle System
  • FDA approved 510(k) medical device
  • Thick heat-treated 11-gauge steel
  • Extended 5-year warranty
  • Risk free 30 day trial
  • FlexTech 8-point suspension bed is one of the most comfortable available.
Cons
  • Doesn’t come with a pre marked angle tether
  • Lacks the EZ-Reach Ankle system
FeaturesSpecifications
  • Acupressure Nodes are used to release muscle spasm and can be a saving grace when used while inverting
  • The Lumbar Bridge was designed to bring your spine to its neutral setting to allow for a more efficient spinal decompression.
  • FlexTech 8-Pt Floating Suspension Bed moves with the user and is one of the most comfortable inversion table beds out there.
  • Min – Max Height: 4’8″-6’6″ (142-198cm)
  • Max User Weight Capacity: 300lb (136kg)
  • Non-use Dimensions: 59” x 29” x 61”
  • Max In-Use Dimensions: 81” x 29” x 87”
  • Product Weight: Not Listed


4. Ironman 5000

The Ironman 5000 is a sturdy and well built inversion table. It has some really great features. You’ll find a ratchet driven ankle support system with no-pinch AirSoft ankle cuffs. Ironman is also one of the only brands that offer a 350lb weight capacity as well as a 6’6” maximum height. It can fit larger uses but it also has a minimum height of 4’9” so it can fit most people.

The Ironman 5000 is also powder coated to protect it from damage during shipping as well as from damage as you move it around. You can also fold this unit up and keep it in the corner near your other fitness equipment.

The AirSoft ankle cuffs are comfortable and equally spread the pressure of hanging upside down over the entirety of its surface so there’s no points of pressure that’ll cause you discomfort.

Pros
  • 350 lb weight capacity and 6’6” height limit make this great for larger users
  • Included angle tether to preset your inversion angle
  • Easy to use lever ankle support system
  • Thick tube steel construction
  • Powder coated
Cons
  • This inversion table is very heavy
  • Lacks precision angle setting
FeaturesSpecifications
  • Ratchet driven ankle system locks you into the ankle supports keeping you safe as you invert.
  • No-pinch AirSoft ankle cuffs provide comfort with its no-pinch technology.
  • 350 lb weight capacity
  • Thick memory foam backrest provides a comfortable and supportive experience
  • Powder-coated finish protects the frame from scratches and increases the overall durability of the machine
  • Min – Max Height: 4’9″-6’6″ (144-198cm)
  • Max User Weight Capacity: 350lb (~159kg)
  • Non-use Dimensions: 32″ L x 27″ W x 74″ H
  • Max In-Use Dimensions: N/A
  • Product Weight: 75 lbs (~34kg)


5. Innova ITM5900

Innova is another contender in the inversion table arena that has been producing some quality products.

The Innova ITM5900 is our number 4 pick in the “best inversion tables for 2020” lineup. With it, you’re getting a unique 6 pin locking system, two way adjustment system, and a vertical heat and massage pad. It also comes with a True Balance system that helps you find a well balanced tipping point that can be controlled by extending your arms.

The ITM5900 is built using a robust steel frame designed to hold users up to 300 pounds. It also has a lever activated ankle lock system that keeps you comfortably in place while your inverting and can be activated without bending over very far. This inversion table has a heavy-duty build which is what you need when inverting.

Pros
  • Easy to set angles at 15, 30, 45, 60 degrees with pin system
  • 300 lb weight capacity and 6’6” height limit make this great for larger users
  • Easy to use ankle support system
Cons
  • Doesn’t fold up
  • Some parts feel flimsy
  • For those who have skinnier ankles the cuffs may be too big for you.
FeaturesSpecifications
  • 6 Pin Locking System gives you the ability to choose an angle before you invert. This can be especially useful to those who know which angle works best for them. You can set it and forget it.
  • 2-Way Adjustment System allows you to adjust the headrest as well as the ankle system for a better more personal fit.
  • Combination heat and massage pad bring a new level of comfort to inversion therapy. The heat can help increase circulation while the vibrating massage can help you relax.
  • Easily adjustable ankle support is great for those with sore backs who can’t or don’t like to bend over to adjust ankle supports. This system is adjusted using the included adjustment lever.
  • Soft foam handlebars give you a comfortable grip as your invert.
  • Min – Max Height: 4’10”-6’6″ (147-198cm)
  • Max User Weight Capacity: 300lb (136kg)
  • Non-use Dimensions: 40″ L x 28″ W x 66″ H
  • Max In-Use Dimensions: Same as above
  • Product Weight: Not listed


6. Exerpeutic 975SL

You’ll find a lot of similarities between the Ironman and Exerpeutic models and that’s because they’re both owned by the same company. The Exerpeutic 975SL does have some unique features that it offers. The main being the iControl Disk Brake system which allows you to set any comfortable custom angle by flipping an orange handle. This comes in handy for beginners especially because you always remain in control of your inversion. You also don’t have to rely on complicated unmarked angle tethers and figuring out what angle is best for you.

Another feature of the Exerpeutic 975SL is the AirSoft ankle cuffs. What’s unique about these cuffs is that instead of using foam they use an air chamber system that helps to spread out the pressure on your feet and shins over a wider area. Essentially it equally distributes the weight giving you less of a chance of discomfort as you invert.

Overall the Exerpeutic 975SL is a good machine with a strong frame that can handle up to 350 lbs. It can fit users from 4’10” to 6’6”. This makes it likely that most users will fit on this inversion table.

The Surelock Ankle locking system uses a double ratchet system that keeps you locked in and prevents accidental unfastening. It is activated by pushing down the knob on the lever handle. It also allows you to make micro adjustments to the tightness of the cuffs.

Pros
  • iControl helps you find and set the perfect inversion angle
  • Palm activated ratched system has two locks to prevent it from loosening accidently
  • Thick foam backrest is great for people with knots and pressure points
  • Wide heavy-duty frame
  • Included lumbar pillow
Cons
  • Plastic pieces are more prone to breaking
FeaturesSpecifications
  • iControl Disk Brake System allows you to custom set your angle with the simple flip of a switch. No need to be limited to a 20, 40, or 60 degree settings because you can set the angle according to what feels best.
  • Palm activated Surelock ankle system is an ankle lock system that is always within arms reach and can be engaged and disengaged via a button on top of the lever.
  • AirSoft Ankle Cuffs won’t pinch or dig into your skin. They distribute your weight evenly over the entire surface.
  • Extra wide frame heavy-duty frame will fit a wide variety of users.
  • Min – Max Height: 4’10”-6’6″ (147-198cm)
  • Max User Weight Capacity: 350lb (~159kg)
  • Non-use Dimensions: 40″ L x 28″ W x 66″ H
  • Max In-Use Dimensions: Same as above
  • Product Weight: 75 lbs (~34kg)


7. Ironman 4000

The Ironman 4000 is a sturdy and well constructed inversion table that was designed with bigger users in mind. The extra wide bed can accommodate someone up to 350 pounds and the ankle support can accommodate someone as tall as 6’6”.

The Ironman 4000 has a palm activated ankle lock system that puts the release button within arms reach on a lever. This model is meant to be more utilitarian in use as it offers just the basics you need for inversion therapy without all of the clutter. This table can fold down and be placed in a corner or in a walk-in closet.

On the bed of the Ironman 4000 is a thick memory foam pad vinyl pad. It is a very comfortable bed and can really help if you have muscle knots and pressure points that are sensitive to touch. The adjustable and removable lumbar pillow not only helps square the hips and straighten the spine to its neutral position but it also makes the experience more comfortable.

The wide and robust frame makes the Ironman 4000 heavy, but that is a result of having something that’s heavy-duty. On the frame are 4 non-skid stabilizers that keep your inversion table from moving while in use.

Read our full review of the Ironman Gravity 4000 inversion table here.

Pros
  • Designed with bigger users in mind
  • Very sturdy tube steel design
  • Extra long safety handles
  • Useful non-skid floor stabilizers
  • Trustworthy utilitarian build
Cons
  • Floor stabilizers are great when the inversion table is not in use, but can be a pain when you have to drag your inversion table somewhere.
FeaturesSpecifications
  • Memory foam bed – The memory foam bed on the Ironman 4000 is within a vinyl covering that makes it super easy to clean and is sweat resistant. This bed is also very comfortable.
  • Lumbar Support pillow – The lumbar support pillow is adjustable and can be removed completely if desired.
  • Rubber non-skid floor stabilizers – The rubber floor stabilizers keep your inversion table from moving while you’re inverting..
  • Extra long safety handles – Help you to slowly invert and help you return upright.
  • Min – Max Height: 4’10”-6’6″ (147-198cm)
  • Max User Weight Capacity: 350lb (~159kg)
  • Non-use Dimensions: 40″ L x 28″ W x 66″ H
  • Max In-Use Dimensions: Same as above
  • Product Weight: 75 lbs (~34kg)


8. Innova ITX9600A

The Innova ITX9600A has a few unique features that make it a good choice for an inversion table. It is relatively inexpensive and has a specialized angle system. The 6 pin angle system lets you preset what angle you’re comfortable with. So as a beginner if you want to try a 15 degree incline it’s as easy as screwing the locking pin into the designated slot.

The bed has a foam covering that makes inverting comfortable. Included with the Innova ITX9600A also comes with a lumbar pillow that can help take some of the pressure off of your lower back. The ankle support system is adjustable for 4’10” people to someone who is 6’6”. This huge range allows it to fit all sorts of users. And with a 300 pound weight capacity you can be sure that this inversion table will fit you.

Pros
  • Inexpensive but still high quality
  • 6 pin system is an excellent feature
  • Comfortable padded bed
  • Fits a wide range of people
  • Great Surelock ratchet ankle system
Cons
  • Ankle lock system uses half cuffs and half foam roller.
  • Very hard to fold.
FeaturesSpecifications
  • 6 pin angle system – Allows you to easily adjust your angle with a pin system. Lock it in place and invert and it won’t go past what you set. The 6 settings are 15, 30, 45, 60, and 85 degrees.
  • 3 adjustable headrest positions – This feature gives you the ability to move the headrest and find the most comfortable position.
  • True Balance System – lets you control your inversion with just the extension of your arms.
  • Min – Max Height: 4’10”-6’6″ (147-198cm)
  • Max User Weight Capacity: 300lb (136kg)
  • Non-use Dimensions: 46″ x 28″ x 63″
  • Max In-Use Dimensions: 46″ x 28″ x 63″
  • Product Weight: 52 lbs (23.6kg)


9. Exerpeutic 575SL

The Exerpeutic 575SL has some very unique features. The first is its Foldaway backrest. The name explains it well in that the backrest will fold in half making it much easier to store. It also has four separate wheels mounted to it to make the table more transportable. This is a necessary feature because the table weighs 76.3 lbs so it would be pretty hard to lug around.

The 4 pin angle system makes it easy to set the angle to either 15, 30, or 60 degrees. That makes inverting a lot easier in that you don’t have to worry about setting angle tethers. The ankle system is comprised of a double ratchet system that will keep you in place until you release it with the palm activated lever. The AirSoft cuffs keep your feet comfortable, pinch free, and secure as you invert.

Another added extra is the built-in cup holder. It doesn’t just have to be used for water but you can also put keys or cell phone in.

Pros
  • Foldaway backrest makes storing easier
  • Included transport wheels are great for moving your inversion table even when if its not folded up
  • 3 pin angle system gives you great customizability
  • AirSoft ankle cuffs are a dream
Cons
  • Very heavy
FeaturesSpecifications
  • Foldaway backrest folds in half allowing you to store it in places other inversion tables can’t fit.
  • 4 wheels on the frame make moving the Exerpeutic 575SL extremely easy. You can move it folded up or in its ready to use position
  • Airsoft Ankle Holders keep you comfortable by distributing your weight equally over your feet and ankles as you invert.
  • 3 pin angle system allows you to adjust your maximum angle before you invert. You don’t have to worry about any angle tethers.
  • Surelock ankle system can be adjusted using a button lever that extends out so you don’t have to bend down that far. This is a great feature for those who have trouble bending over.
  • Min – Max Height: 4’10”-6’6″ (147-198cm)
  • Max User Weight Capacity: 300lb (136kg)
  • Non-use Dimensions: 24″ x 31.7″ x 63.6″
  • Max In-Use Dimensions: 79″ x 31.7″ x 76.3″
  • Product Weight: 76.3 lbs (34.6kg)


10. Body Vision IT9825

The Body Vision IT9825 is the least expensive option in our list of best inversion tables of 2020. This inversion table is basic in that it will fulfill the needs of inversion therapy without any of the bells and whistles that you see in some of the more advanced models.

One of the strengths is that the Body Vision IT9825 will fold almost completely flat which is a plus when you’re tight on space or you don’t want your living room looking like a gym.

It has a comfortable backrest with a headrest pillow and adjustable lumbar support. Both of those are attached using a velcro strap.

This inversion table has an interesting design in that it can only go 1 of four angles 20, 40, 60, or 90 degrees which are all preset before you invert.

The ankle supports are an older design but are still functional. They consist of foam rollers that secure your ankles instead of using an ankle cuff support system like the Teeter models do. It still works great and it’ll keep you from falling out but it most likely won’t be as comfortable as the others.

Pros
  • Foldaway backrest makes storing easier
  • Included transport wheels are great for moving your inversion table even when if its not folded up
  • 3 pin angle system gives you great customizability
  • AirSoft ankle cuffs are a dream
Cons
  • Limited features
  • Uses older ankle support technology
  • Limited 250lb weight capacity
FeaturesSpecifications
  • 4 Position inversion system lets you preset your inversion without having to use an angle tether strap.
  • Space saving design – this inversion table will fold flat so that you can store it in a walkin closet or against a wall.
  • Heavy-duty steel frame – The IT9825 has a rounded heavy duty steel frame that is powder coated.
  • Min – Max Height: 5’1″-6’6″ (155-198cm)
  • Max User Weight Capacity: 250lb (113kg)
  • Non-use Dimensions: 24″ x 31.7″ x 63.6″
  • Max In-Use Dimensions: 79″ x 31.7″ x 76.3″
  • Product Weight: 76.3 lbs (34.6kg)

Benefits of Inversion Therapy

Safety precaution for all users of inversion tables: The benefits of inversion table are many but it’s always a good idea to check with a qualified and licensed health professional before you use an inversion table. This is especially true if you have any health issues. It’s also a good idea to have another person with you as you enjoy your inversion therapy. Also, make sure you read the documentation that comes with your inversion table as it has helpful information as to the function of the machine as well as precautions and warnings that’ll keep you safe.

Alleviates Back Pain

Inversion tables function off the principles of inversion therapy. As you’re inverted the effects of gravity are taken off of the spine allowing it to decompress. Upon decompression the spinal disc undergoes a fluid exchange that can lead to disc rejuvenation and renewal. Toxins are flushed from the disc as new fluid floods it. This leads to more cushion between each vertebra as well available space between the facet joint and nerve roots.
Some studies1 support that those who suffer from back pain are more likely to get better if they perform inversion therapy compared to other forms of treatment. For instance, 78% of people who participated in physical therapy still had to have back surgery, whereas only 23% of those who did inversion therapy had to undergo back surgery.

Joint Pain Relief

Sometimes joints tend to experience stress after heavy workout sessions. This is where inversion therapy helps reduce the build-up of excess stress on the joints. Hanging upside down elongates and stretches the muscles surrounding the joint area, thereby eventually reducing the pain. Moreover, there may be potential misalignment caused due to one-sided activities like tennis. Inversion therapy eventually corrects any miss alignments that may have occurred. Also, people with arthritis can incorporate this therapy in their daily routine for a reduction in joint pain.

Joint and Muscle Pain Relief

There are many reasons for joint and muscle pain. They can happen when you exercise too much or too little. Even your desk job can wreak havoc on your back causing the overcompensation of certain back muscles eventually resulting in muscle spasms. The way inversion tables help issues like these is that when you do a normal stretch you experience a neural reflex arc that protects you from muscle tears and over extension. This arc takes up to a minute to release, and that’s when the real stretch begins. With an inversion table you normally invert for 2-5 minutes (more than that can result in spikes of intraocular, intracranial, and blood pressure). This allows the neural reflex arc to release the protective muscle contraction and initiate a good, deep stretch. There are many ways to stretch your back, but an inversion table stretches some of your least complying muscular groups like your traps or erector spinalis muscle. You even get a pretty good stretch in your abs and legs.

In terms of joint health, a good inversion table will take the pressure off of your knee joints and give you some relief.

Improves Blood Circulation

As we go about our day-to-day lives gravity is putting constant pressure on us in a directly downward direction. This eventually leads to a compression of our skeleton, but it mainly affects our spinal column. By inverting (flipping upside down) you’re using gravity to stretch you out and decompress what it compressed in the first place. Inversion therapy causes your muscles to stretch and relax. Tight muscles can inhibit optimum blood circulation. Blood is still going where it needs to go but not as efficiently as it could. By relaxing those muscles you’re taking the pressure and strain off of all those capillaries, arterioles, veins, and arteries. This makes it easier for the blood to get around. Better circulation is always a good thing.

Finding the Perfect Inversion Table: Features to Consider

  • Construction Quality – Not all inversion tables are considered equal. Just because it does the same thing doesn’t mean it’s made out of the same stuff. When buying an inversion table it’s important to make sure it was built using high quality materials and by expert craftsmen. Inversion tables that use low quality materials can result in serious injury while inverting.
    In terms of padding there are a couple of different arguments. Some say that padding is a must for people with sore backs and is one of the necessary additions you should look for. The other side argues that padding actually inhibits spinal decompression because the foam cradles your body instead of letting it stretch. Both arguments make sense so it comes down to what your preference is. Although something to keep in mind is that there are beds that don’t include foam but are just as comfortable as their foam counter parts (like Teeter).
  • Stability – Tables that wobble are ones you don’t want to be on. Stability is key when you’re hanging upside down. All of the tables we’ve listed will be stable (assuming they’re assembled correctly and without manufacturer defect).
  • High-end Features – While investing a good amount on inversion tables, users should look for at least some of the features like comfortable bed, angle tethers and high-quality ankle supports, inversion pin locking system etc.
  • Height & Weight Limit – Inversion tables have height and weight limits. Make sure you are within those limits before you purchase one. A lot of tables out there support a height range from 4’8” to 6’6″, and body weight between 250 lbs to 350 lbs.
  • Warranty Period – Regular usage of inversion table will undoubtedly wear out the table with time. However, products that have long warranty coverage generally communicate that the product will last longer than those with a year warranty. Think if a crappy product were given a 5-year warranty. The company would go bankrupt fixing their product time and time again. Therefore a longer warranty generally means that there is a significantly smaller chance of breakdown or defect. In essence the warranty then protects you and the manufacturer.
  • Company – One of the most important things a buyer should consider while buying an inversion table is the company. While you look at reviews the of inversion tables pay attention to what previous/current customers are saying. A lot of times this can give you a few clues into how reputable the company is and if they resolve any customer issues.

Conclusion

As you can see inversion therapy can be very beneficial, especially when you have the right equipment. Teeter is the brand that we recommend in that they offer longer warranties, trial periods, and genuinely care about customer satisfaction. They also produce the highest quality inversion tables on the market and are the only inversion tables that are UL certified and FDA approved. The other brands produce good inversion tables too and would definitely help relieve back pain, but they just aren’t quite on the same plane as Teeter yet.

*1: Pilot Study Sees Reduction in Need of Back Surgeries. (2012). Clinical Trials Week.

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