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Inversion Therapy and Teeter Tables

  • Published: 2012-07-12 : Teeter.
  • Synopsis: Information and benefits of inversion therapy for your back and spine including brief review of Teeter tables.
Inversion Therapy
Inversion Therapy - Involves hanging upside down. In theory, inversion therapy takes gravitational pressure off the nerve roots and disks in your spine and increases the space between vertebrae. Inversion therapy is one example of the many ways in which stretching the spine (spinal traction) has been used in an attempt to relieve back pain. Studies evaluating spinal traction have found the technique ineffective for long- term relief. However, some people find traction temporarily helpful as part of a more comprehensive treatment program for lower back pain caused by spinal disk compression.

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Have you seen the infomercials on late night TV that show people head over heels on a Teeter Hang Ups inversion table? If so, you have probably wondered who actually uses them and if they really work.

From health care professionals to athletes, from the young to the young at heart, thousands of people every day are discovering the benefits of Teeter inversion and many of them feel compelled to share their personal triumph over back pain.

Dr. McCarter is an emergency physician in Virginia who worked in primary care for years before moving to the emergency room.

For years, the doctor woke up every morning with stiff muscles and back pain, resigned to the fact that this was "just a way of life for me." Then, in 2011, he reached an impasse with his back: "I developed severe back pain while lifting. I could not get out of bed, tie my shoes, straighten up or even get out of a chair." Soon after, Dr. McCarter saw Teeter's infomercial on TV and ordered himself an inversion table. "When I used it for the first time... a miracle! After my first 10 minutes hanging, I was 75% better. I used it as often as I could because it just made me feel better all over. My back feels better than I can ever remember. I have recommended the Teeter to everyone, especially the patients I see with back pain."

Not only have the benefits been recognized by medical professionals, but professional and amateur athletes alike.

Jim, a 68-year-old former collegiate trampoline champion, suffered with back pain as a result of injuries during his gymnastics career. "He had basically become a Frankenstein monster with limited mobility and plenty of moaning and groaning," said Jim's son James. Having tried everything from chiropractic, acupuncture, magnet therapy, and expensive massages to relieve his back pain, Jim didn't find relief until he received a Teeter Hang Ups inversion table from his wife. "He is always telling me how great his back feels now and how he no longer needs the chiropractor to function." Jim experienced such significant back pain relief and "youthful rejuvenation" that he has returned to his local gym where he continues to perform trampoline moves from his glory days.

Even for someone who doesn't suffer from chronic back pain, the Teeter Hang Ups can offer numerous benefits.

Tommy C. from Oklahoma is a 50-year-old "trying to live like I'm 30" and has paid the price with muscle soreness. But Tommy's enthusiasm for inversion is evident when he says, "I tell everyone I talk to, from my lifting buddies to my golf friends, about my Teeter. With the Teeter, I am able to recover from heavy weight training much quicker and my golf swing has improved due to the flexibility I have been able to achieve. I could go on and on." Aside from the recovery benefits, Tommy also incorporates the Teeter into his workout routine, claiming, "The inverted sit-ups and other exercises I do while inverted really rip you up!" He finishes by saying, "If people would utilize this very-easy-to-perform exercise, they will be amazed, truly amazed at the improvement in their overall well-being."

About Teeter -With over 2 million users, Teeter Hang Ups leads the inversion market as the definitive inversion products brand. Founded in 1981 by Roger and Jennifer Teeter, Teeter is the longest continuous manufacturer of inversion products in the world. Teeter Hang Ups are rated by Dynamark Engineering as the "best inversion table" for endurance, strength, function and ease of assembly, and only Teeter tables are quality-assurance tested to UL's inversion table safety standard. Visit

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