Inversion Therapy

Maybe it’s old age creeping up on me, but I feel a lot better doing it when I first get up. It could also be why I don’t feel the effects as dramatically as doing it during the evening. It’s also recommended to use it frequently throughout the day, rather than one long session. I use it for one minute in the evening, and if I remember, I try to add more one minute sessions during the day. I’ve also found that inverting 180 degrees really doesn’t have any additional benefits. I stopped fully inverting to 180 degrees as it made my head pound, and my eyeballs feel like they were going to pop out. It was also really hard on the ankles, as they were supporting my full body weight when inverted. I found a sweet spot at around 140-150 degrees inverted.

At this setting, my head and eyes weren’t pounding, and it dramatically reduced the pain and strain on my ankles. I felt absolutely no benefit being inverted at 180 degrees than at 140-150 degrees. In fact, at 140-150 degrees, it was much more comfortable, and I didn’t feel like I needed to stop after two minutes. I may try to increase my workout to three minutes. It’s recommended that you can increase your time inverted up to five minutes. I’m still working on getting past two minutes. My Teeter Hangups has proven to be rock solid reliable, with no problems. Nuts and bolts have all remained locked tight, and there are no squeaks or noises. I must admit, it’s a really heavy duty unit that should hold up to years of use. It did need a bit of oil on the ankle clamp mechanism, as it started to get sticky and temperamental. But, after a little bit of oil, it works like it’s on ball bearings. Some like to do exercises while inverted, such as crunches and twisting movements.

At my age, I don’t want to press my luck, so I’ll stick to tried and true inversion sessions. I haven’t had a chance to try out an inversion chair, but I suspect it won’t give you the benefits of an inversion table. With an inversion chair, you are sitting upside down, and only your torso and upper body weight are decompressing your upper body and joints. Your ankles and knees aren’t really getting any benefit from being inverted. If you do a full 180 degree inversion with the inversion chair, you will experience the same throbbing eyeballs and pounding in your head. The inversion table uses your entire body weight to decompress all your joints, giving you a more extensive workout. Since the exact weight of your body is compressing all your joints, using your entire body weight inverted will give it an equal decompression of your joints.

When shopping for an inversion table, don’t be cheap. Spend an extra $50-$100 over some of the no name bargain inversion tables. If you can actually go to a store and physically inspect it before buying, even better yet. Make sure the inversion table you choose is sturdy enough to support your weight. If it flexes and feels wobbly, don’t purchase it. Serious injury to your head, neck, and back can occur if the inversion table fails, or tips over. Check the ankle support system to make sure it’s very robust, and not just cheap straps that hold your ankles with velcro. If they aren’t well padded, and hold your ankles securely, they can remove skin and be a painful experience. They could also fail when inverted, causing serious injury if you land on your head or compress your neck and back. The inversion table has been a great investment, and something I know I’ll be using daily for the rest of my life.