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10 Remedies for Back Pain

Back pain is a problem that plagues modern-day society. 31 million Americans suffer from low-back pain at any given time. A UK study in 2010 found that back pain was the cause of more disability than any other condition.

Clearly, back pain is a major issue that can have detrimental effects on your quality of life.

Your back is involved in almost every movement you make and there are very few physical activities that are comfortable if you suffer from back pain.

The impact it has on life is so great, surgery is often turned to get rid of it. The problem is that surgery doesn’t always work, can be extremely painful and risky when your back is involved.

Luckily, there are other methods available to test, before turning to surgery, and this article has the best of them. So, if you want to find some relief from back pain and get your life back, here is our list of 10 back pain remedies for you to try.

1. Keep active

Resting after a back injury is often recommended and it seems to make sense if you want to let your body recover without causing any further injury.

However, It has been shown that complete rest for back pain is not the most effective method [1].

The research seems to suggest that returning to the normal movement as soon as possible leads to faster pain relief. There is also evidence to show that keeping more active with a back injury reduces the risk of it becoming a chronic problem [2].

Moving an injured muscle increases the blood flow to the area, which can help the healing process. Recovery is boosted by supplying oxygen and nutrient rich blood as well as helping to flush toxins away from the area.

Muscles and joints that aren’t moved tend to become stiff and weak, which could lead to further problems.

As well as stiff and weak muscles, the discs in between the vertebrae in your spine need to be moved to stay healthy and hydrated so they can protect your spine. Lack of intervertebral disc movement could cause them to lose nutrients and “dry out”.

2. Strengthen the surrounding muscles

Many times, the cause of a back injury can be connected to a weakness in the muscles that are supposed to support the back.

One way to help treat back pain and reduce the likelihood of a recurrence in the future is to strengthen those supportive muscles.

A strength routine should be performed regularly and consistently if you want to see the benefits.

The muscles to put most of your focus into are your core muscles.

Many people think that the core is just represented by the abdominal muscles. This isn’t the case. The core is also made up of the muscles of your lower back, hips, and glutes.

All of which should be strengthened in an effort to keep your back safe from harm.

Strength program recommendations should be made on an individual basis, depending on your specific injury and pain level. We can only give a guideline on the exercises that may be useful to strengthen the important areas.

Examples of some good exercises to perform include planks, side planks, Pallof presses, glute bridges, back extensions, and dead bugs.

If you are in severe pain, you may have to rest until such strengthening exercises become bearable. From there, start slowly and gradually increase the intensity as your back heals.

There is likely to be some discomfort but the pain should never be sharp, stabbing or made to feel worse by the exercises.

Always be sure to talk to a registered medical professional before embarking on any type of exercise regimen.

3. Stretching

Along with weak muscles, tight muscles are another common cause of back pain. In fact, there is normally a combination of both tight and weak muscles present.

The majority of people will see benefit from stretching the muscles of their spine. This becomes even more true in the case of back pain sufferers.

The ligaments, muscles, and tendons in your body are designed to allow a certain range of motion. If the range of motion is restricted at any joint, problems can arise in that joint and other joints nearby.

Everything in your body is connected and has a knock-on effect. Restriction in one area causes more restriction in another area.

Therefore, it is important to maintain good range of motion around all of your joints. For back pain, the tissue surrounding the spine should be stretched regularly.

Some of the main muscles to stretch include your hamstrings, quadriceps, calves, hip flexors, adductors, abductors, abdominal muscles, psoas, glutes, erector spinae and your piriformis.

Here are some key points to remember for stretching:

  • Take the stretches to the point of mild discomfort, stretching should not be physically painful.
  • Avoid bouncing, ease into the stretch and hold the final position.
  • Hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds to ensure enough time has passed for the muscle to relax.
  • Stretch frequently and be patient, results take some time to come.

4. Ice and Heat Therapy

Hot and cold treatments can be used to alleviate back pain as soon as it sets in. These therapies work by helping to reduce inflammation of the tissues in your back.

There is a bit of debate between whether heat or cold treatment is best. Some people find more pain relief with one over the other.

They can actually be used in combination by alternating between them.

Heat therapy is usually used in the form of heat pads, gels or even baths. It is a very inexpensive remedy for back pain, which makes it a popular choice.

Heat therapy works by dilating the blood vessels in the area where the heat is applied. Dilating the vessels means more blood can reach the area. The extra oxygen and nutrients from the increased blood flow can help with the healing process.

Heat can also help to relax the soft tissue. In turn, this increases flexibility in those tissues.

Cold therapy is usually supplied via ice packs that are placed directly on an injured muscle. You should only apply an ice pack for a maximum of twenty minutes at a time. They can, however, be applied multiple times per day.

Cold therapy helps to reduce inflammation. It is suggested that cold therapy provides the most benefits in the first 48 hours of an injury.

After 48 hours, heat therapy will probably be the better option.

Some individuals, however, find that alternating between hot and cold treatments provides the most pain relief.

5. Manual therapy

Manual therapy refers to the muscles and joints of your back being moved by using force. Usually, this kind of therapy will be administered by a chiropractor, osteopath, physiotherapist or masseuse.

There are different types of manual therapy that will be performed by each of the specialists listed above.

A chiropractor is specifically focused on the spine and the structures that surround it. They will often use adjustment and manipulation of the spinal joints in an effort to promote proper alignment and nerve pathways.

An osteopath, on the other hand, focuses on the spine as well as other areas of your body that could be affecting your back. They will use a variety of different techniques to help boost the healing process of your back injury.

Some techniques that an osteopath might use are manipulation of the joints and tissues, massage and joint articulation. These methods are all used in an effort to promote the natural healing capabilities of your body.

Physiotherapists commonly provide exercise and stretching routines aimed at improving problem areas. They will run a series of range of motion tests in order to figure out which tissues are causing back pain.

The physio will then prescribe a routine that is to be performed for a period of time to see if there is an improvement.

The type of manual therapy that is best for you will very much depend on your symptoms. More research and advice from your GP would be needed to make a decision on who to go and see.

6. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a Western medical practice that involves inserting fine needles into the muscles surrounding an injury.

The needles stimulate sensory nerves in the area. This results in natural substances being released in your body, such as pain-relieving endorphins [3].

Certain forms of acupuncture use the needles to stimulate nerve responses from a muscle. The muscle responds by contracting and then relaxing. The constant contract and relax cycle causes the muscles to relax for a longer period after the treatment is over.

There has been much debate over the effectiveness of acupuncture. There is quite a bit of research that would suggest it is not effective for treating back pain.

On the other hand, it has been around for hundreds of years and there is a huge number of people that swears by its pain relief capabilities.

7. Inversion Therapy

Inversion is the act of putting your body in a position where your head is below your feet. Essentially, you are upside down.

Inversion therapy uses these positions to counteract the negative effects that gravity has on your body over time.Ironman Gravity 4000During the course of your lifetime, you are constantly under the pressure of gravity. It is always pulling you down towards the earth.

The constant pull of gravity compresses your joints and restricts blood flow.

The compression of the joints in your spine can lead to a lot of back pain. In some cases, can even cause nerve problems like sciatica.

What happens is that the gel-like discs between your vertebrae, the joints in your spine, become compressed and flattened. The discs are there to aid flexibility and to act as shock absorbers between your vertebrae.

When the discs become compressed, flexibility is lost and the risk of back injury increases.

The gel-like disc fluid can also be compressed so much that it expands beyond your spine and into the surrounding tissue. Sometimes, the compressed discs can hit the nerves and cause sciatica.

Inversion therapy helps to reverse this by using gravity to create space between your spine and decompress the discs.

Another benefit of inversion therapy is increased blood flow. Being upside down makes it easier for blood to flow throughout your body.

Increased blood flow means more oxygen-rich blood can be delivered to the muscles of your back, which will help speed up back injury recovery.

The easiest and most accessible way to perform inversion therapy is to use an inversion table. You can use one at home multiple times each day for best results. Check out our review of the top inversion tables on the market in this post.

8. Topical rubs, creams, and ointments

These are pain-killing substances that are applied directly to the skin on top of an injured muscle or joint.

They come in various different types and contain different ingredients. Each type has a different use.

Certain types of topical cream supply the same sensations and benefits of hot and cold therapy. These are called counterirritants.

Ingredients like menthol and camphor are common counterirritants. They create burning or cooling sensations that are meant to have the same healing benefits as hot and cold therapy.

However, the actual pain relief probably comes from the distraction of the burning or cooling feeling on your skin.

Some topical rubs contain anti-inflammatory or pain-killing medication. These creams are transdermal, which means the ingredients are absorbed through the skin and directly on the injured body part.

Topical anti-inflammatory creams could be a good idea for chronic pain. They contain less of the anti-inflammatory drug so they might be better for longer term use than the pills.

We wouldn’t recommend continued use of them, though. Always follow the instructions on the packaging.

9. Painkillers and NSAIDS

This is a fairly obvious one and often the first route that people go down. The use of pain-killing medications should help to reduce the pain in the initial stages of an injury.

Once the pain has eased off, consumption of the medications should cease.

There is a range of different types of medication suitable for pain relief. Some of which could be prescribed by a doctor.

The easiest available are over the counter medications.

For back pain, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are usually recommended. These normally come in tablet form and help to reduce the inflammation around your injured back muscles.

Ibuprofen is probably the most widely used form of over the counter NSAID.

Some individuals may not be able to take NSAIDs and might find relief from using other painkillers like codeine. Codeine is a much stronger drug and can become addictive so should not be used for more than a few days.

For extra pain relief, paracetamol could be used alongside some these other painkillers like ibuprofen or codeine.

10. Fix your posture

Poor posture is becoming more and more common in our society.

We spend more time seated at desks in the office, on sofas at home and in the car while we drive. All of this sitting leads to muscle imbalances, which causes bad posture and ultimately back pain.

The first step to recovering from poor posture is to learn how to use the muscles that will bring your body into a better position.

Keeping a small amount of tension in your glutes and abs at all times is a must. You don’t need to be tensing them as hard as you can all day, just activating them a bit is enough to bring you pelvis and lower back into alignment.

Stretching your tight muscles is another key factor if you want to improve your posture. Generally, the muscles on the front of your body will be the ones that need stretching. The front of your shoulders, chest, biceps, abs and hip flexors are prime suspects for poor posture related tightness.

Tight hamstrings could also pull your lower back out of alignment so they need to be tested for tightness too.

Stretching the tight muscles must be done frequently. You also need to stretch each one for a long period of time to see long-term results. At a minimum, 30 seconds should be given for each stretch. 1-2 minutes would be preferable.

You should then perform these stretches multiple times each day.

The final stage on your way to improved posture and less back pain is to strengthen the weak muscles.

We already covered muscle strengthening earlier. However, these muscles may be different. These muscles will be the ones that are preventing you from holding a good posture.

More often than not, the areas that need to be strengthened are your upper back, core, and glutes. They are all muscles that help to pull your body into proper alignment and good positions.

Proper alignment and good positions mean that your back can be free of unnecessary tension.

Closing Thoughts

Suffering from back pain has major impacts on your daily life. With surgery being painful and not guaranteed to work, trying the remedies listed here is well worth a shot.

This list of 10 should provide you with a solution or two that will improve your symptoms and get you on the way to recovery as soon as possible.

Just be consistent with whatever method you choose, remain patient and stay positive.

The road to full health can be a frustrating one. All you can do is stay on the right path, take small steps forward and trust that you will get there eventually.

Sources:

[1] Advice to rest in bed versus advice to stay active for acute low-back pain and sciatica – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20556780

[2] Comparison of physician’s advice for non-specific acute low back pain in Japanese workers: advice to rest versus advice to stay active –
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21173530

[3] http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Acupuncture/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Other:

http://www.spine-health.com

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When Should You Use an Inversion Table?

Ironman Gravity 4000Inversion therapy has a whole range of benefits, ranging from back pain relief to better posture and improved sleep quality. The great thing about the therapy is that you can enjoy the benefits from the comfort of your own home by using an inversion table.

However, it isn’t going to be quite as easy as buying an inversion table and hanging upside down for a couple of minutes.

Just like most health practices, there are a few different ways to incorporate inversion therapy into your routine.

Throughout this article, we will uncover different techniques and guidelines to help you get the very most out of inversion table therapy.

What is inversion therapy?

Inversion is the practice of putting yourself in a position where your head is below your feet. Inversion therapy can be traced all the way back to 400BC, where Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used ladders and ropes to hoist his patients into position.

There has even been evidence of inversion found further back than that. With drawings being found of people using inverted yoga-like positions in ancient civilizations.

As you can see, inversion therapy has definitely stood the test of time.

The reason for inverting is to undo some of the negative effects that gravity can have on your body over time.

Gravity is constantly pulling down on you. This compresses your spine, puts pressure on your joints, restricts blood flow and can cause tense muscles.

Inversion therapy counteracts these issues and has many other benefits beside them.

How to invert?

There are a few ways to get yourself into an inverted position.

There are certain yoga positions, such as the dolphin, that use an inverted position. You can also use gravity boots, which attach to a pull up bar and have you hanging upside down, completely vertically.

We recommend the use of an inversion table. They are very easy to set up, anybody can get hold of one and you have more control over the inversion angle than you do with the other methods.

Before beginning inversion therapy, you should seek the advice of your GP or healthcare professional. Individuals with heart disease, high blood pressure, eye diseases like glaucoma and pregnant women are not recommended to undergo inversion therapy.

To invert properly and safely, here are a few guidelines and tips for you:

  • Ensure the table is secure, stable and on a flat surface.
  • Wear appropriate clothing that isn’t likely to get caught in any moving parts on the table.
  • Have somebody with you if it’s your first time trying inversion. They can help out if you have any difficulties.
  • Adjust your table so that it fully supports your head and neck.
  • Set the angle of the table, using the lowest possible angle for your first try. You can increase the inversion angle as you get used to the position.
  • Make sure your feet are fully secured using the built-in ankle supports.Ironman IFT1000
  • Slowly invert yourself with the handles. Start slow. You may even want to stop in the horizontal position for a minute or two, in order for your blood flow to settle before you let your feet come above head height.
  • Outstretch your arms above your head to lengthen your spine to its fullest and provide better decompression.
  • Take deep breaths and relax in the inverted position for a few minutes at a time, to begin with.

How often should you use an inversion table?

Inversion therapy is definitely a practice where more frequent sessions lead to better results.

If you are able to, using the table multiple times during the course of a day will yield greater and longer lasting benefits.

To get into the habit of using your table, starting with a session in the morning, one during the day and one before bed is a very good way to begin.

If you are looking for back pain relief, you can use an inversion table anytime your symptoms appear.

In the beginning, you might find that the positive effects wear off shortly after you get off of the table. Over time, the results will last longer with more frequent sessions.

It takes time for your body to adapt and repair. The best advice we can give is for you to be patient and consistent with the therapy.

How long should you invert for?

To start with, short amounts of time for multiple sessions is the best way to go. Frequency is more important than length of time when it comes to inversion therapy.

Of course, you will see more results if you can spend longer on the table and still maintain a frequent number of sessions. Therefore, it is a good idea to slowly increase the time of each inversion session as you begin to feel more comfortable with it.

Gradually build up to session lengths of around ten minutes, possibly up to twenty if you can manage it.

Summary

Inversion table therapy is extremely accessible. The availability of inversion tables means that anybody can reap the benefits of it.

However, it should be treated just like any other health and fitness endeavor. Start slow and build up as your body adapts.

Frequent sessions throughout each day of just a couple of minutes, at a low angle, are a great way to begin.

Increase the duration and inversion angle over time when you become more comfortable with the inverted position.

Most importantly, be consistent. Make inverting a part of your daily routine and prioritize it like you would with exercise or healthy eating.

Do this and you will soon be reaping the many rewards of inversion table therapy.

P.S.- We have a review of the best inversion tables on the market here if you’re interested. 

Teeter EP960

How To Properly Use An Inversion Table

These days, personal fitness is experiencing a surge in popularity. While more and more people are starting to work out and are looking for ways to get into better shape, there are just as many looking for ways to lessen physical tension.

The most prevalent type of discomfort and pain among more than half of the country’s population is back pain. And for the health conscious, there just might be a solution to their woes.

The inversion table.

What is Inversion?

Inversion therapy is a type of physical therapy that involves suspending your body at an angle, or completely upside down, in an effort to allow the discs in the back to decompress. This is usually done with a table that you would securely lay on and use to invert yourself partially or fully.

Throughout the day, you are constantly putting some kind of weight on you back. Whether you are lifting heavy items, constantly on your feet or simply bending over too much, it all eventually adds up. Unfortunately, when it does, it usually results in severe back pain.

The goal of inversion is to remove all the weight that’s compressing those discs and tight muscles and finally let them take a break. Inversion therapy has been shown to decrease disc-related back and neck pain and improve general health in many areas.

Before we jump in and look at how to properly use an inversion table, let’s take a look at some of the great benefits of inversion and how it may help you.

To start experiencing these benefits, you may want to get started with inversion therapy by having your own table.Click here for our selection of the best inversion tables on the market today.

The Benefits of Using an Inversion Table

Improves Spinal Health

Back pain is most often caused by discs in the spine that get compressed over time, causing tension on the muscles. Inversion helps relieve this pain by allowing those compressed discs to decompress and relax.

Enhances Circulation

Whether you realize it or not, your body is constantly carrying blood throughout your body and many times, against gravity. By inverting, you help ease the amount of work your body needs to do to get your blood flowing to all the places it needs to.

Improves Joint Health

Decompression helps lubricate your joints as well as strengthen your ligaments by getting them to work.

Increases Flexibility

Inversion tables are great for stretching out those tight muscles which causes all the “stiffness” that you feel. When you invert your body, your muscles become elongated and their range of flexibility is increased.

Improves Posture

Once you’ve been using an inversion table for a while you may begin to notice that your posture has gotten better. This is because as your discs decompress, they also realign and fall back into their natural position.

How to Properly Use an Inversion Table

Inversion therapy can help relieve your back pain. But to avoid the risk of injury, it is important to learn how to properly use an inversion table.

  • Before you can get started, you need to get your inversion table set up and adjusted to your height. Every inversion table is different and for this step you will need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions that come with your table.
  • Check all of the safety straps and ankle supports to make sure that they are secure. Get on your table and lock the ankle supports. One final inspection before inverting won’t hurt!
  • Gently begin to lean back onto your table with your hands over your chest and allow the table to level itself.
  • When you are comfortable doing so, you can begin to invert yourself further if you’d like.
  • Once you are at an angle that you are comfortable in, stretch your arms out above your head and allow yourself to lay like that for a few moments. As you get more accustomed to inversion, you will be able to hang for longer periods of time.Teeter EP960
  • When you are ready to dismount, simply place your arms over your chest allow yourself to slowly rock back up. Alternatively, you can have your spotter help you with this step.

Conclusion

Inversion therapy is beneficial for many people and can be used to relieve back pain and increase mobility, as well as provide several other health benefits. Remember though, that to achieve the best results from your inversion therapy sessions you also should be maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly.

So long as you know how to properly use an inversion table, you have the best tool at your disposal for relieving back pain and providing some amazing health benefits.

Start slowly, be safe, and bid back pain goodbye with your inversion table!

Benefits of Inversion Therapy

15 Benefits of Inversion Table Therapy

innova-itx9250-inversion-tableIt’s 400BC, Hippocrates, also known as the father of medicine, uses ladders and ropes to hoist his patients upside down in an effort to use gravity to stretch them and cure their pains.

This is an extremely early example of inversion therapy.

Nowadays, we have gravity boots, tables and even yoga practices dedicated to inversion therapy.

Surely, a practice that has stood that kind of time-test must have some merit to it.

Well, it certainly does and this article aims to outline exactly why health-conscious individuals and experts, including the US military, are harnessing the power of inversion therapy.

What is Inversion Therapy?

Inversion therapy, simply put, involves putting the body in a position where the head is lower than the feet.

The idea of this is to reverse the negative effects that gravity and other load-bearing activities can have on the body.

Many people don’t even realize how much stress gravity puts on their body every day. Constantly being “pulled down” by it, causes compressive forces on all of the different systems inside the body.

Over time, these compressive forces can lead to problems like spinal disc degeneration, nerve pain, tight muscles and poor circulation, to name a few.

The only time when the compression is eased is when we sleep. Even then, being horizontal isn’t enough to fully reverse the negative effects gravity has on our bodies.

A much more useful way to decompress is to use inversion therapy to bring your head below your feet properly.

There are a few methods of inversion. Some yoga practices use it heavily, there are gravity boots that hang the body completely upside down and there are inversion tables.

Inversion tables are extremely effective and much more versatile. They allow more control over the inversion angle than any other method.

Meaning, individuals can tailor the position of the body to suit their needs and take advantage of the numerous benefits of inversion table therapy.

We actually reviewed the 5 best inversion tables so click here if you’re interested in buying one!

15 Benefits of Inversion Table Therapy

  1. Low back pain and sciatica relief

Inversion tables are widely used by patients suffering from back pain related ailments. They can work wonders for relieving pain caused by a number of different back injuries and issues.

By stretching out the muscles and ligaments that surround the spine, inversion therapy can help to reduce the tightness and muscle spasms that are common causes of lower back pain.

In an inverted position, gravity is used to open up the spaces in between the spinal vertebrae. Opening up the spaces decreases the compression on the discs in between the vertebrae.

Compressed spinal discs are a major cause of back and nerve pain, such as sciatica.

By decompressing these discs, the symptoms of back pains, like sciatica, can be managed much more easily. Regular inversion therapy could even prevent the need for surgery.[1]

  1. Keeps spinal discs healthy and hydrated

Between each of the vertebrae in the spine, there is a disc. These discs are there to separate the vertebrae to allow spinal flexibility.

The discs also act as shock absorbers between the vertebrae.

To provide sufficient flexibility and absorb shock effectively, these discs contain a a jelly-like substance at their core.

Load-bearing activities and gravity cause this substance to compress. Over time, this compression can cause some of the jelly-like fluid of the discs to be pushed out into the surrounding tissues.

The “leaking” of the fluid means that we have less cushioning in between your vertebrae. Less cushioning means increased injury risks.

In order to rehydrate and feed the discs and keep them healthy, we need to create some space in between our vertebrae to decompress our discs.

Using an inversion table is the perfect way to do this.

  1. Improve symptoms of osteoarthritis

Arthritis affects millions of people and can have a great impact on quality of life.

Arthritis is caused when the cartilage between joints is worn down over time. The cartilage is there to provide some cushioning between the bones.

When this cushioning is worn down, bone on bone scraping is the result. This can be very painful and severely limits the range of motion around an affected joint.

Inversion tables have been shown to improve the symptoms of degenerative diseases, just like osteoarthritis. [2]

Spending a bit of time on an inversion table each day could lead to a better quality of life for patients.

  1. Maintain our height

As discussed earlier, the forces of gravity and load-bearing activities, like exercise, compress the discs between our spinal vertebrae.

As the day goes by, these discs are compressed more and more.

The more the discs are compressed, the less space there is between the vertebrae of our spine. Less space between the vertebrae effectively reduces the length of our spine.

Reducing the length of the spine makes us physically shorter. This can be seen if we measure our height in the morning, after some decompression has taken place overnight, and compare it to an evening measurement.

Around half an inch, sometimes more is usually lost throughout the day.

Using an inversion table, we can prevent this from happening and maintain our full height.

It may even help to keep us taller as we age.

  1. Improved blood circulation

By being in an inverted position, the heart does not need to work quite as hard to pump blood around the body.

Of course, being completely upside-down means blood flow to the legs could be restricted after a period of time.

However, using an inversion table at the correct angle can improve blood circulation throughout the entire body.

Good blood circulation has a number of positive benefits.

More efficient waste product removal, better muscle recovery and improved brain function can all be gained from improving blood circulation.

Gravity can also cause a blood “pooling” effect in some muscles and organs. Pooled blood needs to be circulated so that the waste products can be flushed out of it. Inversion can help promote this process.

  1. Better lymphatic circulation

Our blood isn’t the only important fluid that needs to be well circulated around the body.

The lymphatic system is responsible for clearing away toxins from our muscles and organs.

It is vital that lymphatic fluids are circulated properly in order for this to happen.

An example of poor lymphatic circulation is pooling around the lower extremities. When an individual has swollen feet or ankles at the end of the day, it can indicate that lymphatic fluid has pooled in those areas. [3]

Just like circulating the blood, being inverted can help to reverse the pooling before it gets too bad and encourage better lymphatic fluid circulation throughout the body.

  1. Reduced headaches

Headaches, outside of dehydration, are usually caused by tight or spasming muscles around the head and neck.

Inversion therapy can help reverse these causes and reduce headache symptoms in a number of different ways.

Firstly, as we just spoke above, improved circulation is a huge benefit of using an inversion table.

Improving circulation to the head and brain could definitely reduce the number of headaches we are likely to suffer from.

Another headache-reducing benefit is the relaxation effect it has on the muscles. Tense muscles around the face, neck and upper back is a common cause of headaches. Relaxing these muscles will improve headaches drastically.

As a follow on from relaxing the muscles around the head, realigning our spine can help with this further.

Inversion therapy can aid in spinal realignment and the further reduction of tight or spasming muscles. In turn, this will decrease or eliminate headache pain.

  1. Easier Breathing

The increased blood flow around our nasal passages, as a result of being inverted, should also help to flush the nasal passages out.
Flushing the nasal passages fills them with oxygen-rich blood.

Increasing the amount of oxygen-rich around the area means that our nasal passages can work more efficiently.

If they are operating efficiently, breathing will be easier and more oxygen can be supplied to the body.

This all has a knock-on effect. Better breathing leads to more oxygen around our body. More oxygen around the body means that our muscles will function better, including the muscles of the respiratory system.

Better functioning respiratory muscles lead to even easier breathing.

  1. Stronger immune system

Just like the aforementioned improved breathing cycle, other benefits of inversion therapy have a knock-on effect for our immune system as well.

In particular, improved lymphatic circulation should lead to a better functioning immune system.

The lymphatic system is vital for flushing out and removing toxins from the body.

Toxins that aren’t removed from the body can cause problems. These problems will put extra stress on the immune system, as it fights them, and make it overall weaker.

If the lymphatic system is better able to flush out toxins, our immune system will then be at full capacity to fight off illness.

As we know from earlier, lymphatic circulation can indeed be improved via inversion table therapy. Hence, helping to strengthen the immune system as well.

  1. Greater flexibility

A flexible spine is key if we are to maintain a full range of motion throughout the other joints in our bodies. Everything is in some way connected to the spine.

Years of compressive forces push the spine down into a very inflexible position.

In order to keep the spine flexible, the discs need to remain healthy in between our vertebrae. [4]

They can be kept healthy by remaining hydrated through regular decompression on an inversion table.

  1. Tight muscle and muscle spasm relief

Tight muscles and spasming muscles are often caused by misalignment of surrounding joints. Therefore, the realignment of the spine that is offered by inversion therapy, can help to ease the tight muscles surrounding it

Overworked muscles are also prone to spasm and tightness.

Using inversion to flush the muscles with oxygen-rich blood and lymphatic fluid could help to supply them with the nutrients they need to return to a more relaxed state.

  1. Faster workout recovery

Recovery from workouts and sporting activities can be promoted by inversion therapy. The method of improving recovery is very similar to the point we just discussed on relieving muscle spasms.

Extra blood supply to the muscles will help supply them with oxygen and nutrient-rich blood.

The extra blood supply promotes faster removal of the waste products that build up in our muscles after we exercise.

The quicker we can flush out these waste products and supply the muscles with recovery-enhancing nutrients, the less time it will take for them to recover.

  1. Stronger ligaments

Ligaments are the connective tissue that connects our bones together. They are made of fibrous collagen strips that have to be very strong in order to keep our bones in place.

Weak ligaments can be easily torn if they are suddenly strained or stretched too far.

Using an inversion table, we can strengthen our ligaments to reduce this risk of tearing and straining.

The inverted position places a reversed load on the ligaments around the spine by pulling on them instead of compressing them.

The reversed loading strengthens the fibrous structure of the ligaments and should lead to less joint injuries.

  1. Reduced stress and better sleep

Again, this amazing benefit comes as a result of a couple of the other benefits that have already been covered.

Firstly, increasing blood flow around the body helps to regulate our hormones in order to relieve the feeling of stress.

This happens as a result of flushing the glands that secrete these hormones with nutrient-rich blood. Better blood supply helps the glands to function optimally.

Reducing muscle tension is another way of reducing our overall stress levels. Inversion therapy has been shown to have very fast tension reducing effects on the muscles.

Muscle tension can be decreased by up to 35 percent within the first ten seconds of therapy[5].

As a secondary benefit to the reduced levels of stress, sleep quality will be improved.

Lower stress levels are known to be a factor in the better quality of sleep.

The nice thing is, better sleep will then lead to an even further reduction in stress levels. A real win-win situation.

  1. Better posture

Poor posture is usually a result of a couple of things. One is a heavily compressed spine, which can lead to poor vertebrae flexibility and a tight, hunched looking back.

The other common cause is tight muscles on the front of the body and comparatively weak ones in the back.

For example, constant slouching causes tight muscles in the front of the shoulders and chest. On top of that, weak upper back muscles won’t be able to bring your upper body into a good position.

The combination of the above would lead to a hunched over posture that is very common among office workers and drivers.

The postural problems caused by spinal compression and tight muscles can be treated with inversion table therapy.

A strengthening protocol will also need to be in place to strengthen other muscles that promote good posture.

Final thoughts and recommendations

It’s clear to see that inversion therapy has a vast range of different benefits. It has also stood the test of time while many health practices have not.

Such a simple procedure with this many possible advantages is surely worth trying.

However, it needs to be said, there are some populations that inversion therapy is not suggested for.

Individuals with heart disease, high blood pressure, eye diseases like glaucoma and pregnant women are advised against using the therapy.

As with any health or fitness intervention, proper medical advice should be sought before beginning the therapy.

When the go-ahead is given to start inversion therapy, it is recommended that an inversion table is used instead of gravity boots.

Using an inversion table gives you complete control over the angle of inversion. It would be wise to start off at a lower, comfortable angle so the body can get used to it and adjust.

Starting off with just minutes each day should be enough to uncover some of the extraordinary benefits covered in this article.

Sources:

[1] http://research.ncl.ac.uk/nctu/documents/backswing/poster.pdf

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14199033 – Sheffield, F.: Adaptation of Tilt Table for Lumbar Traction. Arch Phys Med Rehabilitation; 45: 469-472, 1964.

[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lymphedema

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC165040/ – Degeneration of the intervertebral disc

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/687049

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Ironman LX300 Review 2017

Our fast-paced lives cause a lot of stress not only mentally but also physically. I am so grateful that inversion therapy was introduced to me.

After thorough research, I got the Ironman LX 300. For a newbie, I find it surprisingly easy to use!

It also has sufficient safety and comfort features – just enough to give that sore back some relaxing decompression.ironman-lx-300

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Sturdy
  • Easy height adjustment
  • Foldable

Cons:

  • No headrest
  • Does not lock securely when folded
  • No indexing of inversion angle

Features

Ankle Locking System

ironman-lx-300-foam-roller-and-ankle-cushionsDue to the pressure that the ankles absorb during inversion, comfortable locks and easy release system are must-haves.

Thankfully, the Ironman LX 300 has both.

The cushions hold the ankles securely. The foam rollers are fine, although I prefer something that fits more snugly. They are not ergonomic grips like those in more expensive inversion tables, but they work well enough to make you feel safe.

It also has a pull pin release system, a simple but very significant mechanism for people with back problems.

Stable Frame

Stability is another major factor to look for in inversion tables. Nobody wants to compromise safety in a very risky piece of exercise equipment.

Despite its affordable price, the Ironman LX 300 has a heavy-duty steel frame. It allows the table to stay firmly positioned on the floor.

Design and Specificationsironman-lx-300-inversion-table

The Ironman LX 300 is a compact inversion table measuring 46.5 x 27 x 57 inches (L x W x H) and weighing 55 lbs.

It is quite stable mainly due to the 1.5 inches thick square steel frame.

The backrest is made of 3/4″ soft foam. However, it would be much more comfortable if it has a headrest.

The table’s 275-pound weight capacity is a bit lower than most inversion tables, but it should still be sufficient for most.

Its height range is also 1-2 inches shorter than other inversion tables. It can be adjusted between 4’10” and 6’6″.

F.A.Q.

ironman-lx-300-foldable-inversion-tableIs it easy to set-up?

Yes. Assembly is relatively easy, although instructions could be better written. It is also advisable to use your own tools instead of the ones that come with the table.

Does it fold for easy storage?

Yes. It can be folded when not in use or if you need to move it to another location. However, it needs a more secure locking mechanism.

What is the user weight capacity?

The maximum user weight is 275 lbs.

My husband is more than 6 feet tall. Can he use this table?

Absolutely. It can be adjusted to accommodate users up to 6’6″ tall.

Are there indicators for the degrees of inversion?

None. There is an adjustable strap to control the degree of inversion, but there are no markers to indicate specific degrees.

Other Options

Another affordable but stable inversion table is the Ironman Gravity 1000.

It does not have fancy accessories but has the basic features like an ankle locking system and height adjustment.ironman-lx-300-inversion

If you still can’t come up with a decision, our review of the top 5 inversion tables can help you.

Conclusion

The Ironman LX 300 is a simple inversion table that satisfactorily meets basic requirements.

It may have a slightly lower weight and height capacity, but it is definitely safe, sturdy and comfortable.

If you are not after a high-end, extraordinary inversion table, then the Ironman LX 300 is the one for you.

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Innova ITX9700 Review 2017

innova-itx9700I was enticed to buy an inversion table because of positive feedback from people who had been relieved of persisting back pains. Some even said that daily use of the table replaced expensive visits to the chiropractor.

After months of using the Innova ITX9700, I completely understood them and I couldn’t agree more. This well-made inversion table is efficient and very easy to use.

It has comfortable ankle locks and a backrest with a removable head pillow and hot/cold compress-enabled lumbar bar. It also provides for easy height and inversion adjustment.

Best of all, it comes with a very economical price tag!

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Sturdy and stable
  • Comfortable ankle restraints
  • Smooth transition to upright position
  • Easy height adjustment
  • Easy inversion adjustment
  • Removable head pillow
  • Removable lumbar pad for hot/cold compress
  • Warranty-covered

Cons:

  • Bulky
  • Memory foam cover tears up along the edges
  • No lock to keep it folded

Features

Ankle Locking Systeminnova-itx9700-ankle-locks

I am very pleased with the secure and comfortable ankle holders of the Innova ITX9700.

There are opposing cups that hold the ankles, as if giving them a tight embrace. I consider them more comfortable than roller-type restraints.

4-Position Side Inversion Pin

While most inversion tables have a tether strap to control the inversion, the Innova ITX-9700 sets itself apart.

The degree of inversion is adjusted by positioning the pin in any of the 4 degree settings – accurate, safe and easy.

Lumbar Bar for Hot or Cold Compress

Another pleasant surprise is the universal lumbar bar. Not all inversion tables within the same price range have this accessory.

What’s even better is that it can be used for hot or cold compress for added relief. However, note that the hot/cold compress is not included when you purchase the table.

Others

  • It has foam-covered handles that you can grip as you go back to the upright position.
  • The backrest is made of large memory foam with a removable pillow. However, the foam’s cover tends to tear up along the edges.

Design and Specifications

The Innova ITX9700 weighs 55 lbs.

When assembled, it measures 46 x 28 x 63 inches (L x W x H).

Even bulky users will find it safe and comfortable because it has a maximum user weight of 300 lbs.

The height can also be adjusted from 4’10” up to 6’6″.

The table is made of well-made materials, and is also covered by 1-year warranty.

F.A.Q.

Is it easy to set-up?

Yes. There are clear assembly instructions to guide you.

Are there preset inversion settings?

Yes. You can easily adjust the degree of inversion using the 4-pin slots on the side.

Are the head pillow and lumbar bar removable?

innova-itx9700-hot-or-cold-compress-lumbar-barYes. Both can be attached with velcro.

Does the hot and cold compress come with the table?

No. You have to buy it separately.

What is the user weight capacity?

The maximum user weight is 300 lbs.

Can it be folded for easy storage?

You can fold the table when not in use. However, it does not have a lock to keep it securely folded.

Other Options

Another inversion table with a comfortable backrest is the Teeter EP-560 Ltd.

The flexible backrest also has a removable head pillow and lumbar bridge for added support and comfort. There are also accupressure nodes that target different pressure points to help release tension.

You can also choose from the 5 best inversion tables in this post.

Conclusion

The Innova ITX9700 proves that there are reasonably priced inversion tables that can give expensive ones a run for their money.

It has unique features that are typically offered by pricey, high-end tables like a 4-position side inversion pin for safe and easy adjustment and a lumbar bar for hot/cold compress.

In conclusion, there is no doubt that the Innova ITX9700 is one of the best inversion tables on the market today.innova-itx9700-inversion-table

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Teeter EP-960 Ltd Review 2017

teeter-ep-960-ltdThe Teeter EP-960 Ltd is one of the more popular inversion tables in the market today. When I finally purchased it, I knew why.

This solid table has heat-treated steel parts that are scratch-resistant. I just love how stable the whole thing is!

It also has special features and accessories that enable me to comfortably invert while achieving maximum decompression benefits.

While it may not be the most affordable, I can strongly consider it one of the best inversion tables.

Pros:

  • Easy assembly
  • Solid and sturdy
  • Comfortable ankle support
  • Long bar for securing and releasing ankle holders
  • Comfortable backrest
  • Space-saving
  • Warranty

Cons:

  • Pricey

Features

EZ Reach Ankle System

teeter-ep-960-ez-reach-ankle-systemDuring my first few inversion attempts, my constant fear was sliding off the table completely.

With the safe and comfortable ankle locks of the Teeter EP-960, I was able to overcome that fear.

I feel secure with the triple lock and the snug fit of the ankle support. The footrest is also adjustable so it is comfortable for any foot size.

I love that the handle for the ankle lock is quite long. Because of my back problems, I appreciate the minimized bending requirement.

Preset Inversion Angles

I prefer starting off with mild inversion to allow my back to warm up before proceeding to more acute angles.

The EZ-Angle Tether has preset options of 20, 40 and 60 degrees.

It enables you to easily adjust and control your inversion and makes it easy for you to adjust and control your inversion.

teeter-ep-960-comfortrak-bedComforTrak Bed

While its backrest is not padded like some inversion tables, I like how it feels as if it’s naturally part of my back because it flexes with my movement.

There is a removable head pillow that I can place wherever it feels comfortable.

It also has nice accessories for extra comfort.

There are Accupressure nodes that provide targeted pressure for muscle relief. These have 4 options to meet different user heights.

I also love the lumbar bridge! I can really feel the deep decompression as it supports my lower back.

Function-filled Handles

The handles are primarily for assisting you in going back to the upright position.

But the Teeter EP-960 Ltd has every handle and grip surface especially designed for better comfort and maximized stretching.

The traction handles have a push-button for releasing you from full inversion while the Stretch-Max handles provide assistance and additional stretching options.

In addition, there are strategically located handholds in the ComforTrak Bed. You can hold on to them and pull yourself for added stretching and realignment.

Design and Specifications

The TeeterEP-960 Ltd measures 60 x 29 x 58.5 inches (L x W x H).

It has a weight capacity of 300 lbs.

The table can comfortably fit petite or tall users because its height can be adjusted from 4’8″ to 6’6″.

This strong and sturdy inversion table is covered by a full 5-year warranty.

F.A.Q.

Is it easy to set-up?

teeter-ep-960-ltd-folds-for-easy-storageYes. Teeter Hang-ups specified that it will take you 5 easy steps and 13 minutes to assemble the table.

It also comes with a Getting Started DVD which is really helpful.

Does it fold for easy storage?

Yes, it is foldable. However, the handles and pivot pins will prevent you from storing it completely flat.

What is the user weight capacity?

The weight limit is 300 lbs.

I am on the shorter side. Can the height be adjusted to fit me?

Yes. Its minimum height setting is 4’8″.

Is it comfortable even without a padded back?

Yes. It provides better alignment because it fits the shape of your back.

Do I need to wear special boots?

No. You just need to wear socks and regular shoes because they support your ankles better. They will also keep you securely locked in.

Other Options

You can have the benefits of inversion therapy without going beyond your budget.

The Ironman Gravity 4000 may be very affordable, but it is also strong and comfortable enough help you achieve the benefits of inversion therapy.

If you still want to explore other alternatives, check out this post where we reviewed the best inversion tables on the market.http://amzn.to/2eeQQgr

Conclusion

If you are into inversion therapy and you try the Teeter EP-960 Ltd, you will immediately know that it is a high-quality inversion table.

It is made of excellent materials and all its components are designed to give you a very relaxing experience.

It may be more expensive than most inversion tables in the market but as they say, you get what you pay for. It’s definitely worth the price.

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Ironman Gravity 1000 Review 2017

The Gravity 1000 is more basic compared to other Ironman Fitness inversion tables.

There may be no sophisticated characteristics or accessories, but it has the essentials like a stable frame, height adjustment and ankle locking features.

Bottomline: it gets the job done!

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Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Sturdy and stable
  • Easy height adjustment
  • Foldable

Cons:

  • Bulky
  • Uncomfortable ankle cuffs
  • Difficult ankle release mechanism
  • Damaged or missing parts upon delivery

Features

Ankle Locking System

ironman-gravity-1000-ankle-locking-systemWhen inversion therapy was introduced to me, safety was my main concern. If I will be suspended upside down, I should be 100% sure that I won’t fall and die.

The ankle locks of the Ironman Gravity 1000 feel really secure. I do not worry about sliding all the way down and I can completely focus on stretching and relaxing my back.

However, releasing the lock can be quite difficult. I hope that Ironman Fitness can find a way to make it easy to release while maintaining the table’s security.

In addition, the rubber-like material used in the ankle cuffs are not very comfortable.

Sturdy and Stable Frame

Stability is another reason why you should be confident of your safety while inverting in the Ironman Gravity 1000.

Its frame is made of durable tubular steel.ironman-gravity-1000-handles-and-backrest

It also has rubber floor stabilizers that keep the table firmly fixed in its place, regardless of the degree of your inversion.

Others

  • The extra-long handles assist you in easily returning to the upright position.
  • Its nylon backrest is also quite comfortable.

Design and Specifications

The Ironman Gravity 1000 is only 46 lbs. and is lighter than most inversion tables.

The entire equipment measures 49 x 25 x 62 inches (L x W x H).

Despite being more compact, it still has a decent weight capacity of 300 lbs.

It can also be adjusted to fit users from 4’9″ to 6’6″ tall.

F.A.Q.

Is it easy to set-up?

It is relatively easy to assemble because of the illustrated instructions. However, it comes in many pieces that need to be put together. What’s worse is if you receive a package that has missing or broken pieces.

ironman-gravity-1000-foldable-inversion-tableCompared to other tables, it is lighter by a few pounds. Is it stable?

Yes, thanks to its durable steel frame and non-skid rubber stabilizers.

Does it fold for easy storage?

Yes, although it does not lay flat because of the handle bars. It is lighter than other inversion tables but it is still a hassle to unfold and set it up every single time. Besides, it is beneficial to use it for short, frequent sessions.

What is the user weight capacity?

The weight capacity specified is 300 lbs.

How easy is it to go back to the upright position?

If your table is set to your height, balance is also established accurately. This will enable you to easily go back to your original position. Put your arms in front to shift your body weight. As the table releases from inversion, you just slowly reach for the handles to pull yourself up.

Other Options

If you want to level up your inversion therapy experience, you can get the Ironman IFT 1000.

It also has Far Infrared Therapy (F.I.R.) that incorporates heat for a more soothing experience. It costs significantly more than the Gravity 1000, but your tired back and sore muscles will thank you for it.

You can also check out our comparison of the 10 best inversion tables on the market today.

Conclusion

While the more popular Ironman Gravity 4000 has a better backrest and ankle locking system, the Gravity 1000 is still a respectable choice.

At an affordable price, you get a stable and efficient table.

With a feeling of security while enjoying the relaxing benefits of inversion therapy, the rest are merely optional add-ons.ironman-gravity-1000-inversion-table

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Ironman Gravity 4000 Review 2017

ironman-gravity-4000While there are conflicting views on the effectiveness of inversion therapy, I am one of the firm believers of its benefits.

After several years of contemplating, I finally got myself an Ironman Gravity 4000, and I am so glad I did.

It’s a simple piece of equipment that is easy to assemble, safe, comfortable, and effective.

Best of all, it is nearly half the price of most of the inversion tables on the market!

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Easy to install
  • Sturdy and stable
  • High weight capacity
  • Easy height adjustment
  • Long foot clamp handle for minimal bending
  • Smooth transition from upright to inverted position
  • Good customer service

Cons:

  • Poor packaging
  • Heavy
  • Locking mechanism is difficult to open once locked

Features

ironman-gravity-4000-ankle-locking-systemAnkle Locking System

Everyone with back problems wants to minimize bending over as much as possible.

The Ironman Gravity 4000 has a long handle with a palm-activated ratchet. It enables you to lock your ankles without having to bend or pull yourself too much.

However, you can expect your feet  to slide off the footrest when you are inverted. Don’t worry because the ankle supports are strong enough to keep you safe.

Strong Construction

Given its affordability, the durable materials and strong construction of the Ironman Gravity 4000 are remarkable.

It has an extra wide frame that gives the table additional weight for support.

The feet are reinforced with non-skid rubber for that much-needed stability during inversion.

Safety and Comfort

The makers of Ironman Gravity 4000 made sure that the table is safe and comfortable.ironman-gravity-4000-memory-foam-backrest

  • It has a tether strap that you can easily adjust to control the maximum angle of inversion.
  • The sides are covered with vinyl to protect your hands and fingers.
  • Its backrest is made of 2-inch multi-layer Memory foam. This firm but relaxing backrest is covered with water-resistant vinyl so I don’t have to worry about sweating while undergoing inversion therapy.
  • There is also a removable lumbar pillow to provide additional support for your lower back.
  • It has nice foam-covered handles. I like that they are extra-long so I can easily return to the upright position.

Design and Specifications

The Ironman Gravity 4000 weighs 75 lbs. but can accommodate users up to 350 lbs.

It measures 49 x 26 x 65 inches (L x W x H) when assembled.

The table’s height can be adjusted from 4’9″to 6’6″. I find that extending it to two inches more than my height makes the table more balanced.

The Memory foam backrest is 2.5 inches thick. It stays firm and does not deflate despite frequent use.

You can start at different angles but the table can invert up to 180 degrees.

F.A.Q.

Is it easy to set-up?

Yes. I was able to assemble it in less than 30 minutes.

Does it fold for easy storage?

Yes. However, it is bulky and does not get completely flat. It is also heavy so if you have ample space, you can just leave it assembled.

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Can the height be adjusted?

Yes. You can set the table from 4’9″ and extend it to 6’6″.

What is the weight limit?

The table can withstand a maximum user weight of 350 lbs.

Can the degree of inversion be locked?

No. You just manually set the maximum inversion by adjusting the tether strap. A shorter strap will mean smaller inversion while a longer strap will create a more acute inversion angle.

Can I do sit-ups on the Ironman Gravity 4000?

You can do crunches or sit-ups but only when fully inverted, or else you will just shift the balance point. However, this machine is not intended for that purpose. For your safety, stick to using it for inversion therapy.

Other Options

There is no doubt that the Ironman Gravity 4000 is a good inversion table for its price. However, you can choose to spend a few hundred dollars more to get advanced features.

The Teeter EP 960-Ltd has preset tether markings so you can easily adjust and control your inversion, a comfortable track bed that flexes with your movement, and Accupressure nodes that target specific points for muscle relief.

If you are still undecided, you may check out our comparison of the best inversion tables here.

Conclusion

The Ironman Gravity 4000 is best for people who want to try inversion therapy but are not willing to shell out a lot of money.

This affordable inversion table has desirable features like a safe ankle locking system, flexible height settings, high weight capacity, and adjustable inversion angles.

You will definitely love the Ironman Gravity 4000.

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Pure Fitness Inversion Table Review 2017

The Pure Fitness Inversion Table can fulfill its main purpose.

It has a comfortable backrest and grip handles, a safety strap to control inversion, and an extensive height adjustment range.

However, it comes with several challenges, beginning with its complicated assembly.

Read on to learn more about this affordable and compact inversion table.

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Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Comfortable backrest
  • Extensive height adjustment range
  • Compact and foldable

Cons:

  • Difficult to assemble
  • Not sturdy
  • Limited weight capacity
  • Inadequate ankle restraints

Features

Inversion Control

It is advisable to always start slowly before going for full inversion.

Like most inversion tables, you can control the degree of inversion of the Pure Fitness Inversion Table.pure-fitness-inversion-control

It has a nylon safety strap that determines the maximum inversion angle. There are no marked settings but I like that I can freely set my preferred degree by adjusting the strap.

Ankle Restraints

There are foam rollers in front and at the back of your ankles to keep you safe while inverting.

While they are comfortable enough, I don’t feel that they are adequate to keep me secure.

I find myself being conscious of sliding all the way down. As a result, my leg muscles tend to tighten to make sure that I remain hooked up to the table.

The only saving grace is the easy push pin that releases you from the lock without much effort.

Others

  • The handles are designed with curves to allow comfortable grip in different stretching positions.
  • Its contoured bench is comfortable because of its high density foam. It is upholstered with washable vinyl so it is very easy to maintain.

Design and Specifications

pure-fitness-inversion-table-height-adjustmentThe Pure Fitness is one of the most compact inversion tables, measuring 54 x 26 x 74.5 inches (L x W x H).

It weighs 46 lbs. and is completely foldable so storage should not be a problem.

Its 2″ thick high density foam backrest is comfortable and sturdy.

Because of its size, it has a limited weight capacity which is 220 lbs.

On the other hand, the adjustable height range is quite extensive because it can accommodate users from 4’7″ to 6’5″ tall.

F.A.Q.

Is it easy to set-up?

Unfortunately, assembly is one of the biggest letdowns of this inversion table. The instructions are poorly written and very difficult to comprehend. The components are not marked for proper identification and they don’t seem to fit accurately.

Does it fold for easy storage?

Yes. It is lighter and more compact than most inversion tables so you can easily fold it for storage.

What is the shortest height setting?pure-fitness-ankle-locks

The minimum height setting is 4’7″.

What is the user weight capacity?

If you weigh more than 220 lbs., you cannot use the Pure Fitness Inversion Table.

Can I use it barefoot?

Due to the design of its ankle restraints, I suggest that you wear shoes for added security and comfort.

Is it stable given its size?

Yes. Despite being relatively smaller, it is rather stable. However, you will probably feel less confident about it because of its inadequate ankle support.

Other Options

If you are willing to spend more for a higher quality inversion table, you can get the Teeter EP-560 Ltd.

It has a better ankle support system, a more comfortable backrest with a removable head pillow, a lumbar bar, and preset rotation markings.

If you are still undecided, you can also check out our comparison of the best inversion tables.

Conclusion

The Pure Fitness could be a good inversion table for people with limited budget and space.

However, I prefer to spend more money and have a bulkier table than deal with its major flaws. I can tolerate its difficult assembly but not its inadequate ankle support and low weight capacity.

You should consider buying better alternatives that are similar in price.