Most people who use an inversion table do so for relief of back pain. And while back pain relief is arguably the most life-changing benefit of decompressing on a Teeter, the upside of inversion doesn’t stop there! No matter your age or fitness level, inverting on a regular basis can benefit the body in so many ways. Here are five.
To Relieve Back Pain (Decompression)
Eighty percent of people experience back pain at some point in their lives. Perhaps finding relief for back pain is the reason you’re reading this.
Unlike painkillers, surgery or other invasive forms of treatment, inverting on a Teeter Inversion Table is a natural, passive way to target pain at the source. The “magic” is decompression, a stretch unlike any other that uses your own body weight in combination with gravity to elongate the spine and relieve back pain. Because your weight-bearing joints are decompressed by the same loads that compress them while upright, each joint gets the perfect amount of relief. This natural form of traction is comfortable and can be easily done in your own home.
Are you feeling stressed or tense? Do you have neck or shoulder pain, or even reoccurring tension headaches?
Whether it be poor posture, too much sitting, the rigor of day-to-day life or a combination of all of the above, our muscles are under a lot of stress. They tighten and compensate for misalignments and bad posture, leading to headaches and backache. Over time, muscle tension affects our mood as well as our sleep patterns.
Inverting on a Teeter Inversion Table lengthens the supporting muscles of the spine and encourages the body into correct posture. One study even showed a 35% decrease in muscle tension (measured by EMG activity) within the first 10 seconds of inverting! Invert for a few minutes to feel your body decompress and your muscles loosening up, and you’ll start to relax. (Bonus benefit: You may even sleep better!)
To Stretch After Exercise
Working out is important for fitness, but can be incredibly compressive on your body, especially when you include weighted exercises such as squats and deadlifts. Stretching for a few minutes on the Teeter Inversion Table after your workout helps to elongate your body, decompress your spine and loosen up your muscles to reduce post-workout soreness.
To Strengthen the Core
Strong abdominals, internal and external obliques, and lower back muscles are vital for proper support of the torso. A strong core helps maintain good posture, blood circulation, and flexibility. Crunches or sit-ups on Teeter inversion tables is a challenging way to develop and define the core muscles. Are you ready to take your workout to your next level?
To Jumpstart Your Morning
Roger Teeter, founder and chairman of Teeter, inverts every day – and especially loves to invert first thing in the morning for two reasons: “First, it is an amazingly fast way to wake up! The extra oxygen to the brain is like two cups of coffee without having to wait for the caffeine to kick in. The second reason is that I am typically stiff in the morning from sleeping in a curled-up position – inversion takes away that stiffness and helps me stand tall. For me, both things are accomplished in only 1 or 2 minutes at 60 to 70 degrees.”
Regardless of your age or history with back pain, the best way to maintain a healthy back throughout your life is by getting into the routine of decompressing your spine on a Teeter Inversion Table. Just as you brush your teeth every day to maintain your dental health, you should attend to the health of your spine as well.