Folding Inversion Table
What is an Inversion Table?
An folding inversion table is a piece of equipment that helps stretch out your back by locking your ankles onto a board that tilts you upside down at multiple degrees to help stretch out your back and body. With your doctor’s or health care provider’s permission, Inversion tables can be a great addition to fixing any back problem issues.
There are many different kinds of inversion tables to choose from including commercial inversion tables, folding inversion table for home use and compact inversion tables also for home use. In this website we will be focusing on inversion tables that are used in the home.
All inversion tables pretty much work the same. The only differences between them is the size, construction, how much weight it can hold and how far the table can invert upside down. Most inversion tables go can go almost completely upside down or close to it.
How Does an Inversion Table work?
An inversion table works by strapping your ankles into the foot placement area and then allowing yourself to slowly tilt upside down by raising your hands above your head. When you raise your hands above your head it shifts the center of your body weight which will cause the inversion table to slowly invert to which ever inversion degree that you set it to.
Inversion tables have setting in them to allow you to tilt upside down as little or as much as you would prefer. Most of these inversion tables will start at around 15 degrees and go up from there. These setting are nice because when you first start out you do not want to go completely upside down. You want your body to get used to relaxing and fully stretching out before you allow yourself to go completely upside down. By letting your body get used to the inversion table at a lower incline, it will make for a full body stretch. If you are tense during the inversion you won’t get the proper stretch that you’ll want to get.
By getting into a slow routine and easing your way into the inversion table it will also be a lot safer for you. If you’re looking for a safe routine to get into check this article out here. You will see a good way to start out using an inversion table.
Why should I get an Inversion Table?
Inversion tables can help with many different back, shoulder, hip or leg issues because of it’s stretching capabilities. As always, remember to check with your doctor to make sure your injuries are ok to be helped by using an inversion table. Never get on an inversion table without talking to a doctor.
Here are just a few of the things that using an inversion table on a regular basis can help you with:
- Herniated Disc
- Back Pain
- Sciatic Nerve Pain
- Cervical Spinal Stenosis
- Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Remember always check with your doctor though before using an inversion table to make sure you are healthy enough to be using an inversion table.
Inversion Table Benefits
Because of an inversion tables ability to stretch out and help align your back, arms, shoulders, hips and legs, there are many benefits to using an inversion table which include:
- It can relieve back pain
- It can help straighten out and realign your spine
- Increase flexibility
- Help with better posture
- It can help with circulation
- It can help with stress
The reason inversion tables work so well is because overtime gravity can take a toll on your body. The constant compression of your bones, joints and muscles can cause problems over time. This is where an inversion table can help, by stretching and straightening out a lot of what gravity can do to your body.
What are the risks of an Inversion Table
The biggest risk of using an inversion table is after being on the table for a few minutes your blood pressure can raise, your heart rate can slow down and you can feel blood going to your head, including your eyes. This is where you need to talk to your doctor or a medical professional and make sure that you are healthy enough to be using an inversion table. If you take blood pressure medicine or blood thinner you need to be extra careful when using an inversion table to make sure that your body can handle it.
One way to make using the inversion table easier when starting out is to start at a low incline. By starting out at a low incline it will give your body time to adjust to using the inversion table. Also one benefit to starting out at a low incline is it makes it so your body can get fully comfortable being inverted. Once your body is fully comfortable being inverted you’ll notice your body will fully relax and not be tensed up during inversion. When your body is fully relaxed you’ll get a much better result using the inversion table.
As long as you have your doctors permission to use an inversion table, the risk of using an inversion table is very minimal. The best thing you can do is start slow by using a low incline for a short amount of time. Starting off for a minute or so at a time and the lowest incline and letting your body adjust before go any farther. You can find more information about that here. when it comes to using an inversion table the benefits definitely out weight the risks. Just try to be safe, listen to what your body is saying and don’t overdue it and you’ll be alright.
Before I go too far into this question let me just say that there are many good inversion tables on the market. Some of the things that I look for in a good inversion table is:
- How well it is built (quality of material and how sturdy it is)
- Comfort of the inversion table (How the ankle brackets feel and how comfortable the back rest is to us)
- Cost of the inversion table (how much bang for the buck do you get for the inversion table)
- How much height and weight can the inversion table hold
The Inversion Table that we recommend is the Innova ITX9600 Heavy Duty Inversion Table
We like this table for many reason:
- The Price is very good compared to others
- Very study and well built
- Easy to put together quickly
- Folds up nicely for easy storage
- Comfortable foot holders for your feet
- Many different angle settings
- Comfortable back board to lay on
- Height adjustment is easy to adjust
One great thing about inversion tables is that they are very easy to use. Inversion tables are so easy to use that there really is no learning curve at all to using one. I would say the biggest thing to know about using an inversion table is take it slow and let your body get used to it. By listening to your body, it will tell you if the incline is too much or if you are on it too long. If you are feeling any pain from the inversion table a day or two afterwards there is a good chance that you were on it too long. Next time try and do a lower incline for a less amount of time. To learn more click here to learn more about learning how to use an inversion table.
Most of the inversion tables on this website are fairly compact and fold up nicely for easy storage but if you really are tight on space and you are looking for the most compact inversion table on the market you will have to look at the Mastercare MINI Standard Inversion Table. This compact inversion table is about half the size of a regular folding inversion table. This compact inversion table is about half the size and weight of most other foldable inversion tables. You can learn about this product here.
What is the Difference between Gravity Boots and an Inversion Table
The first thing you are asking yourself is “what are gravity boots?” Gravity boots are boots or ankle straps that you put on and then hang yourself upside down on from a bar. These ankle straps/boots have hooks on them that will latch on to pull up bars and then you let yourself hang upside down on them.
For me personally, I am a much bigger fan of using an inversion table for many reasons.
Here are a few of the reason I believe inversion tables are better than gravity boots:
- Safer to use – With an inversion table you can strap yourself in and slowly tilt back at your own speed. If you feel uncomfortable at anytime using the inversion table you can just lower your arms and the inversion table will go vertical again with no problems.
- More comfortable – With an inversion table you have a soft padding to lay back on and a place to rest your head when tilting back. When you use a gravity boot you have to have enough body control to lower yourself down slowly. Usually, if you have any kind of back issues it’s hard to lower yourself down without a little bit of help and so this is where the inversion table makes a huge difference.
- Incline adjustment – When you use gravity boots your incline is either all or nothing. there is no middle of the road settings. You are either straight up and down or your are 100% vertical. When you use an inversion table you can slowly work your way up to being fully inclined and do it at your own speed. In an inversion table you could be at a 15 degree incline for months at a time and still get a good stretch.
- Easier to use – In my opinion the inversion table is way easier to use than gravity boots. For the gravity boots you have to find a bar that is strong enough hanging up in your house. You have to then put the boots on and lift both legs up onto the bar. Once your legs are up to the bar you have to make sure you get the gravity boots hooked in all the way. Then finally you have to lower yourself down slowly so you can get a good stretch. With an inversion table you just set your inversion angle, adjust your height and lock your feet into the inversion table. Next you just raise up your arms slowly and you’re upside down at what ever angle you wanted.
The one advantage that gravity boots do have over an inversion table is the cost. They tend to be a little cheaper because it’s a lot less of equipment and parts. If you are in great shape maybe boots might not be a bad option but I would definitely recommend an inversion table over gravity boots to anyone who isn’t in great shape.
Light Weight Inversion Table
One of the lightest inversion tables on the market is the Go Plus inversion table. The inversion table only weight about 50 lbs when shipped. Surprisingly this inversion table can hold someone up to 6’6″ tall and hold up to 300 lbs.
One of my biggest worries about an inversion table that is this light is the sturdiness of the inversion table. I feel like to get the inversion table to be so light they had to either use lighter less sturdy material or use less material. For the same price point you could spend money on getting one of the other inversion tables that might be just a little heavier and better build that have been recommended on this website.
How Long Should You Use Your Inversion Table
This question can be taken two different ways. Are you talking about each time you use your inversion table, how much time should you spend on it or are you talking about when your body starts feeling better after many uses, how long should you continue using it?
If you are talking about how long you should use it each time you are on the inversion table, I would say listen to your body. Start off slow by only doing it at a minute or two at a time and then you can slowly increase your time and your inversion level. If you are interested in learning more you can check out this article about getting started on your inversion table and how to start of slowly.
Now if you are talking about how long should you continue using an inversion table after your back starts to feel better, that is a whole different discussion.
I believe that using an inversion table should be a part of everyones normal workout routine. I think people should stay active my running, lifting weights, doing some form of yoga and using an inversion table to get a great stretch after workouts.
I would say that once your body starts to feel better after your initial uses, you could slowly cut back on how often you need to use it. When you are trying to correct any body aches and pains I would recommend using it at least once or twice a day. Once your body is fully healed, I would say cut back to using the inversion table about 3 or 4 times a week. Using the inversion table 3 or 4 times a week would make sure that your body stays stretched out and well aligned. By doing this it would be more of a preventive maintenance than anything else.