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Teeter Hang Ups Inversion Tables: Back Bulging, Herniated Disc And More

Updated on July 31, 2012

Teeter Hang Ups Inversion Tables have gained much attention in recent years. Doctors today spend most of their time treating the symptoms of backpain using methods such as electrical stimulation, anti-inflammatory medications, coritzone injections and ultrasound. Unfortunately,providing temporary relief of symptoms does not address the cause of back pain. In many cases the largest contributing factor to back pain is spinal compression.

Spinal compression is something that takes place in our bodies over a lifetime. The force of gravity acting on our bodies creates pressure and stresses our joints, mucles, bones and ligaments. The area that is affected most is the spine. Developing imbalance in the muscles combined with gravity, pushes the vertabrae together, which compresses the discs.

The discs contain a material that acts like a shock absorber which allows for cushioning and flexibility when exercising, sitting and standing. In the course of a day the effects of gravity force some of the cushioning fluid out of the discs which decreases the space between them. During sleep, some, but not all of this fluid is reabsorbed by the discs. This continued process over the years is the reason why people lose one half to two inches of height in their senior years.

When the distance between the vertabrae becomes to small the result is nerve pressure which leads to pain. Many activities in life result in unevenly distributed pressure upon the spine.This eventually causes serious problems such as bulging discs and herniated discs, which leads to spinal damage and a life of chronic pain. Even the smallest amount of decompression at this point can be sufficient to relieve pressure on nerves and allow herniated discs to pop back into place.

In recent years, Teeter Hang Ups have become a popular means of spinal decompression. This common form of inversion therapy is performed using an inversion table. The table allows you to invert in a relaxed position. which reduces the pressure on the discs and vertabrae allowing the ligaments and muscles around the spine to relax. Research involving many clinical studies have found that inversion therapy is the quickest, safest and most effective way to relieve back pain by recovering lost space between the vertabrae.

Inversion therapy has been found to have several other benefits beside spinal decompression. It relieves back pain, improves cartilage nutrition, helps relieve stress and fatigue, increases the flow of oxygen to the brain, improves joint flexibility and range of motion, prevents loss of height which occurs due to the effects of gravity over the years, offsets the effects of strenuous workouts and other activities that have caused uneven compression on the spine, improves circulation allowing lymphatic system to clear which eases aches and pains in the muscles more effectively.

There have been some concerns regarding the safety of using Teeter Hang Ups. Some users have been concerned because their face gets red while inverted. This isn't unhealthy. In fact, the opposite is true. Increased blood flow to the skin, eyes, hair and brain promotes health in these areas. People have found that if they are not comfortable they can invert to a lesser angle until they become used to being inverted. Individuals with heart disease, eye conditions, high blood pressure or those who have had fusion surgery should check with their doctor before using inversion therapy.

Teeter Hang Ups are by far the most popular inversion table sold on the market today. They have designed their inversion tables for specific needs. If you are looking for a table for home use, you are between 4’8” – 6’6”, looking to decompress joints due to back discomfort the following table is right for you:


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      Steve 6 years ago

      I herniated my L5/S1 disc back in late October, and was in misery. I bought a Teeter inversion table in early January. I've been using it 3x/daily for just over a month now. While I can't be sure that it's THE reason for my improvements, I believe it has greatly contributed to the healing process. In the last week I've seem to have really turned a corner in terms of pain relief and comfort. I do believe using the table is helping the herniation seal back up, and slowly move out of the spinal cord canal to where it belongs. I may have dodged the surgery bullet by investing in this. It's a small price to pay really. I'm virtually pain-free now, and things keep improving.

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      MEtten 7 years ago

      Well written Steve Mark ! I, too, have been down the road both yourself and others have traveled. Nearly 4 years back, I injured my spinal column which left me with a severe case of disc protrusion/herniation in various places including S1/L5 (similar to as Netters mentioned). From Percocet to Fentynal to exercise therapy to chiropractic care to epidural shots to every pain med under the sun, a person truly does come down to the conclusion that the cause of the problem is never addressed. I have literally tried it all except for accupunture. At present, I have just made the purchase of a Teeters EP-950 unit and have begun 3 daily 15 to 30 minute stretches a day. Thusfar, I could not agree with you more regarding the Teeter units - top notch, top quality (I found mine at w/free shipping offered at the time). I truly trust the unit. I can adjust the degree of backward tilt very easily and have no fear (at approx. 230 pounds). I do know I will need to give it time and watch myself not to over do it as recommended. I remain hopeful that I will continue to feel the positive results over the course of the next few months.

      Chronic pain is no fun and can place a severe damper on one's emotions. If you are considering inversion, definitely do your homework and understand all your options. I will say have found for myself as mentioned, the logic seems to make sense. I remain a "holdout" to surgery (especially when given a 50/50 probability of success) as I have in my many contacts found the number relatively small out of the many people I have come across with a similar problem (15-20 individuals). My father too, had disc issues that put him down for years with a loss of normal bladder control. Finally, after the right Doctor things took a positive turn. Another relative was paralyzed unfortunately and later took his own life. Others I know still deal with the issues despite the "corrective surgery" taken. And as well, there are successes out there as well (I have unfortunately only come upon 2).

      Just sharing and I wish everyone a pain free (or tolerable) life and God bless !

      P.S. Will update as time allows...take care and live well !

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      linz warrior 7 years ago

      hello i want to will this inverter help me as i suffer from pain caused by bulging discs and i love cycling but i am not sure if will do my back any more harm?

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      charlotte chiropractor kinesiology 8 years ago

      Well informed article.

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      rick 8 years ago

      this is a great sounding device for health and "head" blood rushing...can I buy one cheap at a hospital parts store in my area??? I would like one now

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      Jennifer Bhala 8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Great hub. Inversion tables are really good. I have one but silly me, I have hardly ever used it. Will have to  get it out and use it now. I healed my head, back and neck problems with essential oils, massage and past life work so I haven't felt compelled to get it out..

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      Astride Knighted 8 years ago

      Great Hub! I've been wondering about inversion tables. Interested to know what other people thought. I've got a little twinge in my lower back that might benefit from some time spent inverted.

      Thanks for the info

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      rongould 8 years ago

      My wife is looking into buying an inversion table rather than face surgery, short term. It works! She tried one at a friend's house and was amazed at the quick relief that lasted for several days.

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      Netters 8 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

      I have two herniated discs, L4 and L5 pressing on my S1 and S2. This therapy really does work. I'm so glad you did a hub about it. I was seeing a Dr. in Phoenix who would hook me up to a machine that slowly stretched you. It looked like something from midevil times. LOL But it worked!

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      Katherine Baldwin 8 years ago from South Carolina

      Check out Home Shopping Network. When we bought our Teeter Hang Up, they had the best deal around. Nothing feels better than hanging upside down like a bat, lol. Seriously, it really does help for those aches and pains.


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      Julie-Ann Amos 8 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Great hub and very interesting.  I remember years ago when in the Air Force my "physio" consisted of being suspended by my head and neck!  Seems to be the same sort of thing.

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      justmesuzanne 8 years ago from Texas

      Excellent information! Thank you! :)

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      Brian Stephens 8 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Just about everyone I know of a similar age to myself have had a back problem of some sort and I think the information you have provided here is spot on. Definitiely be sharing this with a few people.

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      hot dorkage 8 years ago from Oregon, USA

      MD's helping patients without drugs is a scary concept for them because anyone can buy an inversion table and that leaves them out of the equation COLD!

      When I come back from Australia I hope to build a yoga rope gym in my living room. This has all the benefits of an inversion table plus it is more flexible. I've been known to go to the park and just hang from the monkey bars by my knees to get some inversion. We also have a chin bar in one of our doorways, merely hanging from it by the hands and letting your body just hang will cause some lengthening of the column due to gravity. And every night in bed I hump my knees up and push on my thighs right where they bend until I feel some traction in my spine.

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      joarline 8 years ago

      Thank you Steve Mark,

      It's about time the truth came out. I hope lots of MD's happen on this hub. It may start them thinking of how to help their patients, even if there is no drug interface involved. JO

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      Om Prakash Singh 8 years ago from India, Calcutta

      Thanks for the info. Though I am not in the current need of it but just wanted to know about it for my knowledge. Thanks

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      stevemark122000 8 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your comment packerpack!

      Yes, you can use it at home. Inversion tables are lightweight and foldable for easy storage if you need to put it away. They don't take up much room and are not to high so you could use one in any room of the house.

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      Om Prakash Singh 8 years ago from India, Calcutta

      Yes stevemark122000, I too would like to as the same question as the one asked by Abhishek87 above. Can we use it at home if it be economically possible, I mean is there any technicalities involved that it cannot be done at home?

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      stevemark122000 8 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your comment Abhishek87! Yes, there are a number of manufacturers that produce inversion tables for personal use. The one I recommend is Teeter. They have been around along time, make very strong, durable tables and are the only manufacturer that offers a 5 year warantee. Their tables start at over 100 dollars. I purchased the Teeter Hang-ups 550/650 model for 299.00USD. It has proven to be a valuable purchase because it has freed me from neck pain that I have suffered from for a number of years.

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      Happy World 8 years ago from Slovenia, Europe

      Thanks, good info.

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      Abhishek87 8 years ago from India

      So, can you get these inversion tables for personal use or you have to go to a hospital only? Also, are they economical or costly at present ?