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Teeter Hang Ups Inversion Tables are the finest, highest
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INVERSION HELPS:

- relieve many forms of back pain
- stretch and relax muscles
- relieve stress
- improve lymph flow
- drain blood from the lower limbs
- has been known to relieve varicose veins
- move fresh, oxygen rich blood to
your upper body and brain
- encourage good posture
 

     
Teeter Hang Ups EP550 Inversion Table
 

Teeter Hang Ups EP 550 Inversion Table
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Teeter Hang Ups EP950 Inversion Table 
 

Teeter Hang Ups EP 950 Inversion Table
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TEETER HANG UPS DEX II
 

Teeter Hang Ups Dex II
Teeter Home use Inversion Products
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TEETER HANG UPS EP 550 INVERSION TABLE  

Teeter Hang Ups EP550 Inversion Table

 

Innovative Design: Engineers specifically designed the EP-550 to follow the natural curves of the back for a more comfortable and effective inversion experience. New “Flex Technology” allows the table bed to move with you while performing stretches and exercises with ease and precision.

Medical-grade Standards: Backed by independent certification to the strictest standards available, Teeter Hang Ups EP-series inversion tables are Classified as UL 60601-1, Medical Electrical Equipment, part I; General Requirements for Safety in accordance with Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

Warranty and Guarantees: Teeter Hang Ups five-year warranty exceeds industry standards.

Specialized Features: Most inversion tables imitate the look of Teeter, but can’t come close to matching the quality. Components most often sacrificed in the attempt to lower price are those that are in place to ensure long-term enjoyment and user protection. The Teeter Hangs Ups EP-550 offers more upgrades in quality and aesthetic than any other brand. Specialized features include:

  • Flex Technology: The injection-molded bed design features “Flex Technology,” allowing the back rest to bend and accommodate your stretches for greater mobility and range of motion
  • Corner feet increase the A-frame base by 20%, reduce sliding on hard surfaces, and protect floors
  • Adjustable Tether Strap allows user to pre-set angle before inverting
  • Adjustable head pillow : Attach for added comfort while inverting
  • Adjustable Foot Platform: With two settings, allows users to easily find the best height for optimum ankle comfort and security
  • Full inversion option: compared with competing brands, engineering tests have shown that Teeter inversion tables are the most precisely balanced to allow controlled lockout in full inversion
  • Optional accessories: Teeter Hang Ups offers the only inversion tables on the market that can be modified with accessories:
    • Vibration Cushion with Far Infrared Neck Pillow: 10 vibrating motors and two Far Infrared heater help increase circulation and relax muscles for a more complete inversion experience
    • Adapter Kit, which comes complete with Gravity Boots and CV Bar for converting the inversion table. See EP-550 Sport model.
    • EZ Stretch Traction Handles: Provide added benefit to inverted stretching and decompression, as well as an effective tool for oscillation.
    • Over EZ Training Handles: Larger support handles for worry-free inversion.
  • Value-added materials: Laminated Owner’s Manual comes attached to the unit; Instructional DVD includes five exercise and stretching Healthy Back Classes by Dr. Shawn
  • Heat treated steel for added strength in key structural components
  • Auto-locking hinges to secure the bed frame from disconnecting from the base for portability and security when during stretching or exercise
  • Specialized pivot bearings for a lifetime of squeak-free rotation
  • Adjustable roller hinges with cam locks offers added stability and choice of three rates of rotation
  • De-rattler knob reduces shifting for smooth, quiet rotation – the only style on the market to structurally engage the main shaft
  • Injection-coated rubber hand grips for added durability
  • Triple-plated chrome main shaft: embossed height markers in both in. and cm. allow easy adjustment for users from 4’8” to 6’6” (142 to 198 cm)
  • High quality finishes: scratch-resistant powder coating and triple-plated chrome
  • Curved front ankle clamps for greater comfort and security
  • Easily folds for storage to 28" x 16" x 66" (71 x 41 x 168 cm)
  • U.S. and foreign patents apply. Other foreign patents pending.

Teeter Hang Ups EP 550 Inversion Table

NEW Flex Technology

Teeter Hang Ups EP 550 Inversion Table

EP-550 with Adapter Kit

Teeter Hang Ups EP-550 Inversion Table rotates on a pivot system. With simple arm movements (rotation is accomplished by shifting the weight of the arms), the table easily rotates to any comfortable angle. The smooth rotation allows for oscillation and intermittent traction. Adjustable roller hinges allow you to pre-select three levels to control the aggressiveness of rotation, and the tether strap allows you to pre-select the maximum angle of inversion. Comfortable ankle clamps hold you securely while inverting.

And you don't need to fully invert to feel the benefits! With the advanced bed design featuring “Flex Technology” (see image right) you can mobilize and stretch while partially inverted for a more effective decompression experience.

Of course, if you decide you'd like to go to full inversion (half of all users do), Teeter Hang Ups offers the most reliable and responsive inversion tables on the market. While at 90°, you can continue to mobilize, stretch, and even perform inverted exercises like sit-ups and squats! The EP-550 securely and easily "locks" in this position and can be released with simple arm movements.

Although most people find the standard ankle clamps on the EP-550 comfortable, some user's may want more support. That's why Teeter offers a way to convert the table for use with Gravity Boots. Be sure to check out the Teeter Hang Ups EP-550 Sport, which includes the Adapter Kit (CV Bar and Gravity Boots) plus EZ-Stretch Traction Handles - two great accessories that take the Teeter inversion table to the next level!

The EP-550 Inversion Table folds compactly for storage in a closet, corner or under a bed. Every table comes with an instructional DVD and laminated owner's manual. Comes 85% pre-assembled, with the tools needed to complete assembly.

TEETER HANG UPS EP550 INVERSION TABLE

Regular Price Cdn$ 499.00 + tax

Sale price Cdn$ 429.00 + tax

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Since 1981, Teeter Hang Ups has set the standard for quality inversion and back care products.

Proprietary design and patented features create an inversion table that is easy to assemble, easy to use and durable. Five-year warranty and product materials (owner's manual, instructional video and book) offer unparalleled customer support.

denotes features that are unique to Teeter Hang Ups equipment

Teeter Hang Ups out performs competition in product quality tests 
  During an independent engineering study of the 7 most widely distributed inversion tables, the F5000 outperformed competitors in structural integrity and durability.
UL Classified 2601-1 
 

For Medical Equipment in a Clinical Setting; requires a 400% safety factor

There are no government regulations to control the structural integrity and product quality of inversion products.  Make sure that your inversion option can quantify their claim of safe equipment by providing certificates or classifications to demonstrate successful voluntary testing to effective standards, like UL 2601-1.

5-year warranty 
  Covers all components
Valued-added materials 
  Includes Instructional Video, laminated Owner's Manual and 90-page book Better Back, Better Body
Auto-locking hinges 
  Secure bed to A-frame for improved security and portability
Adjustable roller hinges with cam locks 
  Added stability and choice of three rates of rotation
Teflon ® embedded epoxy coated roller bearings 
  For a lifetime of smooth, squeak-free rotation
Heat treated, high quality carbon steel 
  Added strength in key structural components
De-rattler knob 
  Reduces shifting for smooth, quiet rotation – the only style on the market to structurally engage the main shaft
Injection-coated rubber hand grips 
  Added durability
Triple-plated chrome main shaft 
  Embossed height markers in both in. and cm. allow easy adjustment for users from 4'8” to 6'6”
Adjustable tether strap
  Allows user to pre-set angle before inverting
High quality finishes
  Scratch-resistant powder coating and triple-plated chrome
Curved front ankle clamps
  Greater comfort and security
Optional Accessories
 

The only inversion table on the market that can be modified with accessories:

Gravity Boots - provide maximum comfort and support for the ankles. Order the Adapter Kit, which comes complete with Gravity Boots and CV Bar for converting the inversion table.

Over EZ Training Handles – larger support handles for worry-free inversion

EZ Angle Tether Strap – offers preset angles at 20, 40 and 60 degrees

Full inversion option
  Can be adjusted to lock fully inverted for exercise
Easily folds for storage
  Storage dimensions: 28" W x 16" L x 66" H
Quick and easy assembly
  85% pre-assembled with less than ¼ the average number of parts of other inversion tables; includes tools for assembly

 


TEETER HANG UPS EP 950 INVERSION TABLE


Teeter Hang Ups EP 950 Inversion Table

Achieve a better back, better body with Teeter Hang Ups.   In just a few minutes a day, you can experience natural relief of back pain and improved joint health:

  • Re-hydrate discs to expedite repair for better shock absorption and flexibility
  • Reduce nerve pressure
  • Realign weight bearing skeleton
  • Relax tense muscles
  • Improve joint flexibility and range of movement

When you want a natural, in-home solution for a healthier back, try inversion – if you value quality, look to Teeter Hang Ups.

 

Features in addition to EP 550:

  • Ratchet Ankle Lock System: The extended handle for the ankle lock system provides an easy-to-reach solution in addition to its triple lock security feature.
  • EZ Stretch Traction Handles™:  With the muscles in your lower back relaxed, pushing on the handles can help to increase traction and enhance your stretching experience. The handles can also be used as a tool for intermittent traction and oscillation.
  • Over EZ Handles™:  Larger padded support handles assist during inversion and ascent
  • Pre-set Rotation Control:  The EZ AngleTM Tether Strap is a unique feature that allows pre-set angles at 20, 40 or 60 degrees and provides an easy guide to where the benefits of inversion begin and are fully realized.
  • Over-Sized Medical Grade Frame

 

 

Vibration Cushion with Far Infrared Neck Pillow – 10 vibrating motors and two Far Infrared heaters help increase circulation and relax muscles for a more therapeutic inversion experience.

U.S. and foreign patents apply.  Other foreign patents pending.

SPECS

Height capacity:     4’8” - 6’6" (142 – 198 cm)

Packaged dimensions:      50" x 30 x 7"  (127 x 70 x 18 cm)

Packaged weight:  74 lbs  (33.6 kgs)
U.S. and foreign patents apply.  Other foreign patents pending. 

TEETER HANG UPS EP 950 INVERSION TABLE
Regular Price Cdn$ 615.00 + tax
Sale price Cdn$ 515.00 + tax

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TEETER HANG UPS DEX II

 

Teeter Commercial and Inversion Products
DEX • decompression & extension™

Sale price
Cdn$ 469.00 + tax

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The DEX II is a forward-rotating, user-controlled inversion machine. The body is placed in a 90/90 position, which helps to flatten the lumbar curve for greater separation of lower vertebrae. Traction is applied to the hip joints and spine, with no loads to the ankles and knee joints. The DEX II is ideal for back extension exercises - it works like a roman chair, but with better ergonomic support – and the unique traction handles offer a method for stretching and increased decompression.

With Teeter Hang Ups you can achieve a better back, better body TM in just a few minutes a day. Experience a wide range of benefits, including relief of back pain, improved posture through better alignment, enhanced circulation and reduced stress. When you want a natural, in-home solution for a healthier back, try inversion – if you value quality, look to Teeter Hang Ups.  


Developed by an Inversion Innovator: The industry leader since 1981, Teeter Hang Ups has focused solely on producing the best value inversion equipment with time-proven design features that ensure dependability and user security.

Warranty and Guarantees. Teeter Hang Ups five-year warranty exceeds industry standards.

Specialized Features. Developed with engineering experience for the unique dynamics of inversion equipment, the DEX II offers specialized features that include:


 SPECIFICATIONS:

Height capacity: 4’8” - 6’6" (142 – 198 cm)

Packaged dimensions: 39" x 30” x 8" (99 x 76 x 20 cm)

Packaged weight: 66 lbs (30 kgs)
U.S. and foreign patents apply. Other foreign patents pending.  

PRODUCT INFORMATION

EP-550 INVERSION TABLE

Since 1981, Teeter Hang Ups has set the standard for quality inversion and back care products.

Proprietary design and patented features create an inversion table that is easy to assemble, easy to use and durable. Five-year warranty and product materials (owner's manual, instructional video and book) offer unparalleled customer support.

denotes features that are unique to Teeter Hang Ups equipment

•   Teeter Hang Ups out performs competition in product quality tests 

During an independent engineering study of the 7 most widely distributed inversion tables, the F5000 outperformed competitors in structural integrity and durability.

•  UL Classified 2601-1  

For Medical Equipment in a Clinical Setting; requires a 400% safety factor

There are no government regulations to control the structural integrity and product quality of inversion products.  Make sure that your inversion option can quantify their claim of safe equipment by providing certificates or classifications to demonstrate successful voluntary testing to effective standards, like UL 2601-1.

•  5-year warranty 

Covers all components

•  Valued-added materials 

Includes Instructional Video, laminated Owner's Manual and 90-page book Better Back, Better Body

•  Auto-locking hinges  

Secure bed to A-frame for improved security and portability

•  Adjustable roller hinges with cam locks  

Added stability and choice of three rates of rotation

•  Teflon ® embedded epoxy coated roller bearings 

For a lifetime of smooth, squeak-free rotation

•  Heat treated, high quality carbon steel  

Added strength in key structural components

•  De-rattler knob  

Reduces shifting for smooth, quiet rotation – the only style on the market to structurally engage the main shaft

•  Injection-coated rubber hand grips  

Added durability

•  Triple-plated chrome main shaft 

Embossed height markers in both in. and cm. allow easy adjustment for users from 4'8” to 6'6”

•  Removable nylon mat

Adjustable and washable

•  Adjustable tether strap

Allows user to pre-set angle before inverting

•  High quality finishes

Scratch-resistant powder coating and triple-plated chrome

•  Curved front ankle clamps

Greater comfort and security

•  Optional Accessories

The only inversion table on the market that can be modified with accessories:

Gravity Boots - provide maximum comfort and support for the ankles. Order the Adapter Kit, which comes complete with Gravity Boots and CV Bar for converting the inversion table.

Over EZ Training Handles – larger support handles for worry-free inversion

EZ Angle Tether Strap – offers preset angles at 20, 40 and 60 degrees

Corner Feet – help to prevent sliding and protect floors

•  Full inversion option

Can be adjusted to lock fully inverted for exercise

•  Easily folds for storage

Storage dimensions: 28" W x 16" L x 66" H

•  Quick and easy assembly

85% pre-assembled with less than ¼ the average number of parts of other inversion tables; includes tools for assembly


 SPECIFICATIONS

Height capacity 4'8” - 6'6" (142 - 198cm)  

Weight capacity

300 lbs (136 kgs)  

Assembled dimensions

45 x 28 x 58 (114 x 71 x 147 cm)

Packaged dimensions
50" x 30 x 5.5" (127 x 70 x 14 cm)  

Packaged weight

65 lbs (29.5 kgs)

U.S. and foreign patents apply. Other foreign patents pending.


BENEFITS OF INVERSION

Doctors, physical therapists and sports trainers recognize inversion as a safe and effective form of therapy for the spine and weight-bearing joints. In fact, the US Army is writing Inversion into its worldwide physical training manual that will be adopted for the new millennium.

Inversion elongates the spine, increasing the space between the vertebrae, which relieves the pressure on discs, ligaments and nerve roots.  Less pressure means less back pain.


Inverting yourself to as little as 25° for even a few minutes can help relax tense muscles and speed the flow of lymphatic fluids which flush out the body's wastes and carry them to the blood stream. The faster this waste is cleared, and fresh supplies of oxygen are introduced, the faster stiffness and pain in the muscles can disappear. A study conducted by physiotherapist L.J. Nosse found that, "EMG (electro-myographic) activity, an indicator of muscle pain, declined over 35% within ten seconds of assuming the inverted position.

 

 

INVERSION HELPS IMPROVE CIRCULATION AND ACCELERATES THE CLEANSING OF BLOOD AND LYMPH FLUIDS

 

The cardiovascular system is made up of the heart, veins, arteries, and capillaries. It is your body's transportation system, carrying food and oxygen to your body's cells. Your heart pumps blood through the system: oxygen-rich blood from the lungs goes out through the arteries and waste-filled blood comes back through the veins to be cleansed and recharged with oxygen. The cardiovascular system also retrieves blood from your legs and lower torso, carrying it upwards against the force of gravity. Inversion allows your body to work with gravity to ease the circulation process.

Unlike the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system has no pump. Only the alternate contraction and relaxation of muscles moves lymphatic fluid "uphill" through capillaries and one-way valves to the upper chest for cleansing. Inverting the body so that gravity works with, not against, these one-way valves helps to push the lactic fluid up to the chest. The faster the lymphatic system is cleared the faster the ache and pain of stiff muscles disappears.

 

 

 

INVERSION HELPS INCREASE OXYGEN FLOW TO THE BRAIN

 

Your heart must work against gravity to pump blood up to your brain, which is the body's largest consumer of oxygen. Although it is only three percent of the body's total weight, the brain consumes 25 percent of the body's oxygen intake.

Win Wenger, in How to Increase Your Intelligence, noted that "only those brain cells which are close to an ample capillary blood supply are thoroughly developed. Away from such source of supply, brain cells remain undeveloped and useless. " Wenger describes "upside down activities" to increase oxygen supply to the brain. He states, "In short, you can much improve the physical state of your entire brain." A brain that is better nourished simply works better.

Some people claim that increasing the circulation of blood to the head through inversion may also improve the color and tone of your skin, stimulate mental alertness, and improve hearing and vision. In addition, some claim that hair will be healthier, and may even grow again, if the scalp is well supplied with blood.

Peter Russell notes in The Brain Book that the deterioration of the brain is not directly linked to age alone. Rather, this deterioration is caused by hardening arteries and high blood pressure, both of which decrease the supply of oxygen to the brain. Thus a major step in reducing mental deterioration (or senility) over time may simply be increasing the oxygen supply to the brain. Keeping the brain active and well supplied with oxygen may help maintain your brain function and mental sharpness throughout your entire life. (NOTE: If you have high blood pressure, consult your physician before starting an inversion program.)

 

RELIEVES VARICOSE VEINS

 

By stimulating circulation, inversion has been known to relieve varicose veins. Varicose veins are caused when blood pools in the veins due to weakened one-way valves. The downward pull of gravity causes blood to slip back, and over time the vein will distend and become painful. When inverting, the pressure is relieved and the heart is able to clear the blood from the lower body.

 


 

TESTIMONIALS - TEETER HANG UPS

43% of Teeter Hang Ups customers purchase Teeter Hang Ups products for relief of back pain. 57% purchase for wellness issues (circulation, relieve stress, and decompression).


Dr. Nathaniel Wirt, D.C.
"Hanging a few minutes everyday made my back stronger and eventually all the pain disappeared! My back became stronger than it had ever been. I began exercising, including walking and jogging, with no back strains resulting. Today I am 55 years old, my posture is good, and I am healed. The daily inversion stimulated postural and circulatory changes in my body. Better posture was practiced, (standing straighter with thighs tightened and shoulders back). This caused my abdomen to flatten out- no sit-ups or crunches. Other physical changes occurred: My complexion improved and wrinkles and fleshy parts of my face and neck diminished!"

When inversion is coupled with posture and toning exercises, internal organs assume their proper position. For example, from left to right, the spleen, stomach, pancreas, liver, and gall bladder are supposed to rest just under the diaphragm and "move" with every breath. When organs are not in their best physiological position, these membranes are compromised, effecting nerve and blood flow."

Dr. Robert Bouvier, MD
"We have found significant improvement using various inversion techniques which needs further exploration. However, we are very excited about the results thus far. After two weeks on the inversion table on a daily basis urinary incontinence disappeared in two female patients. We have used the inversion table on chronic bronchitis as well as asthmatics."  

Dr. John Huber, D.C.
"I have been using your inversion products in my chiropractic office for the past 14 years. Your inversion equipment is the best on the market, and my patients have benefited greatly from their inversion therapy."  

Amy Jane Simons
"I think the STL inversion equipment is an invaluable tool in back rehabilitation. My physician recommended the use of your inversion table three times daily as part of an active course of physical therapy I noticed results almost immediately. My back injuries have almost completely healed."  

Victor Faraci
"After using {Teeter Hang Ups Inversion Equipment}, I have noticed an amazing change in my flexibility, after only a few weeks of use. My golf game is much improved due to greater shoulder mobility. I whole-heartedly attest to the benefits of this product."  

Christopher Peterson
"With the Teeter F5000III I noticed a remarkable improvement in my posture and my walk. Before using the inversion table I had muscle spasms and back problems."  

Clara Smith
"Inverting daily keeps my body stretched, relaxed, symmetrical. The adult acne that I've had since the age of 29 has nearly disappeared. The cold hands and feet that I have experienced for years has disappeared. " 

Nancy Smith
"In 1982 I started inverting. I was 52 years old then, and over the years I managed to change just about everything; everything from a badly misaligned hip, feet with corns and a walk with a limp to bad tarter on my teeth. Yes, it changed that too!

John Matalamaki, motor cycle racer.
"As a long time motorcycle racer with a chronic bad back, I've been very impressed with pain relief I've gotten with the daily use of Teeter Hang Ups Inversion Table. It is the best rehabilitation and maintenance device I have ever used."  

Donald Myrah, mountain bike racer.
"In the past I have often had problems with my lower back tightening on training rides and during races. After using your the Teeter Hang Ups Inversion Table, I do not have the problem with my lower back tightening as before."  

Rick Maisel, Active Athlete
"I have found that 100 upside down sit-ups are equal to 1000 regular sit-ups (with less strain on the back)." 

Mike Sandber, Skydiver
"Getting inverted relieves and relaxes not only my joints and vertebrae but lets my organs and blood flow more naturally. Being inverted at least 30 minutes a day improves my performance capability by stimulating my vestibular system and allows decompression of my spine to occur." 

Jim Whitesel, Seattle Seahawks Football Team Trainer
"Professional football places a great deal of stress to the lumbar sacral area of the spine. Inversion assisted stretching is quite beneficial." 

Dr. W G W, Chief Department of Surgery
"I would like to report to you that I have had extraordinary success in patients using inversion. Its essential value is the ability of the patient to prevent the onset of a more irreversible symptom complex by having the device available." 

Product Quality
"40% of Teeter Hang Ups consumers say that Quality is the most important reason for purchasing Teeter Hang Ups products. Teeter Hang Ups has received many letters testifying to this fact."  

Derek Snow, Birmingham, AL
"I've made a lot of purchases for gym accessories, but never have I been as pleased or excited about a product as yours."  

JF Sylar, West Jordan, UT
"Thank you for producing a quality product that more people could benefit from if they were aware of its benefits."  

Ron & Elizabeth Dutcher
"Thanks again for such a well-made and well-conceived piece of health-giving equipment."  

Bob Sherin, Miami, FL
"From its simplicity and durability, the expertise put into the design of Teeter Hang Ups is manifest. I can say in all honesty that your product has markedly improved the quality of my life"  

Patricia Perkins
"I'm enjoying your very well-made machine. After [working out] I reward myself with lying on the inversion table for a few minutes."  

Brenda and George Hone, Nanaimo, BC
"When our Inversion table arrived, we were blown away by the obvious quality. This is a well-built piece of equipment. We recommend the inversion table to anyone who will listen. We wouldn't want to be without it every again. All in all, buying and using the table has been a positive experience. Thank you."  

Paul Dolan, Sayville, NY
"It was a pleasure to purchase something that didn't take all day to put together and is solidly built to boot. Assembly was a snap! Thanks again."  

John S. Huber, D.C., Kent, WA
"Thanks again for 14 years [now 18] of quality service. Safe, affordable, and effective products like yours are what we need in the health profession."  

Chris L. Harrison, D.C., Vestavia Hills, AL
"I really have a hard time expressing in words how happy I am that you have engineered your products in the way that you have. Right now, I will settle for thank you, thank you, thank you."


MEDICAL STUDIES ON INVERSION THERAPY

· Sheffield, F.: Adaptation of Tilt Table for Lumbar Traction. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 45: 469-472, 1964.
175 patients who were unable to work due to back pain were treated. After eight inversion treatments, 155 patients were able to return to their jobs full time. Study concluded that the main basis for improvement was the stretching of paraspinal vertebral muscles and ligaments and possibly the widening of intra-vertebral discs.
Study found significant improvements in a variety of diagnosis including spondylolisthesis, herniated discs, lumbar osteoarthritis with sciatica, and coccygodynia. Patient experienced traction in a modified hip flexed position.
It is worth noting that previous to his use of inversion therapy, Dr. Sheffield regularly used mechanical traction with weights and pulleys. He considered inverted traction much more effective than mechanical traction.

· Nosse, L.: Inverted Spinal Traction. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 59: 367-370, Aug 78.

Study found emg activity (an indicator of muscle pain) declined 35% within the first 10 seconds of inversion. Study found that inversion increases the spinal length. Study concluded there is a correlation between a reduction in emg activity and an increase in spinal length.

· Gianakopoulos, G, et al: Inversion Devices: Their Role in Producing Lumbar Distraction. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 66: 100-102, Feb 85.

Study found all subjects experienced intra-vertebral separation in the lower lumbar vertebrae. Study concluded that although mechanical traction has been used for centuries, only gravity assisted traction (inversion) offers an effective means of achieving pelvic traction at home.

· Ballantyne, Byron, et al: The Effects of Inversion Traction on Spinal Column Configuration, Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, and Perceived Discomfort. Jour of Orthopaedic Sports Phys Ther. 254-260, Mar 86.

Study concluded that inversion can be an effective means of spinal traction. Subjects inverting in the hip flexed position experienced greater separation between the lumbar vertebrae.

· Kane, M, et al: Effects of Gravity-facilitated Traction on Intra-vertebral Dimensions of the Lumbar Spine. Jour of Orthopaedic and Sports Phys Ther. 281-288, Mar 85.

Study found gravity-facilitated traction (inversion), produces significant intra-vertebral separation in lumbar spine. Study concluded gravity facilitated traction may be an effective modality in the relief of low back pain.

· Goldman, R, et al: The Effects of Oscillating Inversion on Systemic Blood Pressure, Pulse, Intraocular Pressure, and Central Retinal Arterial Pressure. The Physician and Sports Medicine. 13: 93-96, Mar 85.
Study concluded that full inversion using oscillation procedure presents no risk to normotensive healthy subjects.

· Dimberg, L, et al: Effects of gravity-facilitated traction of the lumbar spine in persons with chronic low back pain at the workplace.

116 people were enrolled in the randomized controlled trial which lasted for 12 months. A randomized controlled trial with two training groups and one control group was conducted to asses the effect of gravity inversion on pain level and absenteeism due to LBP. Average age = 44 years. 77% men
Group 1: used inversion for 10 minutes 1/day
Group 2: used inversion for 10 minutes 2/day
Group 3: control group
Results after 12 months of training program: 1. The employees in Group 1 and 2 decreased sick days due to back pain by 33%. 2. Average sick days to due back pain fell by 8 days per individual in the treated group. 3. "Inversion is an efficient and cheap way to improve employee health and possibly reduce sick day costs to the employer."

Nachemson, Alf, et al: Intravital Dynamic Pressure Measurements in Lumbar Discs. 1970.
Study measured internal disc pressure (in the 3rd lumbar disc) through a range of activities, including standing, sitting, bending and vertical and supine traction. The study suggests that a traction load of 60% body weight is sufficient to reduce the residual pressure of 25% standing body weight to zero.


CONTRAINDICATIONS

Inversion therapy can provide innumerable benefits to your health. Inversion can relieve back pain, decompress the spine, stretch muscles and ligaments, relieve stress, improve circulation and help maintain overall good health.
However, inversion is not for everyone. If you have any of the following health conditions, please do not invert without your licensed physician's approval (this is not an exhaustive list - it is intended only for your reference.)

Anti-Coagulants (Use of): Blood-thinning drugs or aspirin to reduce clotting of the arteries and blood vessels. The use of anti-coagulants signals people at risk for circulatory problems. Advise speaking with a physician before inverting.

Bone weakness, recent fractures, skeletal implants:
Having a person's weight pulling down when inverted may exacerbate these conditions. Osteoporosis is a calcium deficiency disease in which the bones become porous, brittle, and very weak. Advise speaking with a physician before inverting.

Conjunctivitis - (Pink eye):
An inflammation of the transparent membrane that covers the front surface of the eyeball and the inner surface of the eyelids caused by bacterial or viral infection. Advise speaking with a physician before inverting.

Glaucoma:
A condition of elevated pressure within the eye because of an obstruction of the outflow of the clear, watery fluid circulating in the chambers of the eye. The resulting pressure (which is imperceptible without an eye exam) kills cells in the optic nerve, which can lead to a gradual loss of vision. Anyone with an eye condition should speak with a physician before inverting.

Heart / circulatory disorders:
Any condition involving the circulatory system. Speak with a physician before inverting.

Hiatal hernia, ventral hernia:
A hiatal hernia occurs when intra-abdominal pressure increases cause a portion of the stomach to move into the chest cavity through a weakness in the diaphragm. A ventral hernia develops at the site of previous surgery, usually along vertical incisions. It may also result from weakness in the abdominal wall. Advise speaking with a physician before inverting.

High blood pressure, hypertension: A common disorder in which the heart is pumping blood through the circulatory system with a force greater than that required for normal blood flow. An elevated blood pressure which exceeds 140/90. It is true that certain people should not invert if they have uncontrolled high blood pressure. However, inversion can cause a state of relaxation that results in a drop in heart rate and BP (sometimes even lower than at a resting state). Some doctors have used inversion as a treatment for high BP. Advise speaking with a physician before inverting.

Middle ear infection:
The middle ear helps equalize air pressure in the ear. A person may feel discomfort or disorientation during inversion. Advise speaking with a physician before inverting.

Obesity (extreme)
: In some people obesity can be associated with the undetected onset of many of the circulatory and eye problems mentioned above. The weight capacity of each of the inversion products should not be exceeded.

Pregnancy:
Pregnant women should exercise caution when inverting. Advisable to talk with physician first.

Retinal detachment:
A separation of the retina, the thin, delicate membrane covering the rear portion of the eye, from the optic nerve. Usually results from a hole in the retina that allows the vitreous humor fluid to leak. Treatment is almost always surgical. A retinal haemorrhage, in most cases, can heal by itself. Anyone with an eye condition should speak with a physician before inverting.

Spinal injury
: Any severe spinal cord trauma requires a person to consult their physician before inverting.

Stroke:
Occurs when a blood vessel in the neck or brain becomes blocked or when a vessel in the brain bursts open. Symptoms include paralysis, difficulty speaking, memory loss, and impaired thought processes.

Transient ischemic attack:
Often called a "mini-stroke," a TIA occurs when the blood supply is temporarily interrupted to a part of the brain due to a blockage. Often precedes the onset of a full stroke, and requires immediate action.


DISCLAIMER:
None of the information presented on this site should be considered for the purposes of diagnosis or treatment of any health-related condition or concern, nor should it be perceived as individual medical advice or as a substitute for medical care.  Before beginning any new exercise or if you think you have a medical problem, please consult your physician.

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