Teeter EP-560 Inversion Table Review - Do these things really help with back pain?
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I've been using the Teeter EP-560 (af) Inversion Table now since around February, 2018 and I figured it was time to do a review of the product.
One of the worst parts about getting older are all the new aches and pains we start to experience. I know I wasn't good to my lower back when I was younger, and it seems I'm paying for it now.
I really don't like to take pain relievers, if at all possible, but I also don't like being in pain on an almost daily basis. My wife purchased a Teeter EP-560 for me one week while I was away on business and surprised me upon my return. Here's my experience with this inversion table product so far.
Do inversion tables really work?
I'VE HAD BACK PAIN FOR YEARS AND "TOUGHED IT OUT" OR TOOK PAIN RELIEVERS.
...and then I started using an inversion table about 6 months ago.
Has the inversion table been a miracle cure for my back pain? No. Has it helped? Yes. I feel like it has.
There are all sorts of factors that go into the severity of back pain. Your posture is a big factor. Your shoes can even play a part in back pain.
Depending upon how bad your pain is, you may want to try multiple things to help relieve it.
Using the Teeter Inversion Table seems to help alleviate my back pain temporarily, for about 24 - 48 hours or so. It doesn't completely go away after I use the table, but it does feel better.
How long do you hang upside down on an inversion table?
I WAS FULLY INVERTED ONLY FOR SHORT PERIODS OF TIME AT FIRST, BUT I CAN GO FOR LONGER NOW.
The very first time I tried the Teeter EP-560 inversion table, I was only fully inverted for about 30 seconds. That was about all I could take for my first time!
With more use, I've gotten better at inverting myself and I've also become more accustomed to being upside down.
For the first few months of use, I would average 1 - 2 minutes inverted per turn. I would do 2 or 3 turns per session and 3 or 4 sessions per week.
More recently, I've increased my time inverted to 3 or 4 minutes, but I've kept the same number of turns and sessions per week.
This methodology seems to have worked for me, getting me more used to using the inversion table, more used to being upside down and seems to be the optimal time to get a good decompression session for my back.
What are some tips for using the Teeter EP-560 Inversion Table?
EASE YOURSELF INTO USING ANY INVERSION PRODUCT. GOING TOO FAST CAN BE ONE OF THE WORST THINGS TO DO.
Tip #1 - Take your time!
First and foremost, I strongly recommend you take your time using any inversion table product. Speed is not the name of this game, that's for sure.
The first time I used my Teeter EP-560, I made sure my wife was home just in case. I'm going to be honest with you, even though it's a bit embarrassing - I got stuck my first time using this inversion table.
My first time going fully inverted, I flipped over too fast. The inversion table allowed me to pivot just beyond fully vertical so that my back was no longer touching the board of the table. I was dangling upside down by my ankles!
Tip #2 - Ease into your time fully inverted.
My second major piece of advice is to gradually increase your time inverted. Your first few times, I'm willing to bet you'll notice a difference after just 30 to 60 seconds inverted. Increase your time inverted based on your personal preference and tolerance as you learn more about how to use the table.
Tip #3 - Make your adjustments first.
Setting up your inversion table is a very important step to using it safely and effectively. A few elements of the table can be adjusted to meet your needs:
- Height Adjustment - configure your table for your own height and weight distribution. You want the table as balanced as possible.
- Foot Pedal and Clamp Adjustment - you can adjust the tightness of the ankle clamps to fit your comfort level.
- Optional Back Arch - my inversion table came with a plastic insert that goes behind my lower back. You can adjust the arch on this piece or remove it entirely.
Tip #4 - Avoid eating prior to use.
My next piece of advice is to not eat or drink prior to using an inversion table. I know this is probably a common sense thing to most, but it matters, especially if you already have issues with acid reflux. Going inverted after dinner or drinking liquid will not be a good experience!
Tip #5 - Wear shoes.
Last, but not least, I strongly recommend (and the instructions say to as well) wearing shoes when you're on the EP-560 inversion table. The ankle brackets work well, but for both safety and comfort, it's best that you wear shoes. It's never happened to me, but I can see my feet slipping through the brackets if they weren't secured properly.