How to Choose an Inversion Table

inversiontableInversion tables are often part of a physical therapy routine. For others, they offer intangible benefits. What do you need to look for in an inversion table? Find out here.

Inversion tables are considered the misfits of the physical therapy world. They don’t get enough credit; some people don’t even know what they are. They are tables you lie down on to hang upside down. That’s it. Not much to it, right?

Wrong. There is so much to choosing the right inversion table that it can be difficult to ensure you get the right one for you. Prior to selection, you need to do a fair amount of research in your quest. During the course of your research, you will read reviews and articles, decipher comparison tables, and come across ads—all trying to convince you that theirs is the one for you.

Educated and Informed Decisions

Wouldn’t it be refreshing if came across something unbiased? If you are to make an educated and informed decision, you need to cut through the “Buy yours here” mentality that plagues reviews and ads. I’m sure that many of the reviews and ads are honest and provide substantial information, but how many of them are objectionable? How many reviews give you the good with the bad? Ours do— I don’t always give it my seal of approval just because I review an inversion table.

Table Considerations

How do you choose? What are the common factors inherent in all inversion tables? More precisely—what do YOU need to keep an eye out for?

Safety will always be the primary aspect.

inversiontable1You will be hanging upside down from your ankles. If you fall, the first parts of your body that will be affected are your head and neck—don’t gamble on this. If you want to remain safe, see what others have to say about an inversion table before you buy it.

If you don’t feel secure in the table, it won’t be a pleasant experience for you. If you intend to save money by buying a table online, go to your nearest fitness center outlet to try the table before you buy it. Don’t buy a table until you feel completely safe and secure on it.

Inspect the quality of the table. Every moving part is another chance for the table to break—but that’s the whole point of the table. It will have moving parts. Check other things—the locking pins, the frame, and the straps. You need to be confident that the table can hold your weight.

The weight of the table is a direct indicator of how sturdy the frame is. Trust your gut. If it feels flimsy, it probably is.

If you’re not comfortable, you will waste your money.

There are two aspects you need to check here. The first one is the ankle support system—how does the machine hold on to you? There will be pressure placed on the top of your feet. Is the design comfortable? Remember—for the most part, you will get used to slight discomfort, but it will take some time. However, if you feel pain, then you’re on the wrong table.

The padding on the table is a personal choice. Some people prefer a rigid back—especially they plan on performing exercises while inverted. For others, the nylon hammock effect might be best. The point here is you need to test out what feels best for you and what you plan on using the table for. If you want the option of doing crunches while inverted, then by all means—you need one with a stiff back (it can still be padded!).

How much space do you have for an inversion table?

inversiontable2This is the least important aspect, but it bears mentioning. If you have a small apartment, then you might want to consider a model that folds up quickly. However, if you have a dedicated space for fitness and physical therapy equipment, then space might not even ben an issue. Do look out for short ceilings, however. Some of the tables can be quite tall in a folded position.

Make the most of your investment. Place the inversion table in an area where you will use it daily. The benefits are insurmountable when used correctly. If you purchase a heavy table that isn’t easy to fold, then you might fold it once and never get it out because of the ordeal it is to take it out and use it. Don’t let your new table gather dust.

Unbiased Information

I take many aspects into consideration in my reviews. I do research on the product and the people behind it. I then talk about my experience with it before I spend a couple of hours looking at and summing up reviews—often looking for patterns in what people say. If there is anything negative about a product, I place it after the opinions of others. I tell people what to watch out for. If I have any advice to give people on where or how to buy it, I’ll be sure to include it before I conclude my reviews. It may seem that I have a template—and I do. I have a ‘review formula’ to ensure that my reviews are as objectionable as possible, thereby giving you the most honest information possible. I don’t just create hype for a product and hope you’ll buy it. That wouldn’t be very honest now, would it?

That being said, I’m here to help you out with your research. In fact, I’m not going to mention even a single inversion table here. I didn’t write this to “sell” you on a table. No sir (or ma’am!)—I have a different goal.

Invest in Yourself

See, inversion tables are investments. They are not cheap—under proper use, you can say you risk your neck. After all, you are hanging upside down. If you misuse an inversion table, injury can—and often does—result. However, if you use it correctly, it can be extremely beneficial. By hanging upside down, you are turning gravity on its head. Instead of gravity pressing down on your spine, you are allowing the greatest of all the laws of physics—gravity—to undo years of pressure and work in your favor. There is no feeling in the world that can duplicate spinal decompression. It really is quite incredible—you have to experience it for yourself to fully appreciate the benefits.

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