4 Reasons Why You Should Use a Teeter Inversion Table
Inversion on a Teeter has many benefits. From reduced stress to increasing mobility, Teeter provides so many benefits to give you a healthier back. Here are four powerful reasons why you should be inverting and using Teeter to further enhance your mind and body.
Rejuvenate Discs to Relieve Back Pain
In between each vertebra in our spine there is a sponge-like disc that acts as a shock absorber to help protect your body from the stresses of activity. Your discs are primarily composed of water. Throughout the day, the constant force placed on your discs essentially squeezes the water from the discs. This causes them to compress and leave the spine and surrounding nerves more vulnerable to injury.
Luckily, inversion has the opposite effect on our discs – it decompresses and rejuvenates them. Clinical studies show that when inverted, the separation between the vertebrae increases – giving them a break from constant compression. The Nachemson study1 provides some insight on how inversion helps decompress the discs in your spine.
A number of volunteers permitted a pressure sensor to be surgically implanted inside the third lumbar disc. The pressure inside the disc in the standing position was set at a base line of 100% and all other body positions compared to it. Interestingly one of the most compressive activities for the discs is sitting! The muscles in the stomach and back relax so pressure in the spine increases. If you are sitting in poor posture the pressure in the lumbar can climb as high as 250%!
The real surprise occurred while lying down. The pressure inside the disc only lost 75% of standing body weight – it never went below 25%! This residual compression is due to the hundreds of ligaments and muscles that encase the spine, holding it in compression like a mass of rubber bands. This study further indicated that the amount of traction force required to overcome the compression was a large number, approximately 60% of your body weight.
Inversion to an angle of about 60o equates to about 60% of your body weight. It is the only practical way to offset that much gravity force while remaining relaxed. (Hanging by your arms will not create the same effect since it requires muscles to be engaged, plus the weight of the legs are much less than that of the torso and therefore the traction gained is not enough to bring the pressure to zero).
Inversion allows for absorption of moisture into the soft tissue of the discs, increasing the nutrient content as well as plumping the discs for better shock absorption, flexibility, and less pain.
Muscle tension is typically caused by the physiological effects of stress. Muscle tension refers to the condition in which muscles of the body remain semi-contracted for an extended period, which can cause lactic acid build up, resulting in a painful burning sensation.
Teeter decompression works to gently elongate and stretch the para-spinal muscles and soft tissues of the spine, offering relaxation, reduced pain and greater flexibility. Physiotherapist L.J. Nosse2 conducted a study focusing on the effect spinal decompression has on muscle tension and found that EMG activity declined by over 35% within 10-seconds of inversion, even at the very shallow angle of 25 degrees. Activity continued to decrease the longer the subjects remained inverted. Even after returning upright, EMG activity was found to be less than before the inversion therapy session!
So why does inversion on a Teeter Inversion Table help relieve stress? Tense muscles are tight and prevent free blood flow, causing discomfort or pain. Gently stretching muscle fibers helps make them more elastic and allow for the free flow of oxygen-rich blood to rejuvenate your muscles and help them recover from constant tension.
Not only does inversion help stretch your muscles, it also gives you time to rest and relax. Think of inversion as a timeout. You can take a deep breath to give you a break from your busy life. This time to relax in itself can bring about a sense of peace of mind that is so essential to live without stress. Roger Teeter himself, states stress relief as one of his favorite benefits of inversion!
Teeter Inversion Tables don’t just relieve back pain, they also help stretch muscles and joints. As we sit for extended periods for work, driving, or watching TV at home, our muscles begin to stiffen and become tight. Eventually they will pull your body out of balance, which leaves you at a higher risk for decreased range of motion and even injury. The key to prevent imbalance is to increase flexibility.
One benefit of flexibility is increasing range of motion around your joints. Limited range of motion can lead to pain, injury and poor overall performance. The soft tissues that surround the joint determine joint movement. If muscles become shortened due to overuse or underuse, this can alter the way joints move. Limited range of motion around joints affects how you move, decreasing your ability to use your full muscular potential, but also exposing you to a higher risk of injury.
Decompressing on a Teeter Inversion Table helps provide a deep stretch to para-spinal muscles and soft tissues of the spine. This alone will help improve the range of motion in your back and should make bending over a bit easier. You can also use the bed and Grip-and-Stretch Handholds of your Teeter to stretch other tight areas like the upper back and shoulders!
Improve Joint Health
The less you move the less healthy your joints will be. Sitting for hours at work or in front of the TV makes your joints stiffer. A sedentary lifestyle prevents synovial fluid from lubricating important joints like those in your knees. Such joints are not reached by blood vessels that supply nutrition and lubrication. Therefore, they require movement to be properly lubricated and be healthy.
Decompression aids in joint lubrication by altering the pressure and suction forces within the joint, helping to stimulate the synovial fluid that nourishes the cartilage and enhances shock absorption. Mobilization through movement and stretching can also help improve joint health by strengthening surrounding ligaments and muscles. Strong ligaments and muscles support your joints and is vital to protect yourself from injury.
Teeter Inversion Tables are Built for the Benefits
Find back pain relief, ease stress, help regain flexibility and do much more with the right Teeter! Designed to achieve results, Teeter Inversion Tables are ergonomically designed to help improve your back health. Teeter has helped over 3 million people like you find natural relief in the convenience of their own homes, and takes only a few minutes a day! Don’t just take our word for it, see just a few people whose lives we have transformed.
1 Alf L. Nachemson. “The Lumbar Spine: An Orthopaedic Challenge.” Spine Vol. 1: March 1976.
2 Larry J. Nosse. “Inverted Spinal Traction.” Arch Phys Med Rehabilitation Vol. 59: August 1978.