“Honestly? I was really keen to disprove the hype, and say ‘yeah, those inversion tables are okay but they’re nothing special.’ But I’m glad to say I was proved totally wrong.”
Otis Stokes of LAtfUSA who “is someone who has experienced the benefits and therapy of inversion firsthand” recently sat down with Roger Teeter to gain insight on Roger’s enthusiasm for inversion and founding Teeter 35 years ago.
Recently, entrepreneur and one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People”, Tim Ferriss described decompression as the third of his “5 Morning Rituals That Help Me Win the Day.” In his Podcast, Tim explains that after he does any kind of weight training that puts compressive loads on his spine, he will use Teeter’s EZ-Up Gravity Boots to decompress! Tim decompresses his spine almost daily to not only care for the discs in his spine but to gently stretch tired muscles as well.
He also uses his Teeter P3 Back Stretcher (formally known as the Lynx Portable Back Stretcher, which Tim mentions) whenever he doesn’t have pull-up rack available.
Being a Kickboxing champion, Tim obviously knows how to take care of his body, so he is a trusted source about health and the benefits that decompression can bring.
Hear Tim’s thoughts on how to “Win the Morning” above. Be sure to listen carefully around 16:40 minutes in to hear his third ritual about how he uses Teeter to decompress his back.
*The Podcast contains some mature language
Our founder and spokesman Roger Teeter frequently talks about the importance of maintaining functional fitness into one’s senior years. And he lives by example – here’s Roger earlier this month teaching his 5-year old grandson how to waterski! To Roger, and so many other super seniors out there, it’s all about the ability to stay active and do what you love.
Newsmax Health recently featured an article on inversion therapy called “Inversion Therapy: Drug-Free Back Pain Relief.” In it, the author Vera Tweed explains how back pain is very common in the American population and inversion can be a natural way to find relief without more invasive treatments like medication or surgery.
Daily activity like hunching at your desk for hours can cause small misalignments in your spine. Inversion therapy can gently decompress the vertebrae in your spine to not only encourage absorption of more fluid into the spinal discs but also relaxes muscles and ligaments holding your spine in misalignment. This helps realign your spine for pain relief.
As the article points out, there have been many studies supporting such claims. One such study was conducted using Teeter products at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. It was spearheaded by the head of neuroscience who suffered from severe back pain. The study compared patients who regularly practiced physiotherapy and those who practiced regular physiotherapy along with inversion therapy. All members of both groups were recommended by their doctors to have surgery done to treat their symptoms. After the conclusion of the study, researchers found that the patients who practiced inversion therapy were 70.5% less likely to require surgery. Along with the Newcastle study, there are many more studies about the benefits of inversion.
In conclusion, the author cites a Chiropractor named Shad Foster who gives some recommendations on how to comfortably invert. His most notable recommendation is on the importance of taking it slow when you’re first starting inversion. Starting to invert at a shallow angle like 20-30 degrees will help your body acclimate to the motion of inversion and decreasing the chance that you can feel discomfort. Then you can slowly progress to steeper angles like 60 degrees to experience the full benefits of inversion.
Actor Bradley Cooper will be on the Broadway stage playing John Merrick in The Elephant Man. For the role, Cooper will have to twist and contort his body to accurately portray the disfigured John Merrick.
In his interview with the Associated Press, the Silver Linings Playbook actor is already preparing to relieve back pain that he may suffer from all of the contorting he’ll have to do – along with regular visits with a chiropractor, he has bought an inversion table!
To show his dedication to the role, Cooper has elected to do all of the contorting himself instead of relying on prosthetics to receive the look of John Merrick. With eight shows a week, Cooper will be doing a lot of twisting and turning in which he will require many inversion sessions to relieve the back pain that he’ll almost inevitably induce upon himself.
In an interview with the AP, Cooper gives reason for his dedication to play John Merrick this way; “There’s this love story and you also get a sense of Merrick being a real survivor and having a real wisdom about him. It’s sort of heartbreaking in the face of reality and the limits that faced him.”
It may not be readily apparent, but sitting at the desk contorts your spine much the same way that Cooper is doing to play John Merrick. Constantly hunching over to view a computer screen will take its toll and place pressure directly on your lower back causing discomfort.
Along with good posture, inverting everyday can decompress the spine and rehydrate your disks to help relieve pain and refresh tired muscles.
Dr. Wendy, a chiropractor from in Hayden, ID, says that she is committed to, “endorse activities that safely promote spinal health.” Hence in, “The Upsides and Downsides of Inversion” Dr. Wendy objectively analyzes the benefits of inversion therapy.
As Dr. Wendy points out, inversion is one of the most effective ways to improve back health within the comfort of home. Inverted decompression (or gravity-assisted traction) can offer a myriad of benefits like temporary back pain relief, improved spinal health and alignment, and decrease muscle tension and stress.
Though inversion has a long list of benefits, it may not be right for everyone. For example, inversion is contraindicated for people who have uncontrolled high blood pressure and glaucoma because of the changing pressure within the eyes. You can read more about inversion and certain medical conditions here.
In conclusion, Dr. Wendy recommends that you should start slowly when inverting. Initially setting the table at a shallow angle and inverting for a short one to two minute period will both decompress your back and gradually introduce you to inversion without too much discomfort. To make sure that inversion is right for you, it is recommended that you check with your doctor first.
Relieve Back Pain Naturally with Teeter
Inverting daily on a Teeter is one of the very few ways one can seek to reduce back pain naturally. Inverted traction takes the pressure off the spongy discs in your spine so you can decompress – this helps reduce pressure and back pain.
Want to see what other benefits inverting on a Teeter can bring? Check out our Benefits Page to see that chronic back pain relief is just one of the many ways Teeter can help you Feel Better, Move Better, Live Better!
The health of your back is inextricably tied to your quality of life. Back pain can severely limit your ability to perform physical activities such as playing golf, tennis, or even getting out of bed in the morning. As Roger Teeter, the founder of Teeter Hang Ups, explains in his article for Arizona Sports & Lifestyle Magazine, investing in the health of your back and relieving back pain can lead to a more fulfilling life because you can get back to doing the things you love.