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One of our favorite things about what we get to do everyday at Teeter is talk to our customers! You all have lots of great questions and we try to address some of the most common ones on our Frequently Asked Questions Page (FAQ). Every Friday, we’ll focus on one FAQ in more detail. We encourage you to contact us or post a comment with additional questions and we’ll send you an answer, you may even see your question pop up on a future blog post!
A lot of Teeter users have told us that they always leave their inversion table up and ready to use, but even the die-hard inverter needs to store their table once in a while. Is your brother’s family coming into town? Having a party? Getting your carpets shampooed? Whatever the reason, no need to fear – Anthony is here! Watch Anthony as he shows us 4 of the easiest ways to store your Teeter Inversion Table.
Rule #1 – Get comfortable by wearing comfortable clothes and shoes. Remember: you will be placing your feet in the locking mechanism while you are inverting so be sure that you wear shoes you will be comfortable in while hanging upside down.
Rule #2 – Once you are inverted, listen to your body. If you don’t feel relaxed or are at all uncomfortable, then reduce your angle/duration of inversion.
Rule #3 – When using your inversion table for the first time, have a spotter who can help you return upright if needed while you fine-tune your optimal settings to achieve the perfect balance and control.
Rule #4 – Don’t do too much, too soon. You will be more comfortable and gain the most benefits if you gradually increase the angle and duration over time. Full inversion may be uncomfortable and unsatisfying early on until you’ve had a chance to become accustomed to the feeling and allow your body to adjust.
How long before you feel the benefits?
Given time, your body has an amazing ability to heal itself. But like starting a new exercise program, it can take some time to see the results. Stick with it, invert often and be patient. Work on getting your body to relax and release – that is how you will experience the most benefits. Gentle movements and stretching can help with this process. Some people feel the benefits immediately and some may need 2-3 weeks before their bodies begin to adapt.
Here are a few other helpful tips for beginners:
- Pre-Set the Angle: Set your Angle Tether to a modest angle – you can then focus on relaxing and adjusting to inversion.
- Make Changes Gradually: Increase your angle and/or duration of inversion in small increments. Don’t attempt to do too much, too soon. It’s all about relaxation, not about how far down or how long you can invert.
- Breathe: Close your eyes and take deep breaths. Concentrate on relaxing your muscles to experience the most benefits.
If you’re new to inversion, you may be nervous about rotating upside down for the first time. But if you keep these tips in mind, you’ll ensure a relaxing, positive experience… and you’ll be a pro before you know it!
Pre-set the Angle: To begin, set your tether to a modest 20-30 degrees so you know that the inversion table will stop rotation barely beyond horizontal. You can then focus on relaxing and adjusting to inversion.
Enlist a Spotter: Ask a friend to stand near the inversion table until you are comfortable with controlling its rotation.
Breathe: Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to help your body relax. It may take a few inversion sessions before you are able to overcome your automatic flight or fight response be patient and keep working at it. Getting your muscles to release is the only way you will begin to experience the benefits.
Listen to Your Body: Only do what is comfortable to you. Inversion is not a no pain, no gain activity. What works for others may not be ideal for you. If you feel you’ve had enough, return upright to rest.
Prevent Dizziness/Nausea: When returning upright, be sure to stop at the horizontal position (0 degrees) for 15-30 seconds or more. This allows your inner ear to readjust to being upright, and it also allows your back to re-compress gently. Wait for a while after you’ve eaten before inverting.
Make Changes Gradually: Increase your angle and/or duration of inversion in small increments.
Do It Often! Inverting on a regular basis is how you will experience the most benefits.
We say that our EP-560 Inversion Table can be assembled in 13 minutes. One man was skeptical, so he put us to the test! See what happens.
Our friends Steve and his crew over at Better Health Innovations (BHI) do a great job of taking care of their customers! We made a claim and they set out to find if there was truth in it – Steve assembled the new EP-560 in under 13 minutes! Subscribe to BHI on YouTube to see all their cool comparison and review videos or visit their site to learn more about the Teeter EP-560 Ltd. inversion table.
If your Teeter Hang Ups Contour-Series or NXT-R Inversion Table is rotating too slowly, too quickly or not at all, you may need to adjust your rotation control settings. This video walks you through the process.
One of the features that truly sets any Teeter Hang Ups inversion table apart from other brands is the precision balancing. This is in no small part due to what we call “roller hinges,” the parts that connect the table bed to the A-frame base.
The roller hinges are stronger and last longer than any other on the market (backed by these engineer tests), plus the roller bearings that rotate the bed are coated with a special material that ensures smooth, quiet rotation. The three hole settings in each roller hinge allow you to adjust the inversion table’s responsiveness for your body type and are precisely calibrated to allow effortless rotation control with subtle arm movements -key to ensuring a relaxing, effective inversion experience with your Teeter inversion table.
The below video is an excerpt from a Teeter instructional DVD, explaining more about how the roller hinge settings work:
The three roller hinge settings are:
- Setting “A” (the hole closest to hinge point of your roller hinges)
- This setting is for those under 220 lbs who would like their Teeter Inversion Table to lock out in full inversion or for those with very light statures who require a very responsive bed rotation.
- Setting “B” (the center hole)
- This setting is the most utilized by Teeter users, as it is moderately responsive for most people. In this setting, most people under 220 lbs will not be able to not lock-out in full inversion. Those over 220 lbs who want to lock-out in full inversion should use this setting.
- Setting “C” (the hole furthest from the hinge point of your roller hinge)
- This setting is the least responsive and where we suggest all users start as they become familiar with inversion. In this setting, most users will be unable to lock-out in full inversion.
Many people have experienced tremendous benefits from using Teeter Hang Ups inversion tables – from relief from lower back pain to increased flexibility and energy. But before inverting for the first time, but sure to check out the list of health contraindications listed in the Owner’s Manual and detailed below. If you have one of the listed conditions, you may still be able to invert, but it’s advised that you first seek the advice your physician.
Note that the below list is not exhaustive and you should always speak with your doctor before beginning any kind of exercise program:
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.
Bone weakness, recent fractures, skeletal implants: Inversion may exacerbate these conditions.
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.
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.
Heart / circulatory disorders: Any condition involving the circulatory system.
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.
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.
Middle ear infection: The middle ear helps equalize air pressure in the ear. A person may feel discomfort or disorientation during inversion.
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.
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 hemorrhage, in most cases, can heal by itself.
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 “ministroke,” 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.
If you are not sure you should be inverting, print this page and consult with your doctor.
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My wife and I recently bought a outdoor trampoline for the kids. Last night, we tackled the assembly which was not a great experience to say the least – the flow of the text was jagged and hard to follow, the images were photos printed in grayscale and the combination of the two left me confused and alone. No support videos or 800 numbers. All I had was a website with no link to any support material. I was frustrated and discouraged that something I made the investment in was not easier to put together.
Working at Teeter, I suppose I have a glorified standard of what support materials should arrive with a product. Since every product comes with detailed assembly instructions that include detailed drawings and step-by-step directions, as well as our 800 number, email address, and website that has the support material available for download, I know our customers are taken care of.