Snuggle up with your person on a chilly winter or fall evening, and enjoy these delightful vegetarian enchiladas from a couple cooks.a Couple Cooks.
While one of the beautiful things about inversion is the idea of allowing gravity to do the work of decompression for you, did you know that incorporating gentle movements into your inversion sessions can provide additional benefits?
We all know that vampires live forever, but is it really blood that keeps them looking young and agile?
While most doctors wouldn’t recommend drinking blood to stay young, you can pick up one of Dracula’s other habits in order to keep your skin looking healthy, your mind agile and your body more flexible.
What if the real secret to living forever (or at least a lot longer) was their habit of perching upside down and hanging like a bat? The Prince of Darkness may be onto something when he dangles from the rafters since hanging upside down has so many health benefits. Even the undead can benefit from more blood feeding the brain and oxygenating the bloodstream. Increased blood flow to the brain when inverting can make you more awake and alert, and may even help to improve overall brain function, according to author Win Winger.
Dracula also must remain agile while hunting down his prey night after night. How could he outmaneuver so many of his victims if he didn’t stay flexible enough to pounce from the shadows? Perhaps his regular inversion sessions are keeping him flexible by lubricating his joints and decompressing his spine to keep him in top shape. When you are hundreds of years old, a compressed spine can be a nightmare. No wonder Dracula chooses to take a cue from the bats and invert regularly.
Whether you sport a pair of fangs or not, almost anyone can benefit from regular inversion sessions to feel more alert, stay flexible and relieve back pain.
Trevor experienced tension, neck pain and daily headaches as a result of his stress-filled job. He tells us how his Teeter Hang Ups FitSpine has helped in just a short time:
Trevor: I’m a law enforcement officer so I spend a lot of the time in the car, looking around. I spend a lot of the time being aware of my situation, with surroundings. The impact that the stress has on my body is mainly from the shoulders up. I get tight shoulders, neck pain, and headaches daily. I got introduced to FitSpine, I was told that it may relieve some of that tension that I have. So I was excited to try it. I’ve only been using it for a month to a month and a half. In that month and month and a half, I have noticed a big difference in my body, my stiffness. I continued to feel even better each time I use it and it makes me wonder how much better my life’s going to be throughout the rest of my life with the FitSpine, as opposed to not having it.
The FitSpine really is a wonderful tool to have in your home. It’s a wonderful tool to have for your body. I was so impressed with the FitSpine that I referred it to others, one being my mom. She used it for a very short time and the problems that she has are on her hip and her back. And in the short time that she has used it, within a day or two, she has noticed a huge difference. She’s able to do more with less pain. And it’s amazed me how quick she’s seen the results.
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.
Sure we say that our inversion tables are the easiest to assemble, but actions speak louder than words. We put a Teeter Hang Ups Inversion Table head-to-head against a leading competitor to see how they stack up… and video-taped the entire assembly process!
Both inversion tables were put together by Teeter employees with minimal assembly experience. Both employees were instructed to put 100% effort into the assembly process.The time stamp shown on screen is the actual recorded time.
What are the results?
Enjoy the last of the summer harvest with this delicious main dish or decadent side.
This recipe comes from one of our favorite food blogs, Eat Yourself Skinny.
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
8 Tbsp light butter, cold
2 oz. light cream cheese
1/4 cup of ice water, adding an additional tablespoon if necessary
Slipped disc, bulged disc, ruptured disc – no matter what you call it, the pain can quickly become unbearable. When you are suffering from back pain of this kind, sitting, standing or lying down may not bring you relief. Why is that? To know why this pain can be so persistent and seemingly inescapable, you should first understand something about the anatomy of the discs in our spine:
What is a Bulged Disc?
The discs in your spine reside between each of your vertebrae, creating space between the joints. These discs help to absorb the shock you put on your body by walking, sitting and generally being upright. They create space for the nerve endings to exit your spine, preventing the nerves from being compressed as you move about. When you have a bulged disc, the disc itself isn’t painful. Rather, the displaced disc tissue places pressure on the nerve, leading to pain that may even be felt in other parts of the body (from the low back down the leg, a condition described as sciatica, or from the next down the arm). To learn more about the anatomy of a slipped disc, read our previous blog post.
Why Getting Off Your Feet Isn’t Enough
Did you know that studies have shown that you put more pressure on your lower back when you bend forward and sit than when you are standing? While it may seem intuitive to get off of your feet when your back hurts, sitting down may actually not help your situation. Even lying down will not completely relieve the symptoms in your lower back – studies show that you keep 10% of standing body pressure on the spine caused by the supporting ligaments and muscles.
Learn more about the results of the Nachemson study that shows how various body positions impact the pressure on your spine.
What Will Help?
Strengthening your core with exercise is a good way to help reduce the potential for bulged disc pain in the future, but what can provide short-term relief for the pain?
When gentle forms of traction are applied to the spine, the spaces between each vertebrae have an opportunity to widen, allowing the discs to re-hydrate and replenish their fluids. While the spine is elongated and muscles are lengthened and relaxed, minor misalignments that cause pain are helped to naturally correct.
How else can inversion relieve symptoms of back pain?
Training while inverted improves proprioception, something athletes like rock climbers feel improves their spatial awareness.
We talk a lot about how inversion can relieve back pain, maintain joint health and improve core strength through inverted exercise. But here’s some benefits you may not have heard about:
Relieve Varicose Veins
Spider veins, or varicose veins in the legs, are unsightly and can be painful.We’ve heard from customers that a regular program of inversion stimulates their circulation, helping drain the excess blood from the veins in the legs to relieve pressure.
Regain Lost Height
We’ve all experienced the 9-5 slump. At the beginning of the day, you get in your car and you are sitting nice and tall. By the end of the work day, you get in your car and have to adjust your rear-view mirror slightly to accomodate for your stooped posture. Most people lose an average of 1/2 – 3/4″ every day!
While we regain most of our lost height while we are sleeping each night, we all lose some of our height over time thanks to thinning discs. While regular inversion will not help you grow taller than you already are, it can re-hydrate and rejuvenate your joints, and help to regain or retain some of your lost height.
Improve Spacial Awareness
Gymnasts, skydivers, martial artists, aerial acrobats and all manner of performance artists regularly use inversion tables and gravity boots to train for various scenarios that require them to be flipped upside down or inverted for an extended period of time. Training while inverted improves proprioception (an awareness of where our bodies and limbs are in relation to the space around us), so even regular athletes that rely on hand-eye coordination can benefit from regular sessions of inversion!
At Teeter, we are always keeping abreast of the latest developments in the inversion industry and we are always studying the competition. Ideally, we would love to be in an industry where every inversion table was created to the same rigorous standards to which we hold ourselves. This isn’t just talk; as far as we are concerned, a secure piece of equipment on which to invert is good for the entire industry. The problems come when inversion tables that bill themselves as cheapest inversion table on the market or discounted inversion tables (some without brand names even) are made available to the market.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: there are no government guidelines that regulate the manufacturing of inversion tables. Any company could get a basic blueprint of an inversion table and create it with materials that are no stronger than an ironing board. A cheap inversion table is worse than no inversion table at all. Certainly there are times in life when discounts, savings and frugality are valuable, but not when you are suspending yourself from a piece of metal.