July 4this upon us, which means fireworks, food, and family time to celebrate our country’s independence. A great way to start off the holiday is by inverting before you play, to ensure that your back is stretched and prepped for some fun!
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As the days get warmer and longer, you’ll likely spend more time outside doing the things you love like gardening or golf – activities which can take a toll on your back! Summers are for spending time with family and friends, not for suffering from back pain. Here’s some simple yoga stretches for the back you can do – even while outdoors – to supplement your Teeter inversion routine:
Most Success Stories that we post are excerpts from customer letters or emails. While more difficult to convey, it’s not uncommon for us to field phone calls from happy people who just have to tell someone how much the Teeter has done for them. Just recently, one of our Customer Service agents had this to share (these type of phone calls make their day and ours too!):
“A customer called to say that he has only used his Teeter one time to about 30 degrees of inversion… and now he is pain free! He told me that his back has been in such pain that it would cause him to cry in the mornings before he even got out of bed, and he doesn’t cry easily. Today, he is sitting up and feeling great. He said that Mr. Teeter must use one himself to have designed such a great machine.”
While certainly not a typical experience, this customer found relief after just one session on his Teeter! Now, we all know that the relief is temporary and a regular, daily inversion routine is needed to help decompress and ease tension in the back… but it was fun to hear how excited this customer was after his first experience.
What’s your experience? We invite you to share your own story.
We’ve all heard our joints popping. But is all that cracking and creaking normal or a sign that your joints are yelling for help?
On June 6, 2014, the Wall Street Journal published an article titled “Benefits of Hanging Upside Down: Can It Really Help Back Pain, Improve Circulation and Combat Stress?” in which the author details her research into inversion to determine if the claimed benefits are worth considering.
The article quotes Roger Teeter, along with other specialists in the field, including a professor of neurosurgery at Newcastle University, a physical therapist, and a physician/yoga instructor. By compiling and considering the validity of a variety of sources, the article expounds on the evidence suggesting why the benefits of inversion should be taken seriously.
The author concludes by describing her experience with using a Teeter Hang Ups Contour L5 at the Gym Source in Newton, Mass, saying “I felt a very enjoyable stretch of my abdomen, my hips and the sides of my body. I don’t have back problems, but I did find the experience very relaxing.”
Newcastle, UK, Sept. 2007 – A preliminary study from Newcastle Hospital shows evidence that the regular use of an inversion table may significantly reduce the need for back surgery.
Patients who were told they needed sciatic operations were divided into two groups. One group regularly practiced inversion therapy along with regular physiotherapy, while the other practiced physiotherapy alone.
The results showed that patients who practiced inversion were 70.5% less likely to require surgery.
Professor David Mendelow, head of Neuroscience at Newcastle University in England, told the London Telegraph that he estimates inversion therapy could save £80 million a year (about $160 million) in unnecessary surgeries. The results suggest that some patients may be spared major surgery by what many regard as novel treatment. We could like to carry out a larger study to prove this further.
Probably the most common questions we receive are “How long should I invert?” and “How often should I invert?” You’ll find tips that address each question below… but truly, the best answer is to always listen to your own body and do what feels most comfortable to you!
How Long Should I Invert?
The answer depends on you! You should begin with 1-2 minutes per session and advance only as you feel comfortable. Keep in mind that frequency (inverting more often) is more important than duration (inverting for longer periods of time).
Over time, work up to 3-5 minutes or as long as it takes for your muscles to relax and release. While there is no predetermined time limit for using your inversion table, it’s important to listen and respond to your body and remember that inversion is about relaxation and enjoyment.
How Often Should I Invert?
To achieve maximum results, we recommend routinely inverting with the Teeter several times a day. Inversion is a great morning wake-up or evening wind-down in preparation for a good night’s sleep. Incorporate inversion into your fitness routine as a way to recover from high impact, compressive, or rotational activities. Or use your Teeter simply as a go-to tool for occasional relief from back pain and tension.
Ted gave inversion a try to relieve sciatic and knee pain. He had a hero rescue him from pain that had been chronic and restrictive. Here is his Teeter story of healing:
Written By Roger Teeter – As seen in AZ Sports & Lifestyle
Feeling good and looking good are two different aspects of our lives that require time and attention if we want to maintain a happy and healthy life. Over the past 34 years, I have been an advocate for back health and the benefits of inversion therapy, often traveling the world to share my own experience.