Body Map

Fatigue

Many avid inverters state that a session on the Teeter leaves them feeling rejuvenated. The deep stretch in the muscles helps restore fluidity to movements, the increased circulation can 'wake-up' the brain with a refreshing oxygen wash, and the decompression may help to restore the 'bounce' in your step.

Famous author Dan Brown hangs upside down before writing to help increase altertness and defeat writers block. Movie star Eva Mendes say inversion is her beauty secret for a "vibrant, flushed-with-youth" look.

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Neck Pain

The root cause of neck pain varies, but can inversion help? Because inverted decompression is progressive, meaning each joint is decompressed by the same weight that compresses it while upright; the neck receives a traction load from the weight of the head. Full inversion on the Teeter provides an opportunity for gentle stretching and mobilization of the neck to ease muscle tension and correct minor misalignments.

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Pinched Nerve

"Pinched nerve" is a common term for a nerve that is being compressed or constricted. Nerves connect the brain to the rest of the body through the spinal cord. Much is yet to be learned as to how pinched nerves can affect organ, muscle and other functions controlled by the nervous system. What is clear, however, is that pinched nerves can be painful.

Using a Teeter is clinically proven to lengthen the spine, providing separation between the vertebrae and therefore helping to relief pressure on nerve roots. The Kane study demonstrated, following 10 minutes of inversion, that there were significant increases in the "mean anterior and posterior intervertebral height" as well as increased "mean intervertebral foramina height," which increased the available space for nerve roots. The study concluded gravity facilitated traction may be an effective modality in the relief of low back pain

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Posture

When your weight is supported by an alignment of bones, your body can best resist gravity. When you get out of alignment for any reason, even with rounded shoulders, slouched sitting, or activities like golf, muscles attempt to compensate at the expense of your posture. Plus, poor posture creates localized, high stress points in the back - in fact, the Nachemson study indicates that slouch sitting increases the pressure in the lumbar by 100%!

Inversion utilizes your own body weight to decompress the spine and weight-bearing joints and actually encourage proper skeletal alignment. Combined with less muscle tension, people find that they naturally stand taller and straighter after inverting.

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Degenerated Disc

Disc degeneration is a natural aging process that decreases the structural and functional integrity of the disc. As a consequence of decades of compression, our intervertebral discs lose their flexibility, elasticity, and shock absorption. Day after day, gravity compresses your discs, squeezing out fluid and nutrients and while you regain most of the lost fluid while sleeping, your discs slowly degenerate over time. Disc degeneration can ultimately lead to height loss, herniated or ruptured discs, or pressure on spinal nerves. While you may not be able to halt this process altogether, you can help restore hydration to discs by inverting. Using a Teeter places your spine in the line with the downward force of gravity, allowing your intervertebral spaces to open up and the discs to freely reabsorb fluid and nutrients.

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Muscle Tension

Whether you are a weekend warrior, or spend too much time in the office, you are likely to experience muscle tension. Tense muscles produce pain by restricting blood and lymph flow, which reduces the supply of oxygen to the muscles, allowing for an accumulation of waste chemicals.

Inverting to as little as 25o for even a few minutes can help stimulate circulation and speed the flow of lymphatic fluids to flush out the cellular waste. A study conducted by physiotherapist L.J. Nosse found that EMG (electromyographic) activity, an indicator of muscle pain, declined over 35% within ten seconds of assuming the inverted position.

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Misalignment

The back is supported by hundreds of ligaments and muscles that provide stabilization but also create compression. When the spine moves out of alignment, caused by poor posture, too much sitting, or sports activities, the support structure of the back holds the body in misalignment. Even while lying down, 25% of the standing pressure remains. In order to fully decompress, you need to experience a traction load that is at least 60% of your body weight - roughly equivalent using a Teeter at an angle of 60o. Progressive decompression naturally helps re-aligns the wight bearing skeleton, promoting good posture.

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Height Loss

The discs in our spine have the ability to absorb and lose moisture over the course of a day. As we start the day, our discs will compress and dehydrate (like squeezing out a sponge). In fact, a healthy disc will shrink down nearly 20%, which in turn can result in a daily height loss of 1/2" to 3/4". As we sleep and decompress, the discs swell with nutrient-rich fluid and return to a hydrated state - however, not entirely. By the time we reach the age of 70, the fluid content of your discs is reduced to 70%, resulting in overall height loss of 1/2" to 2". Lost height can translate to a change in your figure; consider a column of clay - if patted on the top, the circumference will increase since the mass had not changed.

Body shape is also impacted by prolapsed organs as the body ages. Middle-age spread, apart from weight gain, is due to the relocation of internal organs. The side effects don't stop with loss of figure - common symptoms include problems with digestion and waste elimination. A regular program of inversion may help to fight organ prolapse, helping them to resume their natural shape and place in the body.

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Bulged / Herniated Disc

Discs are the soft tissue between the vertebrae of the spine. The have a jelly like center that is contained within a cartilage weaken or are stressed to the point of allowing the nucleus to extend past its natural boundaries and in some cases rupture. The discs themselves do not have sensation, but disc damage can sometimes result in pressure on the nerves that run through the spine, which results in pain, numbness or weakness.

When using a Teeter, the natural pull of gravity elongates the spine, increasing the separation between each vertebrae, helping to reduce pressure on nerve roots. In the case of a bulged disc, the action of increasing the space margins between the vertebrae can actually create a mild suction in the disc, which may help encourage the bulged nucleus to return to its proper place. This also encourages rehydration of the disc, facilitating the natural healing process.

Several session a day of intermittent traction on the Teeter may offer the best results. Listen to your body and find an angle most comfortable for you. After inverting, take your time coming back upright, pausing at just above horizontal for 30 seconds, to allow the slow return of pressure to the damaged discs.

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Low Back Pain

Due to the weight-bearing load on the lumbar spine and the stress of twisting and bending, the lower back is prone to injury. Regularly using the Teeter can help avoid or provide relief for back pain by promoting disc hydration, encouraging spinal alignment, taking pressure off of nerve roots and relaxing tense, tired muscles. Inverted exercises can also help build core muscles to provide better support for the spine.

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Weak Core Muscles

Strong abdominals, internal and external obliques, and lower back muscles are vital for proper support of the torso. Inverted crunches or sit-ups on Teeter inversion tables and back extensions on the DEXII are a challenging way to develop and define core muscles.

Most standard training activities designed to build core strength must be performed with great technical accuracy or they can injure the back. Inverted exercises can target every core muscle without adding risky, compressive loads on the spine.

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Sciatica

The Sciatic nerve extends past the spinal cord and exits the spinal column between the vertebrae of the lower back. As a result of the weight-bearing load on the lumbar spine, the discs are especially prone to degeneration and damage, which can result in a narrowing of the space for nerve roots and increased pressure on the Sciatic nerve. Sciatica is characterized by pain radiating from the lower back into the buttocks and lower extremities.

A preliminary study from Newcastle Hospital suggested that inversion eased sciatic pain enough to reduce the need for 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 inverted on a Teeter were 70.5% less likely to require surgery. Professor David Mendelow, head of Neuroscience at Newcastle University in England, told The Daily Telegraph of London that he estimates inversion therapy could save £80 million a year (about $160 million) in unnecessary surgeries.

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Muscle Ache

Muscle exertion creates small tears in the muscle that ultimately create growth, but can leave you feeling sore for days. Inverting with a Teeter can help accelerate the cleansing process by stimulating lymph flow and circulation to eliminate cellular waste more rapidly and allow the body to focus on building new muscle tissue.

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Poor Joint Mobility

Ligaments are fibrous, collagen-filled strips of tissue that hold your bones together. Ligaments are flexible but not very elastic, and can tear when they endure sudden strain or are stretched too far. Mobilization and gentle loading of ligaments can help to increase the collagen content of the tissue, which results in increased ligament strength. Strong ligaments and muscles are vital for proper joint support, and help to protect against injury. Read how the Army has utilized Teeter EZ-Up Gravity Boots to mitigate joint fatigue injuries.

Decompression also aids in joint lubrication by altering the pressure and suction forces within the joint helping to stimulate the synovial fluid that nourishes cartilage.

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Poor Circulation

The cardiovascular system is your body's transportation system, carrying food and oxygen to your body's cells. Oxygen-rich blood from the lungs travels out through the arteries and waste-filled blood come back through the veins to be cleansed and recharged with oxygen. Because your body must work against gravity to retrieve blood from your legs and lower torso, inversion can help to ease the circulation process by placing your body in line with gravity.

Your heart must work against gravity to pump blood up to your brain, which is the body's largest consumer of oxygen. Although it is only 3% of the body's total wight, the brain consumes 25% of the body's oxygen intake. Peter Russell notes in The Brain Book that they deterioration of the brain is not directly linked to age alone, but also the result of decreased oxygen to the brain. Thus a major step in reducing mental deterioration over time may simply be increasing the oxygen supply to the brain.

Relieve Back Pain

Using a Teeter offers a multifaceted approach to the natural relief of back discomfort:

Re-hydrate discs: Using a Teeter takes pressure off the discs, allowing them to widen and hydrate with nutrients that help expedite repair. Hydrated discs offer better shock absorption and flexibility.

Reduce nerve pressure: Inverting on a Teeter has been clinically proven to increase intervertebral separation, helping to open up the passageway for nerve roots. Less pressure can mean less pain.

Realign: The back is supported by hundreds of ligaments and muscles that stabilize the spine but also hold it in compression. When the back moves out of alignment from bad posture, too much sitting, or rotational activities, this support structure holds the body in misalignment. Even while lying down, your spine maintains 25% of standing pressure. In order to decompress, the spine needs a traction force of at least 60% of your body weight, roughly equivalent to inverting at an angle of 60o on a Teeter. This type of progressive decompression helps naturally re-align the weight-bearing skeleton and promote good posture.

Relax tense muscles: Inverting to as little as 25o for a few minutes can help relax muscles and speed lymph flow. One study showed that EMG activity, an indicator of muscle pain, declined over 35% within ten seconds of inversion.


*This is only a tool to help inform you about the benefits of inversion therapy, and should not be considered as medical advice. Always consult your doctor before trying inversion or beginning any type of new exercise regimen.

Improve Overall Fitness

Cardio and strength training are the most widely recognized and understood elements of a workout, but they are not enough to achieve a balanced approach to fitness. A proper workout includes elements of cardio exercise, strength training, and stretching – combining to form the “Triad of Fitness.”

Teeter offers a 3-5 minute stretching solution to help you achieve a more effective workout by increasing flexibility, improving joint range of motion, stimulating circulation and relieving stress. More than just stretching, Teeter offers joint decompression, helping to ensure stronger, healthier joints for reduced pain and better function. Decompression supports healthy joints by:

- Enhancing cartilage nutrition and joint lubrication
- Improving joint flexibility and range of motion
- Strengthening ligaments
- Improving shock absorption, and
- Encouraging proper posture and body symmetry.

Beyond stretching benefits, the Teeter inversion table offers an ideal platform for inverted exercise, allowing you to work on core and leg strength – without placing potentially damaging loads on your back and joints!

*This is only a tool to help inform you about the benefits of inversion therapy, and should not be considered as medical advice. Always consult your doctor before trying inversion or beginning any type of new exercise program.

Preventative Maintenance

You don’t need to wait until you’re in pain to seek help – inversion can be preventative!  Care and maintenance of the joints helps them to stay healthy for a lifetime.  To remain youthful, you take care of your skin and teeth and work out for your heart and muscles… but what are you doing for your back and your joints?  Like any other part of your body, proper maintenance can result in longer-lasting, more youthful function.  Use the Teeter Hang Ups Inversion Table for a balanced, more flexible body now and see the payoff as you age.

It’s no secret that we lose height as we age. Height loss is partially due to thinning discs in the spine and spinal curvature.  Discs lose their nutrients and their cushion, causing a compressed spine and shorter stature. Inversion helps restore nutrients to the discs and decompress the spine, which can help return lost height to the skeleton. More importantly, rejuvenated joints provide better flexibility and shock absorption.

*This is only a tool to help inform you about the benefits of inversion therapy, and should not be considered as medical advice.  Always consult your doctor before trying inversion or beginning any type of new exercise regimen.

Workout with Teeter

Build Core Strength: Strong abdominals, internal and external obliques, and lower back muscles are vital for proper support of the torso. Crunches or sit-ups on Teeter inversion tables and back extensions on the DEXII are a challenging way to develop and define the core muscles.

Most training activities designed to build core strength must be performed with great technical accuracy or they can injure the back. Inverted exercises can target every core muscle without adding risky, compressive loads to the spine.

Define Your Lower Body: Inverted squats on the Teeter inversion tables provide a unique leg workout, strengthening the hamstrings and quads while sculpting the glutes.

*This is only a tool to help inform you about the benefits of inversion therapy, and should not be considered as medical advice.  Always consult your doctor before trying inversion or beginning any type of new exercise regimen.






*This is only a tool to help inform you about the benefits of inversion therapy, and should not be considered as medical advice.  Always consult your doctor before trying inversion or beginning any type of new exercise regimen.