I’m ready to invest in a better back, and as much as I love my chiropractor, I don’t want to pay him a visit every week. It’s time to take a look at inversion therapy tables so I can decompress my back and stretch my spine from home. I want to spend my money on something that feels sturdy and supports me comfortably, so what are my options?
The Teeter Hang Ups EP-560 in Action:
If you’ve done any research into inversion therapy tables, you’ve probably heard the name Teeter. But this table is no playground toy – this major player in the inversion therapy world offers an inversion table aimed improving the inversion experience through comfort. I’m ready to make the investment toward home inversion therapy, but let’s take a look at whether I should spend the extra cash on a Teeter Hang Ups EP-560 Inversion Table.
The Teeter Hang Ups EP-560 comes in at a higher price than many competing models, so what sort of a punch is this baby packin’? The sturdy metal frame holds individuals up to 300 lbs with no problem – don’t expect any wobbling on this super stable table. The Teeter Hang Ups products have undergone extensive training and technology research, which is reflected in the extremely smooth gliding action you’ll feel as you tilt. Rubber feet also help to keep the frame still while you invert. Users up to 6’6” will be able to use this table with complete comfort, and the adjustable height mechanism is simple to use.
Like all other inversion tables, a safety tether strap can be adjusted to whichever maximum inversion angle you choose. However, unlike other inversion tables the Teeter Hang Ups boasts a secure lock while inverted. This makes it much easier to perform inverted crunches and various other stretches and workouts. However, some users reported difficulty in getting their tables to lock, even after contacting customer service. This would not effect the integrity of the table however, as the lock is just a convenient bonus feature.
In other inversion tables you’ll find extra-long handles bars for assistance returning upright – but the calculated balance and smooth glide of the Teeter Hang Ups means returning to upright should be as easy as lowering your hands to your sides. There are small handlebars that can be reached with slight bending, and these can also be used for stretching.
This model folds for easy storage, though it’s a heavy thing at around 65lbs – don’t try moving it yourself if you have a bad back. Be sure you have enough space in your home to keep it assembled, if you plan to perform your inversion therapy regularly. The table takes up 60” x 59” x 29” when set up, and remember that you’ll need enough room in front and behind to accommodate the your tilting.
The backrest is ergonomically designed, though if you’re a fan of cushy foam padding you might be one of the users who find the backrest to be less comfortable than other tables. With proper adjusting of the height and removable accessories, you should be able to find that comfy cradle that the backrest was ergonomically designed to achieve.
The backrest is unique from other models because it’s made from Teeter’s unique ComforTrakTM bed design. It’s made from a strong, but flexible plastic that bends with your body to allow for fuller stretches. This inversion table comes with plastic acupuncture nodes that clip into the backrest and apply pressure to adjustable points on the back, as well as a removable arch for lumbar support. There is also a cushioned pillow for your head, so you’re noggin isn’t lying against plastic.
One of the major benefits of the Teeter Hang Ups is the ankle support system. The Ergo Embrace ankle cups can be tilted up and down, as well as adjusted in size and tension. They are specially designed to relieve as much pressure on the feet as possible, and the difference is noticeable over other models. Still, Teeter does recommend you wear shoes, since hanging from your feet and ankles will always add some pressure to the feet.
One of the bonuses of splurging on the Teeter Hang Ups is all the accessories. This model comes with the acupuncture nodes to add muscle relief to your therapy. Plus, there is a removable lumbar support to deepen your stretch and cradle your lower back. You’ll also get a DVD that demonstrates beginning stretches and muscle building poses to put into practice on your new inversion table – an easy and convenient way to begin expanding your inversion therapy.
Teeter also offers more add-ons for purchase, like different lumbar supports and special handles that can be attached for deeper, more advanced stretches and workouts.
What Do I Get That Other Models Don’t Have?
A unique feature of the Teeter Hang Ups EP-560 is that your body hangs away from the backrest in full inversion. This allows you to completely hang free from supports, and many users enjoy this feature because it gives your back the fullest stretch and decompression. Nearly all other models of inversion tables do not include this in their design.
As previously mentioned you also get many removable and adjustable accessories that can add to your inversion therapy. Plus, don’t forget those specially designed ankle supports that aim for the most foot comfort possible while inverting. If you plan to invert for long periods of time, or to do inverted exercises, this is a major bonus.
Pros and Cons
So is all the hype for Teeter Hang Ups really worth the price? Sure, all inversion tables perform the same basic functions and anyway to securely tilt upside down will give you inversion therapy results. But the Teeter Hang Ups features special attention to ergonomics and comfort – meaning mainly your ankles will be thanking you. Plus, the add-ons and adjustable components make this inversion table truly customizable to your body and your back pain.
Teeter Hang Ups EP-560 Pros:
- Extremely sturdy frame and smooth tilting
- Ergo Embrace ankle cups to reduce ankle pressure
- Secure lock to hold inverted angles for exercise
- Adjustable and removable accessories
- Option to completely hang away from the table in full inversion
- DVD features exercises and stretches
Teeter Hang Ups EP-560 Cons:
- The price is higher than other models
- Backrest is flexible, but not much cushion
- You may still want to wear shoes with the ankle supports
Overall, The Teeter Hang Ups EP-560 does justify its higher price with unique features and a well-researched design. And if you think about it, therapy at home for a one-time investment could save on chiropractor visits in the long run. If you’re looking to enhance your inversion therapy with exercises and advanced stretches, you’ll be able to do the most with this Teeter model. But if you’re just interested in basic inversion, you’re mostly paying extra for a bit more comfort when it comes to the Teeter Hang Ups EP-560.