Using an inversion table reduces the pressure on your spine, which may help with back pain and improve flexibility and posture.
How to Choose
Safety & Comfort
Since an inversion table will have you hanging upside down by your ankles, you’ll want to feel safe. Look for a sturdy table that will lock your ankles in place securely and comfortably. The weight of an inversion table is an indicator of its sturdiness; the heavier it is the better chance it was made with stronger materials. Check the height and weight limits. Also, keep an eye out for third party compliance certification from companies like Underwriter Laboratories®, which test products for public safety. You can also research the makers of the inversion table to check out their reputation and what kind of customer reviews they get.
The key piece of an inversion table to check for comfort is the ankle restraint system. Make sure it’s comfortable and easy to use. As for the backboard, the amount and type of padding is a personal choice. For some people, having just a nylon or mesh board is fine, while others may want some padding. Test what feels right for you. If you plan on doing abdominal exercises, choose a non-padded table.
These tables suit beginners who want to try inversion therapy without investing too much. The tables have basic features and use lighter materials, which make them more portable but less sturdy.
$250 - $500
Made with sturdier materials and to higher engineering standards, most typical high quality tables fall within this price range.
Tables at this price are usually gym quality and intended for high use or heavier users.
Multiple Inversion Angles
The more angles available the more you can ease into inversions. Plus you’ll have more options when doing stretching and abdominal exercises.
Preset Rotation Controls
This allows you to set your maximum inversion angle before inverting.
Full Inversion Capability
Not all tables have this, so if you want this feature make sure to check for it. Also note that some companies measure inversion angles from a lying down position, so full inversion (i.e. completely upside down) is sometimes called 90 degrees and sometimes 180 degrees.
If you have limited room to use your inversion table, check to see how much space it takes up when in use. You can also find some models that fold up for storage.
- handlebars/arm assists can give you extra support for those new to inversion and help increase your stretching
- accessories such as gravity boots to lessen strain on the ankles or cushions that vibrate