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  • I want to purchase an Inversion Table - anyone have suggestions as to a good model?

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I do. Let me check at home and get back on this thread. It's good and not a million

bucks.

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I have an Ironman Gravity 4000. Bought it from Amazon a few years ago for $200 and free shipping. It's held up very nicely.

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I had one that hurt my ankles so badly I didn't use it - I want a better one than that one was. It was older and I don't remember the brand name.

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I have a Teeter brand table and like it. P

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I know this is off topic, but if you need to traction your back in the mean time. I like putting on ankle weights and hanging from my pull up bar... works nicely.

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A play-it-again sports or similar store might let you try one of theirs out before you buy. Even if you don't like their prices, etc. at least you could try a few different brands. The ones out here have a lot to choose from. I don't know about back your way.

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That looks like the upgraded model of mine. The foot holds are excellent and reasonably comfortable (considering you are hanging from your ankles). You can test drive mine if you come to Wooster, we'll feed you well at the restaurant as well.

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when I got mine I had a hard time finding one rated for over 200#. be sure to check that. I'm sure you'd be okay but, the flimsyness can make it hard to relax.

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  • I want to purchase an Inversion Table - anyone have suggestions as to a good model?

I'll sell you mine for $50. The only issue is slight rust and part of the padding was chewed up by a damn critter but still works. Shipment costs would be on you or if you are near CT maybe we can meet one day.

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when I got mine I had a hard time finding one rated for over 200#. be sure to check that. I'm sure you'd be okay but, the flimsyness can make it hard to relax.

Agreed. I think mine is good for 300# and was something I was specifically looking for. I also had to shell out the extra money for a 300# rated ladder recently, not super common.

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I'm reading Mc Gill's lower back book right now - and there is zero mention of inversion in it. I was surprised really that he expressed no opinion either positive or negative as it's such a common item that people use with back problems. It's a good read and I am learning a lot. I read it a long time ago but wasn't messed up then - I'm paying more attention this time around. The tables I am looking at are rated to 300# amd I weigh 200# so I'm good there. Right now my top choice is the Teeter 560 - I want to go hang in a few before buying and that means a trip to Columbus to find a place with any choices to try.

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I was considering getting one once and my chiropractor told me inversion tables are pretty useless of spinal decompression/traction, he wrote his thesis on them because back in his day, they were big (popular) at the time because of the movie American Gigolo - they do more for the hips than the spine he said. He suggested what essentially is a bodyweight reverse hyper and had never heard of Louie Simmons and his actual reverse hyperextension machine. I haven't been there since that visit but I told him to look into the reverse hyper so I could have his thoughts on it the next time I need to see him.

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"Hang Ups" F5000

I received a free one from a massage therapist buddy who was down-sizing their work area. I love it.

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I'm reading Mc Gill's lower back book right now - and there is zero mention of inversion in it. I was surprised really that he expressed no opinion either positive or negative as it's such a common item that people use with back problems. It's a good read and I am learning a lot. I read it a long time ago but wasn't messed up then - I'm paying more attention this time around. The tables I am looking at are rated to 300# amd I weigh 200# so I'm good there. Right now my top choice is the Teeter 560 - I want to go hang in a few before buying and that means a trip to Columbus to find a place with any choices to try.

I've read both books, and just re-scanned the TOCs, and neither of McGill's books mention anything about traction or inversion. Around 2000 when I bulged a disc, and went for PT, they did some traction on me to help relieve some of the discomfort, but it wasn't very often or sustained. It wasn't till I started doing kettlebell swings about 3 years ago, that my back felt a lot better. But according to McGill's latest paper, KBs will only help a specific strength imbalance, and for others it may make things worse. I think that the only thing that McGill talks about that is remotely similar to inversion is the cat/camel exercise to gently stimulate the discs and promote circulation in that area.

There was a great interview with McGill about a year and a half ago. One of the things he mentioned was it takes years for a disc to regenerate itself, because it relies on the compression/absorption of nutrients, unlike other tissues in the body. http://www.myrehabexercise.com/blog/archives/669

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I have borrowed a nice table - no ankle pain at all. But no relief at all either from the table - and some actual pain while hanging, even at less than vertical - so I'm changing angles yet again and making a lumbar pad to see if that might affect the angle on which it acts on my low back. I am seeing some improvement but having good and bad days of course - but the trend is positive. I have to be soooo careful with my workouts - a little feels good but it doesn't take much to be too much.

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Chris, I had a Teeter model several years ago and it was strong enough for me to do inverted sit-ups on it in the 270-290 range. The initial traction felt good, but it did nothing for my long term back issues (common L5/S1 degeneration). The best thing I did for my back was lots of core work and a reverse hyper. Also, Dick Hartzell's (jumpstretch guy) series of video's provided lots of relief:

Here's a couple that were particularly helpful:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb0O6I5mCAE

The second one takes some work to get into, but works well. I wish I could find Dick Hartzell's vid on this one as he explains it very well. You get the idea. I was skeptical, but once I found my grove on this one it felt amazing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjEm6wwP9RI

Edit - I found a vid with Dick showing some of the exercises - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beH51dwvFgE

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Chris, how's your back feeling these days. Any improvement from the inversion table ?

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Chris, how's your back feeling these days. Any improvement from the inversion table ?

Thanks for asking. I used the Inversion table and it made things worse for me. I read everything I could find from everyone who even called themselves a back doctor (from the library and online). I mostly ended up with Stuart McGill's stuff and worked my butt off with rehab (which I still do every single day in one form or another). My back is much better and "knock on wood" giving me no more trouble than it has for years now. I did a 353 DO Axle Dl at Thankgripping in the medley, which is a very good lift for me and lapped a 300# plate trainer (bearhug style) this morning. Not near my old max but still the back did just fine. I shouldn't have done it I suppose but I wanted to know.

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I have had some back issues that were made worse by the table. over all it helps but, when things are flared up it tends to aggravate it even more.

I thinks it's better as a preventative than a cure.

353 isn't a bad axle at all.

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