Inversion Table Buying Guide

An inversion table can provide welcome relief from back pain along with numerous other health and fitness benefits. This inversion table buying guide will help you understand your options.

Inversion Tables 101

Hauling everything from groceries to kids’ hockey equipment can take a toll on your back. Inversion therapy is a non-invasive way to relieve back pain, and with a home inversion table you can easily treat yourself in the comfort and privacy of your home. You'll be head over heels for the fitness benefits, too, as inversion equipment can be used for back stretches, abdominal crunches and inversion yoga. The best tables combine durability, comfort and smoothness of inversion. You can even pamper yourself a bit with extras like infrared heat and acupressure nodes.

Types of Inversion Tables


Fixed Inversion Tables

Fixed (vs. portable) inversion tables let you tilt back to an inverted position to stretch your spine with your own body weight. You should choose a model that's constructed of strong, durable materials and has a weight threshold that exceeds your body weight. For greater comfort and ease of use, look for features such as a padded backrest, simple-to-operate ankle restraints, multiple inversion angles and a smooth transition system.

Portable Inversion Tables

Portable inversion tables are designed to be light enough to carry yet strong enough to support the weight of your body. They tend to be smaller than fixed inversion tables and fold easily for convenient storage in a closet or under a bed. This makes them an ideal choice if you need to bring your inversion table to the cottage during vacation or a hotel room when traveling.

Infrared Inversion Tables

Heat is one of the best ways to soothe sore back muscles and promote healing. Infrared heat inversion tables combine inversion therapy benefits with heat to relax tense muscles, increase blood flow and relieve muscle spasms. Infrared heat therapy can be especially helpful for people with injuries, including scrapes and abrasions, because the infrared rays penetrate the skin and soothe the sore areas underneath without the need for uncomfortable heating pads or painful creams applications.  

Inversion Table Safety Tips:

• Consult your physician before attempting inversion therapy
• People with certain medical conditions, including glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, bone weakness or pregnancy, should not use an inversion table
• Follow the manufacturer's instructions to ensure proper setup and use of the equipment
• When using an inversion table, always have a second person available as a spotter to assist you


Multiple Inversion Angles +

An inversion table with multiple adjustment options maximizes your comfort and offers more options for stretches and crunches. Being entirely inverted can cause pain in your ankles and knees. With adjustable tilt, you can pick the angle that suits you, and your inversion experience will be more pleasant and enjoyable.

Padding +

A well-padded backrest will help you remain comfortable during your inversion therapy sessions. However, if you plan to use your inversion table for abdominal crunches and lower back exercises, you might consider a non-padded backrest for greater versatility.

Ankle Straps +

When you’re inverted, all your weight is resting on your ankle straps. This can cause discomfort, so look for ankle straps that are covered in thick foam, adjustable and ergonomic. Investing in gravity boots can also help reduce ankle strain and create a more pleasant inversion experience.

Self-locking Hinges +

Self-locking hinges automatically lock in place once the inversion table has passed a certain angle. This feature provides an extra measure of safety when the table is fully inverted.

Accessories and Related Products

Inversion Table Maintenance Tips:

• Tighten all nuts, bolts and fasteners before the first use and regularly every three months
• Lubricate all moving parts with an aerosol or silicone spray regularly and avoid oil-based lubricants
• Check all parts regularly for wear and tear and have repairs done by a qualified technician
• Regularly wipe down the upholstery with mild soap and water
• Keep your table out of direct sunlight to avoid fading and cracking
This article is intended as general information. Always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.



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