Seeking Reviews for Teeter Hang Ups

Have you used the Teeter Hang Ups inversion device to treat back problems? We'd like to hear from you!

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Anyone who has had back problems knows how debilitating they can be, and the back pain industry is big business. Our testers have plenty of first-hand experience with back pain. So today we’re going to take a look at the Teeter Hang Ups inversion device, which is claimed to aid in back pain, and which we have tried.

Inversion

The concept of inversion is simple: the patient is suspended either at an angle or upside down using the pull of gravity upon one’s spine. It is claimed that it takes pressure off of the spine and provides relief.

Risks

Not all doctors specializing in back pain recommend inversion, for a variety of reasons. We asked Dr. Lon Kalapp, a chiropractor in California, his thoughts on inversion devices. He responded, “My practice has been filled with patients who felt this would fix their back problems. I never recommend inversion to people over 50…” This video from another chiropractor also discusses the differences between decompression and inversion.

You should not use inversion devices if you have glaucoma, recent or unhealed fractures, ear infection, hernias, high blood pressure, or if you are pregnant. 

Teeter Hang Ups

The Teeter device isn’t new or necessarily unique, but it is arguably the most heavily-advertised and well-known. There are a variety of models, from the $229 Fit-100, all the way up to their $1499 Contour Power.

Our Teeter Hang Ups Review

We used the Teeter device, as well as other inversion products. On the positive side, the EP-550 Teeter device was very well-constructed. Other devices like this have seemed shoddy, similar to the cheap gym equipment  you’d find at Wal-Mart. While we wouldn’t swear by inversion devices, there are occasions when our testers enjoyed the stretching sensation. You can invert yourself to a variety of angles, to the point where you are upside down. We found some angles more comfortable than others. The amount of time spend in inversion and the angle of inversion are all a matter of preference.

Negatives

  • Ankle Hooks: The Teeter model we used had rather uncomfortable ankle hooks, especially when hanging at steep angles. It only took a couple of minutes before feet started to hurt in this position. Other models apparently include more comfortable boots, but we didn’t get those. You can order those separately. We found that wearing two pairs of thick socks helped a little.
  • Folding Feature.  We found the folding process to be so cumbersome that one tester almost hurt his back in doing so.
  • Price. The “good” Teeters are the ones starting in the mid-hundreds. It may be worth it to check out some competing products.
  • Assembly. May not be easy to assemble for some people. The box weighed about 60 pounds. One tester’s elderly parents, both of whom have back problems, could have put it together very easily, so we assembled it for them. Be sure to watch the DVD, which includes assembly instructions that are easier to understand than the written instructions.
  • Inversion. Some angles of inversion felt much more comfortable than others. Some angles felt downright uncomfortable.
  • Self-Treatment. Treating back problems without any supervision can be risky, and it is possible to make your back problems worse, as several chiropractors have suggested to us. Not all back pain has the same cause or the same cure. While inversion devices may be well-suited to certain back issues, it may do more harm than good for other types.
  • Made in China. This is an issue for some people, but obviously isn’t related to the product’s effectiveness.

One tester’s father has severe back problems and wanted to try out the Teeter Hang Ups. In his case, it was not a good match at all. His back problems were perhaps too severe, and he complained that it was uncomfortable, nor did he like the sensation of being inverted. He tried it for about a month, but didn’t feel as though there was much benefit from it. Some have suggested that it might take 2 months to see any benefit.

Our testers used it, and reported that they enjoyed the stretching sensation of the back. It is a well-made piece of equipment.

Other Reviews

Searching for objective reviews online is always a challenge. On Amazon, for example, you will be hard-pressed to find anything but 4 and 5-star reviews of the Teeter Hang Ups. And it’s certainly possible that so many people enjoy the product, but you should also take Amazon reviews with a grain of salt. A common marketing ploy involves companies infiltrating sites like Yelp and Amazon with planted (fake) reviews. If you see  the Teeter Hang Ups with nearly 200 glowing reviews, you may want to take pause – and consider that some of those reviews may have been planted. Let’s not forget that their biggest competitor, the Ironman Gravity, has almost the exact same ratio of positive reviews. It’s difficult to reconcile this experiences and warnings from chiropractors. For this reason, we’re seeking reviews from our readers. Have you tried Teeter Hang Ups? We want your thoughts – good, bad, or indifferent.

Take a look at one of the Teeter Hang Ups commercials:

Bottom Line
Inversion devices may help some people, but you may want to get your back checked out before investing hundreds in such a product because – as we stated earlier – not all back pain has the same cause or requires the same treatment. Inversion may or may not help your specific issue.

Your thoughts
Have you used Teeter Hang Ups, or a similar device? We want to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • WMccreery

    Teeter hang ups are for hanging posters and paintings. The device you are thinking of is a type of inversion table.

  • Loren

    I asked my doctor about this. He said it helps some types of back problems, but not all. If you just diagnose yourself and use this, you could do more harm than good.

  • TerpGirl

    I bought one of these for a decent price off of the Canadian Home Shopping Network a few years ago now. I experienced some of the same issues as the review writer, mainly the weight and somewhat cumbersome size and shape of the table itself. It’s heavy, but once you get your technique down for folding it and sliding it into its storage spot, it’s not so bad.

    As for the ankle holds – same problem – it can be very uncomfortable. I guess I could’ve bought the boots, but it was around $400 already. So, I wear thick socks and sometimes a pair of cheap, knock-off ‘Ugg’ style booties when I use it – way less pain and I can hang longer.

    The table comes with a strap that allows you to control the angle of inversion, which is great for starting out and when you don’t want to be fully inverted. I often just want to relax and stretch out without much phsyical exertion. But when I do – this is an excellent piece of exercise equipment! You can do sit-ups and leg crunches quite well.

    As for pain relief – the effects are noticable, but temporary. Damn you gravity! I haven’t been using it as regularly as I had planned, but I suppose it would be more beneficial if I maintained a schedule instead of just using it when I feel like it.

    I’m planning to purchase a set of traction handles that will allow me to achieve a greater stretch, but I’m cheap and don’t want to pay duty when I have to order them from the States. (I think they’re around $400. So, I will take advantage of the free shipping anywhere in the US and get them sent to a family member’s house and ask them to bring them up when they visit!

    All in all, I’m happy I bought it. I’ve tried a few others, but never felt the same level of stability I do with the Teeter. It’s heavy, yes, but for a good reason! Hope this review helps you decide. Cheers!

    • waffles

      Thank you for your very “balanced” review (pun intended)!

  • Angelo

    I had a very bad back pain for about a year and after 3 chiropractors, the last one adviced me to get the Teeter inversion table and use it several times a day everyday combined with his visits once a week. I used to hand for several minutes each time taking deep breaths and slowly letting the air out. I started noticing changes after the first month. My back started to experience snaps with relief here and there with a gradual improvement but I still couldn’t stand straight – I was still bent. After the 3rd month, I experienced a snap so loud on my lower back one day that I got scared, despite the big relief. When I went off the inversion table I could stand straight for the first time and it took only a few more weeks after that to have the rest of my back fully adjusted and the pain totally gone. I have become much stronger since and I can carry weight and live a noraml life ever since. I still hang for a few minutes everyday just for the pleasure and as maintenance. It may feel uncomfortable at first when you start but once you get used to hanging at 60 degrees it just takes persistance to experience its benefits. I have noticed that 90 degrees in not really necessary – 60 degrees and persistance will do. Good luck!

  • Rebecca

    The Mayo Clinic ststed that inversion for more than 2 minutes is bad for the eyes the heart and doesnt really help the back. They also ststed that it affects the heart rate and blood prsdure goes way up. So no thanks teeter Im not hanging upside down.

  • Steven

    I researched the Teeter Hang Ups for about 5 months. I liked all the reviews that I heard, so I thought I would try it. I have arthritis in my lower back. After I received it I set it up watching the video. I looked at it for about an hour for I was scared to get on it. I finally did and right away I felt relief. It is the best thing I have ever bought in my life. I would not give it back for anything. I suggest to purchase the XL boots and bar. They are very comfortable. I have had it for 4 months now, and still love it. I use it 5 to 7 minutes a day, morning and night. I suggest to purchase it from Costco because they give you 90 days to try it. Thank you Teeter……………