The Top 5 Problems with Inversion tables and How to Avoid them

Due to the nature of inversion tables they can be susceptible to a lot of problems. They’re supporting you as you invert into dangerous positions – so they need to be both sturdy and delicately balanced. It is our genuine belief that this quality can’t be manufactured by non-premium brands, and in the long run (and quite often the short term) a large proportion of users will encounter frustrating problems. Here’s a few of them, with some tips on how you might avoid being a victim.

1. Ankle Braces hurting your ankles

An absolute universal problem with all inversion tables. As you invert, all the pressure of keeping you held in place is being exerted on your ankles. This could discomfort you after about a minute, but many users report it becoming downright painful after about 10 minutes – especially with long term use.

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There are three things that can help remedy this – though not completely. The first, is to wear either thick socks, or a few pairs as you use your inversion table. It isn’t ideal to have to do this, but it will help you. Secondly, you can invest in gravity boots. Many users report a significant reduce in ankle strain when using their inversion table with these. They are adjustable so you can have them loose – but not too loose as they are keeping you held in place. The problem with gravity boots is they are expensive for such a simple product. Be sure to check that the gravity boots you purchase can be used in conjunction with the table you buy.

The third way to limit the strain on your ankles is simply to avoid buying a shoddy brand table. Teeter and Iron-man tables use ergonomic adjustable ankle braces, often with quite a bit of padding, and they do feel much better.

2. They’re big and heavy

Once more, it is the nature of an inversion table to be big – obviously it needs to be. Many users purchase their inversion table with the intention of folding their table up after each use. There must be people who do this, but we always advise people to not have this expectation. They are all heavy and big – and for many people bending and lifting with a bad back is not an option. Further to this, there isn’t an inversion table on the market that folds down to a small size even when it’s taken down.

Our advice is to just make room for your table. Perhaps even somewhere you can slide it into the corner to move it out of the way. Generally speaking, this is the best option, but if this isn’t an option for you then go for a Teeter model over an Ironman. Teeter models are more lightweight. If you would prefer an Ironman, go for a the IFT-1000.


3. Uncomfortable back rest

Once again, this is common with cheaper inversion tables. They’re made of cheaper materials and are often not manufactured with the user in mind. Most people use an inversion table because they have a back problem in the first place – so an inversion table that will irritate your back further shouldn’t be an option.

Some of the better models come with a padded back rest if you look around, or if you go specifically for an Ironman they all have padded backrests. Alternatively, Teeter inversion backrests are not padded in the same way as other tables, but their backrests are well-designed and will shape neatly to your back. Consider these two options – if it’s pure comfort you’d prefer maybe an Ironman is the way to go. Avoid any table that looks flimsy.


4. An imbalanced table

A good inversion table will move as you shift your weight to your desired level of inversion. If you want to go to about 60 degrees, simply raise your arm back slowly until the table rotates. This is not the case with all inversion tables, but almost all Teeter and Ironman models will give you this result. Alternatively, most good tables will have handles at the side where you can control your level of rotation.

For most other tables, there are preset levels of rotation available that you can control via a safety strap. Always look or inquire regarding this – some tables have particularly unhelpful preset levels of rotation, for example they might have a really shallow setting and a setting that’s basically inverted – not really helpful if you want to ease your self to full inversion.


Again, the best thing to do is to invest in a good inversion table. You simply set the table to your correct height and you shouldn’t have much of a problem (though you may have to mess about with it a little first to get used to it).

As for budget tables, we advise never using them alone. They just don’t balance right – and there are many horror stories of users being stranded in full inversion due to shoddy tables.

5. Arriving with missing parts

Now I know any self – assembly product is subject to this but there really isn’t anything more frustrating. Please bear this in mind as you order your inversion table. The sheer amount of people we have spoken too who experienced this when they bought their inversion table is ridiculous.

To that end, you should choose a brand with good customer service. Teeter probably has better customer service than Ironman, many report a variety of views on this however, both seem to have generally decent service.

On this note, we always advise using your own tools if you can when assembling your table. There isn’t an inversion table there that comes with decent tools as you may expect.

So that’s it, hopefully this list was helpful to you and cleared a few things up. Thanks for reading.

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