Welcome to this Invertio Inversion Table review. Today we will take a look at this budget-friendly model and see if it is worth spending your hard earned money on.
Inversion tables have been around for many years, and some people absolutely swear by them. Inversion tables use gravity to your advantage, by helping to elongate the spine and reduce pressure on your discs.
I have been dealing with back problems for most of my adult life, and I use my inversion table to help manage chronic sciatica. If you have tried other methods for your aching back, an inversion table may be just what you need.
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If you suffer from back pain, whether it’s tight lower back muscles from sitting all day, or something more severe like a herniated disc, talk to your doctor and see if an inversion table is right for you.
Let’s get right into things!
Product: Invertio Inversion Table
Rating: 78 out of 100
Dimensions: 51 inches D x 28.25 inches W x 59.5 inches H
Product weight: About 55 pounds
User height: 5’1” to 6’6”
User weight limit: 300 pounds
The backrest is surprisingly large on this unit, a lot wider than many other comparable models. Supportive foam padding covers the backrest, and it even comes with a pillow to rest your head on. Not much else to report here, it’s a pretty standard setup.
Ankle locking system
Now, this is one of my hot-button items when it comes to inversion tables. The ankle locking mechanism as a whole is super important in my opinion. This is what secures your body to the inversion table, and you are relying on this apparatus when you are hanging upside down.
You really want to have confidence in this aspect of the inversion table.
The locking pin/release handle is what you use to secure and release your ankles from the inversion table. Some have a ratchet mechanism which allows for micro adjustments and more customization. This model has eight preset positions, and you can choose the one that fits you the best.
The handle on this model is short. I have discussed this in other reviews. If you have ever had a back problem where you couldn’t bend over, or bending over caused pain, this short handle is not doing you any favors.
In my case, I have had back problems where it was painful, or challenging to bend over, so a short handle is one thing I shy away from on these tables.
Contoured foam rollers protect the front and rear of your lower leg/ankle region when you are locked into the unit. Some models come with U-shaped cups or other devices which are used to support you when you invert.
I am not a huge fan of these foam rollers, they are kind of on the lower end of the spectrum as far as materials used, but I think they are comfortable enough.
There is also no footrest height adjustment. Models that have a footrest adjustment allow users the flexibility to customize the fit that much more. This footrest is going to be okay for most people, but if you are looking for more customizable features, just know this model does not offer that.
User height adjustment
Adjusting the table individually for a user’s height is pretty straightforward. You release the locking pin and using the marks on the adjustment shaft, you will slide the shaft up or down to match your height.
Occasionally you will need to make an adjustment to the height, depending on your center of gravity. Ultimately, you should be able to move in and out of inversion using only arm movements. If you are not able to do this that is an indication you need to adjust the height setting.
This can take a little bit of manual manipulation, but once you get it right, you are set.
In case you need help up from hanging upside down, there are long, foam covered handles to help you up. Ultimately you should not need to use these, but they are there if you need them.
The handles can also help if you want to grab hold and stretch out your side body.
Inversion angle adjustment
Adjusting the angle of inverting is really easy. There are four preset angle adjustments to choose from. You have the option of 20, 40, 60, or 80 degrees to set the angle. Twenty-degree increments is a pretty substantial difference, especially if you are new to inversion, or are recovering from an injury.
You want to start with the lowest angle, and over time you can increase the angle. This pre-set system is foolproof and easy to use, but it may not suit the needs of everyone. If you want to invert at a 30-degree angle, you cannot do that. So, this is definitely something to keep in mind.
Other models of inversion tables have more presets, or some use a tether strap which allows you to set any angle you want literally.
As with most inversion tables, storing them is not the easiest of tasks. I leave the backrest on my table, fold it up and lean it against the wall when I am not using it. This table folds up, but not completely flat. Trying to fit it under a bed is challenging, trust me.
Inversion tables are cumbersome to move due to the awkward shape and weight. I tried for a long time to remove the backrest from mine, fold it in half, and lift up one side of the bed to store it. This is a serious pain, especially if you are nursing a back injury, or have back problems.
Yep, you guessed it, assembly is required. If you follow the instructions and are somewhat handy, this is not a big deal. I definitely recommend having someone to help if you can. Inversion table parts are awkward, cumbersome and kind of heavy, so a helper is ideal.
If you want to pay for assembly, that option is also available.
My favorite tip
Time for my tip of the day. This tip is pretty intuitive, but I hear people talk about this all the time. Wear shoes when you are inverting, that’s my tip.
I have gone the barefoot route and to be honest with you it hurts. I have tried using towels around my lower leg area, and that isn’t much better. What is better is wearing a good pair of athletic shoes.
Now, mind you the reason I used to go barefoot is that I was in such pain that bending over to put on shoes was not really an option for me. But, I definitely learned a lesson from that experience.
- Lightweight inversion table
- Large backrest with a pillow
- Very positive customer reviews
- Lacks features of more expensive models
- Limited to four inversion angles
- Short handle for locking/releasing your ankles
Conclusion: Invertio Inversion Table review
If you are interested in checking out an inversion table for lower back pain, this table from Invertio is a bare-bones model that is well priced. Of course, it will perform the primary function of inversion, but you may want some additional features.
The one feature, or lack of, that really sticks out to me is there are only four inversion angle options. For someone like me, who uses an inversion table to recover from an injury, you may not be able to make the 20-degree incremental jump. You may need a more gradual step up in the angle.
Again, this is a base model, and it’s pretty inexpensive. If you don’t plan on keeping this unit long term (some people only use them to recover from an injury, like you would use crutches), then it may be one to consider.
If you are interested in more inversion table options, please check out my post, Best Inversion Tables for Back Pain. There are a lot more to choose from, and other models that include additional features.
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