Welcome and thank you for stopping by. Today I will take a comprehensive look at the Teeter FitSpine LX9 Inversion Table. If you struggle with back pain and are looking for an effective way to treat your back pain, please keep reading.
- 1 Teeter FitSpine LX9 Inversion Table Features
- 2 Conclusion: Teeter FitSpine LX9 Inversion Table Review
- 3 Teeter FitSpine LX9 Inversion Table
- 4 Pros
- 5 Cons
Inversion therapy is one method of treating back pain, by using gravity in your favor. From sitting behind a desk, commuting, to playing sports, you name it, our spines take a beating on a daily basis. By rotating upside down, inversion allows us to take some pressure off the discs in the spine, allowing them to rejuvenate and recover.
With the LX9, Teeter has included some upgraded features, so I want to take a closer look and put this table to the test.
Teeter has been building high-quality inversion tables for well over 30 years, and they are an industry leader in this space. I personally own a Teeter inversion table, and I love it.
So, with that said, let’s take a closer look at this table from Teeter
Product: Teeter FitSpine LX9 Inversion Table
Rating: 88 out of 100
Dimensions: (Open) 81.5” L x 27.5” W x 87” H (Closed) 60.8” L x 27.5” W x 57” H
Product weight: 70.8 pounds
User height: 4’8” to 6’6”
User weight limit: 300 pounds
Teeter FitSpine LX9 Inversion Table Features
One of the many features I really like on this inversion table is the FlexTech backrest. This suspension bed is designed to be flexible, so it will move with you. The built-in handgrips allow you the option to stretch to either side, and the bed will flex with your movements.
Flexibility, breathability, and comfort are the hallmark features of this backrest design.
Teeter also includes acupressure nodes that you can place on the backrest wherever you need, for added, trigger point massage on those tight muscles. The included lumbar bridge also adds extra stretch for your lower back if you so desire.
All in all, you might not think too much about the table you are laying on, but Teeter certainly has put a lot of thought into this for you.
Ankle locking system
When comes to the ankle locking system on an inversion table, Teeter has one of the best in the business. The components that make up the system are the locking/release handle, ankle cushions, and the footbed. I will discuss each of the parts in more detail below.
The locking/release handle is an integral part of an inversion table. I love the extended length handle on this table. The micro adjustments give you the freedom you need to get just the right fit around your lower leg. Having a long handle that requires less bending to get in and out of the inversion table, can be critical if you are recovering from a back injury.
I have injured myself to the point that I could not bend over to put my shoes on, so the long handle was a must for me. This may not be an issue for everyone, but it is definitely something to think about.
The ankle cushions on the LX9 are comfortable and contoured to give you a secure and snug fit. You want to feel like you are securely locked in when you are hanging upside down, and these cushions do not disappoint.
An often overlooked feature on inversion tables is the ability to adjust the height of the footbed. This comes in very hand for different sizes of people, to make sure the ankle cushions fit just right. You can rotate the footbed up or down, to give you the best fit. Again, just another extra feature that Teeter thought of.
User height adjustment
Setting the user height is pretty easy with this LX9 inversion table. The height adjustment tube comes with marks for different heights. You just remove the locking pin from the height adjustment tube and then slide the boom to your height, and you are all set. Be sure to tighten the locking pin when you have the height set.
Now, there can be a bit of an art to getting the height set correctly when you are using an inversion table. Ultimately your center of gravity (height and weight) should be balanced so that you are able to rotate in and out of inversion by moving your arms. This might take some minor tweaking to adjust the height setting.
It’s always a good idea to have someone spot you when you are working on getting the rotation set up.
Inversion angle adjustment
The Teeter LX9 inversion table uses a tether strap with preset marks to help you set the inversion angle.
There are typically two types of systems that are used on inversion tables to set the inversion angle. One is the tether strap, which Teeter uses, the other style is a pushpin system with preset angles. I will get into each of these options below.
With the pushpin (preset) system, setting your angle is foolproof. You have options, like 20, 40, 60-degree angles, or 15, 30, 45, 60 depending on the inversion table. These are great for most people, pick an angle and you are done. The problem being you are limited to these angles. I will discuss why this can be an issue.
When I was recovering from a back injury in 2016, I couldn’t stand up straight. I blew a disc and was in a stenosis position. I could not stand fully upright for several months. I was working with a chiropractor during this period, and when I finally got to the point that I could lay down flat on my back, I was able to start using my inversion table. I had to start with a shallow angle, like 15 or 20 degrees.
In my situation, I was not able to make a 20-degree incremental change to my inversion angle, so a table with preset angle adjustment wouldn’t work for me. I needed to be able to go from 15 degrees to 18 degrees for instance.
This is where the tether strap becomes helpful. You can literally set any angle you need. Admittedly, this requires more tweaking, but the LX9 inversion table does have preset marks on the tether strap to make it easy to find 20, 40, and 60-degree settings.
Whew, that was a long winded explanation, but one I think is necessary based on my personal experience.
Teeter definitely makes assembly pretty easy when it comes to building this table. Most of the major components come pre-assembled, making your life much easier.
The included DVD and downloadable app will also help you with the process of getting your table up and running.
I will leave you with a couple of tips for building your inversion table, things that I have found to be helpful.
First, build the table in the room you plan on using it. Inversion tables are cumbersome to move, just being straight up honest. This is especially true if you are recovering from a back injury, the last thing you need to be doing is moving an inversion table from room to room.
Second, have someone help you with assembly. Same reason as the first, inversion table parts are heavy and if you have a bad back, having a helper is really nice.
Check out my post with tips for building an inversion table for more information.
My rant continues on storing an inversion table. These are not really something that will fold up nice and just slide under your bed. Been there, tried that! Over the years I have learned it is just plain easier to fold the table up when you are done using it and lean it up against the wall.
I have been down the road of removing the backrest, folding the base, my wife and I lifting up one side of the bed while trying to slide the table underneath. This is especially fun with a back injury let me tell you. Now I just fold it up and keep it in the corner.
My secret ninja inversion table tip is…wear shoes. Even though the ankle holders are comfortable, you will find that wearing shoes makes a huge difference. I had an old inversion table at one time, and I was dealing with a herniated disc. I had trouble putting shoes on, so I tried to wrap a towel around the ankle cushions to act as extra padding. That was a mistake, and I had my wife put my shoes on for me.
A couple of other features unique to this model are:
- Storage caddy (water bottle holder)
- What Teeter calls their Boarding Platform, which is where you step before you step into the footbed
- EZ Stretch Traction Handles which allows you to add more stretch if you need it
- Stretch Max Handles, you can grab on to these for side to side stretching, and they can help you return upright if needed.
Teeter offers a full five-year warranty on the inversion table.
- Acupressure nodes are included
- Extended length locking/release handle
- Quality construction
- Comfortable ankle supports
- Flexible backrest
- More expensive than that X3 model
- Heavy to move
Conclusion: Teeter FitSpine LX9 Inversion Table Review
Okay, so that about sums this review up. In my honest opinion, I think this table has a lot to offer. This is a high-quality inversion table that will last for many years. Teeter has added some extra features to this high-end table that definitely set it apart.
I love the ankle cushions, the extended locking/release handle with micro adjustments. I also think the flexible backrest is fantastic.
The thing I don’t like is the price. This table is basically the same as the X3, but with the added water bottle holder and Boarding Platform. So, unless you absolutely need those features, I would save some money and take a look at the Fitspine X3 Inversion Table.
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