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.
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.
I recommend you check with your doctor as well before you take the plunge and buy an inversion table.
So, with that said, let’s take a closer look at this table from Teeter
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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.
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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 to help you build you inversion table.
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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Teeter FitSpine LX9 Inversion Table
Features - 94%
Price - 77%
Comfort - 94%
14 thoughts on “Teeter FitSpine LX9 Inversion Table review”
I can personally advocate for inversion tables and how much they help relieve spinal pressure and discomfort. I have mild scoliosis, a herniated disc and fibromyalgia. I have the Ironman Gravity 4000 and I use it every single morning and every single night. It helps to decompress the spine and relieve pressure and stress from compacted spinal discs. It also helps to lubricate the spinal discs and promote healing by stimulating spinal fluid exchange.
I Sherry, thanks for your comment. The Ironman inversion table is a solid option as well and I actually wrote a thorough review on that inversion table as well.
It is interesting to hear from other folks who use inversion tables on a regular basis. You seem to be very well versed in the benefits that inversion tables offer. I use my table everyday as well and I love it. Inversion therapy has become my go-to therapy for my back problems.
I appreciate you stopping by today, please let me know if you have any questions, I am happy to help.
I also have a back that has had surgery. I have used the teeter device before, many years ago. It does offer some relief. I looked at purchasing a LX9 version last week, after reading your article I think I will look into the cheaper model X3. As for the storage, I can put it where I have the treadmill now, I do not use it very often. Does the App keep track of your use of the Teeter.
Hi John, thanks for your comment. Sounds like we have something in common, back surgery and inversion tables. I am glad to hear you saw my Teeter reviews on the FitSpine X3 and LX, both are quality inversion tables. I tend to agree with you, if you can do without the extras, the X3 is a great value.
As for the app, yes Teeter does have an app that will track your activity, pain levels, etc. The app will sync with TeeerLink Tracker, which is a wireless unit that syncs with your phone.
I appreciate you stopping by. Please let me know if you have any questions, I am happy to help.
Very informative, and thorough reviews of the Teeter Fitspine LX9 inversion table. I have had back issues in the past, but luckily they have worked themselves out. However, my girlfriend has quite serious neck and back issues, and we have discussed the possibility of trying an inversion table such as this. It seems to me that it would be worth a try to see if it can bring some relief. I like that it is a remedy that doesn’t include dangerous, habit forming drugs, or invasive surgery. Thank you for sharing this important information. Tom
Thanks for your comment Tom. I am glad to hear your back problems have worked themselves out. Sorry to hear about your girlfriend’s issues. I love using my inversion table and I agree with you, it’s a great alternative to medication or surgery.
If you do decide to purchase an inversion table, I highly recommend that your girlfriend get the all clear from her doctor before proceeding, especially if she has bad neck and back problems.
Please let me know if you have any questions about the Teeter FitSpine LX9, I am happy to help.
Thanks again for stopping by!
I’ve been interested in inversion tables for a while now and this was a great write up and review. I’m a firefighter and over time it’s just inevitable to have so much wear and tear on your back and this seems like a way to really rejuvenate such an important core part of our body. Very happy with this review and I appreciate your honesty with regards to its price. Thanks, brother!
Hi Eric, thanks for your comment! I agree an inversion table could do you some good. I am sure your body takes a pounding and a good stretch every day would probably feel great. Let me know if you have any questions, I am happy to help.
Hey Steve, thanks for this review. I believe you have finally convinced me to buy an inversion table. I have always been a bit uneasy about them, thinking that they were not sturdy enough for my 6 foot 3 inch frame and I was a little afraid of hanging upside down being held by my ankles.
Fortunately my back pain is not as severe as my sisters but I was looking for something to help. She has an anti-gravity chair that I like to sit in, and sometimes nap in, when I visit her house. I love the way I feel after sitting in it but cannot justify spending thousands of dollars for one.
But this Teeter FitSpine LX9 seems like the better solution in terms of price and space saving, the anti-gravity chair is too big and uses electricity. I just have to get over my fear of hanging upside down. But I am sure that will be short-lived once I experience how great I will feel after using this table.
Hi Robert, thanks for stopping by. I completely understand where you are coming from with hanging upside down, it can be a little unnerving at first. I recommend starting at a pretty shallow angle, then as you get more and more comfortable, you can increase your inversion angle. One of the great features of the Teeter FitSpine LX9 is the tether strap inversion angle adjustment.
This strap allows you to pick any angle you want. You can literally start out flat if you want. When I was recovering from a back injury in 2016, I started with a 15-degree angle and worked my way up. Now I invert at about 60-degrees and that is a great spot for me. I use my table just about daily, if not a couple of times per day sometimes.
The Teeter inversion tables are designed for folks up to 6’6″ tall, so you should be good! These tables are also very sturdy and you can feel that when you lean back. I also love the flexible backrest, it’s great for adding extra stretch. All in all, this FitSpine LX9 has a lot to offer. Please let me know if you have any questions, I am happy to help.
Very informative . This is something I could perhaps get as a birthday present for my parents. They work hard at taking care of us and they deserve this gift to soothe and relieve any ache and stiffness on their body.
Thank you for your comment, I appreciate it. Let me know if you have any questions, I am happy to help.
Great review, thank you. This looks very impressive.
So far my husband and I don’t have back issues, but my brother in law does. A couple of years ago he had a serious slipped disk problem and couldn’t walk for some time. It’s healed reasonably well without surgery, but he now has to be very careful.
Do you suppose an inversion table would help his long-term healing? He’s always nervous about doing something to wreck his back again.
Hi Suzanne, thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear about your brother in law, I know how he feels having dealt with a slipped disc myself. I am an advocate for using an inversion table, as you can see. I have been using an inversion table for many years. An inversion table is for recovery and maintenance, so using it daily can be very beneficial for people with back problems. I would say he should check with his doctor before he starts using an inversion table, just given his history. I am a firm believer in inversion therapy. Please let me know if you have any questions about the Teeter FitSpine LX9, or other Teeter products, I am happy to help!