Welcome and thank you for stopping by! Today I am going to take an in-depth look at the Teeter FitSpine X3 Inversion Table. Teeter has been building high-quality inversion tables for over 30 years, and they are at it again with this model.
Inversion therapy is often used as a treatment option for people with back pain. Whether it’s sitting behind a desk for hours or physical activity like sports, our spines take a beating during the day.
The Teeter FitSpine X3 is an FDA Class 1 Medical Device (only Teeter inversion tables hold this designation). Teeter recommends them for:
- Back Pain
- Herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal degenerative joint disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Spinal curvature due to tight muscles
- Facet syndrome
- Muscle tension
- Muscle spasm
The basic theory is that by rotating your body upside down, you can relieve pressure on the disc in your spine, helping them to rejuvenate and recover.
I have been using an inversion table for many years since I have been dealing with back problems most of my adult life. I own a Teeter myself and use it frequently.
Of course, check with your doctor before you take the plunge and buy an inversion table.
Product: FitSpine X3 Inversion Table
Dimensions: (Open) 81” L x 28.8” W x 86.5” H (Closed) 58 inches L x 28.8” W x 60.5” H
Product weight: 65.8 pounds
User height: 4’8” to 6’6”
User weight limit: 300 pounds
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FitSpine X3 Inversion Table Features
One of the things I really like about Teeter inversion tables is the backrest, which is designed to be flexible and move with you.
The Flextech Table bed is designed to flex with your movements, offering you a great range of motion so you can stretch deeper where you need it. There are handgrips built into the backrest that allows you to the opportunity to stretch your upper back. As you stretch side to side, the table will flex and move with you.
The backrest is comfortable, breathable and flexible which is one of the great things about this Teeter inversion table compared to other brands on the market.
Included with the table are acupressure nodes, and you can place them on the backrest wherever you need them, for customized pressure point relief. So, if you have extra tight knots, you can put the acupressure nodes in just the right spot to get some added relief from muscle discomfort.
The lumbar bridge adds an additional element of decompression for your lower back.
Ankle locking system
The ankle locking system that holds you in place as you hang upside down is a critical component to an inversion table. This consists of the locking/release handle, ankle cushions, and footbed.
The locking/release handle on the X3 inversion table is extra long, which requires less bending over. This is especially important if you are recovering from a back injury. I have been injured to the point that I could not bend forward very far, so I made sure I purchased a table with the extended length handle.
The handle also allows for micro-adjustments so you can get just the right fit around your ankles. I am definitely a huge proponent of a longer handle on an inversion table.
The ankle cushions on this table are very comfortable and have been designed to give you a very secure but not overly tight fit. Again you can adjust the tightness with the handle. The cushions are padded and contoured to provide you with a great fit around your lower leg.
The footbed is adjustable, too. This is where you initially step when you enter the table. Depending on your height, or how you want the ankle cushions to fit, you can adjust the footbed up or down. This is just one more step Teeter has taken that sets this table apart.
User height adjustment
Adjusting for your height is an essential aspect of using an inversion table the right way. You want to make sure the table is set up just for your body, meaning getting the height and weight balance right. With this Teeter X3 inversion table, you just use the marks on the height adjustment tube to set according to how tall you are. There may be some minor adjustments necessary, if you are in-between height marks, or depending on your center of gravity.
Ideally, you want to be able to use arm movements to move in, and out of inversion, so slight adjustments to the height setting can help you accomplish this.
Inversion angle adjustment
Setting your inversion angle is simple with the adjustable tether strap included with this table. You are in complete control of your rotation with this setup. There are embroidered, color-coded angle markers for 20, 40 and 60 degrees angles.
A little bit more about inversion angles. Different manufacturers use one of two options, a push pin adjustment system, or a tether strap. With the pushpin system, there are preset angle settings to choose from. You merely select the angle you want to invert too and set the pin in place. This system is pretty much foolproof, but you are limited to the preset angles like 20, 40, 60, etc.
With tether straps, you are not limited to a specific number of preset angles. I will explain how this can be an issue for some people.
When I was recovering from my back injury in 2016, I finally got to the point that I could use my inversion table again. I was dealing with stenosis and was not able to lay flat on my back for several months so I could not use my inversion table.
When I was finally able to use the table, I had to progress in very small increments. I could not make the jump from 15 degrees to 30 degrees, so a push pin system would not work for me. I literally had to increase by about 5 degrees at a time as I was able to use my table more.
For a lot of people, this may not be an issue, but it was for me, and it’s something to consider.
When it comes to building your inversion table, Teeter has you covered. All significant components come preassembled, so building your inversion table is pretty much frustration-free. Teeter also has a “getting started” DVD and free 3D instructional build app you can download on your phone.
I do recommend building the table in the room where you will be using it, as these tables are cumbersome to move.
If you assemble the table in your garage but need to use it in the basement… I think you get the idea. If you are dealing with a back injury, moving an inversion table is not always a great idea. Save yourself the headache and build it where you want to use it.
To be 100% honest here, storing an inversion table is not the easiest thing in the world. They don’t just fit nice and neat under a bed. I have been that route, taking the backrest off the table, having my wife help me lift one side of the bed and then slide the table underneath, is not a simple process. My recommendation is to use and store the table in the same room.
If you have space in your basement, spare bedroom, office, or wherever, just collapse the table and lean it up against the wall when you are done using it. Again, moving the table from room to room when you are recovering from an injury is not easy or recommended.
The best tip I have is to wear a good pair of athletic shoes when you are using the inversion table. Although the ankle cushions are very comfortable, wearing shoes really helps. I had an old table at one point in my life, and I was injured to the point that putting on shoes and socks was nearly impossible for me (my wife had to help me dress, but that is another story).
I tried using my table with a towel around my ankles, and that did not work. Eventually, I had to have my wife put my shoes on for me so I could use the table.
Teeter offers a 5-year warranty on this inversion table
The table comes with Stretch Max handles which you can use to stretch side to side. These handles can also be used to help you return upright if you need it.
EZ-Stretch traction handles allow for more decompression options.
Conclusion: Teeter FitSpine X3 Inversion Table
So, there you have it. I really think this table has a lot to offer and includes some great features like the extended handle, acupressure nodes, and flexible backrest. Teeter has been making quality inversion tables for over 30 years and is a leader in the industry. I own a Teeter inversion table and love it.
- This is a very well built table
- Great inversion table for tall people
- Extended handle for easy locking/releasing
- Flexible backrest
- Assembly is made easy
- Includes acupressure nodes
- 5-year warranty
- Heavy table to move
A high-quality inversion table can last you a very long time. If you have read this far and would like more information, or would like to purchase the Teeter X3 inversion table, please visit the Teeter website by clicking the button below.
Teeter FitSpine X3 Inversion Table
Teeter’s FitSpine X3 inversion table is the mid-tier product by inversion table pioneer, Teeter. Teeter is the only brand whose inversion tables are Class 1 registered FDA Medical Devices, and the X3 carries that designation. This means that health plan providers in the United States may allow purchase using HSA and FSA funds. We recommend the feature-rich, well-built Teeter FitSpine X3. It is a comfortable, easy to use balance of features and functionality at a great price-point.
- Excellent build quality
- Registered FDA Medical Device
- Easy locking/releasing
- Flexible backrest
- Acupressure nodes
- Comfortable ankle cushions
- Easy to assemble
- 5-year warranty
- Heavy to move