In this post, I would like to take a look at the Teeter Hang Ups 560 inversion table. I will review the features and benefits of this model and who should consider purchasing.
With that said, get your popcorn ready and let’s get into this inversion table review
There are a lot of inversion tables on the market, so many to choose from. Teeter has been making high-quality inversion tables for about 30 years and they sell a lot of them. Customers have been very happy with the inversion tables as well as other products they offer.
That said, I think Teeter is a solid option when it comes to inversion tables.
Product: Teeter Hang Ups 560 inversion table (DISCONTINUED – Other great Teeter inversion tables)
Rating: 92 out of 100
Dimensions: 28.8 inches wide x 86 inches tall
Product Weight: About 65 pounds
User height: 4’8” – 6’6”
User weight limit: 300 pounds
People suffer from back pain for a lot of different reasons. Some people have tight muscles from sitting a lot during the day. With a commute to work, sitting behind a computer screen for hours on end, and then the commute home, we do a lot of sitting.
Some folks suffer from other back complications, like structural issues, such as a herniated disc, or spinal stenosis. What I am getting at, is there are a lot of different ailments that affect people and contribute to back problems.
The beauty of an inversion table is that they are designed to help relieve pressure on the spine and help stretch out some of those tight muscles. By relieving the pressure on the discs, they have a chance to rehydrate and rejuvenate. Plus, I just feel a little bit taller when I am done inverting!
Before you rush out to buy an inversion table, I recommend you speak to a doctor to make sure you are fit to use one. Some medical conditions can prevent people from using an inversion table.
This EP 560 has a couple of different options available:
- The EP 560 Ltd
- The EP 560 with Back Pain Relief Kit
I will incorporate the differences in the features below.
Features of the Teeter Hang Ups 560 inversion table
One great thing about this table is how customizable it is. There are a lot of different body types, people come in all shapes and sizes. So being able to customize the fit is crucial.
The table you lay on
Starting with the table itself, the part you actually lay on, is made from a hard plastic material. While this may not sound extremely comfortable to lay on, it has enough give to it, which does make it comfortable.
As you can see, the platform has slots. These slots are multi-purpose. First of all, they allow air to flow around your back, so you won’t get sweaty, but they also serve as a place to incorporate the acupressure nodes.
The acupressure nodes are there to provide trigger point release. So when you lay on the nodes, you can place them so they hit your muscles in just the right spot. You not only get the stretch when you invert but also trigger point release.
On the top of the table platform, you can see some larger cutouts, which serve as grab handles. These handles allow you to grab ahold and stretch out certain areas of your body, depending on how you feel. Maybe your lats or shoulders are tight on the right side, you can grab the handle and get an additional stretch in that area.
So the table has been designed with multi-function abilities. Again, it’s a very customizable inversion table.
The table comes with a lumbar support which adds another element of decompression to the unit. Again, the slots in the table platform allow you to fit the lumbar support securely under your lower back just where you want it.
A small pillow is included for your head to rest on when you are inverted.
Ankle locking system
The ankle locking system is contoured and will comfortably secure your ankles in place. You will not feel like you are going to fall on your head when you are locked in.
The front and back pads are rounded to give you a comfortable fit around the ankles.
Right below the contoured ankle supports is the footbed, where, you guessed it, is where your feet rest. The footbed height is adjustable, so you can raise or lower the height, depending on where you want the ankle supports to fit.
This is a nice feature that allows taller, or shorter people the option to adjust the height accordingly.
The final piece of the ankle system is the locking mechanism. You pull up on the lever to lock the ankle pads in place. This lever also serves as your escape route when you are finished inverting. Pull up on the lever to release yourself.
The only knock I have on this locking mechanism is that it does not have an extended handle like the EP 960. If you have trouble bending over due to back problems, this may be an issue. If not, then it’s probably just fine.
The height of user adjustment
The user height needs to be set appropriately for your height, this will allow you to return to the upright position easily with arm movements.
There is a locking pin that you pull out, then use the markings on the shaft to set the height. The height adjustments may be a little bit off from your actual height, but it’s really close. If you are 5’11” you may be fine at the 5’11” mark on the shaft, or you may use the 6’0” mark.
Again, this will vary slightly depending on the person. The ultimate goal though is to be able to invert and return to the upright position effortlessly. If this is not the case, you will need to adjust the height setting.
The handlebars on the side of Teeter EP 560 are a little short, but they should be fine for helping you out of the inverted position. Honestly, if you are fitted right for the unit, you should be able to move your arms and that will raise and lower your body.
The EP 560 with Back Pain Relief Kit has longer handlebars, which some people may find useful, especially if you invert completely upside down.
This particular table comes with a tether strap angle adjustment. What this allows you to do, is set the table to invert at literally any angle you want. All you do is set the strap to the appropriate length.
Some people prefer the push pin style with preset angles, like 15, 30, 45 degrees etc. I admit it is nice to be able to set it and know exactly what angle you are at, it takes the guesswork out. I do like the fact that with the tether, the angles are much more customizable.
To be 100% honest with you, based on my experience, these tables are not really very easy to put under a bed. The unit does fold up for storage, but you are better off leaning it up against a wall.
If you are using an inversion table to recover from an injury, at 65 pounds, this table is not super easy to move around a lot. I would recommend keeping it in a room where you will use it and store it easily. Just my opinion.
I store mine in my office and I can use it and then fold it up and lean it against the wall.
Teeter claims you can build this unit in 13 minutes. You can also pay for assembly if you so desire. These units come 85% assembled, so there isn’t much left to do when you get it.
But, if you do need help, check out my how-to article for excellent tips.
Who is this good for?
If you suffer from back pain, whether it’s tight muscles or other back problems, an inversion table may be a good option for you. Definitely talk with your doctor to see if you are fit for using an inversion table.
I deal with chronic sciatica and I use my table when I feel pain and I also use it a few times per week, just to relax.
- Comes mostly assembled
- Teeter makes quality inversion tables
- Sturdy table will support users up to 6’6” and 300 pounds
- Lumbar support and acupressure nodes included
- It’s pretty heavy and storage can be a bit of a problem
- More expensive than some other models
Conclusion: Teeter Hang Ups 560 inversion table
I think this is a great option for a lot of people. You are getting a solid inversion table from a quality company. This is one of those things you buy and it will last for many, many years.
I own a Teeter myself and have been very happy with the product. It’s easy to use and has not failed me.
If you are looking for a solid inversion table that will last you a long time, I think this one is definitely worth a shot.
If you are interested in more information, or pricing, please check it out Teeter EP-560 LTD Inversion Table
Please check out other great Teeter inversion tables
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
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