For many of us back trouble is an irritating and often painful inconvenience. At best it can limit our propensity for exercise, sports and outdoor activities. At worst it can be debilitating, causing us to take time off work and struggle with the quotidian tasks of day-today life. Those who suffer from chronic back pain or conditions such as sciatica, degenerative disc disease, muscle tension and spasms, herniated discs, spinal degenerative joint disease, spinal curvature, facet syndrome or spinal stenosis know just how debilitating back-related conditions can be.
What’s more, our modern lifestyle usually only serves to exacerbate matters. Most of us spend a goodly portion of the day sitting. We get up and sit at the breakfast table, we sit in the car or on the train to work, we sit at our desks all day and after work come home for a good long sit at the dinner table or in front of the TV. The combination of sitting and leaning forward to look at a screen is anathema to our spinal health.
Leave back pain unattended and it’s unlikely to get better of its own accord. Thank heaven for the invention of inversion tables!
Here we’ll take a close look at the Teeter FitSpine X-Series Inversion Table and the numerous ways in which it can benefit those suffering from a wide range of spinal conditions.
- 1 At a glance: The Teeter FitSpine X-Series Inversion Table
- 2 Features and benefits
- 3 Diving deep
- 4 What customers are saying
- 5 Pros and Cons
- 6 So… What’s the verdict?
At a glance: The Teeter FitSpine X-Series Inversion Table
Teeter’s FitSpine X-Series Inversion Table is the brainchild of the brand’s founder, Roger Teeter. It is designed to relieve back pain and mitigate the effects of degenerative spinal and muscular conditions by providing traction to the spine while also stretching the para-spinal muscles. It’s also designed to be super-sturdy and easy to assemble.
Bold claims, to be sure, but does the FitSpine X-Series Inversion Table live up to them? Let’s find out…
Please Note: This review is based on the specific features of the X-3 inversion table.
Features and benefits
An inversion table represents a substantial investment and while Teeter’s X-Series is not at the top tier of the price range, it’s certainly not at the bottom tier either. Of course, those plagued by back trouble will be happy to pay a little extra for a product that offers them value. Fortunately, this inversion table has a host of features that make it stand out against its competitors.
Let’s take a look at some of the features now before we dive a little deeper;
Unlike many other brands on the market, Teeter’s inversion table has FDA registration as a 510 (k) Medical device. It is FDA approved for the treatment of a wide range of back conditions including;
- Back pain
- Muscle tension
- Herniated disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal degenerative joint disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Spinal curvature due to tight muscles
- Facet syndrome
Underwriter Laboratories Certification
An inversion table is a long-term investment and as such durability is likely a factor for prospective buyers. The good news is that Teeter Inversion Tables are third party UL certified and outperform in comparison testing for endurance, rotation control and ease of assembly. The table uses heavy-gauge steel parts with patented security features like auto-locking hinges, cam locks, specialized pivot bearings and heat-treated steel parts lending it a robust design that will withstand the test of time even for regular users. What’s more, the brand offers a 5-Year full warranty.
The prospect of assembling an inversion table is likely the stuff of nightmares for most readers. The good news is that Teeter’s X-Series is designed with ease of assembly in mind. The table is 85% pre-assembled meaning that the rest can just click together. Most users will be able to get the table up and running in minutes with the assembly instructions provided.
If you have trouble putting the table together there’s even a free BILT Assembly App available that provides interactive 3D instructions. Rather talk to a human being than mess around with apps? No problem, the brand also has a US-based customer support team to help if you need them.
Space saving design
The Teeter Fitspine X-Series is designed to suit users of a range of sizes and will comfortably suit anyone between 4’8” and 6’6” meaning that there’s an excellent chance that it will suit everyone in your family.
Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean that you have to put up with a hulking leviathan taking up the lion’s share of your living room. The inversion table folds away for easy storage in seconds to conserve living space while not in use with absolutely no disassembly required.
Outstanding comfort and support
The prospect of strapping yourself to an inversion table can be very intimidating for a first timer. Fortunately, the X-Series comes with a range of features to bring users comfort and support as they work their way to a happier, healthier back.
The table has a FlexTech Bed with 8-point floating suspension system. This means that the bed moves with you, providing you with a greater range of motion while also allowing for maximum body slide for more comprehensive decompression of the spine. The characteristic Grip-and-Stretch handholds in the bed and frame allow you support as well as added stretching options.
Those who also suffer from ankle pain and stiffness will be delighted to learn that the table also has patented wrap-around ankle cups that provide a comfortable and ergonomic fit no matter what your size. Ergo-Embrace supports hold your ankles in place while distributing their weight evenly for superior comfort while also providing you with robust support. The table also boasts adjustable foot platform height to ensure that users with smaller or larger than average feet can still get a comfortable fit.
Because the table is designed for a wide range of back conditions, it provides users with the precision rotation that they need to treat them all effectively. With a wide range of pre-set rotation controls and the ability to adjust to any angle and optional lockout into full inversion mean that you’ll always get the angle you need for relief and support.
Acupressure nodes and lumbar bridge
Need a little extra support for better decompression? No problem. The table comes with adjustable acupressure nodes and a lumbar support bridge. Place these anywhere along the built-in tracks in the bed for trigger-point stress release and the back support you need to get deeper decompression.
Bonus DVD content
Despite the raft of features built into the bed, Teeter doesn’t leave users to figure it out for themselves. There’s also an extremely helpful tutorial DVD which comes with no less than 7 guided corrective exercise routines. These are designed to target a range of specific trouble areas in accordance with specific back problems while also providing the benefits of daily stretching and strengthening of the back, including inverted decompression.
The routines are just 10-12 minutes long. They’re easy to fit in with even the busiest of schedules and give you the step-by-step guidance you need to start down the road to a healthier back and a happier body.
As with any physical exercise, it can be hard to stay motivated to keep going if you don’t track your progress. The Teeterlink mobile app allows users to do exactly that to see how using the table contributes to their mobility, fitness, health and pain relief. The app even has video tutorials and tips from Roger Teeter himself.
So, now that we know what this table offers, let’s dive a little deeper. What’s it actually like to use this thing?
The box itself is pretty hefty at 58 x 28.8 x 60.5 inches and weighing in at 69 pounds.
Opening the box reveals the following;
- The inversion table itself with FlexTech Bed and Grip-and-Stretch Frame
- Lumbar bridge accessory
- 4 pairs of acupressure nodes
- The main shaft with “Deluxe Easy-Reach Ankle System”
- 2 Stretch Max Handles
- 2 EZ Stretch Traction Handles
- EZ-Angle Tether
- Tutorial DVD with 7 exercise routines
- Access to BILT App (3-D assembly guidance) and TeeterLink App (track your progress)
- Assembly Instructions
- Owner’s Manual
- Manufacturer’s 5-year full warranty on inversion table; 1-year limited warranty on nodes
The assembly itself is actually surprisingly easy. Amazon reviews demonstrate that some users were able to get it ready to go in 5 minutes using the assembly instructions (you can download a PDF of them here).
Assembly starts with the A-frame to which the Stretch Max handles are attached. The bed requires only a little assembly and the next stage is attaching the roller hinges to the table bed. When this has been accomplished it’s simply a matter of attaching the bed to the A-frame which takes just 3 short steps.
The main shaft then slides into the table bed and from there it’s a simple matter of attaching the tether and head pillow.
Using the table
The table is easy and intuitive to use, although we recommend that you start off by following the tutorial DVD as you get to grips with it. This is the best way to familiarize yourself with the way it handles and how it can be used to treat your specific back problem. Getting into and using the table is comfortable and adjusting it to suit your body’s needs is quick and easy which is great for households who will have multiple users.
What comes across most clearly when using the X-Series is the feeling of balance, precision and control that the table offers. The table has presets at 20, 40 and 60 degrees to take the guesswork out of rotation while the specialized pivot pins provide users with a smooth and blessedly silent rotation. Because the table is so well balanced, it’s easy to control your rotation with short, simple movements of your arms. Want a little extra stretch? No problem, just apply a little extra pressure to the handles and you’ll get extra decompression.
It will come as no surprise to users that when compared with other brands, engineering tests demonstrated that Teeter’s inversion tables offer greater precision balancing.
While the exercises on the DVD take between 10-12 minutes don’t worry too much if you’re unable to sustain decompression for this length of time. By all means start out at 1-2 minutes then build up to 3-5 minutes and keep going until you can manage 10-12 minutes. Once you’re done with the table it can be put away and stored in less than a minute.
What customers are saying
A brief look at the Amazon page for this product reveals that it’s really struck a chord with users who have given it 4.9 stars out of 5 averaged out across 13 customer reviews.
For your convenience we’ve cherry-picked some quotes from real Amazon customer reviews;
“Very versatile inversion table which easily and quickly adjusts for differing heights. My family ranges from 5’ to 6’3” tall, and it takes only seconds to adjust the table for each of us. I have felt great using this daily even though I had no physical complaints beforehand. My wife has sciatica and finds this relieves what was debilitating pain when sitting and walking to the point that she no longer experiences any pain. The temporary height gain from decompression and improved posture are definitely pluses.”
“It absolutely works… This thing went together in 5 minutes. It took longer to get it out of the box”
“High quality, well built, fully unpacked and assembled in 30 minutes. I am 6’6″, 260lbs and it relieved my back pain fast! Highly recommended!”
“I don’t typically write reviews; however, I must say this was the best $360.00 I’ve spent in my life. High quality product delivered ahead of schedule directly from Teeter. No more $50 per chiropractor visit fees for me!”
Pros and Cons
As you can see, this table has a lot to offer all kinds of users. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons;
- Quick and easy assembly
- Sturdy build
- Superior comfort
- Easy to adjust to a range of sizes
- Great support from companion apps and customer service
- FDA and ULC certification
- Precision engineering and balancing that’s superior to other brands
- Between the DVD and mobile app you’ll never want for exercises
- Not the cheapest table on the market
- One Amazon users has reported that the website is hard to use and that they found the ordering system needlessly complicated.
So… What’s the verdict?
This may not be the cheapest inversion table on the market but considering its wealth of features, ease of use and propensity for customization it offers a heck of a lot of value for money. The Teeter FitSpine X-Series Inversion Table is easy and intuitive to use, sturdy yet comfortable and conveniently folds away when you’re done with it. Whatever back troubles have plagued you in the past, a range of users agree that this table can be enormously helpful in alleviating back pain and stiffness and improving their general health.