Studies suggest that inverting our bodies a mere 25 degrees for even a few minutes per day can have tremendously positive effects; less back pain, fewer headaches and neck problems and better circulation and lymph flow. It can even reduce the effects of aging.
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In the 1960's, Dr. Robert Martin (a California osteopath, chiropractor, and medical doctor) introduced the "Gravity Guidance System" in the United States. This concept was revolutionary to the modern world and addressed the effects of gravity on the human body, the simple solution of inversion therapy, and the resulting benefits. Dr. Martin appeared on talk shows, and was featured in popular publications like The Wall Street Journal and Time magazine.
In the late 1970’s, and after trying many forms of therapy, Roger Teeter, an inventor and aeronautical engineer who battled with chronic back pain for years as a result of injuries suffered during his competitive waterskiing career, was introduced to the inversion therapy by a friend.
After seeing the dramatic improvement in his own joint health, Teeter realized that inversion therapy could benefit millions of people around the world, if only they could practice it in a secure and comfortable way. He decided to use his experience as an engineer in the aeronautical and water ski industries to build better, safer and more comfortable inversion products.
In the confines of his own garage, Teeter began re-engineering the same product that introduced him to inversion - the Gravity Boots. In 1981, Roger and his wife Jennifer founded Hang Ups Inversion Products. Unlike large sporting goods manufacturers that turn out hundreds of different products a year, Teeter’s company specialized in inversion products and accessories only.
A year later, the company began distributing its first Over Easy Inversion Table, making inversion therapy even more accessible. Very rapidly, the inversion market soared, with literally thousands of people incorporating inversion regularly into their lifestyles.
By the end of the 1980s, the Teeters had moved the company out of their garage to a facility in Tacoma, WA, and incorporated to become STL International, Inc (now doing business as Teeter).
Success comes with a price, however. Before long, over forty manufacturers were producing inversion products. There was little apparent differentiation among the products, which caused price wars among the companies.
But looks can be deceiving when shopping for an inversion table. Some manufactures sacrificed quality so that they could offer cheaper products. What may not be immediately obvious are vital design features for user protection and reliable function. The lack of attention to quality resulted in product failures, causing serious harm to consumers.
Also, a medical study published in 1983 by Dr. Goldman and colleagues suggested that inverted patients experienced an increase in blood pressure and internal eye pressure. The media widely and inaccurately reported the study, warning that stroke was a potential result of inversion.
Two years following the inversion study, Dr. Goldman reversed his original position, stating, "New research shows that you are at no more of a stroke risk hanging upside down than if you are exercising right side up." He noted that the body actually has mechanisms that prevent damage from hanging upside down: the increase in cerebral spinal fluid supports and protects the vessels.
In fact, while oscillating (inverting with movement), some of the patients' blood pressure actually dropped a few points. Dr. Goldman stated that the warnings to the public about the dangers of inversion were "grossly inflated" and that "in the 15 years these devices have been in use, there has not been one single stroke case reported, nor any serious injuries."
Other universities, including Marquette, Iowa, and Portland studied inversion during this time, with results that also helped to vindicate inversion as a healthy physical activity.
Unfortunately, the damage had already been done. The poor quality equipment combined with misunderstandings of health risks resulted in a decline of consumer confidence in inversion products.
The use of inversion therapy shrank to virtually exclusive use by a few "in the know," including chiropractors, physical therapists, sports trainers, and professional athletes.
After a number of years fighting to rebuild the reputation of inversion therapy, Teeter Hang Ups has witnessed tremendous growth in the use of inversion products from the late nineties and into the twenty-first century. Of the forty plus manufacturers in business in the early 1980's, Teeter Hang Ups is the only company to continuously promote inversion products to present.
In 2007, the prestigious Newcastle University in England performed a study on patients suffering with sciatic pain and scheduled for surgery. While waiting for surgery, members of a group practiced a regular routine of inversion therapy, while a control group practiced general stretching exercises. The results showed that patients who practiced inversion were 70.5% less likely to require surgery.
Professor David Mendelow, head of Neuroscience at Newcastle University in England, told the London Telegraph that he estimates inversion therapy could save £80 million a year (about $160 million) in unnecessary surgeries.
In just a few minutes a day, patients can experience a wide range of benefits, including temporary relief of back pain, improved posture through better alignment, stimulated circulation and reduced stress. Inversion is an ideal therapy for people with persistent spine and muscle problems, in addition to athletes who frequently push their body out of whack through repetitive muscle motions, such as runners, weight lifters, skiers, bikers, and golfers.
Sports trainers and their elite athletes utilize Teeter inversion equipment to train and stay on top of their game. Teeter products are used by PGA Golfers, Professional Cyclists, Extreme Sports Pros, Olympic and Collegiate Athletes, the NBA, NFL and MLB Teams, and U.S. Army Soldiers.
In fact, even the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School has decided to incorporate inversion into their worldwide physical training doctrine. After six years of research, the U.S. Army determined that the soldiers who inverted regularly using Teeter Hang Ups inversion equipment suffered fewer joint related injuries or back muscle pain and healed more quickly from joint compression damage.
In April 2008, the Teeter Hang Ups Inversion Table was featured on Good Morning America and received the highest mark of all the fitness equipment they profiled.
Teeter and his team have continued to innovate, introducing over 100 upgrades, many unique and patented, for the Teeter Hang Ups inversion tables. They also continuously work alongside engineers, doctors, chiropractors, athletes and everyday users to provide upgrades to their table design and ensure consumer protection.
Through the years, Roger Teeter has become a beloved and trusted personality in homes across America as the primary spokesperson for Teeter's live TV and infomercial programs. On HSN, he has presented the longest-running fitness program in their history.
Today, Roger continues to serve as Teeter's Chairman and diligently supports his foundation, Children's Chance For Life, which gives 100% of every donation to support the health, well-being and education of children in developing countries. At age 73, he enjoys an active lifestyle that he attributes primarily to regular inversion.
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