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    Does anyone have any experience with these? Are they beneficial or just a waste of money and space?

    I'm 6'4" with most of my length in my torso. I work standing up all day. So lots of compression on my lumbar spine.

    Thanks
    D

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    A good friend of mine, also tall, had back problems, then surgery, and has used one for a few years---he loves it. I tried it and like it, too. You do need to use something to protect the ankles when you have a lot of weight pulling down. My friend uses some ankle high sheepskin house slippers.
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    • #3
      My massage therapist used to put me on "the rack" as she called it. It helped straighten my pelvis so that my legs were both the same length. I wish I had one.
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      • #4
        IME, I much prefer yoga wall ropes to an inversion table. http://www.embodyyogatherapy.com/wp-...oga-wall-1.jpg

        For me the difference was hanging directly from my sacrum (yoga wall ropes) vs. hanging from my feet (inversion table.) I hung on the ropes at a yoga studio over a period of 6 months (while I attended there--would love to get back to a place that has them!) and have used an inversion table at my parent's house for years. During the 6 months of lots of yoga practice along with inverting on the ropes, I actually gained half an inch (at age 25--after stopping growing at age 16) which I just found fascinating. I believe the 'growth' had to do with the benefits of yoga and inverting for the discs between my vertebrae (squeezing, soaking, decompressing) along with improved posture from my practice in general. (I've kept that 1/2 inch with my continual yoga practice, btw.)

        OTOH, when using the inversion table at my parents' place, it feels uncomfortable in my hips, almost like there is a pulling there, which I never felt on the wall ropes. I just really really felt the benefits of hanging from the wall ropes throughout my spine, whereas from my feet there are uncomfortable pulls here and there.

        HTH! I would try both if at all possible before making any sort of purchase!! And I certainly do believe in the benefits of inverting as a healthy practice for your spine/body. I think you can get similar benefits from various physical practices including yoga. But there is certainly something very special about hanging upside down from the ropes on the wall.
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        • #5
          I do practice yoga and have used the "swings". I love them!! Not something I want to install in the house though. Hmmm, on second thought, maybe in the garage! ; )

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          • #6
            Cool! I would try out an inversion table when/where you get the chance and see what feels best to you!
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            • #7
              So I was cutting through a parking lot yesterday on the way to REI and there was a Play it Again Sports, and sitting out front were two inversion tables. Try them out, and liked one over the other. They were having a 25% sale for the holiday weekend, so I picked one up for $100!! Pretty stoked! I've been upside now now a few times and loving it!!

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              • #8
                Yay! Sounds like it was meant to be!

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                • #9
                  I have an inversion table and I use it daily. I had sciatica and using it several times a day is what helped my back heal. These days, I'm only on it once or twice as permanent maintenance. While I'm inverted I also do inverted squats and inverted situps as part of my workouts. I'd recommend one to anyone that's got a backbone.
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                  • #10
                    Reply:

                    Nice post. I have been having an inversion table since a long time and must say it has helped me as well. I had issues with my neck and back. And slowly slowly i am getting better and better.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by denbro01 View Post
                        Does anyone have any experience with these? Are they beneficial or just a waste of money and space?

                        I'm 6'4" with most of my length in my torso. I work standing up all day. So lots of compression on my lumbar spine.

                        Thanks
                        D
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                        how else will you do inverted situps?
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                        • #13
                          Best ever...I use mine twice a day. 5 minutes in the morning right after getting out of bed, and 5 minutes at night before bed. Sometimes I'll even take a little nap in it:-) I was a competitive soccer player(goalkeeper), and did a # on my back after years of playing. This was a huge help in getting me back to normal...Big 5 usually has them on sale for around $150.00 Good Luck
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by quelsen View Post
                            I have on BEST purchase EVER.

                            how else will you do inverted situps?
                            legs over a pullup bar....
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                            • #15
                              I have an inversion table that helped a fair bit with sciatica, however I have since brought a nubax machine (google it) which basically does the same thing which is to stretch out the spine. The nubax is better for me as it squares me up across the hips and aligns my back with my shoulders. I have one leg shorter and the inversion table tends to throw me out a bit, it works but not as good as the nubax.

                              Inversion table is great for the neck, still use it on occasion
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