There’s a surprisingly wide variety of inversion therapy equipment on the market today.
Your classic option is an inversion table. You lay on a table-like platform, strap your legs in, and then tilt the table to one side, so your head is lower than your feet.
You can control the angle at which you’re suspended with a lever. Most inversion tables have an almost vertical angle of maximum suspension.
A newer type of inversion therapy equipment is the inversion chair. It’s designed to place far less stress on the hips, knees, and ankles. Though you still strap your legs in, there’s also a secure lap belt to better distribute the pressure.
Inversion chairs are also ideal for those with a lower level of physical ability. They’re far easier to use if you’re elderly, overweight, or injured.
Inversion boots are yet another option. However, these require a high level of physical fitness to use properly.
You strap your ankles into half boots with book-like clips on them. The clips them go over a bar. They enable you to hang vertically from the bar with your head below your feet.
Inversion boots are extremely dangerous if not used correctly. We recommend you use them only if you’ve tried a regular inversion table or chair first.
Your final option is a yoga headstand bench. This type of inversion therapy equipment is different than the rest.
The goal is to perform a handstand to achieve some of the benefits of inversion therapy, instead of having your feet suspended by the device.
No matter the type of inversion therapy equipment you choose, it’s essential to consider your personal needs, preferences, and overall health.
Another concern is your budget. Certain models are much more affordable than others. However, a high-end model has the benefits of better materials, increased durability, more comfortable padding, and additional features.
We also recommend buying new rather than used. A used inversion table is a recipe for potential disaster.
It’s hard to confirm that a used inversion table isn’t dangerous. Sometimes the materials wear down to the point where they won’t support your body. Other issues include a difficult time properly adjusting them.