About Teeter Hang Ups
In business since 1981, Teeter Hang Ups Inversion Tables are claimed to use inversion therapy to target back pain at the source, and to be a natural, affordable, and easy-to-use method of maintaining and improving spine and joint health. In just minutes per day, Teeter Hang Ups are claimed to relieve back pain, ease stress, improve joint health, and increase flexibility, which is why it’s claimed to be the #1 rated inversion table with over 2 million customers to date.
But just because it’s popular and has been around for more than 30 years, does this necessarily mean that Teeter Hang Ups can help you reduce back pain, or that it’s worth the money? That’s exactly what we’ll explore in this review.
How Teeter Hang Ups Claims to Work
Using inversion therapy, which is a natural, progressive form of traction that decompresses each joint with the same weight that compresses it while upright, Teeter Hang Ups are claimed to provide you with 4 primary benefits:
- Rehydrates discs
- Reduces nerve pressure
- Realigns the spine
- Relaxes tense muscles
As a result, Teeter Hang Ups are claimed to release tension in your shoulders, neck, and back; decompress, strengthen & enhance shock absorption; and improve functional fitness for an active, healthy lifestyle. In addition, the devices are even claimed to help you target core muscles without adding weight or compressing the spine.
Teeter Hang Ups Features
In order to accomplish this, Teeter Hang Ups are claimed to include unique features, such as a ComforTrak Bed that gives you a greater range of motion, while its “track” design allows customizable placement of the Accupressure Nodes and Lumbar Bridge based on your specific needs. Additional features include a smooth bed surface that reduces friction, which allows you to slide easily and to experience the fullest stretch possible; grip and stretch handles for easy movement; an ankle comfort dial with pressure-reducing specialty foam that ensures a secure fit; and precision balancing so you’ll have total control over your degree of rotation.
Additionally, when compared to the competition, Teeter Hang Ups are claimed to be made with auto-locking hinges, special squeak-free roller bearings, and heat-treated steel for the ultimate in reliability. In fact, Teeter Hang Ups are claimed to be the only UL listed inversion table on the market.
When you’re finished, the Teeter Hang Ups inversion table is claimed to fold in seconds for compact storage.
Teeter Hang Ups Pricing & Refund Policy
The Teeter Hang Ups EP-560 is available either as a 30-day in-home trial for $14.95, or for a single payment of $299.85. If you choose the trial option, once the initial 30 days have passed you’ll then be billed 3 monthly installments of $99.95 each, which will bring your total to $314.80.
Regardless of which payment option you choose, you’ll receive the EP-560 Ltd (other models are available) with a ComforTrak Bed and the Ergo-Embrace Ankle System, plus 4 free bonuses:
- A set of 8 acupressure nodes that provide customizable pressure point relief.
- Adjustable lumbar bridge for arch/position support and a deeper stretch.
- 5 Healthy Back & Core routines designed by Dr. Shawn to stretch and strengthen.
- Free priority processing.
All Teeter Hang Ups come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges, as well as a 5-year warranty. If you need to request a refund or file a warranty claim, you’ll need to contact customer service at 800-847-0143.
What Are Other Consumers Saying About Teeter Hang Ups?
Overall, Teeter Hang Ups appear to have a mostly positive online reputation, with hundreds of customers claiming that the device helped them reduce back pain and to lead a more active life.
However, some of the most common complaints referenced failure to reduce back pain, ankle discomfort (several reviewers claimed this can be greatly reduced by wearing socks when inverting), and that it can take time to get used to the device. Additional complaints included that the unit is difficult to assemble (e.g. instructions are unclear, part numbers don’t match, bolts can strip easily, etc.), takes up a lot of floor space (an area about 60” X 30”), and that it’s heavy. Some consumers also appear to have had a poor customer service experience (e.g. difficulty processing returns, reps unable to answer basic questions about the device, etc.).
Can Teeter Hang Ups Really Help Reduce Your Back Pain?
If you’ve suffered with back pain for long enough, you’re probably willing to pay whatever it takes to make it stop. But can Teeter Hang Ups help you accomplish this, and are they worth the high price? Maybe, but consider the following:
Does Inversion Therapy Even Work?
At first glance, inversion therapy seems to intuitively help reduce back pain, since it relieves gravitational pressure off your spine, and stretches it at the same time. And while hundreds of Teeter Hang Ups customers have claimed that the device helped improve their back problems, the Mayo Clinic states: “Well-designed studies evaluating spinal traction have found the technique ineffective for long-term relief. However, some people find traction temporarily helpful as part of a more comprehensive treatment program for lower back pain caused by spinal disk compression.”
In other words, if used in conjunction with other treatments, inversion therapy can have some beneficial short-term effects, but you’ll need to consistently undergo treatments in order to continue experiencing benefits.
Inversion Therapy is Not For Everyone
Despite the fact that traction can help reduce back discomfort, it shouldn’t be considered safe for everyone. Referencing the same Mayo Clinic article from above: “Your heartbeat slows and your blood pressure increases when you remain inverted for more than a couple of minutes — and the pressure within your eyeballs jumps dramatically. For these reasons, you should not try inversion therapy if you have high blood pressure, heart disease or glaucoma.” Also, be sure to read through the Teeter Hang Ups Contraindications page for additional information about who shouldn’t use the device.
Finally, Teeter Hang Ups have a 300lb weight limit and are designed for individuals 6’ 6” or less, so if you’re outside either of these parameters, they should not be considered a viable option.
Mind the Supplements
During the checkout process, you may encounter upsells for Teeter Hang Ups nutritional supplements, which, because you’ll typically be enrolled in an autoship program, should be avoided altogether. Instead, if you’re interested in purchasing a nutritional supplement, be sure to read through our Complete Guide first.
While Teeter Hang Ups certainly aren’t for everyone, the vast majority of customers appear to have been satisfied with their purchase. As such, it might represent a viable option for relieving your back pain, and if it isn’t, you can always take advantage of the company’s 30-day return policy.
2 out 2 people found this review helpful
Great product, true to its advertising
I purchased this machine roughly a month ago, and I have to admit, for the first time ever, a product I found on TV actually KEPT to its advertising. This inversion table truly does relieve back pain associated with nerve damage, albeit it will not solve the problem, it is a MAJOR relief from it. I could not be happier with my purchase, and I literally use this product daily about two to three times a day and have been much happier for it.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
5 out 7 people found this review helpful
Bad experience with customer service
After viewing a commercial on TV, I wrote everything down I needed to tell the customer service person on the phone. I ordered the 970 with long rails and the handle to lock in the feet. When the machine arrived, they sent the 560, which was the wrong machine. I told the lady on the phone that I needed the machine that could handle a person that is six feet, six inches tall and up to 300 pounds. The lady clearly understood I needed the bigger inversion table.
I bought the machine on a 30-day trial, and they said if I was not happy they would pick it up. They said nothing about us having to pay them to pick it up or pay for postage. What was really sad was when I told them they had sent the wrong machine they quickly said "oh, you will have to pay $100 more to get that machine."
That's a scam. We are extremely disappointed. Customer service was not helpful in any way. When you have a good product, you don't have to lie and scheme to sell it.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
46 out 57 people found this review helpful
All I get are terrible headaches
I bought my Teeter Hang up about 5-6 years ago. I have seen the Roger guy on HSN. I purchased it due to disc degeneration past back fusion with a rod that did not work. I use the Teeter less and less after all these years and I still get terrible headaches. I can't hang backwards for more than 2-3 minutes. The blood just rushes to my head and I get terrible pain in my head.
I thought I would get use to it with longer use but as I get older headaches get worse. It does stretch my back but I have to stay pretty leveled. It can also give you high blood pressure. I have also read risks of stroke. Roger never talks about this.
I guess it would be good for people who have no other health problems except for their back.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend