No, a Teeter Hang – Up is an inversion table that may be used for a variety of back issues. TEETER is the name of the inventor, Roger Teeter.

I purchased a Teeter inversion table about 15 years ago. It is shown below.

By way of explanation, I was experiencing sciatic nerve pain. It was affecting my tennis game and even my walking. It was often painful to drive a car, since I felt pain when depressing the accelerator. The pain would shoot from my back down my body through my right leg.

The pain was almost debilitating at times. In my opinion, there is no pain worse than nerve pain. Think of dental work without sedation. My pain was fortunately not constant. It would come and go, but its appearance was never predictable.

The Mayo Clinic says: “Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back though your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body”.

“Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disc, bone spur on the spine or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg”.


I began to see the need for decompression of my spine. It helped to drape my body over a small ottoman or exercise ball. But this only worked if my upper body and lower body were pulling apart at the midpoint. The feeling of gradual decompression was delightful and I began to crave that pleasantry. Or was I defining “pleasant” as cessation of pain?

It felt even better when I visited a chiropractor for an adjustment. I was on the right path, but I began to seek a remedy that did not require the chiropractor’s hands and the expense thereof.

My chiropractor was quick to suggest an inversion table. He made it very clear that Teeter was his brand of choice, that others might be cheaper, but that Teeter was “state of the art”. I was convinced.


I was immediately impressed by the following:

  • It was easy to assemble. Even for me. (I am not a great assembler).
  • The product quality was quite obvious – the engineering, the ankle locks, the settings
  • Instructions were complete and emphasized safety
  • Operation was easy

It was important to always wear shoes with laces, to execute movements smoothly, to begin with moderate angles of inversion and to proceed slowly.

I began slowly and found that even an angle of 20-30 degrees was enjoyable. The table had a tether to keep the inversion angle at the desired setting.

After about a month, I removed the tether and was able to suspend myself upside down. Zero gravity! The experience was exhilarating.

I remembered having read that only bats, lemurs and opossums slept upside down. I wasn’t ready to sleep upside down, but the experience of zero gravity was very relaxing.


The Teeter inversion tables are certified to Underwriters Laboratories standards. I don’t know that other brands are. I believe that I paid around $300 for my model 15 (or so) years ago. Current prices seem to have not gone up much for similar models, though there are options with more “bells and whistles”.

I can report that the Teeter Hang – up inversion table completely eliminated my sciatic pain.

Here is a link to the model that seems closest to the one I have. But look around for others that may spark your interest as well.

I highly recommend the Teeter brand for someone who is experiencing any form of back pain. Read what they have to say. Also, check with me for any questions or comments. See the “Comments” box below. Or email me, richard@myworkoutathome.com.

Here’s to your back health!



  1. Thank you so much for your review on Teeter hang ups. My father is suffering the same condition as you but his is a bit different. He pinched his nerves from his many visits to the chiropractors, the condition was so bad that he needed the surgery to correct it. He got better but from time to time he still does get his back pain. I will definitely get one for my father, totally worth  the price. Way cheaper than the surgery and all those physical therapy that he needed.

  2. I really, really need to get myself one of these.  I have lower back pain that NOTHING cat touch.  The physical therapist tried this thing that pulled on my body to pull my spine and I think this would be WAY easier and much more awesome!  Just let gravity do the work!  Less expensive too! Thanks for the brand suggestion.  It’s going on my wishlist right now!

  3. Hi, it was great to read this awesome post. It’s always nice to see a review from somebody who has lived it. I was also happy to see that you got the results that you were hoping to get with it. I’ll be honest and say that I wasn’t expecting to see such great results. I also enjoyed the story You almost sleeping upside down. Maybe one day you can try that out. Let us know how that goes.

  4. First of all, I’m glad you got rid of sciatica pain. I know how I am, even though I suffered something like that. Your presentation is the subject. I had fun when you described your experience of hanging upside down. I understand that it was emotional for you. But an osteopathic doctor saved me from pain.

  5. Must have been terrible for you to go through that pain. As you stated, nerve pain can be really hurtful and it is clear that sciatica is not any different. Given that your chiropractor made a recommendation and you followed it accordingly says a lot.

    Though this would be my first of coming across a teeter hang-up but I can already tell from your review how important it can be in relieving sciatica pains.

    Thanks for this enlightening review. I’ll be sure to look out for more of your articles.

  6. Maybe this can also be used for Scoliosis. I have this “early-stage Scoliosis” which may have been acquired from long hours of sitting in front of a computer. The problem is now causing pain in my backbone, so I searched online for possible solutions. Since Sciatic nerve pain is almost similar to Scoliosis, both of them give back pain, maybe I can use this Teeter Hang, too.

    • Gomer, check out Teeter hang – ups Online. There is plenty of information available. I don’t know about scoliosis applications. It is always prudent to check with your orthopedic physician…Richard

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