The Monster


Jeff has been having back problems.  We don’t think its anything serious, but none the less it has slowed him waaayyyyy down.  The pain starts in his hip and shoots down his leg.  Right now he says the pain is worse in his calf and ankle then his hip.  He can’t sit, stand, lay in one position with any comfort.  Friday was the doctor appointment, gave him the drugs that allow him to function.  Monday is the chiropractor.  But before these appointments were scheduled he decided that the time was NOW  to purchase one of these:

inversion monster 001He found it on good ol’ Craigslist for a fraction of what they cost brand new.  What is it, you ask.   Some sort of exercise machine?  A weight bench?  Close but not quite.

inversion monster 002Its an inversion machine.  AKA the “Teeter Hang-up”, the Reebok brand version.   Strap yourself in, flip backwards, and hang upside down for a time.  The first time I tried it, I went back too fast and just about panicked.  There is an adjustment that limits the angle, I put it at 30 percent and was happy.  It actually feels pretty good, really stretches out your spine.  I sincerely hope it helps him.  Anybody have experience with one of these?  We’d be interested to hear about it.   

But let me mention, I call it the Monster, because of its huge foot print.  Leaving room for the base is not enough, you need room to rotate your full height, with arms extended.  The porch is not its permanent home.  If he decides to keep it, it will go downstairs….one very large unwanted thing upstairs is enough.  (Those who know me, know what 88 key thing I am referring to.)

3 responses »

  1. I didn’t know there was such a thing. I have often thought that “hanging” would relieve some of my back problems. Maybe he can make a smaller version!

  2. Anxious to hear if it helps… I’ve been dealing with some back aches myself and have been kicking around the idea of a “monster” of my own.
    I’m kind of shocked that he didn’t just make his own version!

  3. Maybe if he moves that 88 key thing he could put the back machine there and then when his back is better you can move it downstairs…..and….presto chango!! LOL I know Jim will sympathize with him !

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