Rating: 4.5 Review by Dave
If you’ve been sifting through Google searches, trying to find a way to enjoy the benefits of inversion therapy without the excruciating ankle pain, then you’ve come to the right place! We understand, which is why we review all types of inversion equipment so carefully and completely. Let’s face it, while inversion therapy might be wonderful for alleviating all manner of back pain, it can be a bit of a trade off if, in the process of making your back hurt less, your ankles hurt more. The good thing though, is that it doesn’t have to be that way. Have you considered trying an inversion chair?
The fact that you can get the benefits of inversion therapy without the ankle pain, and with a degree of incline significant enough that it will create traction capable of dealing with back afflictions caused by various spinal disc degenerations makes the inversion chair worthy of consideration. This model in particular, the Stamina InLine Inversion System should be high on your list, because it is well made, and yet, the cheapest inversion chair on the market.
Is It Completely Safe and Secure?
As the inversion system is very low, the height-to-base ratio is really low, which greatly increases its stability. The center of gravity is very low too, so there are no real issues with safety. There’s nothing wobbling or creaking, which is probably thanks to the thing that is the biggest downside of the chair – its lack of a folding solution. So-called “skid-resistant” stabilizers are more useful as a floor protection as it’s hard to imagine any “skidding.” Unfortunately, the metal parts aren’t powder coated, so you will certainly see some scratches not long after you begin using it.
Stamina InLine Comfort
As the seat of this upside down chair is placed quite low, getting on and off is effortless. It opens up as you lean gently against its nicely cushioned backrest. The head rest has thicker foam padding so it forms a pillow which supports your head comfortably. You can initiate rotation and control it by pushing against the padded side handles.
Your body will be held by three sets of high density foam rollers, and thanks to that solution, it’s very unlikely that you will feel any discomfort at any recline despite being in a prone position.
The system that keeps the user’s body from sliding down during inversion spreads the pressure to the user’s legs at three points instead of two, with the additional one in the area of the knees. The only adjustment that needs to be made before the inversion is to match the length of your legs. This can be easily done as there’s only one spring-loaded pull-pin that secures the adjustable knee supports. To sum up, there’s no need to bend down to make any adjustments. Once you sit down comfortably and slip your legs into the heel holders, you’ll be ready to tilt. Even in a prone position, your legs will remain slightly bent, minimizing the pressure to your ankles. A very easy, comfortable, and safe solution!
Is It Easy to Assemble?
Despite the fact that the construction of the device seems far more complex than that of a standard inversion table, assembly is not that difficult at all. You just need a few bolts to put the stand together. The mechanism responsible for converting a user’s position from sitting to prone while inverting comes assembled, so all you need to do is to attach it to the stand with four bolts. The rest of the device assembles in a matter of minutes. Best of all, the instruction manual is clear and concise, so the entire assembly process should take no more than an hour, from start to finish.
Does It Fold For Storage?
Unfortunately, this device does not fold. The only way to make it smaller for storage would be to dismantle it, which would be so much of a chore that it just wouldn’t make sense. On the other hand though, the table only takes up 3’x3’ of floor space. If that’s still too much, it would be an easy matter to simply push it out of the way as necessary, because it is extremely light.
What is Dimension When It Is Installed?
The equipment is certainly the smallest on the market these days. While it’s wide enough to accommodate an average user, it’s only 50 inches tall. As the backrest length is less than 32 inches, users who are taller than six feet might be somewhat uncomfortable as their heads will likely rise above the headrest during inversion.
Thanks to its extreme light weight of just twenty pounds, the chair can easily be moved as necessary. If only it was less bulky, or at least foldable!
• Very competitive price among other inversion chairs
• Simple and maintenance-free, yet comfortable ankle holders
• Easy to get on and off of as the seat is placed at regular chair height
• The inversion angle is limited to somewhere between 60-70 degrees
• The device is therefore NOT suitable for inverted exercises
• Does not fold away for storage
• Able to accommodate users up to 6’2” tall, as stated in the owner’s manual
In general, customers are very happy with the purchase and only a few reported disappointment with the fact that the chair doesn’t fold or invert to 180 degrees. Other than that, it’s hard to find any serious complaints. In my opinion, that is because it’s frankly hard to find anything to complain about.
Price and Final Thoughts
[contextazon id=’48’]There are literally just a few inversion chairs featuring a system where the pressure in the ankles is minimized by incorporating knee-supporting rollers. The result is hugely appealing to customers who had been shying away from inversion therapy because of the unbearable ankle pain. Another chair fitted with this kind of solution is the Health Mark Pro, but it comes with the drawback of being a good deal more expensive, priced more than $150 higher than this model. Admittedly, the prices of the latter machine is absolutely justified, in my view. However, if you’re not too tall (6’2” is the maximum height that the chair will support), too heavy (less than 250 pounds), and don’t mind having the inversion equipment set up in your room and don’t mind a less aggressive inversion therapy, then you should give the Stamina Inline back stretch bench serious consideration. You’ll be surprised by its sturdiness and ease of use, and the price will make you smile too, as they can usually be found below the $200 mark.