The Benefits Of The Teeter Hang Ups EP-950

There are many Teeter Hang Ups products on the market for those looking for a way to deal with their back and joint pain without the use of medication or surgery. One such product is the Teeter Hang Ups EP-950, an inversion therapy board. This table combines safety and comfort in its design and is adjustable for users of all sizes. As the newest in the brand’s EP series, this model includes the comfort-grip ratchet ankle clamps that make it easier for users to reach their ankles.

Like the other models in this series, the EP-950 features the flex technology bed as well as other features such as the EZ-Angle tether strap, Over-EZ handles and plus size tubing. Both the head pillow and foot platform are adjustable to add extra comfort. Users may also find comfort since the bed conforms to the back. Furthermore, it moves along with the body so it is possible to perform inversion exercises while inverted. One can also easily stretch and has a wide field of mobility.

The inversion table also has other elements that make it durable and convenient to use like the corner feet. The triple-plated chrome and scratch resistant powder coating keeps the unit safe and strong. It also folds easily for those who have smaller spaces and need to keep the unit stored. One can even opt for the Ergo-Embrace Foot Clamps, similar to the brand’s patented Gravity Boots, rather than the standard foot clamps used with previous EP series models.

Consumer reviews rather consistently claim the inversion table is effective on all kinds of conditions from chronic back pain and sciatica to herniated discs and pinched nerves as well as many other back and joint afflictions. Even people who have previously used other means of relief such as surgery have found the device to be useful. Some even claim that their pain completely disappears after regular use. Many also agree that the device is indeed easy to use.

Many users also note a few drawbacks to inversion tables such as the Teeter Hang Ups EP-950 however. The inversion process may feel a little odd at first to those not used to the sensation. Others worry about the security of the foot clamps. Those who live alone are not able to use the unit at full inversion. Sometimes users are not able to use their full range of motion because of their conditions.

Look to the Ironman Essex 990 Inversion Table for Relief From Back Pain

Back pain can be quite uncomfortable and over a period of time it can cause the body to feel fatigued and overwhelmed. If you are looking for relief from back pain and are thinking about purchasing an inversion table, the Ironman Essex 990 Inversion Table may be the ideal product to consider as this exercise equipment has been specifically designed to provide relief from discomfort associated with back pain and muscle pain. This product works to reduce pressure on vertebrae discs and ligaments by providing the necessary stretching of the spine through the natural effects of inversion therapy.

Features/Benefits:

• A durable heavy-duty steel frame feature characterizes its design and provides stability during the inversion process.

• The back rest is covered with ¾ inch soft foam vinyl for comfort while in the inverted position or while resting.

• High quality and long padded safety handles make it easy to return to the upright position after completing the inversion routine.

• Easy pull-pin ankle release system makes it simple to get on and off the inversion table.

• Large contoured padded roller supports for the ankles make it possible for users to feel safe, comfortable and relaxed during the exercise.

• Secure foot rest platform contributes to high safety levels and, therefore, users can always be guaranteed they are safe when starting and stopping their inversion therapy program.

• Adjusts to fit heights between 4 feet 10 inches and 6 feet 6 inches tall.

• Safely holds a maximum weight capacity of 275 pounds.

• Folds for storage or just to space in the room.

• Adjustable tether strap enhances the use of this equipment and provides comfort and safety for users to find their desired inversion angle position.

• It is easy on the budget and because it is so affordable, the opportunity to have access to the benefits of inversion therapy is available to people who are not able to purchase some of the other inversion tables in the upper price ranges.

Drawbacks:

• The only notable concern with the Ironman Essex 990 is that some taller users have complained that the back rest of the equipment is too short and caused the back of their head to hang over the upper end of the table making it quite uncomfortable. They did note that they could adjust the table to get their head to be positioned on the back rest but then were not able to move to the inverted position and hold it there. As a result, they were not able to fully relax.

Conclusion:

The Ironman Essex 990 Inversion Table has become recognized for its strength and durability, having been manufactured with a rugged steel frame that gives this product an edge when it comes to safety and stability in this particular price range. While this table has not gained the popularity of other inversion tables on the market today, if you are looking for something that is easy on the pocketbook, this is certainly one that you want to consider to provide relief from back pain and muscle pain and relax the body.

Treatment of Dark Circles Under the Eyes

Effective treatment for removal of dark circles under the eyes must be directed at the underlying cause of the dark circles. Millions of people complain of dark circles under the eyes but the underlying cause of the dark circles varies greatly. Treatments for dark circles that do not correct the underlying cause of the dark circle do not work. There is an incredible array of treatments for dark circles including cucumber slices, tea bags, vanishing creams, bleaching creams, lasers, surgery, more sleep, avoid TV and computer, drink 2 liters of water a day etc, yet few of these regimens seem to be directed at the underlying cause of the dark circles under the eyes.

To better understand the treatment of dark circles under the eyes I will discuss the various types of dark circles under the eyes that I encounter in my plastic surgery practice and my understanding of the cause of the dark circles, and what I feel is the most effective treatment to remove the dark circles under the eyes.

Understand that the eyelid skin appears darker than the surrounding facial skin in all people-this is the normal condition and is caused by shadows created by the overhanging brow and the fact that the eyelid skin is much thinner than the surrounding facial skin. Below I am talking about exaggerated dark circles under the eyes that cause people to be unhappy with their appearance.

Causes of Dark Circles under the Eyes

Thin Eyelid Skin

The eyelid skin is the thinnest in the body and many people with dark circles under the eyes have extremely thin skin on their eyelids and around the eyes. This thin skin is an inherited trait. The dark circles under the eyes are caused by the fact that the purple color of the underlying eyelid muscle shows through the thin skin and creates a bluish or purple color. The color is darkest near the nose and on the lower eyelid near the nose.

Treatment of dark circles under the eyes caused by thin skin is very difficult because it is very difficult to make your inherited skin thicker. Cover up make up like Jayne Iredale Eye Cover, Dermablend, and Covermark are very helpful and my first recommendation. Frequent microdermabrasion and Retin A cream over a long period of time will build new collagen in the dermis will thicken the skin and provide some improvement.

There are new lasers on the horizon which are very effective at stimulating new growth of collagen in the dermis and these new technologies may prove very beneficial. Be sure to sign up for my free newsletter to be informed when these new technologies are available.

The Arcus Deformity discussed below creates a very severe dark circle in people with thin eyelid skin and correction of the Arcus deformity with Arcus release and fat grafting can be very helpful treatment for dark circles under the eye in these individuals.

Prominent Eyelid Blood vessels and Veins

Everyone has veins and blood vessels called capillaries in their eyelid skin. In many people however the veins are very prominent and the blood vessels add to the dark color of the eyelid.

To diagnose this cause of dark circles look in a mirror with bright light on your face and gently pull the skin of the lower eyelid tight. You will see many tiny branching red and blue lines which represent blood vessels.

You need blood vessels and veins to keep your eyelid healthy and alive. However when there is an abundance of smaller vessels which create a bluish or purplish hue to the lower eyelid some new IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) or laser therapies can be used to treat dark circles under the eyes in people with an excess of small capillaries and blood vessels. The very large veins cannot be treated.

Laser blood vessel treatment is a serious and potentially dangerous treatment for dark circles under the eyes and must be performed by a physician who is experienced in the use of lasers and IPL. Most importantly the eye must be protected by placing a shield over the eye during treatment so that the laser or IPL light cannot hit the eye. The laser and IPL light can damage the retina and destroy vision if the beams hit the unprotected eye.

Pigmentation of the Eyelids

Hyper pigmentation, too much pigment in the skin of the eyelid is a very common cause of dark circles under the eyes. Treatment of dark circles under the eyes caused by hyper pigmentation is very effective, but the pigment frequently returns after sun exposure.

Hyper pigmentation of the lower eyelids occurs because of sun exposure and prevention with sun block, sun glasses, and a hat are the most important first treatment for this type of dark circles under the eyes.

The treatment of hyper pigmentation begins with bleaching creams such as a combination of Retin A and 4% Hydroquinone, Obagi Blender 5, Epiquin or other prescription bleaching cream combined with microdermabrasion.

After the above treatments have lessened the pigmentation causing the dark circles under the eyes, if necessary I proceed to IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments. These treatments do effectively remove pigment causing the dark circle but again experience and eye protection are very necessary to prevent eye injury.

Hollow Eyes

Many people have a deep hollow beneath the lower eyelid which creates a dark shadow beneath the eyelid which people call dark circles under the eyes.

This deep hollow beneath the lower eyelid is caused by an inherited deficiency of fat and or bone and treatment of this type of dark circle under the eye requires surgery.

The hollow eye occurs more commonly in people from Central Asia and the Middle East but it certainly occurs in all races and from people in all regions of the world.

To treat dark circles under the eyes in people who have hollow eyes I do a laser procedure called an Arcus Marginalis release and fat grafting. The Arcus Marginalis is a structure which tethers the lower eyelid to the bone and creates a dark circle when the eyelid skin above the dark circle falls over the dark circle creating a shadow. Releasing the Arcus Marginalis releases the eyelid skin and eliminates the crease or dark circle.

I then transplant fat to fill the hollow in the bone and plump the dark circle and correct the hollow eye appearance.

Usually, to treat the dark circle under the eyes caused by the hollow eye I have to take fat from around the belly button on the abdomen to have enough fat to adequately fill the hollow eye deformity. The incision to remove the fat is well hidden down inside the belly button and is usually not visible.

Treatment of dark circles under the eyes caused by the hollow eye usually takes me 45 minutes to an hour, can be done with you asleep or awake, and recovery is usually 10 days. Patients do not complain of pain afterwards. The main recovery is waiting for bruising to go away and blurred vision from eye ointment that I have you use for the first week or two. Most importantly after this treatment you need to be calm, rest and not exert yourself. Working out or heavy lifting can raise your blood pressure and cause bleeding. Although you will be up and around the first few days with sunglasses to cover your bruising, I do not want you to exercise or lift heavy objects for at least 2 weeks.

The Arcus Deformity-the True dark Circle under the Eye

The most common cause of dark circles under the eyes in patients who seek treatment of dark circles under the eyes in my plastic surgery practice is the Arcus Deformity.

The Arcus Deformity is a dark crescent shaped circle or depression which occurs beneath the lower eyelid starting beside the nose in the corner of the eye and running out toward the side of the face and curving upward towards the outside corner of the eye.

The Arcus Deformity is caused by the fact that a small structure beneath the lower eyelid called the Arcus Marginalis is attached to the bone of the eye socket and also attached to the lower eyelid from underneath. This attachment tethers or holds the eyelid close to the bone of the eye socket while the rest of the lower eyelid is loose and free to move. The normal fat which is beneath the eyeball pushes out against the lower eyelid which creates a visible bulge on the lower eyelid. You can see this by closing one eye and gently pressing on the closed eye. With your other eye you will see the bulging of the fat against the closed lower eyelid on the other side.

The eyelid skin that is tethered by the Arcus Marginalis cannot move or bulge, and as the fat bulges the lower eyelid above the Arcus Marginalis it creates a shadow or dark circle beneath the eyelid where the Arcus Marginalis is attached to the lower eyelid skin. This is the true dark circle under the eyes.

As we age and our eyelid skin becomes loose or lax, the eyelid skin also falls or sags over the depression caused by the Arcus deformity and the dark circle gets worse. With aging and excess protrusion of fat against the lower eyelid the Arcus deformity can become quite pronounced.

The Arcus Deformity is the true dark circle under the eye and I use the term Arcus Deformity to differentiate it from the Tear Trough Deformity which is different. The Tear Trough Deformity starts near the corner of the eye in the same location as the Arcus Deformity but the Tear Trough Deformity runs down into the cheek rather than up toward the outside corner of the eye.

The Tear Trough Deformity is a sign of advanced facial aging and is caused by the sagging or descent of the cheek into the middle of the face which occurs with facial aging in your 50’s and 60’s. Tears run down the cheek and out the side of the face through the Tear Trough instead of straight down the cheek as they do in a child.

By contrast the Arcus Deformity occurs in much younger patients including children. Most people seeking treatment for dark circles under the eyes in my plastic surgery practice are in their 20’s and 30’s. Doctors often misdiagnose the Arcus Deformity as the Tear Trough Deformity which is a major problem if a Tear Trough Implant is used to treat the dark circle. The Tear Trough Implant is designed to plump or correct the depression in the cheek out toward the side of the face, and in my experience the Tear Trough Implant cannot adequately correct the dark circle under the eye where it is deepest, near the corner of the lower eyelid near the nose.

The treatment for dark circles under the eyes caused by the Arcus Deformity must include release of the Arcus Marginalis and fat repositioning or fat grafting to plump the area of the dark circle.

The traditional plastic surgery treatment for eyelid rejuvenation called the blepharoplasty, during which fat is removed, can actually make dark circles under the eyes worse and create a hollowed eye appearance.

Treatment of dark circles under the eyes that are caused by the Arcus deformity requires a modern blepharoplasty approach which includes release of the Arcus Marginalis and fat repositioning or fat grafting.

I use a very specific treatment for dark circles under the eyes called the transconjunctival blepharoplasty with Arcus release and fat grafting. This treatment is done through a tiny incision on the inside of the eyelid called a transconjunctival incision because it goes through the conjunctiva, the pink tissue on the inside of the lower eyelid. I also use the laser to make this incision.

The benefits of the laser transconjunctival incision are:

1. No visible scar or incision on the outside of the eyelid

2. No change in the shape of the lower eyelid-the traditional scalpel blepharoplasty through an external incision usually weakens the lower eyelid and causes a sad eyed look

3. Less bleeding during surgery

4. Less bruising after surgery

5. Quicker recovery

My results following treatment of dark circles under the eyes with the laser transconjunctival blepharoplasty with Arcus Marginalis release and fat grafting have been very successful. Most patients have recovered within a week and many who do not bruise are comfortable being seen with make up after 5 days.

Summary- Treatment of Dark Circles under the Eyes

To summarize, effective treatment of dark circles under the eyes requires that you correct the problem that is causing the dark circle under the eye. To accomplish this you must understand what type of dark circle under the eye you have and what is causing it. The following is a summary table:

Thin eyelid skin-Retin A, microdermabrasion, laser?

Prominent Eyelid Blood Vessels-IPL, Laser

Pigmentation of the Eyelid-Bleaching creams, IPL, laser, Microdermabrasion

Hollow Eyes-Arcus Marginalis Release and fat Grafting

Arcus deformity-Transconjunctival laser Blepharoplasty with Arcus release and fat grafting or repositioning

Treatment of dark circles under the eyes is possible; the key is understanding the underlying cause of your dark circles. With proper diagnosis and treatment of dark circles under the eyes caused by the Arcus deformity beautiful results can be achieved with the transconjunctival Arcus release and fat grafting.