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Health Mark IVO18660 Pro Inversion Therapy Table
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- Ultra comfortable ankle bracket; firm and durable nylon bed.
- Shield frame prevents pinching; Folds up for easy storage-
- Pivot arm placement gives you complete control over the table's movements
- Curved handle bars allow for easier operation; heavy-duty steel tube
- 300 lbs weight capacity. Can accommodate any person from 4' 8" up to 6' 6".
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When your back relaxes, life becomes more enjoyable! The Health Mark Pro Inversion Table provides the most support and comfort of any table in its class. With a transition bed constructed of 840 nylon denim, you can trust that your back will be fully supported in the correct alignment as you transition from horizontal to any chosen angle. Inversion Therapy has been proven to help decompress the spine, allowing for increased circulation along the spinal column and a reduction of muscle stress, fatigue and lower back pain; or utilize rhythmic traction to achieve total relaxation and increased mental alertness. Inversion Therapy is also useful in the temporary relief of varicose veins and lymphatic fluid accumulation in the lower extremities. There are areas in your life where it is wise save or conserve money. This is not the case when it comes to your health or your safety. When a company implements cost cutting measures during manufacturing of products, those measures will undoubtedly affect the structural integrity of the product, and transitively the safety of the user. The best and safest inversion tables on the market should never be determined by the lowest price tag or the heaviest construction weight. There are certain intangibles that must be considered. For example the nylon denim firmness and quality, the transitional bearings found only on the Health Mark tables, the tubular steel thickness, the stability of the frame as designated by the front split leg design, the ease of use provided by the short hook handlebars opposed to wrap-around handles which create back strain when used for transitioning, and the integrity of ankle locking mechanisms. Ultimately the safety and effectiveness of any inversion table will not be determined by any aesthetic coloring, stitching or molding; nor by any accessory which may be sold with it.
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The table has great quality of construction with nice welding, thick metal, and nothing that could slip off a track during use. I don't see any part that could fail, unless the underlying metal was poor quality. This was the only table I looked at on Amazon that didn't have some reviews saying a part broke or jammed during use, often resulting in dropping the user on their head or trapping their ankles in the restraints, and that was the main selling point for me. Of course this table has far fewer reviews than most, so maybe the rare defect that would cause a failure just hasn't yet been reported in a review, but I really don't see how they could increase the safety factor or build quality of this machine.
One place that a number of tables fail is in the stitching of the nylon strap that prevents the table from tilting back to full vertical. This one does use the same kind of strap but it seems to be well made. My wife works in clothing design and said the strap looks to be high quality polyester. It's held on one end with a metal buckle (not cheaper plastic), no stitching required. On the other end it's held by the strap being folded through a ring and sewn onto itself. The sewn part extends almost two inches with six lines of stitching that form the shape of a rectangle with an X in it. I think all six lines of stitching would have to fail before it pulled apart completely. This strap is definitely a part to check on whatever table you buy because people have reported neck injuries if it fails and they slam back to full vertical. At the same time, as long as the table is balanced correctly, there shouldn't be that much weight put on this strap even as you lay back fully.
The only reason I don't give this table 5 stars is the instruction manual. It's sloppy with spelling mistakes like "angle" instead of "ankle" and multiple sections that cover the same topic but differ in some details. Like the first section on page 8 that says how to use the table starts with "Release the buckle, stand on the foot support bar, close the buckle and lock with safety clip." I still can't figure out what any of that means. I'm guessing it refers to some older version of the table that used a buckle and safety clip to hold your ankles, but this table uses a spring-loaded pin that holds a sliding bar. Then page 10 describes more or less the same process as page 8 describes, except it uses pictures instead of schematics and it describes how to lock your ankles in correctly and says nothing about a buckle with safety clip.
The manual starts with an overwhelming schematic of the table and all its hundreds of tiny parts, which is great if you ever need to repair it or order a specific part, but it would be better to put this schematic in an appendix and show a simpler schematic showing the parts of the table that aren't already put together. Two pages later, the actual build instructions begin, but in step C where it says to put the trapezoidal nylon covers over the ends of the frame, the picture looks like a formed plastic trapezoid with four rods sticking down from it and it took awhile to figure out what part they referred to. If it would have at least said "Slide nylon covers into place" instead of "Slide covers into place", that would have helped. There is no indication which way to put the covers on or how far to slide them down. I eventually decided they needed to slide down so their top is just below the two screw threads (labeled as 14 in the schematic) that stick out to hold the handle bar on, so I oriented the covers so the slightly lower end of the top edge would be under the bottom screw and the buckles were on the outside of the machine where they're easiest to reach. The edge of the nylon is still crushed up against the screw threads which seems like a poor design. Pull the buckles tight to help pull the nylon away from the screw as far as possible. Or just skip putting on the nylon. I don't see any purpose to it except maybe to protect the paint on the A frame from getting scratched by someone with wide hips wearing a metal-studded belt or something.
There's a big red warning to use the 3rd hole on the pivot arm when you first use the table, yet in 3 different places in the schematic and in the picture on the next page they show using the 1st hole in the pivot arm. It's dangerous to give people a warning to use "hole 3" and then show using hole 1 in every picture because many people will follow the pictures rather than carefully figuring out which is truly hole 3. I had to read farther into the manual to be sure I was using the correct hole. The correct hole is the one that puts the bed farthest from where it pivots and apparently putting it at that point makes the bed less sensitive to flipping quickly as you raise your arms. I found out later it also prevents you from tilting back to full vertical. It didn't feel like it changed the sensitivity all that much.
In step G, it says to "Attach the nylon adjustment strap to the table by connecting the hook to the back of the bed frame". I thought I was missing the nylon strap till I realized it was already hooked to the back of the bed frame. It was also confusing because the schematic shows it hooks at the end of a bar towards the top of the bed, but on the actual bed it hooks on the end of the bar toward the bottom end of the bed. The hook is also teardrop shaped, not round like in the schematic.
The next page shows actual photos of the next steps, which generally makes it much easier to find the parts they refer to. Figure 2.2 says to slide the hole in the cover over nut 27, except in the giant schematic, part 27 is a bolt. In fact, the schematic shows putting the head of bolt 27 on the outside of the table, but the actual table has the head of that bolt on the inside, which makes more sense as that prevents the possibility of leaving screw threads sticking out where you could rub them with your hips. At first I thought I was supposed to remove the nut, slide the fake-leather cover over the end of the bolt, and replace the nut, but it turns out the fake leather is stretchy enough to slide completely over the nut without removing it. It also turns out that nut rotates as the table swings, so you definitely shouldn't try to tighten the nut over the leather. I think it would have been better to not even cut a hole in the cover and let the nut rotate under the cover. Maybe it would wear through the cover eventually, but probably not without heavy use at a doctor's office. With the nut turning in the hole I'm guessing it will sooner fray the edges of the hole, but we'll see. If the hole won't stay over the nut, try pulling it tighter using the velcro tab on the other side.
The final step says to attach the "leg bumper and foot plate", and it shows a small picture of what they refer to, but most of what they show is not assembled! There are no instructions at all for how to assemble it, so I had to piece it together from pictures of the actual table being used throughout the manual. This is a huge oversight. Let me explain the build steps here using the monster schematic labeled "OVERVIEW CHART":
* Slide bar 41 into the assembled table and secure by pulling out knob 32 till you can get its pin into any hole in bar 41.
* The table is shipped with part 45 and 41 already attached together by a spring, but part 45 is set parallel to 41 so they fit more compactly in the box when they need to be perpendicular for actual use. Pull out on knob 32, then lift part 45 until you can turn it 90 degrees, then slide it back in so you can get the pin on knob 32 into the series of adjustment holes.
* Wiggle foam cylinders 58 over the bars of part 45. If you put both foam cylinders on partway, then hold one in each hand and twist them on the bar as you push them towards each other, it seems to work best.
* Slide part 53 (the platform you'll stand on) into 41, making sure its oriented like in the schematic, then secure it using part 43. Unless you have giant feet, I think its best to push part 53 all the way into 41 so you'll stand as high as possible and the ankle grabbers will grab you as close as possible to your feet.
* Remove bolt 44, then slide bar 51 in. Replace bolt 44 and tighten. I'm not sure why but it doesn't take much force to overtighten this bolt and bend the metal at the top of bar 41. Just tighten things till the bolt stops wiggling and it should be good. This bolt isn't going to directly bear any weight. It's kind of disturbing how easily the metal of bar 41 bent, and the metal is so thick it still seems very surprising, but there weren't any cracks formed so I don't think it's a big deal. I shouldn't be surprised because screws can apply a lot of force with comparatively little effort at turning them - just think of how car suspension spring compressors work if you're familiar with the device.
* Part 48 and 49 come already connected together. On one side, the edges of 48 and 49 are exactly parallel. That's the side you want pointing away from part 53 (the platform you stand on). See the picture at the top right of page 12 for what I mean.
Slide each part 49 over the ends of bar 51, leaving about an inch of the end of the bar sticking out.
* Place the four cap parts 52 into the ends of each bar. The schematic shows these caps as thin discs but they're actually long cylinders. All four should be in one small plastic bag.
That's it. Assembly really isn't difficult because so much of it comes pre-assembled. There are only five screws to tighten, a few parts to slip together, and some straps to buckle (having a schematic on how to buckle them would also be good - not everyone is familiar with how to thread a strap buckle properly and if you do it wrong, the strap that holds you at an angle could come apart and slam you back to vertical hanging). It could have been done in 20 minutes with clear instructions, but with having to carefully figure out so many steps it took me closer to 90 minutes. Two tiny wrenches are included at the bottom of the box of parts for tightening the nuts if you need them.
The nylon cover on the back of the table is comfortable and has a bunch of straps on the back that hold it tight. I like that if any of the stitching ever fails, the straps can be loosened to remove the cover and repair it. This is a much better design than permanently-attached covers or plastic backs that may crack and require expensive replacements. I imagine the cover can also be tightened if it ever starts to stretch too much. The cover comes installed so tight it can be played like a big taiko drum, which is fun. Using nylon also helps keep the table lighter and easier to move around the house.
Some other tables I looked at have an adjustable lumbar support which might be handy for some people but makes it heavier and harder to repair if the back breaks. If you want lumbar support you could always add a cushion held by elastic yourself. Might be nice if they threw something like that in given the high price of the table.
The table balances well, moves smoothly, and doesn't feel wobbly. My back definitely feels better after use. It hurt my ankles a little holding at 45 degrees but I don't think it's a big deal and I had little problem being on it for 30 minutes (10 mins is recommended). Actually it does hurt my ankles significantly more if I don't wear socks. If it hurts you with socks on, try wearing 2-3 layers of socks. It also hurts more if I lay back much beyond 45 degrees, but with 3 layers of socks I can hang full vertical with minimal discomfort. That tells me they should have made the padding on the ankle braces softer, but softer rubber wears out faster so maybe it's better they went for durability. Perhaps a sock-like cover would be a good idea. It looks like the ankle braces on Ironman Gravity 4000 Inversion Table might do a better job of holding more of your ankle to distribute the weight better, but there are still reviews that say they're uncomfortable. I don't think any of the tables I looked at didn't have some reviewers say the ankle braces were uncomfortable. Either way, the mild discomfort has certainly not stopped me from using the table at 45 degrees with no socks, and my wife doesn't think the ankle braces hurt much at all (though she's always wearing socks).
This is the only table I looked at that lets you hang fully inverted held only by your ankles without the bed touching you at all. I've only done that once so far to see what it was like. It does feel good but my back felt a little spasmy when I went back to standing upright so I recommend easing into it by going a little more vertical each day. Our chiropractor said he recommends people don't go beyond 45 degrees anyway because it often results in ankle pain or other problems, and that 10 mins at 45 degrees is about the same as 5 mins at 90 degrees so it's better to have patience. He recommends using it 10 mins a day and says many patients have reported amazing results. If you go vertical, you need to set the machine to hole 1, have a spotter, and try it with 3 pairs of socks. Even sitting up will not bring it out of being locked vertical. Instead, you need to lay back fully, hold the top of the bed with one hand and push on the machine's A frame with the other hand. If you make your back spasm or something, you could be in big trouble without a spotter.
I think the handles on these tables are a confusing issue for some people as I've seen comments that say they think the handles are installed pointing the wrong way on some machines. The handles on this machine are built to help support you when stepping onto the machine's foot platform. Some other tables also have handle bars that extend downward much farther which can be helpful if you adjusted the table wrong and put too much weight at the top and had to pull yourself back up with sheer strength. I did that once but noticed I was falling back too easily and caught myself before I went too far. If I adjust the table to my height, once I'm dangling, my body has slid back enough that putting my arms on my thighs no longer makes the table swing upright, so I do need to grab at the base of the handles. However, if I set it two inches taller than my height, I can move my arms to my thighs and swing upright again without using the handles, and the manual says that's how it's supposed to work. Since it's hard to know if you have it just right the first few times you use it, the handles that extend low on the machine may make sense to help you pull yourself back up, but low handles aren't necessary with proper adjustment and would make the machine heavier, so I'm glad they're not there. In fact, it's easy to grab the unpadded base of the handles and pull lightly to get yourself up again if you need to. This still works even when almost fully inverted.
I waited till my husband (the "king" of research) came home and told him what I was looking at. He began looking and after a few hours on line came up with this Health Mark model. We ordered it, received it within 2 days. He put it together without much difficulty (and he's far from "king" of assembling things). I tried it immediately and within 2 days the shooting pains down my leg and in my back were gone. I now sleep without any pain waking me and no longer take meds for pain. My physical therapist thought this was miraculous! I am a convert and I don't fail to do the hanging morning and night. My husband is now beginning to use it too after workouts and cannot believe how much better he is feeling overall. The machine is sturdy, well built and really does not take up too much room when partially folded. I pass the word on with every opportunity. Thank you Amazon for providing this great product for such a good price!
First, before the purchase we were a bit worried because of all the possible side-effects or injuries that 'could' happen from inversion. When you get into your 50's you better understand your mortality and the ramifications of additional injuries. Having had back surgery after a motorcycle accident and living with metal rods in the lower back for 10+ years, I was even more cautious. After much deliberation, weighing the pros & cons (as well as the nagging discomfort of my lower back) we decided to give it a go.
Next comes the issue of picking the correct machine and there are a bunch to choose from. Some have fancy eye catching names, others have names you may recognize from commercials. Some priced as low as a dinner at Red Lobster others costing as much as a vacation. As with many people, cost is a factor, but we always try to buy once and are willing to pay a little more for what we believe will be a better quality, longer lasting item. We also always check reviews, here on Amazon and anywhere else we find them.
In the end we decided on the Health Mark IVO18660 Pro Inversion Therapy Table. Middle of the road as far as price goes, not many reviews but all positive...and this one will add to that trend.
Now, we have no previous experience with inversion or any of these machines so we have nothing to compare it with. With that said we are totally satisfied with the Health Mark. It has an extremely solid build and feel. I am 6'1" 210#'s and my wife 5'1" 105#'s. Adjusting the machine between us is a snap with the spring loaded set pins.
The back support area is large and comfortable. For us, we find the ankle/foot retention bracket padding to be quite comfortable considering your full weight is being applied to the top of your feet.
Now, as mentioned earlier, we are at just over a month of ownership and I personally can say that I see an improvement with my back pain (not miracle wise but just noticing that it does not ache as much or often as it used to) . This, with even our very conservative usage. We followed the instructions, starting off with low time limits sets (15-20 seconds) and only 3/4 inversions. Considering that we have not stood on our heads since childhood we figured having all your blood rush there all of a sudden is probably not a smart thing...like the rest of our bodies, those blood vessels are quite set for business as usual and may not react well to extreme change.
At this point our usage is almost daily, always on an empty stomach, 2 to 3 full inversions of only 30 seconds. Really does not take much out of the day. It is always tempting to go longer but remember you would not run a marathon after sitting on your bunns for years. We always watch over each other to be sure that all is going well.
A couple final notes. First, this device does take up some floor so be sure that you have space for it. I have not tried to 'close' or 'fold' it up to save space (if you really want to use it regularly, putting it away will not encourage usage) but doubt with the size and dimensions that the benefits would be all that great (unless you have a huge four post bed with a lot of clearance below to slide it under).
Assembly, tools are included but if you have them, use your own and expect to spend an hour or so (slow deliberate assembly...remember to check everything twice...you'll be hanging upside down from it). Putting it together was quite straight forward.
Upon delivery, the box was a bit tattered but the device was undamaged. In reality it is amazing the the package was not in worse shape. The box is huge and weighing 60(+)lbs, not the easiest thing to maneuver. Depictions on the box strongly suggest two people carry the box (as you would be wise to follow) unfortunately most delivery services have only one driver...I felt bad once i saw the box and tried to move on my own, imagined how they have had to struggle with it to get it to my door.
In closing, we are quite happy with the Health Mark and glad that this was the inverter we picked.
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