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This Ironman Gravity 4000 Inversion Table review will show you many reasons why this is a great product and how you can enjoy all the benefits of an inversion table. It is a solidly built, comfortable model that is moderately priced. Its foam/vinyl backrest is firm but comfortable and allows the user to relax and increase the effectiveness of the stretch and maximizing the benefits of inversion therapy. Sturdier and packed with improved features compared to it’s predecessors, the Gravity 1000 and Gravity 2000 tables, it is an excellent upgrade without a significant increase in cost.
Inversion table stretching is an excellent addition to a mobility routine, and comes recommended by healthcare practitioners such as chiropractors. Its heavy frame and non-skid rubber floor stabilizers ensure you aren’t putting yourself in any risk while in use.
Some inversion table reviews express that it is difficult to recover from the inverted position on certain models, in the likely event that you already have back pain, the Ironman Gravity 4000 has support handles that extend far enough to minimize stress when returning to the upright position.
It’s important to keep correct posture in mind even while hanging upside down, and this table comes with a removable lumbar pillow for lower back support when needed. The ankle locking system is conveniently “palm activated”, and is easy to reach without any undue strain.
- Build: Foam, steel, and PVC
- Height Limit: 6’6”
- Weight Limit: 350 pounds
- Inversion Table Weight: 83 pounds
- Backrest: Foam-Vinyl Covered
- Full inversion capability
- Ankle support: Ergonomically crafted – high density foam – Easy to reach
- Adjustable inversion setting
- Our inversion table rating (4.5 / 5)
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Do Inversion Tables Work?
Years of sitting down too much, whether it’s for work, school, or leisure, can cause compression of the spine and atrophy of the back and leg muscles (especially if you have poor posture). By hanging upside down, you can remove the gravitational stress on your spine which is one of the great inversion table benefits. While not for everyone, this sort of therapy can reverse the effects of tight back muscles and damaged or herniated vertebrae. This is absolutely an elite inversion table Ironman has to offer, and many users of this device report that the bulges in their vertebrae have either decreased in severity or even disappeared entirely.
When talking about inversion table risks, a common complaint heard about inversion tables is that the increased blood flow to the head can be dangerous. While it is true that those with conditions such as cardiovascular disease and glaucoma should avoid hanging upside down for an extended period of time, for most people it’s perfectly safe. (Have you ever hung upside down from a tree or jungle gym when you were a kid? Did it kill you?) In fact, some yoga positions have you balancing on your head which is very close in nature to inversion table therapy. In any case, it’s definitely a good idea to ease into a routine, maybe spending about 2-3 minutes upside down before giving yourself a break, and then repeating this process as needed.
Keep in mind that to secure the results of any stretching or mobility routine it’s important to strengthen as well.
- Planking is an extremely good exercise to build up core strength and keep your spine in the proper position.
- Lunges will stretch your hip flexors as well as build your hamstring strength simultaneously (both tight hip flexors and weak hamstrings can lead to back problems or cause them to linger)
- Another easy way to work your hamstrings is to simply stand on one leg and raise your ankle to your butt and hold it there (I find that using my hand to hold the leg in place reduces the effectiveness of this exercise, and that by using only your leg muscles will give much better results – this exercise also can help stretch your hip flexors)
Overall the Ironman Inversion Table 4000 was a great purchase that gives me no regret. This model is definitely one of the best inversion tables out there and for a reasonable price it’s sturdy, comfortable to use without undue strain, and gives me more than just temporary relief.Find Mobility Guardian on Google+