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What is the weight capacity of a massage table?

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Sometimes, a massage therapists or acupuncturist will concern about whether the massage table is strong enough to support all kind of clients including pregnant women or some big clients. No one would like to have accidents during the treatments. Therefore, having a good massage table which is strong and stable to support clients is an essential factor during your treatments.

But what is the weight limit of a massage table?

It is a good question. Usually on the manual or instructions of the massage table, you could find there is a working weight and static weight for a massage table.

What are the different between working weight and static weight?

Working weight

Usually, when we said the massage table could bear up to 350 pounds or 200 pounds. It is more likely to be an average working weight. Working weight is the force that a massage table can safely use to practice treatments without fear of breaking. Working weight of a massage table is considered to be how much weight the table will hold in addition to the added weight, pressure, and side load of a therapist giving the massage.  A working weight sometimes stated as safe working load (SWL) or Normal Working Load (NWL). This term also used in other lifting equipments.

As technology develops and better materials are found by manufacturer, the working weight capacity of massage table improves from 250 pounds to 350 pounds at least nowadays. With excellent frame designs and processing skills to improve material strength and stability, it is very common to find a massage table with up to 500 pounds or even 800 pounds of working load capacity.

 

Static weight

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Static weight has a significantly higher weight threshold than working weight. It could be up to 2000 pounds for a portable massage table.

Static weight of a massage table is how much weight the table will hold with the weight remaining stationary. The static weight does not mean that you can put that amount of weight on a spot on the massage table. The weight is spread out evenly over the top of the table. In most scenarios, the four corners and in the middle seam are the strongest parts which can bear more weight.  When your clients sit on a massage table, most of the time, they will sit in the middle where the seam is. If you were to place several hundred pounds of weight in the middle of either half of the table it would probably crack the deck.

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