Repairing a Chiropractic Table
When should you call in reinforcements?
In the age of do-it-yourself blogs and YouTube tutorial videos, you might consider trying to fix your chiropractic table before hiring help, but when should you consider calling in reinforcements?
Your chiropractic table’s make and model may determine the amount of work you can do yourself and when you should call a professional. Higher-end chiropractic tables, like decompression, hylo (or hilo), flexion distraction, and elevation, are more mechanical and may require an expert from the onset.
Tune-ups Just as you would advise your patients to keep up their routine medical care, we encourage routine preventative maintenance of your chiropractic equipment. For safety reasons, you should inspect your equipment often. A skilled technician can also evaluate the health of your equipment and suggest any necessary repairs.
You may be able to handle smaller tune-ups on your own, especially if you have a standard or portable table. Inspect your table for loose screws. Pay close attention to the moving parts, like the joints and hinges, and make sure to oil them routinely. If this is something you are not comfortable with, reach out to a service provider for help.
Wear and Tear Your chiropractic table is likely the most utilized tool in your office and possibly the most visible. For these reasons, we often encourage our clients to keep up routine maintenance for their table to avoid unnecessary damage, as well as to repair the usual wear and tear. Quick fixes like lubrication or small adjustments may be all your table needs. With consistent daily usage, some parts may wear down over time and need to be replaced. This is when you should call a professional to service your table.
Consider the amount of padding and if the table is still comfortable for your patients. Over time, the cushioning may degrade and need to be replaced. The condition of the upholstery is important for not only comfort, but cleanliness as well. If there is a tear in the upholstery, you should have it repaired to prevent further damage. If you are repairing your chiropractic table’s upholstery and have thought about changing the color, this would be the time to do it!
Calibration Whether your table is new, new to you, recently moved, or has not been serviced in awhile, consider hiring a technician to inspect it and determine if it needs calibration. Many high-end and newer models of chiropractic tables were created to improve the comfort of you and your patients. They are also more complicated to operate and need to be checked more often for correct calibration.
Problem Areas - Know Your Table Your specific chiropractic table will come with a manual, which should include troubleshooting areas. For instance, if you have a Thuli flexion table and notice the headpiece is slipping, it is likely that the table’s piston mechanism may need cleaning and lubricating. Every table is different, and it is important to consider upkeep of your equipment to extend its longevity. For many higher-end models, consider having a professional assess your equipment to ensure you do not do further damage. Also, make sure to choose to work with a company that has experience with maintaining your specific make and model.
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