Maintaining the chiropractic table can save you thousands of dollars in the long run
As a chiropractor, your table will be one of your most expensive equipment purchases. Even simple, portable models cost a few hundred dollars, with some of the high-tech options costing well in the thousands.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to better protect your investment and give you a table that can withstand the stress of adjustment after adjustment. Here are some tips for maintaining chiropractic tables.
If you can, go high end
If you buy a higher quality chiropractic table it will likely cost more, but it will generally last longer. So if you pay more upfront to buy from a reputable manufacturer, you’ll be further ahead if your table will last several years longer than one made by a sub-par company.
How do you know which chiropractic table manufacturers are better than others? One way to determine this is to read reviews online. Find the table or brand you want and add “ratings” at the end. Before you buy, read what others have to say about it.
Another option is to speak to other chiropractors in your area and see what they recommend (or, alternatively, which brands or tables to stay away from). Further information can also be found in the product directory of the chiropractic economics tables at www.chiroeco.com/products/product-category/tables.
Regular cleaning of your chiropractic table is necessary not only to extend its lifespan, but also to protect your patients from bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens left behind by others who have been previously adjusted. However, using the wrong detergent on your table can potentially shorten its lifespan.
For example, if you use a cleaner that is not intended for that particular type of surface, the material may break down, discolor, or otherwise change its appearance faster than normal. Each of these scenarios will shorten the life of that surface, forcing you to replace it or replace parts earlier than expected.
For this reason, it is best to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on which cleaners are best for that particular upholstery or tablecloth. Some companies sell their own detergents, but a mixture of dish soap and water or using an all-purpose spray cleaner is often enough.
Don’t forget to check which cleaning agents the manufacturer recommends if you also clean other parts of your chiropractic table, e.g. B. those made of metal, plastic or electronics. For example, if your table has a touchscreen, it shouldn’t be cleaned with glass cleaner. Instead, distilled water or a mixture of white vinegar and distilled water is recommended.
Additional cleaning-based recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for effective infection control include:
- Establishing a regular cleaning schedule
- Quickly remove visible dirt
- Consider replacing it if the surfaces can no longer be properly cleaned or disinfected
Carry out regular table maintenance
Another way to extend the life of your chiropractic table is to maintain it regularly. For example, if there are moving parts that require regular lubrication, plan this into your schedule so that time doesn’t accidentally pass and your table is poorly maintained.
For regular maintenance suggestions, see the product manual or brochure for the table you have purchased. It is also possible to contact the manufacturer and ask them what they recommend for regular table maintenance.
Just as an oil change every 3,000 miles can extend the life of your car, regular maintenance of your chiropractic table can also help it last longer.
Resolve any known issues immediately
One of the greatest things you can do to keep your table up for as long as possible is to fix any problems you encounter as soon as you spot them. The longer you let these problems persist, the more likely they will get bigger and potentially take your table to the point where it can no longer be fixed.
Some of these problems can be fixed quickly and easily yourself with a small error correction. For example, if you find that the pelvic pillow is tightening but not staying up, the drop pin may be off track. With just a flat head screwdriver, you can reinsert the pen many times to get your desk working as intended.
If the problem is larger or more technical and therefore requires action that you cannot take, you may need to contact the manufacturer for service. If the table is still under guarantee, the costs for this can be covered. Even if it doesn’t, it is usually cheaper to repair your table than to replace it, so it’s worth the call.