by Brandi Schlossberg
When it comes to investing in a chiropractic table, you want to know that you will be able to perform your full range of techniques using that particular table.
For those chiropractors who tend to focus on the use of the Gonstead method, the Hi-Lo table may be the right pick. Among other features, this chiropractic table allows the patient to walk right up to the table and then be brought automatically down into the prone position. Other chiropractic tables that may meet the needs of the Gonstead-focused DC include the knee-chest table, as well as a side posture table.
The Hi-Lo chiropractic table can also come in handy for decompression, which can assist in stretching out a compressed spine, allowing the body to achieve more optimal alignment. A chiropractic table that moves at all kinds of angles, even upside down or inverted, can help with decompression techniques by working in different ways with the force of gravity.
A chiropractic table that is designed to provide traction can help to stretch and decompress the spine, as well. This kind of chiropractic table can be pulled apart at certain spots through the use of features such as pulleys, bands, or belts. With the client strapped to the table, the chiropractor selects where and how much the table should separate so that the optimal stretch and decompression can be applied to the spine. Many chiropractic tables that include traction features will allow the chiropractic to stretch specific areas of the spine. For example, a chiropractic table may be equipped to provide focused cervical and lumber traction.
Another type table that is designed to work hand-in-hand with chiropractic technique is the drop table. Also known as the Thompson technique or a table-assisted adjustment, the drop table adjustment uses drops in elevation to assist the thrust and decrease the amount of force necessary for an effective adjustment.
A chiropractic table that comes with “drops” built in is one where specific segments of the chiropractic table are slightly elevated and designed to drop when the technique is applied, allowing more room for movement of the client’s body.
Ideally, with a little research, you will be able to find one chiropractic table that fits the bill for you and your clients.