Like any other item you use in your practice on a regular basis, you should routinely inspect your chiropractic table to make sure everything looks and works as it should. These regular inspections potentially prolong the life of the chiropractic table, helping you avoid unnecessary repair costs or even table replacement. These include:
Loose bolts that need to be tightened
Hinges that need to be oiled
Any piece or part that appears to be in need of replacement or repair
Take a good look at the padding on the table. With patients getting on and off it all day and moving from their front to their side to their back, it is easy for rips and tears to begin. Fixing them when they’re small is more cost effective.
Set up a regular inspection schedule and assign someone to following up. Because tables can be complicated, making an inspection checklist and simplify this process for those you designate to inspect your tables.
While chiropractic tables have large up-front costs, many of their components can be replaced or recalibrated for a fraction of that cost. Some replaceable parts are:
Springs and valves
Maintenance tools and parts
If you’ve found problems with your chiropractic table that need to be fixed, you want to take care of them promptly. Neglecting to fix issues as they arise, will have you spending more time and money down the road. Or worse, you may be in the middle of an adjustment when your table fails. Having a few maintenance-related tools and parts available for use will make these ad hoc repairs quicker.
Phillips-head screwdriver.Replacing parts, such as cushions, requires this tool on most tables.
If you notice that some parts of your chiropractic table aren’t moving well, applying lubricant may help free them up. Important to note is a number of manufacturers’ tables don’t require any lubricant at all.Always check your owner’s manual before adding lubricant.
Wrench set.If your chiropractic table maintenance involves more in-depth repairs, such as replacing the rocker foot pedal switch, then a wrench can prove to be very useful.
Pliers.This tool provides somewhat flexible sizing in the event your wrench does not fit some bolts on your table.