Did you know that Americans receive over 300 million physical therapy sessions every year?
Whether you’re a physical therapist, physician, chiropractor, or massage therapist, your treatment table is the foundation of your practice. A solid medical table is also an essential piece of athletic training room equipment.
But with so many styles of tables out there, how can you choose the right one for your practice? Here are five important factors to consider.
1. Medical Table Style
First, you need to determine whether you need a static or adjustable treatment table. You also need to consider whether you want a table that’s portable or stationary.
A static table has a fixed height that you can’t raise, lower, or adjust. It’s one of the sturdiest types of treatment tables and it’s a good choice if there’s no significant movement required for you or your patients.
On the other hand, you can raise or lower adjustable tables to suit the needs of your patient and the treatment type. You can also choose from adjustable sections, such as a backrest or leg rest that you can lift or lower.
2. Treatment Table Dimensions
Your table should be long enough for the patient to lie comfortably, without their head or feet dangling over the edge. It should also be wide enough for them to rest their arms at their sides.
For most modalities, a table that’s 72 inches in length and 26-31 inches wide is ideal. If you’re especially tall, you may choose a table that’s a bit wider, while a shorter therapist may have better body mechanics with a narrower table.
You can use an athletic training table 3d builder to get an idea of what different table dimensions look like.
3. Working Weight
How large or small are most of your patients? Will you be adding any weight to the table with specialized equipment or perhaps your own body weight?
Most treatment tables have a working weight of between 300 and 600 pounds, but some are rated for more than double that amount. Consider the type of treatment you provide to determine how much weight your table needs to support.
4. Patient Comfort
Do you use your table to perform basic physical exams? Will you be working with your patient on a series of exercises or movements? Or will your patient be lying there relaxing for an hour or more?
Some tables are geared more towards medical use and have less padding. Others, such as massage or facial tables, have thicker padding to provide a more comfortable experience for the patient.
5. Storage Options
A final consideration is any under-table storage options that suit your practice. Some tables come with built-in shelves or cabinets located in the base, while others are completely open.
Think about the tools and equipment you need to have at hand, as well as the available storage areas in your treatment room. Could you benefit from built-in storage units as part of your treatment table?
Find the Best Treatment Table for Your Practice
From a rehab center to a doctor’s office to an athletic training room, every professional needs to invest in a high-quality treatment table. Use the tips above to help you find the perfect table for your patients’ needs.
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