Choosing The Ultimate Adjusting Table

Posted by PHS Chiropractic on Friday, January 26, 2018

Your hands and your table will perform thousands of adjustments during your chiropractic career. Choosing the right table to prevent injury to your body and provide comfort for your patients requires looking at many factors, including design, flexibility and price.

Table Design

Sixty years ago, Dr. J. Clay Thompson stumbled upon a discovery: Thanks to a chiropractic table with a broken headpiece that “dropped” during treatments, his patients were seeing phenomenal results. He designed and patented his drop headpiece in 1955—and history was made.


Today, most chiropractic offices feature some type of drop table, with options such as a tilting headpiece, thoracic, lumbar or pelvic drops. Drops themselves are based on two different designs:

  • Pin Drop: The pin-style drop is the most common and cost-effective drop mechanism. When the drop is engaged, a pin in the center of the table cushion “pops” the table up.
  • Patented ErgoStyle Drop: Pivotal Health Solutions holds the patent to a unique drop that elevates the entire cushion, rather than a single pin or point. This ergonomic design gives the adjusting table  better accuracy and a smoother adjustment  since patients no longer have to be precisely positioned above a pin. This feature also reduces the force that you need to apply, which reduces stress on you and your patient.


When shopping for a table, it is also important that you consider both your current and future needs. So while you may need to buy a basic table when you launch your practice, it is more cost effective to invest in one that that will be reliable and have the features you need for future growth.

PHS Chiropractic's Ergostyle tables offer the highest quality and its modular design allows for easy modifications and upgrades in the field, now or later as your practice grows!


The final consideration is price. It is important for chiropractors to consider indirect costs and cost savings when contemplating buying a table. While pin-drops offer great value and quality, patented ergonomic Ergostyle drops can save wear and tear on your body because of their unique design. For a chiropractor, the hands, wrists and shoulders are the first “tools” that are injured during treatment, so an initial investment today can ensure that both you and your table age gracefully.

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PHS Chiropractic

In the chiropractic field, flexibility is the name of the game. It’s our mantra too. Since we launched in 2005, PHS Chiropractic has become a leader in beautifully designed, customizable chiropractic tables and accessories. We design our base tables to be feature-rich, meeting the needs of the student or new practitioner. Yet as you grow your practice, our tables grow with you: We’ve dreamed up every possible feature, from drops to elevating heights to adjustable head pieces—all easily added to your existing table to broaden your options. It’s all part of the thought and care that we put into each and every PHS Chiropractic product. Made right here in the Midwest at our plant in Watertown, South Dakota, our products reflect our strong values: high quality, integrity, creativity and innovation. The result is a rich line of chiropractic tables and accessories—from our groundbreaking Tradeflex series to our patented ErgoStyle drops—all offering a high level of design expertise, patented features and great value that give you the tools you need to build a successful practice.