Choosing the right equipment for your practice can often be complicated. What features do I need? Which tables will fit my budget? Does elevation make sense? The list can seem endless. There are plenty of manufacturers of adjusting treatment tables on the market and most create tables that fit a variety of techniques. So how do you choose what you need?
Start with the Basics
Elevation Table: An elevation table is adjustable by height. It may use a motor and simple foot switch to adjust the height of the table, or it may be manually adjusted. Elevating tables provide flexibility in choosing the optimal treatment height and require less strain for the doctor when making chiropractic adjustments. In addition, drop techniques may be performed at the proper height, and then the table height can be easily increased for a low-force technique or soft tissue work.
HYLO (High-Low) Table: A HYLO table—similar to an elevation table—is adjustable by height, but can also be positioned vertically. This vertical alignment can be useful for chiropractors working with patients with limited mobility allowing easy access to the table to achieve maximum results with minimal effort.
1. Height matters. The EH9510 includes the HYLO tilting feature and has a stationary height of 23.5 inches. In contrast, the EH9400 has both the HYLO feature and an elevation range of 20 - 30 inches.
2. Table Length. The EH9510 table with the chest cushion and pelvic cushion can be combined for a table length of 64", and then lengthened to 72". If the ankle extension option is fully extended, the table can reach a full 78 inches. The EH9400 extends to a maximum length of 76" with the ankle cushion extended.
3. Tilting Mechanism. The EH9510 HYLO table is operated by gear drive hydraulics, which makes a faster adjustment. Simply use one touch to the foot pedal to position the table to 63 degrees or horizontal. The EH9400 is motor driven and somewhat slower than a hydraulic table. In addition, the foot pedal must be held down to activate elevation or HYLO features.
4. Cushion Width. The EH9510 cushion are 23.5" wide, while the table cushion for the EH9400 is 22.5" wide for a one-inch difference.
1. Drops. Both the EH9510 and the EH9400 are a part of the ErgoStyle series of tables and are available with either manual drops or auto-cocking drops. If you choose the auto-cocking option, you will still have the ability to perform manually.
2. Headpiece Options. Both HYLO and elevating HYLO tables offer numerous headpiece options including drops, elevation, or distraction so you can easily customize your table to your practice.
3. ADA Tax Credit. Both tables qualify for the ADA Tax Credit. In 1990, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) came into law. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas open to the general public, including jobs, schools, transportation and public and private places. The Section 44 Disabled Access Credit for small businesses tax credit is available to businesses that spend between $250 and $10,250 for accommodations that comply with the ADA.
Find out what the tax credit covers and if your practice is eligible by reading our blog.