Are your Patients getting on and off a table correctly?

Are your Thoracic pads (triangle piece)  wearing out before the other pads of the table?  The main cause of this is you are getting your clients to do push-ups.  What I mean is, when a client gets on or off the table, they do a push up with all their weight on the Thoracic (triangle) section of the table. See the attached image.

I like the adjust atorium approach and have 2 tables side by side and a T-bar, this allows me to work on one table while a client can be loading themselves on the free table.  Nothing happens by chance in a clinic, so it is important to manage every aspect of your approach to ensure no variations.  On the 4th Visit when a new client is being introduced to the adjustment process, there are several handouts to ensure nothing is missed and each client knows the following.

  • Remove items form their pockets.
  • Loosen or remove their belts (less damage to your new Tables) and to wear baggy pants and non-restricting clothing (both sexes) this ensures free and easy movements while being adjusted  or when they are moving around.
  • Allowing the client to get out of Gravity (laying down) for a minimum of 60 seconds. Think of that release of tension you feel when you first lay horizontal on your bed at the end of hard day. You can feel the stress being released from fighting gravity all day.
  • A patient starts by lying prone then questions can be addressed at the end of an adjustment.

The correct way for a client to get on and off a table designed to help you the Client, and the table.  

Get your patient to sit over the central pillar of the table.

Get them to lay down and support their body as they gently lower themselves on to their side.  Ensure their legs remain at 90 degrees from both the hip and knees.

Once on this side get them to straighten their legs while still on their side

Depending on if you prefer a client face up or face down will depend which direction they turn from this position.

When getting off a table it is just the reverse of these movements ensuring when the patient is on their side, they bend the Knees and hips to 90 Degrees before trying to get on and off the table.

This stops your Patients doing push-ups or sit-ups when getting on and off a table extending the life of your thoracic pads.

Happy Adjusting.

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