At HealthMed we’ve been around so long that we’ve seen almost everything that can go wrong with a table. Some problems can be minor whereas others can lead to an expensive fix. We’ve compiled this list of important things to consider when looking for a new table
The Kor Innovations tables are a HealthMed favorite. They exceed our standards for everything on this list and more.
1) The motor — There are many brands of motors out there. On any table this is the most important part. Having a table out of commission can be detrimental to your patient flow.
The Kor tables are our favorite table. They use the German Hanning motor. These motors have proven themselves with the test of time. We have sold many hundreds of tables and have only had to replace 1 motor…and that table was 15 years old. We think that’s pretty good!
The Linak motors are also a reputable motor. If you purchase a table with one of these two motors you are in good shape
2) The frame — There are several designs of table frames. We could talk about it for hours. Call us anytime and we’ll be happy to have a chat. Here’s an easy test for everyone else. Press down with all your weight on one corner of the table. If the opposite corner doesn’t lift up you’re in good shape.
This doesn’t just tell you how heavy the table it. It tells you how firm the joins are. Over time some tables loosen up. If you are doing any form of manual therapy you can’t afford to have your table flex under you.
It’s important that your table works just as well 10 years from now as the day you bought it. That’s why at HealthMed we have a long list of clinics with old tables that would be happy to show you how well they’ve lasted.
3) The upholstery — Nothing devalues the skill you put behind your treatments like having run down equipment. Upholstery is tested by how many rubs it can handle. Many Asian made tables barely make it to 50,000 rubs whereas the Kor tables that use Spirit Millennium Naugahyde are tested to 250,000 rubs.
Good upholstery will take away the stress of cracked upholstery. BONUS! Spirit Millennium is widely available in North America. Any upholstery service should be able to match your exact colour
4) The functionality — some tables come as a one size fits all. These tables are often less expensive. Other tables such as the Kor can often be modified often at no additional cost. Is your treatment room on the small side? Would you like two foot pedals? Do you need the foot section to be motorized? These are all modifications that a Kor table can address.
Are these tables expensive? Not really. They are a little bit more expensive, but you get what you pay for, but honestly, if you can spare a few extra dollars they will be put to good use on a quality table.
We often recommend going with a good quality table with less options like the EL 1003 by Kor if you want quality but are on a budget
After years of seeing tables, we have seen every problem in the books. Don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions about tables in general. We want to help you find the right tools for YOUR clinic.