Choosing Table Height

How to Select the Best Table Height


Your table is the one tool you will use every day in your practice.  Given the physical nature of chiropractic picking a poorly sized table will make for long days, unnecessary physical exertion, and ultimately, a reduction in your job satisfaction, efficiency and longevity.


So take the time to carefully decide what height of table you should get.  Moreover, if you pick wrong, or your practice style changes necessitating a change in height, correct the height of your table as soon as possible. 


Here at Sun Chiropractic Tables we want  you to get the table height that's just right for you.  Our policy is to exchange legs at no cost to you in the Continental US on fixed height stationary tables for six months after your initial purchase if needed.  Following the simple guidelines below will almost always make such an exchange unnecessary.


The age old question is comfort versus mechanical advantage.  When having this discussion we are almost always talking about the performance of a side posture adjustment.  General thought holds that the lower the table the more mechanical advantage. However, that lower table comes at the expense of your having to bend more when performing all other tasks  (examination, palpation, PA adjusting and just about everything else). So why optimize your table to a single adjustment? That is the question and only you as the doctor can answer it.


If selecting your table to maximize mechanical advantage during Diversified side posture adjusting simply measure from the floor to the top of your patella (Distance Hd in the picture)  That's your ideal table height. Your new table will be built so that the distance between the floor and the top of it's cushions is the same height as what you measured from the floor to the top of your patella.


We suggest adding at least 1 inch to that measurement if you will be doing primarily Diversified and 2 inches if you will be doing mostly drop work.  A small sacrifice of mechanical advantage can go a long way in taking stress off your back during long work shifts. It's also good to remember that if your table is equipped with a lumbo/pelvic drop it should be used on larger patients in any event so optimal mechanical advantage should not necessarily be the primary consideration.


If you are unsure on selecting table height we encourage you to call and discuss your own specific practice needs.  We are here to help you, help yourself, get it right and enjoy a long and healthy practice career.