How are the drops on your tables as they compare to other table manufacturers? We think that our drops are crisp and fast. The drop blocks are manufactured out of HDPE(High Density Polyethylene) which is a self lubricating plastic. This material works well with the steel drop plungers and does not become grooved with heavy use like aluminum or steel blocks but rather deforms with the plunger as the drop falls. This keeps the drops running like new for many years.
How heavy of a patient are your drops designed to work with? Our drops are designed to work with patient's up to 500lbs. If they do not work with patients of this weight please contact us to get a replacement drop. If your practice will be mostly large patients over 250 lbs, then let us know that and we can build your drops up with springs ideal for larger patients. These springs larger patients do NOT increase the capacity of the drop, rather they make the tension adjustment range more sensitive at the larger end of the scale rather than at the average range of the scale which is more like
What is a “Prop and Drop”? A prop and drop means that a drop cushion can be elevated AND the drop remains fully function throughout the elevated range. When installed on a lumbo/pelvic cushion, the cushion can elevate up to 6 inches and creates the space in front of it for a large abdomen like on a pregnant patient. It is an alternative to an abdominal breakaway.
What's the difference between the full length thoracic drop and the upper thoracic and thoraco/lumbar drops? It's really quite simple. The upper thoracic handle activated drop falls at the front and is effective from C7/T1 down to about T9/T10 and then the thoraco/lumbar kick drop picks up around T10 and is effective through the lumbars. When you add the lumbo/pelvic kick drop to these two drops you have 26 inches of active drop surface. This is a traditional Thompson style setup where you are wanting to mostly do drop work or at least have a drop located here it would augment your adjustment anywhere you would choose to adjust. On the other hand the full length thoracic kick drop is hinged behind the headpiece and falls at the rear in front of the lumbo/pelvic kick drop. The two cocking pedals are close together so that they will allow you to cock both pieces at the same time. It is ideal for full spine dropping, augmenting a side posture adjustment with a drops, and for adjusting the lumbars on smaller patients who would normally have to be moved down on the table to reach the lumbo/pelvic cushion because of their height. It is technically a thoraco/lumbar drop and adds very little energy to your adjustment above about T8.