How do you keep the work close to your centerline?

Applying straight downward pressure — preferably using your upper body weight — is mechanically the most efficient way to deliver deep tissue type touch. You need a table that allows you to get as close as possible to your client, and to your point of contact.

It is most mechanically efficient for manual therapists to apply pressure — using our weight — straight downwards. The closer our point of contact is to our center of gravity, the easier it is to make our weight our strength. The further we have to reach towards the center of the table, the more we have to lean, the less efficient our therapeutic interventions become.

The deep tissue community, the Rolfers, Guilders and Heller Workers have traditionally worked on very wide tables. It would seem that putting this wide top on an electric lift base would make the perfect deep tissue table. This kind of logic is misguided. The reason for the extreme wide tables of the past was to allow the therapist to get on the table to do a lot of the work. In turn, that forced the therapist to compromise her or his body to deliver the treatment. An ergonomically well-designed treatment support system gives you the ability to work with much greater ease standing or sitting on a chair. You no longer want or need to get on the table, or at least very rarely.

Imagine a table top that expands and contracts with the size and shape of different clients, so the edge of the table is always close to the edge of your client. The amount of “reaching” is reduced and your lower back thanks you for it. You can use your weight as your strength more easily. The unique shape of the leg end of the top as well as the robust expansions give your client a sense of security. Your customers feel safe and you feel fresher when the day is done. This is what the Attitude Treatment Support System is designed for.

Extensions are not a new concept for treatment tables. Several table manufacturers provide extensions for their tables. However, these are usually rather fragile set-ups, not designed to carry much weight on them. Furthermore, they are invariably true extensions: they add width or length to the table, sticking out, making a wide table even wider. This has both mechanical and psychological drawbacks. Mechanically, there is no provision for removing width from the table to get closer to thinner clients — this is why the Attitude Treatment Support System extensions are inset, allowing you to make a narrow table even narrower.

Psychologically, this means that we change the table for smaller people, instead of “accomodating” overweight clients by putting extensions onto the table. You are a professional, providing an accepting, nurturing and supportive environment for your patients. Adding width sends the message: you are not normal, you do not fit the standard. Quite likely, that person is already suffering from a negative self-image. By contrast, if you use a Treatment Support System that can seamlessly adjust to any size and shape, then you are using ergonomics to address the emotional aspect of your patient care without saying a word.

 

Care-Tech Research
Makers of ergonomically superior electric massage tables for 25 years.
Fanny Bay, Canada

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