If you have ever been to a chiropractor in your life, odds are you have seen numerous different techniques and equipment. While it does make the profession unique it also can be frustrating from a patient stand point. As the chiropractor, I know what most of the table do and have a general idea of what they are trying to accomplish but I, like everyone else, have a preference.
At this point in my career, I’m getting to a point that I am tired of using equipment that I either don’t like or that is not in that great of shape. So, over the course of the next couple of weeks you may be seeing a few empty rooms as we are preparing for new equipment that will be coming in.
I am what the profession would consider primarily a Diversified doctor that performed flexion/distraction. I also prefer to have a Hylo table available in the offices for elderly patients or for those patients that are unable to crawl onto a table.
When most doctors are first starting out, they buy equipment that they can afford, not necessarily the type of equipment that they prefer as some of it can get pricey. You can pull financing on new equipment at just about any time but that gets old after a while because it just adds to the payments that you would be currently making. I was in the exact position up until about 3 years ago. I was using equipment that I didn’t necessarily prefer but made due because I was unwilling to pay the price.
My timing was a little off when I bought these new tables that will be delivered in the middle of March. I sold my old equipment a little too quickly. I did not know how much of a demand there would be for the type of equipment that I was trying to get rid of. As a result of this, I am going to have to juggle tables for about 3-4 weeks until my new tables arrive.
Most people have no idea of the cost of this type of equipment, it appears to be super simple but there are some complexities that go along with tables, especially when you have a tall doctor. While equipment does not have to be expensive, I plan on using it for a long time and when it comes down to it, it is my livelihood. So, I’ve reached the conclusion to buy equipment that I like and prefer as I don’t plan on getting new stuff for a little while.
There are two sides to the story for a young chiropractor out there, buy brand new equipment that you know exactly how to use and can keep for a long time but end up financing it or do you buy used equipment that can get you by until you find exactly what you like and want to ultimately buy new. You know the route I went down and I do not regret it in the least. Buy what you can afford at the time and upgrade as you go, plus your sales guy will like you a little more.
So, if you see a few empty rooms over the course of the next couple of weeks, fear not, they will eventually get filled back up but my timing was not all that great and at the end of the day, the new tables will be there for the long haul with hopefully no major complaints. We look forward to seeing everyone in the coming days/weeks.