"What Are My Choices?" is a monthly column that gives you the information you need, straight from the experts: the companies themselves.This column focuses on vendors that offer tables and handheld instruments to the chiropractic profession. Consider the wide range of choices available:
Activator Methods: Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique (AMCT) uses the Activator Adjusting Instrument to give consistent low-force, high-speed chiropractic adjustments. Over 35,000 doctors have been trained in AMCT and 2,100 doctors are Proficiency Rated, making AMCT the most widely used technique worldwide; a testament to low-force patient satisfaction. Phone: 800-598-0224; Web: www.activator.com.
Avicenna: The first laser company to gain FDA clearance for a Class IV therapeutic laser. Prior to this technological breakthrough, all Class IV lasers were specifically designed for surgery due to their powerful strength and penetration. Now available to download free, "Caution: Therapeutic Lasers in Use- Don't Get Burned," a must-read article revealing the future of laser therapy in chiropractic. Phone: 888-AVI-LASER; E-mail: ; Web: www.avicennalaser.com.
Aware Health/Tepperwedge: The T-Wedge is the evolution of the original TepperWedge in form and function. Chiropractors use it for adjusting the spine. Comfortable for your patients and it protects your hands from weight-bearing injury. Phone: 877-853-9167; Web: www.twedge.com.
Certified Health Science: Unlike other "Decompression Tables," the SpineMED™ does not utilize antiquated traction components. The SpineMED™ captures and distracts the human skeletal structure through a unique & proprietary design that is not found on any other distraction (or decompression) device in the world. Phone: 866-990-4444; Web: www.certhealthsciences.com.
Graston Technique® (GT): An advanced form of instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization that provides clinicians a mechanical advantage in detecting, treating, and resolving connective soft-tissue dysfunction. Six stainless-steel instruments are used by skillfully trained clinicians to detect fibrotic tissue and treat at greater depth and specificity. Hundreds of respected clinicians rely on research-based Graston Technique to help achieve better outcomes for their patients. Two-day hands-on GT training seminar information now available. Phone: 866-926-2828; Web: www.grastontechnique.com.
Hessco: The world's largest new and used chiropractic table dealer. As the number-one dealer for Leander, Zenith, Lloyd, Aquathermassage, and Chattanooga, Hessco is trusted by these manufacturers to offer world-class service after the sale. Hessco is also a top dealer for Galaxy, Earthlite, Winco, Thomas, Dynatronics, Hill, Verteflex, US Tables, Omni, and more. This selection allows the doctor to have a choice of tables. Over 500 reconditioned tables to choose from. Phone: 800-237-5652; E-mail: ; Web: www.Hessco.com.
IMPAC: IMPAC Inc. began producing high-quality instruments for the chiropractic profession in 1982. Our product line has continued to expand and evolve over the last 22 years. Our ArthroStim® and VibraCussor® instruments are currently used in thousands of private clinics worldwide and they are an integral component of many somatic techniques. Phone: 800-914-5547; E-mail: ; Web: www.impacinc.net.
J-Tech Medical: Committed to offering superior products that help chiropractors objectively document patient function to improve diagnosis, treatment planning/case management, patient compliance and outcomes. Phone: 800-985-8324; Web: www.jtechmedical.com.
Lhasa OMS: Since 1980, Lhasa OMS has been providing the highest quality chiropractic and acupuncture supplies at the lowest possible prices. We carry a wide variety of chiropractic products, including massagers, bio-supports and office equipment. New improved website with online ordering available 24 hours a day. New 2005 catalog available. Phone: 800-722-8775; E-mail: ; Web: www.LhasaOMS.com.
Lifetimer: The new LT-ME3 is rapidly changing the face of elevation tables around the world with its sleek design, sturdy base, comfortable cushions, and smooth, quiet elevation (with no pinch points). Phone: 888-421-0101; Web: www.lifetimerint.com.
Lloyd Table: Practitioners everywhere have discovered that Lloyd tables provide unparalleled patient comfort. Only Lloyd Table Company offers you virtually an unlimited choice of options that includes our superior manual and automatic drops available on all sections. Choose from the widest selection of elevation, hylo & stationary tables you'll find from any single source. Phone: 800-553-7297; E-mail: ; Web: www.lloydtable.com.
LSI International: Manufactures the Quantum 400 intersegmental traction table. The Quantum 400 features three ultra-smooth nylon rollers that can rotate in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction, adjustable roller pressure, treatment of full spine or selectable area, selectable vibration, 0-30 minute timer, and an oversized, padded tabletop that allows for more patient comfort and quiet operation. Options: patient assist bar with mounted controls, face slot and heat. Free catalog. Phone: 800-832-0053; Web: www.lsiinternational.com. Password: SHOPLSI.
The Saunders Group, Inc.: Manufactures unique, innovative products for the treatment and prevention of back and neck pain. Our most popular products include patented traction equipment, back supports, exercise equipment and educational manuals. Distinguish your practice from the competition with the Saunders 3D ActiveTrac table. Phone: 800-966-3138; E-mail: ; Web: www.thesaundersgroup.com.
Thomas Tables: Phone: 800-322-2162.
Track Corporation: Manufactures and distributes the premier flexion distraction/decompression instrument, The Cox® Table. The Cox® Table is the smooth, efficient distraction table for adjusting the full spine with its abilities to decompress the cervical spine, thoracic spine, and lumbar spine and to manipulate specific segments into their ranges of motion. The Cox® Table comes fully equipped with cervical axial distraction decompression, thoracic decompression, and lumbar axial distraction decompression (manual and automated). Phone: 800-441-5571; E-mail: ; Web: www.coxtable.com.
Vonco Medical Products: Offers a wide range of "handheld" test & evaluation equipment. Chiropractic tables from Chattanooga, Galaxy, US Tables & Eurotech are also available. Our 35,000 sq. ft. Dallas warehouse has new & pre-owned equipment to fit almost any budget. Vonco sponsors educational seminars covering topics such as Aquatic Therapy, FCE - Functional Capacity Evaluation, Isokinetics, Low Level Laser Therapy & others. Phone: 800-972-6461; E-mail: ; Web: www.voncomed.com.