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Buying Guide depending on the size of the table

How to determine the size of the table that best suits you

Your height, the technique used and you working habits will determine the optimal height of your table. Usually this will be the same as the distance of your wrists from the floor while standing with your hands at your sides.

All Oakworks tables have telescopic legs which allow you to adjust the height between 24" (60.96 cm) and 34" (86.36 cm) which is sufficient to meet the needs of most therapists.

A therapist who practices more than 15 hours a week will perhaps be best to consider an electric table. As well as allowing for easy and rapid adjust of the height, this table will allow you to adjust the height during treatment using a foot control.

The width of the table will have a major impact on the quality of your work and on your health. Although there is no exact formula for determining the perfect width, certain parameters must be taken into consideration.

It boils down to making the most satisfactory compromise between the required work area and the net weight. Although the larger table will afford a larger work area and a more space and comfort for the customer, it is heavier to transport and will force you to work at arms length which will have the effect of over working your back.

A table 28" (71.12 cm) wide usually meets the needs of a majority of therapists. You can, however, choose the width of table that is best adapted to your practice and your physique, from the line of models offered.

The table below contains (for your reference) some facts based on a person's size.

Height of the therapist Width of the table
Less than 5'4" (1.63 m) Not more than 29" (73.66 cm)
Between 5'4" (1.63 m) and 5'10" (1.78 m) Between 27" (68.58 cm) and 31" (78.74 cm)
More than 5'10" (1.78 m) Between 27" (68.58 cm) and 33" (83.82 cm)

The standard length of an Oakworks table is 73" or 6'1" (1,85 m) is fine for the majority of customers. The length can also be increased by adding an head rest and/or a table extension as a foot rest. A head rest not only adds 12" (30,48 cm) to your table, it also substantially increases the comfort of the customer. Using cushions and/or bolsters under the knees may reduce the required table length thanks to the bending of the knees it causes.

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