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Treatment Table Safety with new Free Safety Poster Download

Guy Princi - Friday, October 07, 2016

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Castors and why they wear out

Guy Princi - Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The rubber compound castors used by Athlegen are custom manufactured to our specifications. Athlegen castors feature steel bearings (not plastic), and we do not use inferior small diameter, plastic stool castors. We use 75mm wheel diameter castors - if all other specifications are equal larger diameter castors last longer.
Rubber compound (TPE - Thermoplastic Elastomers) is a mix of polymers, usually a plastic and a rubber. The new compound has the advantages of both the rubber and plastic materials used. For castors this is typically cushioning, from the rubber component, and hardness/durability, from the plastic component.
Rubber compound wheel treads are chosen over the longer lasting nylon wheel treads because they cause less impact on most floor surfaces due to their natural cushioning properties. They are also generally quieter in their operation. Nylon castors can mark and dent wooden floorboards and vinyl floor surfaces.
Over time, as the rubber component of TPE ages, it dries out and hardens. No product is available to condition or prevent this characteristic of rubber. Once rubber hardens it can become brittle and start to spilt, (known as stress cracking or crazing). If this happens the castors will need to be replaced.

Factors that cause your castors to wear out
  • Exposure to harsh chemicals used to disinfect and clean some floor surfaces.
  • Direct exposure to sunlight will prematurely dry and harden the rubber component.
  • Exposure to extreme temperature fluctuations.
  • If the table is positioned on gritty, uncleaned hard surfaces, such as tiles or vinyl flooring.
  • Leaving the table in the exact same position over long periods of time can cause “flat spotting”. Flat spotting is where the tread fails to spring-back to its original shape, the result is a permanent distortion of the wheels shape.
  • Trying to move the table with the castor lock in place.
  • Any one of the above will result in the premature hardening of the rubber tread which will then lead to the tread crumbling and falling apart.
How to care for your castors
  • We recommend that you only clean your castors with a damp cloth.
  • Stubborn stains can be removed with a soft natural bristle brush.
  • Do not lubricate with oil, if necessary use a heavy bodied good quality bearing grease.
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Standard Operating Procedures for Treatment Tables

Guy Princi - Monday, February 15, 2016

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Maintenance - Your Portable Table and Face Cradle

Guy Princi - Monday, February 15, 2016

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How well engineered is your portable table?

Richard Athlegen - Monday, February 15, 2016
How do you know if your table is well engineered? Before you answer consider this did you know that anybody can import portable tables and sell them in Australia; and that there is no Australian Standard for portable tables. Unbelievable but true for a product that is used to treat patients on. 
Unscrupulous importers are setting themselves up as specialist suppliers and are selling products that are cheap and nasty. We have had a customer purchase a table on-line and the table miserably failed after one massage session. He brought this table to us so that we could spread the word as a warning to other buyers.
Your best protection is to buy a portable from a reputable manufacturer, if you are not sure ask for a recommendation from other practitioners or your professional association or school and of course remember to consider buying Australian made.
It is an important step in running your business and careful consideration will ensure that you extend to your customers the duty of care that they deserve.

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Beauty Vs Massage What to look for when you need a table for both

Guy Princi - Monday, February 15, 2016

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Correct Use of Adjustable Face Cradles

Guy Princi - Monday, February 15, 2016
Adjustable angle face cradles are designed to provide a comfortable and secure support for the face (and arms, if using a prone armrest attachment). It is not designed to support body weight as most face cradles have a Maximum Work Load of 20kg. Ensure patients are instructed not to use the face cradle as an aid when they mount, dismount or reposition themselves on the table. »

How to keep your portable table in a safe working condition

Guy Princi - Wednesday, February 03, 2016

In a clinic or mobile environment we are asking a lot from a portable table. A table that weighs less than 12kg is expected to regularly withstand over 10 times its own weight. On top of this constant pressure is applied from all angles, whilst the table is moving and flexing in many directions - day in, day out, year after year.  »

Treatment Table Upholstery Care and Maintenance

Guy Princi - Tuesday, November 17, 2015

If you are looking to extend the life of your treatment table, maintenance is key. Vinyl is a ongoing concern for many practitioners especially around face holes and chest areas. Vinyl is a PVC or plastic which is a naturally hard product; softeners are added during the manufacturing process to make it suitable for use as an upholstery fabric. Many factors overtime can make it lose it's suppleness, harden and eventually blister and crack.  »

Athlegen in Africa

Richard Athlegen - Tuesday, November 03, 2015

For the past 5 years Nick Tsoupis has been travelling and working as a Mobile Chiropractor throughout Africa. His travels have taken him all over the continent through Namibia, Zambia, the safari parks of the Serengeti and Masai Mara. When he approached us to assist with a new portable treatment table that could withstand such vigorous travels, we were more than happy to oblige. Excited at the prospect of supporting such a worthy and important venture!  »


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Treatment Table Safety with new Free Safety Poster Download

Guy Princi - Friday, October 07, 2016

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Castors and why they wear out

Guy Princi - Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The rubber compound castors used by Athlegen are custom manufactured to our specifications. Athlegen castors feature steel bearings (not plastic), and we do not use inferior small diameter, plastic stool castors. We use 75mm wheel diameter castors - if all other specifications are equal larger diameter castors last longer.
Rubber compound (TPE - Thermoplastic Elastomers) is a mix of polymers, usually a plastic and a rubber. The new compound has the advantages of both the rubber and plastic materials used. For castors this is typically cushioning, from the rubber component, and hardness/durability, from the plastic component.
Rubber compound wheel treads are chosen over the longer lasting nylon wheel treads because they cause less impact on most floor surfaces due to their natural cushioning properties. They are also generally quieter in their operation. Nylon castors can mark and dent wooden floorboards and vinyl floor surfaces.
Over time, as the rubber component of TPE ages, it dries out and hardens. No product is available to condition or prevent this characteristic of rubber. Once rubber hardens it can become brittle and start to spilt, (known as stress cracking or crazing). If this happens the castors will need to be replaced.

Factors that cause your castors to wear out
  • Exposure to harsh chemicals used to disinfect and clean some floor surfaces.
  • Direct exposure to sunlight will prematurely dry and harden the rubber component.
  • Exposure to extreme temperature fluctuations.
  • If the table is positioned on gritty, uncleaned hard surfaces, such as tiles or vinyl flooring.
  • Leaving the table in the exact same position over long periods of time can cause “flat spotting”. Flat spotting is where the tread fails to spring-back to its original shape, the result is a permanent distortion of the wheels shape.
  • Trying to move the table with the castor lock in place.
  • Any one of the above will result in the premature hardening of the rubber tread which will then lead to the tread crumbling and falling apart.
How to care for your castors
  • We recommend that you only clean your castors with a damp cloth.
  • Stubborn stains can be removed with a soft natural bristle brush.
  • Do not lubricate with oil, if necessary use a heavy bodied good quality bearing grease.
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Standard Operating Procedures for Treatment Tables

Guy Princi - Monday, February 15, 2016

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