It takes more than post-graduate education and the right credentials to establish and run a successful chiropractic business. According to Carolyn Boldt, a building and design expert, office layout can and does affect your ability to attract and retain clients. A floor plan that uses space efficiently sets the stage for a successful and profitable chiropractic business, even with space and square footage limitations.
Conduct a Needs Analysis
Base a floor plan layout on square footage and the services you intend to provide. For example, a floor plan for a chiropractic business that works with clients one on one will look different from a floor plan for a business that also offers rehabilitation services. If you’re still looking for office space, the NCMIC Insurance and Chiropractic Management Group says a new practice can easily fit a front office and reception area, a restroom, two treatment rooms and a doctor’s office in 800 to 900 square feet of space.
Floor Plan Basics
Review sample chiropractic floor plans, such as the free plans available on the NCMIC website, to get ideas for laying out your office space. A good floor plan allows both client comfort and an efficient work flow. For example, an open-concept front office and reception area encourages interaction, while closed treatment rooms protect client privacy. The ChiroEco website says that when space is a concern, it’s a good idea to dedicate more square footage to adjustment rooms and less to other areas.
A Basic Floor Plan
When creating your floor plan, you’ll need to create a legend that uses numbers or letters to identify main work areas, desks and other large office furniture. Start by creating a basic layout using a 1-inch-equals-1-foot scale and wall divisions to divide the space in half. As an example, create a clear entryway for clients entering the office by placing the front desk on one side of the front doorway and the waiting area and client restroom -- if you have one -- on the other side. Next, place two or more adjustment rooms -- at least 8 feet by 11.5 feet -- next to or across from each other, making sure hallways and doorways meet Americans With Disabilities Act standards. Position your office and a consult room and private restroom across from each other at the end of the hallway.
Fill-in With Office Furniture and Chiropractic Equipment
Mark doorway and window locations, and then make sure your floor plan maximizes work-flow efficiency by placing desks, chairs, bookcases and filing equipment, adjusting tables and other essential chiropractic equipment, such as therapy units and X-ray machines -- and developers, unless you use digital imaging -- in their proper locations. Make your floor plan even more helpful by placing office equipment, such as computers, copy machines, printers and telephones, in their appropriate locations.