Chiropractic Massage Tables: Adjustments on a New Level
At first glance, it can be a bit perplexing why we’ve given chiropractic massage tables their own category. The chiropractic and therapeutic massage tables in this group are unique when compared to other stationary massage tables and portable massage tables mostly due to the range of working heights - specifically the lowest height option - that can be achieved.
For many massage techniques, it’s most practical and effective for the massage therapist or practitioner to be standing while the client is at about counter height; 28 - 30+ inches, depending on the height of the massage therapist or practitioner, the size of the client, and the techniques being used. This minimizes the amount the practitioner needs to “hunch” over, reach, and stretch to accurately administer either treatment, massage, or both. Good form, after all, is as vital for the massage therapist or practitioner's personal health and wellbeing as it is for the quality of the treatment a client receives.
However, there are many instances when a massage therapist or practitioner is best able to perform techniques while seated or kneeling.
If one of the overall focuses of a session is to improve range of motion and flexibility, the techniques used may require assisted stretching and guided movements. This kind of therapy causes the least amount of strain, for both therapist and client, when the practitioner has the ability to utilize greater height leverage. This is when a chiropractic massage table becomes an invaluable tool to have in your chiropractic equipment cache.
The Height of Technique
There are several forms of massage therapy that are often performed on a thick pad placed on the floor. Most recognizably Japanese Shiatsu Massage and Thai Massage.
Both of these massage forms, generally speaking, focus on the energy flow through the body and help guide that flow of energy with point-specific pressure; often along acupuncture meridians. Also, though more so with Thai Massage, both forms of massage incorporate guided movement.
Using a chiropractic massage such as the MediSport Chiropractic Massage Table by Earthlite or the Yosemite Shiatsu Massage Table by Earthlite, can significantly improve the overall comfort for both client and therapist and increase the effectiveness and longevity of the treatment.
Practitioners of chiropractic and sports medicine, both of whom also utilize assisted stretching and guided movement, are more likely to benefit from a table that allows for easy application of chiropractic massage techniques at lower heights.
Choosing a table like our Apex Lift Electric Stationary Massage Table by Earthlite offers a comfortable range of lower heights starting at 22.5-inches all the way up to 31.5-inches. Included stationary armrests allow for seamless transitioning from low height range of motion exercises to counter height adjustment and realignment work. For even lower heights, the non-lift Apex Stationary Massage Table by Earthlite has a range from 19-inches up to 28-inches.
As always, our goal is to provide you with the tools you need to practice massage therapy at the highest level of your skill. Tools are not always physical apparatus, however. If you still have questions about whether a Chiropratic massage table is the ideal choice, take a moment to look at our Buyers Guide for an overview of the differences between portable massage tables and stationary massage tables.