There are as many massage chairs as there are aches in the human body, each with its own specifications and nuances. Some chairs use water, some use air, and some vibrate, knead, and heat up. Even within a category of massage chairs, variations are available, depending on the need. One specification in the realm of roller-based models is the difference between S-track vs. L-track massage chairs.
We have discussed these types of chairs in a previous blog, but here we will delve into the differences in more detail.
The S-Track Chair
Back in the early days of massage chair technology, massage chairs were straight-backed chairs with small mallets that traveled up and down in a straight line. Although this offered relief for sore back muscles, it wasn’t necessarily comfortable to sit in and could be rougher on the spine. That’s because the spine isn’t a straight line, but a curved, almost S shape, and S-track chairs were invented to accommodate that. S-tracks employ a wave-shaped construction, more like the curve of the spine, from the base of the neck to the tailbone. This technology provides a more comfortable massage as well as some spine-stretching benefits that can help with posture and improve mobility.
The L-Track Chair
The difference between S-track and L-track chairs is related more to track length than track shape. While S-track chairs stop at the tailbone, L-track rollers go down into the seat of the chair in order to massage the glutes and hamstrings. This gives the track its titular “L” shape. While an L-track chair does not technically have to follow the curvature of the spine the way S-track chairs do, most L-track chairs do. This means that most L-track chairs will give you the same benefits of the S-track chair while providing additional lower back support and relieving tension at the back of the legs.
Choosing a Chair
There is really no wrong choice when it comes to picking between an S-track and an L-track massage chair. If you want to save a little money and the main tension you are trying to target is in your shoulders, you will be happily satisfied with an S-track chair, such as one of our obsusforme massagers. But if you want more support for the lower back, glutes, and hamstrings and don’t mind investing a little more in a quality product, an L-track chair might be the option for you.