What is the difference between an S-Track and an L-Track?
Our Massage Chair Experts often get asked "What is the difference between S track and L track and which one is better?" This is a great question that we get all the time. Let's break down the 2 different massage tracks first.
What is an S-Track Massage Chair?
To answer, lets first take a look at the S Track. The “S” in S track refers to the shape of the roller track – the rollers travel up and down this track to provide massage. It has a slight curve to it, like an S, to mimic the shape of the human spinal curve. This allows the rollers to follow your spine more accurately than if the track was straight.
S-Track chairs run from the back of the head, neck, and shoulders all the way down to the tailbone. The track stops there and the rollers travel back up to the top of the track. These type of massage chairs are good for those that enjoy a good stretch as most S track chairs provide a better stretch because of the ability to recline back and lengthen the spine. The S Track massage chairs can be more precise in the motion of the rollers, especially if they have 3D or 4D massage capabilities. Some of the best S Track massage chairs are the: Synca JP1100 4D, and the Synca Kagra 4D.
What is an L-Track Massage Chair?
It might sound obvious but L-Track massage chairs feature a track that is shaped like an "L". These type of massage chairs are great because they provide more coverage using the roller for a massage from the back of the head, neck, and shoulders all the way under the seat for glute/buttocks massage. This is especially helpful to those that experience lower back or sciatic pain as the chair is able to stretch the muscles that connect the spine to the hips and lower extremities.
Now the L track chairs did not use to be as good in the neck and shoulder as the S track chairs could provide. The S track chairs were overall more precise in the neck and shoulders and better in the stretch functions as well. There are some newcomers though that have brought the L tracks up to speed in that oh so important area for most of us, the neck and traps. These are the Osaki OS-Pro Maestro Massage Chair, the JPMedics Kumo, the Human Touch Novo XT2, and the Osaki OS-Pro First Class Massage Chair. These 4 have incorporated 3D and 4D roller technology to give a more precise neck and shoulder massage.
What is an S/L Track?
You may have also heard of the S/L Track. Most of the newer L Tracks feature an S/L Track, meaning that the track contours the spine like the S track does, but also reaches under the seat for a glute/buttocks massage.
What is better between an S-Track and an L-Track massage chair?
So you may be wondering, which is better for me? S Track or L Track? This is a great question and really depends on your specific needs. We have used almost every chair on the market! Our team of Massage Chair Experts, of all shapes, sizes, and genders, evaluates each massage chair. We each have our favorites, and of course, there are clear winners that we can all agree on. The point is, each person is different. We will listen to your needs and provide an honest recommendation to suit your body type and your specific needs. You can call us anytime, chat with us, or simply “Ask an Expert” for a recommendation.
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