Specialized massage chairs and tables are used to position clients during massages. A typical commercial massage table has a heavily padded surface, easily cleaned and a horseshoe-shaped head support that lets the client to breathe freely while lying face down and can be portable. An bolster can be used to adjust body positioning.
Ergonomic chairs do a similar function as a massage table. Chairs may be either portable or stationary models.
Massage chairs make it easy for the practitioner to transport than massage tables, and it is not necessary for clients to disrobe to receive a chair massage. Due to these two factors, chair massage is often done in settings such as outdoor festivals, corporate offices, other public locations and shopping malls.
Comparison between Physical Therapy Table and Other Equipments
A Vichy shower is a type of hydrotherapy which applies a series of shower nozzles which spray large amounts of water over the client as they lie in a shallow wet bed, comparable to a massage physical therapy table, but with drainage system for the water. The nozzles are usually adjusted for the right height, temperature and direction.
A dry-water massage bed applies jets of water to do the massage of the client’s muscles. These beds vary from a Vichy shower in that the client is always dry throughout the massaging.
The dry-water beds are of two types. In the first one, the client lies on a waterbed-like mattress which contains warm water with jets of water and air bubbles
In the other one, the client lies on a foam pad and is a plastic sheet covers them and is then sprayed by jets of warm water, like in the case of a Vichy shower the first type is sometimes seen available for use in shopping centers and malls for a small fee.
Lubricants used on the Physical Therapy Table
Variety of oils can be used including fractionated coconut oil, grape seed oil, almond, olive oil, macadamia oil, pecan oil, sesame oil and mustard oil. Different oils have their own properties and serves varying purposes.
Lotions, gels and crèmes are also used. Each lubricant has slightly diverse properties, and the pick tends to be a therapists preference. Salts are also used in union with oils to get rid of dry skin. Heat rocks are also used for soothing muscles.
A body rock is a serpentine-shaped instrument, usually fixed out of stone. It’s used to increase the therapist’s strength and center pressure on certain areas. It can be directly used on the skin with a lubricant such as corn or oil starch or directly over clothing.
Massage methods used on the Physical therapy Table
The chief professionals who provide massage include athletic trainers, massage therapists, and traditional Chinese practitioners and other eastern medicines.
Practitioners who provide massage services work in a variety of medical and recreational settings and usually travel to private businesses or residences. Other practitioners carry with them the physical therapy table.