As developments in massage chairs continued to improve, the S-Track saw an addition known as the L-Track. The L-Track was showcased a few years back and demonstrated the ability to travel down the spine in addition to under the seat to reach the glutes and hamstrings. That chair was an Inada, the first manufacturer to have an L-Track prototype.
Inada took time to perfect their chair, and as a result Infinite Therapeutics, or Infinity, introduced it’s Iyashi model, which became the first commercially available massage chair with an L-Track.
More and more models have come out since then, and the Max Track found in the new Dreamwave M8 Series has branched out from that original L-Track design and made it even better. This advancement has been one of the biggest in massage chair history and allows for a much more comprehensive massage experience.
L-Track Extends S-Track
When you’re comparing models, think of it this way. The L-Track is nothing but an extension of the S-Track that addresses the seat and top of the hamstrings. It’s still one continuous roller track that mimics the shape of your spine.
The rollers work the glutes, piriformis, and hamstrings just as vigorously as the neck, mid back, and lower back where previously these areas were attended to by airbags.
If you suffer from tight or sore glutes, or if you have piriformis syndrome or sciatica, you might find the L-Track to be an amazing feature. Keep in mind when you’re looking at chairs remember when you’re purchasing an L-Track chair you will still receive the benefits of an S-Track chair. After all, the L-Track is just an extension on the S-Track.
Your choice will come down to whether you want to pay the extra cost for the extended track or if you are comfortable with the S-Track that stops at the lower back. We hope this helps make your massage chair purchase easier. If you have other questions be sure to check out the Massage Chair Buying Guide.