Chiropractors use intersegmental roller tables (or chiropractic roller tables) to improve patient outcomes by massaging and stretching muscles either as a pre-treatment or post-treatment modality to reduce tension and increase mobility in their patients. How can a roller massage table complement your practice? Read more to get answers to your most frequently asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Intersegmental Table?
An intersegmental table, (aka roller table), is a chiropractic tool that gently mobilizes the spinal joints to improve flexibility and reduce stiffness. Often recommended by chiropractors pre or post adjustment, IST Tables manipulate the spine to help restore proper range of motion in a patient’s body by helping to stretch muscles and ligaments while initiating motion in the spinal column. These outcomes are often hard to achieve using just the hands.
How do intersegmental roller tables work?
To begin treatment, the patient lies face up in a supine position on the table. The intersegmental table has three rotating rollers that lift and separate each segment of the spine, creating motion and stretching the muscles and ligaments. Rollers beneath the surface of the table move gently up and down the patient’s back, using passive motion to stretch spinal joints and muscles, improving the alignment of the vertebrae. The rollers can also elevate to increase the pressure applied to the back. The table helps restore proper range of motion and relieves pain.
What are the benefits?
Benefits of using a chiropractic roller table include reduced tension and pain, improved range of motion and flexibility, increased circulation, and enhanced relaxation. These factors contribute to better patient outcomes and also help patients to:
- Accelerate recovery from injury.
- Improve range of motion and flexibility in the spine.
- Reduce muscle spasms that can be caused by weakened postural muscles or spinal injuries.
- Increase blood flow to discs, ligaments, and muscles
Athletes are not the only ones who can benefit from using an IST table regularly. Those who are regularly active or suffer from a back injury can also use this tool to strengthen and restore range of motion in the spine.
Why should practitioners use an Intersegmental Table?
Believe it or not, an intersegmental table can help stimulate additional healing in the spine by increasing blood and oxygen circulation to the spine’s muscles, ligaments, and discs. The rollers moving below the spine are painless, safe, and effective. In addition, chiropractic roller tables can help with a variety of conditions including back pain, neck pain, sciatica, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis.
This blog was curated from the article "The Benefits of Chiropractic Roller Tables: Improving Patient Outcomes" by Ezra Caddel. Read the entire article here.