Jackknife position: tailoring to specific patient needs

A therapy table that allows great flexibility in positioning will help you customize treatments. Take advantage of the multi-section models to meet the specific needs of your patients.

Full support for various treatments

Among the crucial positions therapists desire in a therapy table is the Jackknife position. In this position, they can perform specific massage techniques, stretching and immobilization techniques and other therapeutic procedures that target the lower part of the body.

What kind of position is this?

In the Jackknife position, the patient lies on their stomach with the hips raised while the head and legs are lowered. This creates an angle resembling an inverted letter V or the shape of a jackknife, which is where the name comes from.

This position allows therapists better access to specific parts of the body, the lower spine and the pelvis. In this position, the spine is elongated, consequently relieving pressure on the intervertebral discs.

A therapy table allowing Jackknife position

The Jackknife position requires three or more tabletop sections, all of which must be adjustable. The back section is raised and the head and foot sections are lowered into a negative incline.  There are 5 models of therapy tables in our range that allow this position.


Therapists’ experience

Dr Mitja Bračič from Global Treatment Clinic shared their experience how such a therapy table had changed the course of treatment and how satisfying this position was for their patients:“The eight-section table with electrical adjustments of individual sections allows us to optimally adjust the patient for a specific treatment. In addition, patient comfort during examinations and physiotherapy treatments is of paramount importance. Our patients praise the tables too. The disabled patients in wheelchairs have been particularly impressed, as the table allows the Jackknife position. The ergonomics of our physiotherapy treatments have improved greatly, even for the most demanding patients.

For the best treatment outcome

As emphasized by several of our clients, it is the therapy table that provides primary support during sessions. Therefore, choose a therapy table that won’t limit you, but will allow you to tailor treatments to your patients and achieve the best results.

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