health benefits of massage chair

If you have arthritis affecting much of your body, spasm of the muscles of the body, or overall soreness of the body, you may need to learn the health benefits of massage chairs.

Massage chairs come in several different varieties but all are comfortable and can relieve your pain with just a few minutes of deep massage.

Types of Massage Chairs

There are several types of massage chairs you can choose from.  Here are a few:

  • Vibratory chairs. These are chairs that you plug into the wall for immediate relief of pain in the back, arms, and upper legs.  They vibrate rather than actually massage the muscles but they can be soothing to aching parts of the body.  The vibration distracts you from the pain so that, while you are relaxing in the chair, the perception of pain is reduced.
  • Chairs with heat. They make chairs that especially addresses the aching of the muscles. These chairs have options for heat application alone or for heat plus some kind of massage of the muscles.  The heat goes deep into the muscles so that you can relieve muscle spasm and can decrease the perception of pain.  The massage Is an added benefit that can help ease muscle pain along with the application of heat.
  • Shiatsu massage chairs. They make chairs that have rollers in them that create the equivalent of a shiatsu massage. You simply lie in chair and turn it on. The rollers can travel deep into the muscles, easing the tension of the muscles and rolling out the muscle soreness.  These chairs can be a bit expensive but, if you have chronic pain, they can take the place of a regular Lazy Boy chair so you can watch television while the shiatsu massage feature takes the pain away.  There is no limit as to how long you can sit in these Shiatsu massage chairs but, if you are using them with heat, you should limit the amount of heat application to about half an hour at a time.
  • Different kinds – You can get the full body massage chair, but there are also options for specific body parts: foot massager, back massager or neck massager.

Benefits of Using These Massage Chairs

If you can’t afford to hire your own masseuse, purchasing a massage chair can be a good investment.  They can be used on a daily basis any time of the day so you can have muscle pain relief whenever you need it.  Many will massage the entire body from the back of the head, to the shoulders and upper back, and down to the legs.

Whether you buy the vibratory type of chair or one that gives you a shiatsu or similar massage, these chairs can make you feel more comfortable at the end of the day, whether you work in front of a computer all day or do a job that involves heavy manual labor.

These types of massage chairs can be used by any member of the family, including children.  Children should be supervised when using these types of chairs as they can get too much of a good thing.  People with arthritis will especially find benefit from a massage chair.

If you buy one with heat, you should limit its use to a half an hour, after which you can shut off the heat feature and just use the massage feature.