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Most believe massage chairs are a luxury item. A massage chair is certainly not necessary for every day living, or for relieving back pain and neck pain. However, for some, the benefits that a massage chair can bring may outweigh the price.
Benefits of Massage Chair
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Massage chairs increases the nutrition of the tissues via an increased exchange of fluids and materials.
Massage loungers, via the mechanical actions on the soft tissues, produces a dilation of the blood vessels which helps to improve your circulation.
Massage recliner helps to reduce the lack of blood and by direct pressure and stimulation reduces pain due to the irritation of nerves that control your circulatory system.
Leather massage chairs enhances the elimination of the waste products of your metabolism.
Electric massage chairs helps to reduce any swelling and contusions.
Massage facilitates tissue healing through the enhancement of circulation.
Leather massage chairs increases tissue fluid and assists lymphatic circulation thus reducing swelling and enhancing the immune and filtering activities of this system.
Massage loungers increases both your venous and lymphatic flow.
Massage can help restore emotional balance by releasing the accumulated tension caused by repressed feelings.
History of massage chairs
The massage chair was first introduced to the consumer market in the late 1980’s. Intended to emulate the motions and techniques of an actual masseuse, the goal of the massage chair was to relieve stress, tension, and alleviate back pain. Although massage chairs were initially slow to catch on, after a decade or so, interest in the technology increased, spurring competitors to strive for the most effective models.
How To Choose a Massage Chair?
Massage Chair Selection Guidelines
1) Basic comfort
Sit down in the chair and get a feel for it. Some chairs may have a shape or contour that better fits a particular person’s shape or need.
2) Strength of massage
Make sure that the intensity of the massage is appropriate. For a more vigorous massage, look for a chair that offers highly protruded components and strong movements. Those who desire a less intense, more point-specific massage may prefer a massage chair with small rollers and nodes and softer movements.
3) Presets and adjustability
Take time to experiment with the preset programs. Some massage chairs may have a preset that is specific to a problem area in the back. Other chairs may offer greater variability. A massage chair with a large range of adjustability may prove beneficial when purchasing a single chair for multiple users.
Certain massage chairs will come with a separate ottoman or a leg-rest that extends in and out of the chair. Some positions may be more comfortable for certain back conditions; for example, sitting in a reclining position with the legs elevated may be more comfortable for some people with spinal stenosis. Several chairs even have a leg-rest that has its own massage or vibration capabilities.
Massage chairs come in many sizes and shapes. Some are made with leather and polished wood, synthetic leather and plastic, or other combinations of fabrics and materials and not too mention, COLORS. Although the decision should not rely only on appearance, this may be a factor when purchasing.
6) Price range
As mentioned before, massage chairs are quite expensive. Price should always factor in with all of the above aspects for the final decision.