Many people will sit in a comfortable chair for several hours at a time to read a book, watch television or simply to relax. However, if you are sitting in a massage chair for this length of time it is very important that you not have the massage on that length of time. Almost all of the back and massage chair experts say that you should not use the massage programs in a massage chair for more than 15 minutes at a time and after you use the massage they say it is best to get up, move around, even go for a short walk to fully enjoy the benefits of the massage chair.
Massage chairs have crossed over the border from being just simple vibrating chairs to become full fledged therapeutic medical devices. Properly used they provide a very deep back massage that, if over used, can bruise, inflame and damage muscle and other body tissue. To put it simply, too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing in this case.
Most massage chairs have build in timers for the massage programs to prevent this kind of overuse. Make sure the chair you purchase has a timer or that you use some external timer to prevent running the massage for too long. Simply watching the clock may not be the best idea. Massage chairs are designed to be comfortable in addition to providing health benefits so it would not be uncommon to fall asleep in one with the massage turned on. A simple alarm clock nearby may be all that you need to remind you to turn the massage off but a built in timer to automatically turn the massage off is the best option.
This does not mean that you cannot sit in a massage chair for extended periods of time with the massage turned off. 20 or 30 years ago massage chairs were cushy novelty items that often were not correctly designed to provide healthy back support. The modern massage chair, however, in almost all cases is anatomically correct for good back health. Most conventional chairs in the world today do not provide support for all 3 curves in the back; lumbar for lower back, thoracic for middle back and cervical for upper back. Massage chairs, however, generally provide support for all areas of the human back. So not only is a massage chair great for massage but they are usually also the best posture chairs in households so feel free to use them for watching television, reading and almost all general purpose seating.
If you have back pain or back problems make sure you consult with your doctor or chiropractor before purchasing and using a massage chair. There are several different types of massage available in massage chairs; Shiatsu, Swedish massage and variations or a combination of the two and most chairs allow you to vary the intensity of the massage as well. Your doctor may recommend a certain brand or type of massage chair. So by all means, enjoy your massage chair to the fullest and sit in it whenever you want and for as long as you want but don't use the massage programs for more than 15 minutes at a time.
Here is what you need to know about a massage chair !
A massage chair is a comfy chair aimed for massages. Today's massage chairs can easily reach to the head, shoulders, and back of a massage receiver, though robotic massage chairs use electrical vibrators and mechanism to deliver a massage. Roland A. Labbe applied on a patent application for a massage chair.
Massage Chairs are one of the best sources of relaxation, therapy and luxury all rolled into one, right in the comfort of your own home. The massage chairs available today are powered by electricity and come in various different colors, under various brands and in many different models. People who own one generally get addicted to the feel good response they get during and after a session on their massage chairs. If you are not among them but would like to own one of these chairs we suggest you look at both sides of the story before you splurge on a massage chair for your house, because of course these chairs are generally pretty expensive.
People with pacemakers and other such electromagnetic implants need to be careful about the models of massage chairs they buy. Although most modern massage chairs manufactured by the top end and reliable brands are safe, it is best to consult your physician when in doubt. This is also true for those who are morbidly obese, patients of arrhythmias and known epileptics.
The basic mistakes that potential buyers make while deciding to 'go for' a chair like this is thinking that a simple daily massage routine on these chairs will make all their medically compromising muscle conditions disappear. This might not be true. A massage chair is simply one of the adjutant tools that work by increasing blood circulation and relaxing the muscles. They may or may not be effective in treating a full fledged subluxation, disturbed alignment or other such serious postural complication, for which a qualified professional should be consulted. It is best not to be fooled by exaggerated claims on advertisements. When you understand the realities and therefore adjust your expectations, you will feel much better and less cheated with your purchase.
Now that the above point has been cleared, let us state the obvious: whether therapeutic or not, these chairs do make you feel good. As the various pressing, rolling and massaging components of the chair take over your body, you do feel more relaxed and at peace with the world. There are some healing effects of a good massage offered by some massage chairs, which include the benefits of reflexology, various specialized massages like the Shiatsu, the Swedish massage and other such specialized techniques which are offered by different brands.
We suggest you keep a level head when you invest in one. As long as you buy it for the right reasons like some daily self care and relaxation, you will not regret your decision.
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