We had a wonderful Christmas season! It has been interesting to me that during this time of recession and economic instability, interest in massage chairs has never been greater. I figure it might have something to do with folks wanting to stay at home to restrict spending, and then spending their hard earned money on personal health rather than on more expensive vehicles or costly vacations. More energy, time, and money are being put towards health improvement, particularly if that can be done in the home. And, what would be better than a full time massage therapist in your home?
Muscle spasm and tension are common problems that are addressed by massage chair rollers and air bags. Massage chairs try to mimic the hands of licensed massage therapist, but I noticed, as a chiropractor, that many of the objective findings that we can treat in a DC’s office, like muscle spasm, are resolved by a massage chair. A massage chair doesn’t preclude you from muscle stretching and strengthening, in my opinion, but it certainly does address spasm and tension.
By definition, massage works by kneading, mobilizing, and stretching muscles to relax them, and uses friction to stimulate soft tissues. This therapy can increase blood and lymph circulation while breaking up scar tissue between muscle fibers (http://www.bodybasics-massage.com/faq.html). Massage chairs do all of these same things to your muscle fibers. It is suggested that you drink water after your massage chair session to prevent muscle soreness. Lactic acid build-up in you muscles will cause muscle soreness. The increased water intake will increase blood volume, which will, in turn, “flush” out the toxins more readily, thus preventing as much muscle pain as you might ordinarily have after a massage.
Dr. Alan Weidner