When I first began making massage chairs available to my patients, I figured that the older baby-boomers would be the perfect demographic for this type of therapy. So, in my mind’s eye I saw folks, my age and higher (over 50), tripping over themselves to get one of these massage chairs. Well, it proved to be true…the baby boomers are perfect candidates for massage chair therapy. They have some degree of degenerative arthritis in the spine, 80% of them have or have had some form of back pain, and they, for the most part, are at a stage in their lives where they can afford a massage chair.
But, to my utter surprise, and delight, we have found through our experience, both clinical and retail, that a younger demographic really go for these chairs too. We have found that a demographic of upwardly mobile, high-stress business men and women find the massage chair therapy as beneficial as the baby boomers. Yes, they have back pain, but most of the younger crowd get the massage chairs for stress relief and not degenerative arthritis with it’s associated symptomatology. A lot of folks come home to just relax and melt away the stresses of this pressure-filled lifestyle. Of course, if they have kids on top of it all, they come home to a certain measure of stress too! So, hiding away in the back room on the massage chair is a retreat from all of life’s stresses.
An interesting observation but proof that this form of therapy is suitable for folks of all ages.
Dr. Weidner is a 1991 summa cum laude graduate of the Southern California University of Health Sciences and is a member of the Human Touch Wellness Council.
Dr. Alan Weidner