If you need a massage chair as an alternative to traditional therapy or pain management, it's extremely important to make the right choice, the first time around. At this level, a massage chair is a medical device, and needs to fit your body's shape, size, and sensitivity level.
This can only be determined, by actually trying it. If you don't feel comfortable in it, chances are you won't use it enough, to experience the improved health benefits that regular massage will provide.
Quality massage chairs - There are the 2 types of massage chairs on the market.
Quality massage chairs - and massage chairs that imitate quality.
They both look alike in their ads, using the same type of illustrations and descriptions, but that's where the similarity ends.
The other massage chairs have appealing price points, but like anything else, you will get what you pay for. A cheap massage chair is exactly that - a massage chair that's built with cheap components.
Quality massage chairs are designed and constructed for comfort and reliability, and they have true therapeutic value. They also have an established support network behind them, that will deliver when the time comes.
The other massage chairs - not so much.
Massage Chairs - The Internet and Reviews - Buying a massage chair off of the internet because the reviews look great, is the #1 reason for customer dissatisfaction.
First of all, if you're considering buying from an out of state internet source, chances of getting quality service may not be what you'd expect.
Secondly, a massage chair should accommodate your size, shape, and sensitivity level, which is why you should try it before you buy it.
If for any reason that's not possible, use any reviews, comments, questions and answers that you can find, as a guideline to narrow down your choices, then call a professional for their opinion.
Your Massage Chair Budget - The purchase of a massage chair can save you thousands of dollars in therapy visits over the years.
To help you determine your massage chair budget, consider the cost savings of your current therapy visits, and also the time saved and the convenience, by doing your own therapy in your own home or office.
This should all play a big part of how much you should be willing to invest in your massage chair.
Please note: Prior to the modification of any type of physical therapy, please consult with your prescribing physician.
S-Track or an L-Track - Which is a better massage chair for you?
The advantage of an S-Track massage chair, is the Stretch program can be more effective, depending on the models you're comparing, because the S-track backrest is a separate component from the seat, giving the design a greater range of motion and flexibility.
The Stretch program helps with spinal decompression, which relieves the pressure between the discs, alleviating back pain and other compression symptoms.
The advantage of an L-Track, is that the roller mechanism has a substantially longer reach, traveling under the seat and relaxing more of your muscles and connective tissues, which is an advantage when treating Sciatica.
L-Tracks also have a Stretch program and they do accomplish the task, but the actual stretch may not extend as far, because the backrest and seat are a single component, and again, this depends on the models you are comparing.
They both should have a Waist Twist or Sway program, which also helps to relax the muscles and connective tissues in the lower back.
The Stretch and waist Twist programs help to promote the movement of oxygen, water, and nutrients into the lower lumbar region, so for best results, drink plenty of water after each session.
2D or 3D - When we're talking about 2D or 3D massage chairs, we're referring to the method used to adjust the intensity of the roller massage.
A 2D massage chair adjusts the intensity of the rollers by changing the angle of the backrest. The further back the chair is reclined, the more intense the roller massage will be, thanks to gravity. More of your body weight is over the rollers, providing more intensity.
A 3D massage chair's roller mechanism has the ability to protrude out and away from the roller track, provides adjustable intensity. Roller massage intensity can still be adjusted by changing the degree of recline, and also by using the remote. The 3D feature is typically found on the more expensive models.
Space Saver - An important thing to consider when shopping for the right massage chair, is the amount of space you have for its placement.
Some chairs require as much as 22" of space behind it, to allow the chair to fully recline.
Space savers require much less, and can be placed as close as 2" to a wall, depending on the model.
Floor Models - If you’re considering buying a floor model, consider where you’re buying it from.
If you find one in a "Big Box Store", chances are that it’s been used a lot, and at times without proper supervision.
The motors may have been subjected to hours of non-stop use without adequate cool down time.
If you find one in a privately run store, chances are it’s been used much less, and it’s use has been properly supervised.
Choose your massage chair dealer wisely - You can buy a massage chair just about anywhere these days, and like any other industry, quality of service will vary from place to place.
Quality service is of the utmost importance, so researching a company's service record is by far, the best thing you can do before making a purchase.
Choosing the right dealer can save you stress, aggravation, and thousands of dollars years from now.
Massage Chair, Inc. is a highly-reputable, family run business, providing quality products only, and top notch service by our own licensed and bonded technicians..
Thanks for taking the time,
Nick Fahmie - Massage Chair, Inc.