If you need a massage chair as an alternative to traditional therapy and pain management, it's extremely important to make the right choice, the first time around.
A massage chair at this level, 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.
These are the 2 types of massage chairs on the market.
Quality massage chairs, and 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 may have appealing price points, but you'll get what you pay for.
Quality massage chairs are designed and constructed for comfort, reliability, and they have true therapeutic value, and they'll have an established support network behind them that will deliver when the time comes.
The other massage chairs, not so much.
Massage Chair Reviews
Buying a massage chair because the reviews look great, is the #1 reason for customer satisfaction.
Again, a massage chair should accommodate your size, shape, and sensitivity level, which is why you should try it before you buy it.
If that's not possible, use any reviews, questions and answers, and comments that you can find as a guideline to narrow it down, then call a professional for their opinion.
We're always happy to help.
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 massage therapy or chiropractor 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?
Depending on the models, the advantage of an S-Track is the Stretch or Extend program can be more effective than that of an L-Track's, because the backrest of an S-track 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 or Extend 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.
They both should have a waist twist/sway program, which helps to relax the muscles and connective tissues in the lower back.
The stretch and the waist twist both help to promote the movement of oxygen, water, and nutrients into the lower lumbar region, so for best results, drink plenty of water after your session.
If you’re considering buying a floor model, consider where you’re buying it from.
If you find one in a mall, 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 than a chair found at a mall, and it’s use has been properly supervised.
Choose your massage chair dealer wisely
Your massage chair dealer should be responsible for servicing your massage chair, and like any other industry, quality of service will vary from place to place, especially when 3rd party companies are involved. Choosing the right dealer can save you thousands of dollars, years from now.