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.
These 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. More about this later.
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.
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, including countless internet websites, and like any other industry, quality of service will vary greatly from place to place.
Most retailers use 3rd party service companies to provide massage chair service, but the problem with that, is there's no telling who will show up at your door, or their qualifications.
Researching a company's service record, is the best thing you can do before making a purchase, because when it's time for service, choosing the right dealer can save you stress, aggravation, and thousands of dollars, years from now.
Now for our sales pitch:
Massage Chair, Inc. is a highly-reputable family run business, providing quality products only, and top notch service by experienced professionals.
- Margo Kuhn, our massage chair sales consultant, is a trained massage therapist, with a medical background of 25+ years.
- Nick Fahmie, our sales and service team leader, has 35+ years of mechanical service experience, and knows massage chairs from extensive testing of all models, and also as a user for his own back therapy.
- We're a licensed and bonded full service company. We take great pride in our work, and have an outstanding reputation for honesty, quality workmanship, and going the extra mile for our customers.
Thanks for taking the time,
Nick Fahmie - Massage Chair, Inc.