Are Massage Chairs Bad for You?

August 21, 2015

For some reason or another, many people have subscribed to the idea that massage chairs have adverse health effects. The reality is starkly different. Scientists and doctors have known for quite some time that a personal massage offers a wide variety of health benefits—from the cardiovascular to the emotional. In recent years studies have shown that, while not completely comprable with in-person massages, massage chairs offer similar benefits.

The Health Benefits of Massages:

Massages can be a wonderful tool for alleviating muscle tension. This can play an important roll in relieving back pain. Additionally, the feeling of relief brought about by this relaxation can be highly effective in improving conditions such as stress, headaches related to stress, anxiety, joint pain, insomnia, digestive problems, and even Fibromyalgia. Massages improve circulation, thus facilitating health and recovery—not to mention that they feel amazing.

The Benefits of Massage Chairs:

As mentioned above, studies have shown that massage chairs can offer many of the same benefits as massages, as they stimulate the muscles in a similar form. Unlike in-person massages, however, massage chairs are convenient and offer a privacy that traditional massages can’t match—with a massage chair, you can enjoy a massage when you want, where you want—without relying on the paid services of a stranger. For these reasons it is also possible to take advantage of a massage chair with much greater frequency than the services of a masseuse—thus allowing you to enjoy its benefits more often.

Who should not use a massage chair?

Though massage chairs are almost universally safe, there are a few people who should take care when using these chairs. This includes people with serious, unhealed wounds; serious infectious diseases, broken bones, circulatory ailments, and infectious skin rashes and diseases.