(PRWEB) October 06, 2011
In 2011, at least 116 million adult Americans have common chronic pain conditions, a conservative estimate according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Adam Gordon at BedPlanet.com, one of the leading sellers of massage chairs in the United States, reports that in the past year more and more of his sales have been to individuals looking for in-home chronic pain and back pain relief.
While a massage chair cannot permanently remove pain, it can bring alleviation according to many professionals who use massage chairs as part of their rehabilitation programs. Also, many chiropractors use them as part of regular treatment plans.
Reasons why include:
•Increase in blood circulation which helps deliver nutrients and oxygen to tissues and organs, which promotes healing.
•Chair massage encourages the body to release endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller.
•Massage relieves stress, which helps a body to relax. Pain seems to be intensified in a tense body, so massage can be quite helpful.
•Massage can also lead to better sleep.
Through the study of the human body, and analysis of feedback, many massage chair designs have been developed with the goal of achieving similar benefits.
The massage chair was first introduced to the consumer market in the late 1980's. Intended to emulate the motions and techniques of an actual masseuse, the goal of the massage chair was to relieve stress, tension, and alleviate back pain. Currently, the most effective massage techniques that massage chairs are designed to try to be like is that of Shiatsu and Swedish massage.
Most massage chairs are designed to involve three main components intended to closely match these massage techniques:
•Massage chair motors—these are the essential mechanical aspects of the massage chair. They power and move the nodes and rollers to the necessary areas, as well as allow the needed adjustments to the seat back.
•Massage chair nodes and rollers—these vary in size and shape, designed to emulate fingers and hands. A massage chair with large rollers and nodes provides a more generalized approach at massaging, while massage chairs with smaller nodes and rollers provide the more detailed, point-specific massaging. They target specified areas of the user's back and can move in a variety of ways, which are pre-programmed into the mechanics of the massage chair.
•Computer assisted adjustability of the massage chair —this is perhaps the most essential factor.
Almost all massage chairs are designed to automatically adjust for the weight, height, and width of the selected user. By measuring the pressure on the seatback, the height of the protrusion of the rollers and nodes adjusts. In addition, by locating specific areas on the anatomy of the back, the massage chair makes the necessary adjustments for the height and width of the user. Selecting various inputs on the control pad can also refine these options.
Massage chairs are a great way for individuals to enjoy massage with privacy, customization, and greater flexibility. The chairs allow benefits in many ways including stress and pain relief.