How Does a Massage Chair Work?

If you’ve ever received a massage, you know how wonderful it feels, but have you tried a massage chair? Whilst not as effective as a professional massage for very obvious reasons, a massage chair can help soothe and relieve aches and tightness in the comfort of your own home.

Understanding How a Massage Chair Works

Essentially, a massage chair works by sending a range of vibrations through your body. These vibrations are designed to help loosen and relax your muscles. The vibrations are usually created by a range of motors that use an off-centre weight to create the vibrations (just as they do inside cellphones on a smaller scale).

Electric massage seats are the most common type available. They use various motors and vibration patterns to massage your back, legs, arms, and neck. Occasionally you have massage chairs that use electric motors that have small ‘arms’ on them that give a more direct pushing or pulsing feeling on your body, rather than vibrations.

Air massage seats use air pressure to massage your back and legs, rather than vibrations. Hydro massage seats use water jets to create the massage effect for your back and legs.

In some cases, you might have a massage chair that uses heat pads in addition to vibrations. Mild heat can be used to improve blood circulation and is a well-tested and practical way to reduce pain without using medication.

As you’d expect, some massage chairs may blend a combination of these technologies to help create the massage effect.

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