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When shopping for a massage chair, you may have seen various rollers advertised as 2D, 3D or 4D. But what does that mean, and which is best for you?

That’s what we’re here to explain.

2D Massage Chair Rollers

Massage chair rollers described as 2D can only move across two planes. That is to say, they can move up and down or side to side.

Think of it like a graph from algebra: 2D rollers can only move along the X and Y axis.

For people who are simply experiencing normal muscle tension and soreness, 2D rollers can be more than adequate. They provide relaxing massaging and soothing pressure, and can be even more effective when paired with air pressure massage, too.

3D Massage Chair Rollers

3D massage chair rollers are like 2D rollers in that they’re able to move up and down or side to side. However, they have the added capability of moving forward and backward, too.

This means that 3D rollers can be adjusted to deliver massages that are deep, gentle or somewhere in between.

This functionality is a wonderful addition for people that are experiencing normal soreness and tension, as well as for those that are seeking post-workout muscle relief or a deep tissue massage.

4D Massage Chair Rollers

4D massage chair rollers are similar to 3D rollers, except that they deliver a more thorough massage using a wider array of techniques.

For example, a 4D massage chair may be able to:

  • Adjust the speed of the rollers to mimic the hand movements of a human masseuse.
  • Target more specific areas of the body.
  • Apply different massage techniques, such as shiatsu or deep tissue.

Although a 4D massage chair will feel amazing to all types of users, they can be particularly useful for people suffering from chronic pain caused by arthritis or previous injuries.

(If you’ve sustained a recent injury, be sure to check with your doctor before using a massage chair.)

All in all, each type of massage chair roller will deliver a satisfying massage that can loosen the muscles and calm the mind.

If you’re trying to choose which type of roller to buy, remember these basic guidelines:

  • 2D rollers are ideal for people who experience normal soreness and tension.
  • 3D rollers are ideal for people who experience moderate soreness and tension, or who are seeking an effective post-workout recovery or deep tissue massage.
  • 4D rollers are ideal for people who have chronic pain, such as that caused by arthritis or previous injuries.