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Sure, you already know that massage chairs can provide you with unlimited massages right in your own home. But do you know how massage chairs actually work?

Read on to find out how massage chairs work, and how they can help you.

Rolling, Vibration and Heat

Modern massage chairs use an intricate system of motor-powered rollers to deliver a deep tissue massage similar to the kind you’d get from a professional masseuse.

These rollers knead into various muscle groups, including the back, shoulders and neck. Their intensity can be adjusted, so you can choose a massage that’s as light or vigorous as you’d like.

Plus, many massage chairs include vibrating and heating components. Vibrating components serve to deliver thousands of tiny micro-massages to tense muscles and tendons, while heaters relax muscles.

Rollers, vibrating components and heaters alike serve to promote blood flow as well as to massage and loosen muscles.

Air Bags

Advanced massage chairs are often equipped with air bags positioned to apply pressure to the legs, arms and waist.

This steady pressure doesn’t just feel soothing. It also promotes proper circulation, just like compression socks and stockings.

In turn, this increased circulation helps to prevent and treat swelling and aching, as well as spider and varicose veins.

User Controls

To control a massage chair, you don’t need to be an expert. Instead, you’ll simply use a handy remote control or built-in control panel to tell the chair what to do.

You’ll be able to control:

  • Massage type and intensity
  • Massage location
  • Heat
  • Air pressure
  • Vibration
  • Chair position

Some massage chairs also allow the user to control additional features, such as built-in speakers.

Now that you know how massage chairs work, you can use this knowledge to help you choose the right one for you:

  • If you’re looking for increased circulation and the prevention/treatment of swelling, aching and spider and varicose veins, choose a massage chair with air bags.
  • If you’re looking for deep tissue massages to treat pain, soreness or stress, choose a massage chair with rollers you can control to target specific areas. Also prioritize those with vibration and heating.
  • No matter what issues you’re looking to treat, always be sure to select a massage chair with easy-to-understand controls.

Once you’ve got your perfect massage chair picked out, all you need to do is sit back, relax and let the chair do the rest.