So, how often should you use a massage chair?
While you can safely use a massage chair anywhere from 1-4 times a week, depending on your needs, it’s not the frequency as much as the length of the massage that is important.
If you have an injury or chronic pain, using a massage chair every second day (so 3-4 times a week), can really help relieve pain and promote healing.
If you suffer from tension or stress, having a massage session 1-3 times a week is more than enough to keep you relaxed and to feel good.
Best massage chairs (link) are designed to give you more benefits with shorter, more spaced out sessions. Using them more often or for longer periods can actually have the opposite effect, causing more harm than good.
Summary: Massage chairs can safely be used 1-4 times a week, but make sure you’re using them in the right way for your personal needs.
Are Massage Chairs Good for You?
Yes. If used correctly, massage chairs may provide health benefits and can really improve the quality of your life, especially if you carry a lot of stress, or you’re prone to sports injuries (or you’re an athlete), or you suffer from chronic pain.
The health benefits of massage chairs include:
- Reduced Stress and Improved Cognitive Function – Being relaxed physically has a positive effect on your mental capacity.
- Less Stress More Testosterone– Cortisol (the stress hormone) inhibits testosterone production which suppresses your libido, determination, and stamina
- Reduced Blood Pressure and Heart Rate – activating your parasympathetic nervous system through relaxation calms your body down.
- Managing Chronic (Lower Back) Pain – While it isn’t a cure, a regular massage definitely helps
- Reduced Migraines – stress and tension in the back/neck is often a cause of headaches
- A Wider Range of Motion – While the study focuses on shoulder mobility, it logically follows that if it increases the range of motion in one muscle group, it should increase mobility in all muscle groups.
Having a massage chair at home gives you the freedom to have a massage not only when you feel like you need one, but also at a time that is convenient for you.
Summary: Yes, masssage chairs can be very beneficial, provided that you use them correctly.
What Is The Duration or Time Frame To Use A Massage Chair?
Generally, 15 minutes is enough. The key is not to over-massage – which can lead to muscle tenderness, inflammation and/or bruising.
Imagine your sore muscles are bruises on ripening fruit (kind of). If you keep pressing the fruit to check if it’s ripe, you’re just going to cause the bruises that are already there to grow. Unlike fruit, your muscles do have the ability to heal, if gently massaged.
A short, gentle massage increases blood flow and relaxes the muscle, aiding in recovery. A long or intense massage can put unnecessary strain on the muscle, increasing the stress it’s holding and even causing injury.
Massage chairs are designed to give you a relatively deep massage in a specific area, so it follows that it is better to use them for shorter periods of time.
Summary: A 15-minute targeted massage is enough to relieve stress and tension, and promote healing while being short enough to avoid further stress or injury.
So Massage Chairs Work
Yes, massage chairs work effectively if used correctly. They can be invaluable, especially if you live a fast-paced lifestyle where you don’t always have the time to schedule a massage – massage chairs work after hours and over weekends.
This gives you the option of getting the benefits of a massage exactly when you need them.
Summary: Provided that you use the massage chair correctly they can work wonders to improve your quality of life.
Are Massage Chairs Safe?
It depends. If you put the intensity all the way up and sit in it all day as it hacks at your already tender muscles, then no, it won’t be safe.
If used responsibly, massage chairs are more than safe; they’re actually healthy.
This means not pushing your body too far. Keep massages short and soft, especially if you’re feeling tender already. Also, don’t use them too often.
Just like exercise, less is more. Your muscles need time to repair themselves. If you push them too hard, they’re going to go into protective mode, which equates to pain and inflammation. If you go way too far, bruising and muscle tears/injury are a very real possibility.
Summary: When used responsibly massage chairs are safe and healthy. If used incorrectly massage chairs cause more harm than good.