For some, it’s bad posture and a less-than-ergonomic desk setup. For others, it’s an old injury or a chronic health condition. Whatever the reason, when lower back pain settles in, it can be impossible to ignore. Medications can help alleviate symptoms, but what if you want a more natural solution and have lower back pain? Massage chairs can help.
Massage and Chronic Pain
One of the most common sources of back pain is stiff, cramped, strained, or knotted muscles. When muscles are the problem, massages are often the solution. Massage techniques, including the ones the massage chairs use, help break up knots and relax tension. They also improve blood flow to massaged areas, helping to bring healing to painful injuries more quickly.
We don’t often think of stress as a source of pain for our lower backs. However, when we’re stressed, our muscles naturally tighten up throughout our bodies. This constant tension can be one of the causes of the painful muscle knots in your back. Luckily, regular massages help reduce mental stress as much as they reduce physical strain.
For other people, the source of back pain comes less from the muscles and more from the bones. A misaligned spine or poor back posture are often the culprits in these instances. Most people’s first instinct is to visit a chiropractor, but massage chairs can offer assistance for spinal decompression as well. Zero-gravity massage chairs help decompress the spine, offering instant back relief and improving posture.
Using a Massage Chair for Lower Back Pain
Choosing the Right Chair
When you pick an ordinary armchair and have chronic back pain, your first thought is to wonder whether the chair will be comfortable. The same should be true when you choose a massage chair. While companies generally design massage chairs to be comfortable, a model that’s too large or too small may force you to sit in awkward positions, which won’t help your back.
Choosing the Right Massage Features
As comfortable as a good fit is, how well a massage chair helps lower back pain depends on the massage itself. And the effectiveness of the massage depends on what features the chair has. A few functions to be on the lookout for if you have lower back pain include:
- Shiatsu massage
- 4D massage
- Heated cushions
- Zero-gravity positioning
- L-Track massage
Fortunately, you can find these features and more among our line of Trumedic massagers. By looking through our selection, you’re sure to find a chair that’s a perfect fit for you and your back.