It's important to be mindful of various potential risks and factors that need to be taken into account. While massage chairs offer relaxation and relief to many, they may not be suitable for everyone. Here are some key aspects to consider:
Pre-Existing Medical Conditions: Individuals with certain medical conditions, such as deep vein thrombosis, cardiovascular problems, osteoporosis, recent surgery, or pregnancy, should consult a healthcare professional before using a massage chair. In some instances, using a massage chair could worsen these conditions or pose risks.
Intensity Levels: Some massage chairs provide deep tissue massage, which can be quite intense. If you have a low pain tolerance, existing injuries, or sore muscles, this might lead to discomfort or pain. Adjust the massage intensity to your comfort level.
Allergies and Sensitivities: It's possible that the materials used in some massage chairs could cause skin irritation or allergies in individuals with sensitivities. Check for any known allergies or sensitivities to the chair's materials.
Duration: Prolonged use of a massage chair can result in muscle soreness and overuse injuries. It's crucial to limit the duration of each session and avoid extended use. For instance, VComfort massage chairs have a maximum recommended massage session of 30 minutes.
Proper Positioning: Incorrect positioning in the chair or improper usage can lead to muscle strains or physical discomfort. Ensure you follow the instructions in the manual for the correct positioning and usage.
Age and Physical Condition: The suitability of a massage chair can vary depending on your age, physical condition, and overall health. Elderly individuals or those with fragile health should exercise caution when using a massage chair.
Quality and Maintenance: Low-quality or poorly maintained massage chairs may carry a higher risk of malfunction, potentially leading to injuries. It's essential to maintain the chair properly and, when purchasing one, choose a reputable brand and model.
Overuse: Excessive and frequent use of a massage chair can result in dependency and neglect of other important self-care activities, such as exercise, stretching, and physical therapy.
To minimize these risks and ensure a safe and beneficial experience, we recommend following the manufacturer's instructions and guidelines for proper use and maintenance. Start with shorter sessions at lower intensity levels and gradually increase them as your body becomes accustomed to the chair. If you encounter any discomfort or adverse effects, discontinue use and, if necessary, seek medical advice.
Additionally, please be aware of the following considerations:
Individuals who are advised by a physician or GP not to receive a massage, such as those with conditions like thrombosis (embolism), severe aneurysms, acute varicosity, dermatitis, or skin infections, should avoid using the chair to prevent potential physical issues.
Individuals in the following categories should consult their physician or GP before using a massage chair:
Those with a medical electronic device implanted in their body, such as a pacemaker.
Individuals with malignant tumours.
Those in unstable conditions of pregnancy or post-childbirth.
Individuals with sensory disturbances caused by peripheral vascular disorders like diabetes.
Those with injuries.
Individuals with osteoporosis, fractures, vertebrae issues, or acute pains.
Those with inflammatory diseases such as sprains or muscle strains.
Individuals with a herniated disk.
Those with a history of heart attacks.
Individuals with high fever.
Those with severe bone hyperplasia.
Individuals with joint deformation diseases.
Those with severe blood circulation disorders.