To Your Health
March, 2007 (Vol. 01, Issue 03)
SIX Essential Components of a Great Massage Chair
If you're interested in purchasing a robotic massage chair for your home or office, make sure it can perform the following massage functions:
Feels like the gentle hands of a massage therapist pressing firmly first on one side of your spine, and then the other. It relieves tension and loosens the muscles to prepare your back for deeper massage.
Feels like thumbs pressing firmly in a circular motion on both sides of the spine. This therapeutic motion goes deeper, lifting and stretching muscles to improve circulation.
Feels like the heels of a professional therapist's hands firmly pushing on muscles alongside your spine and inward, toward the spine itself. This mode aids in improving mobility and posture.
Feels like fists or the edge of hands rapidly tapping on your back muscles. This flexes spinal joints, relieves pressure and invigorates your entire back.
Feels like long, soothing strokes; designed to flush the muscle belly and help lymphatic drainage.
6 LUMBAR TRACTION
Feels like the back muscles are being gently flexed and then extended (stretched).
Michael Nathanson, DC, a 1972 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, currently practices in Lake Worth, Fla., specializing in manipulative medicine, physical therapy, rehabilitation and massage.