Things to Look for in a Geriatric Massage Chair
Now that we’ve covered the range of products let’s move on to discussing the subtler points of buying a massage chair. The features we’ll discuss include:
- Size and Dimensions
We’ll consider each factor along with some tips about what to look for and avoid.
The kind of massage chair plays a significant role in the other things we’ll go over. The latest technology offers a zero gravity design which gives you the sensation of floating. The advantage is that it takes all the stress off of your joints and muscles to provide some welcome relief.
You’ll also see models with air pressure which provides a more gentle experience and counters some of the issues with the roughness that some have with roller designs.
You’ll see products that target different parts of the body with contoured features and sleeves. They offer a massage that covers the entire area.
Heat is often a standard feature of these products since it’ll increase circulation and relax your muscles. That can make a massage more enjoyable and useful. Pay attention to the type of control you have over the temperature. Some can become quite warm, increasing the risk of burns. Also, check the distribution of the heat, noting if it’s just on your back or all through the chair.
Size and Dimensions
As you’ve seen, massage chairs come in a wide variety of sizes from portable to unwieldy. The larger ones are usually bigger than recliners because of the added mechanical features. They’re also heavy. Once you put it somewhere, it can be an ordeal to move it someplace else.
As with any piece of furniture, it pays to take some measurements before you buy to save you the hassle of a return. Make sure to allow for plenty of room around it, especially if the footrest extends away from it.
Another thing to consider is how easily you’ll be able to get out of it. Some models are quite deep which can make standing up more difficult. We’d suggest reviewing the return policy on the product along with any costs associated with it, just in case, it doesn’t work for you.
The price ranges of the best massage chair are all across the board. It tends to follow the familiar mantra of getting what you’ve paid for typically. The expensive ones will prove comfortable. However, the more bells and whistles you add, the higher your cost. The products sell themselves, so we recommend setting a budget before you start looking—and trying—them.
Pros and Cons of Massage
You might find the idea of getting a massage whenever you want it attractive. However, there are both advantages and disadvantages of this practice for which to be aware before you buy. We’ll review both sides to give you a better perspective.
There’s no denying that a massage is relaxing and sure to relieve stress. And the fact that you can get one without leaving your home is a plus. And if you have trouble sleeping at night, it can offer an excellent way to ease you into the proper state of mind. It’s not uncommon for these issues to occur in seniors, making it a wise investment.
And if you’re taking a beta blocker to treat your hypertension or glaucoma, using a chair that provides heat is an effective way to counter the coldness you may feel in your hands and feet, a common side effect of these drugs.
However, there are several cons that you’ll need to consider too. Most evident of these points is the cost, especially when looking at deluxe models. Of course, you’ll likely find the best massage chair at the high-end of the spectrum. Undoubtedly, you encountered sticker shock when viewing these types of products.
From a medical standpoint, you should not use one if you’re taking a blood thinner because it can affect your circulation and interfere with the efficacy of your treatment. Also, it is not a safe choice for individuals with osteoporosis because of other health risks.
We strongly urge you to discuss this purchase with your doctor if you are on any prescription medications or have a pre-existing medical condition.