If you’ve ever spent time in a quality massage chair, you know how soothing and relaxing they can be. But you may be surprised to find that there is much more to gain from massage chairs than simply relaxation. 

Recent studies into the health benefits of regular massage chair use have yielded exciting results, particularly for those suffering from chronic stress. Take a closer look at what a massage chair can do for your health.

Massage Chairs and Stress Relief

No scientific research is required to prove that a massage chair can be incredibly relaxing; all you need to do is use one after a long day at work. However, any claim that massage chair use can help prevent the laundry list of health issues associated with chronic stress does require some empirical evidence. Fortunately, that empirical evidence now exists. 

A 2022 study published in “Complementary Therapies in Medicine” looked at a massage chair’s impact on levels of serum cortisol and DHEA-S through a randomized controlled trial. Cortisol is the hormone that the body releases in reaction to stress, and DHEA-S is a hormone that’s released in reaction to the release of cortisol. 

In other words, high levels of these hormones indicate high levels of stress. The study found that using a massage chair was associated with a decreased level of serum cortisol and DHEA-S, giving some scientific backing to the idea that your massage chair can potentially help you address your chronic stress.

The Dangers of Chronic Stress

Feeling constantly stressed out is an unpleasant way to live, but chronic stress can have a far more serious impact than that. Prolonged periods of consistent stress are associated with:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Memory issues
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Digestive issues
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes

Many other health conditions are closely related to chronic stress, and while you may not be able to remove all of the stressors from your life, you can still take steps to manage your stress and prevent serious issues with both your physical and mental health — and research shows that your massage chair can be one of those steps.

Massage Chairs and Mental Health

Chronic stress is associated with a few different mental health concerns, including mood disturbances. While there’s no doubt that addressing these concerns should involve a multi-pronged approach that might include diet changes, exercise, professional guidance, and potentially medication, research into the benefits of massage chairs indicates that they may be a great addition to any approach. 

Given the correlation between stress and mood disorders, using a massage chair may help in managing mood disturbances. Research shows significant improvements in perceived mood levels and overall health status among individuals utilizing massage chairs. 

Your mental and physical health go hand in hand. What affects your mental health will inevitably affect your physical health. When it comes to massage chairs, the advantage of potentially improved mental health means your health overall can see improvement as well.

Massage Chairs and Chronic Discomfort

Going through life feeling achy and sore all the time can be detrimental to your mental health and the reduced activity it can cause may eventually affect your physical health, too. There are many avenues to explore when it comes to addressing this issue, and a massage chair may make the ideal addition to any one of them. 

Regular massages improve blood circulation and relieve muscle tension, both of which can help to address aches and soreness and make your discomfort more manageable.

Experience the Benefits of a Massage Chair Today

Massage chairs offer an easy, pleasant way to improve your quality of life in a variety of ways — and when you choose a premium chair from ZA, you can enjoy those benefits for years to come.

The ZA171 massage chair utilizes ZeroG technology to alleviate the stress of gravitational pressure by increasing blood circulation and reducing muscle strain. We also offer the ZA182 model for custom-tailored back massages and the ZA201 model with deep tissue massage capabilities — both equipped with long rail tracks capable of providing some of the deepest and most effective massages on the market.

If you’re interested in adding a massage chair to your home, contact ZA to get started on your journey to better health today.

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