First and foremost, massages were one of the earliest tools people used to relieve their pain. Today, massages involve pressing, rubbing, or manipulating muscles and other soft tissues to relieve pain.
What are Massagers For?
In fact, some of the reasons for using massagers, in the home, include the following.
- First, to relieve sore muscles.
- Second, to recover from muscle or tendon injuries.
- Third, to treat acute or chronic back pain, including low back pain.
- Next, to treat neck or shoulder pain.
- Also, to improve muscle strength.
- In addition, sprains or torn ligaments often respond well to massage therapy.
- Furthermore, massagers are used to treat plantar fasciitis.
- Also, massagers can be helpful in treating symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Finally, massagers can help improve quality of sleep.
Although you can use massagers at home, you will get the best results from visiting a remedial massage therapist
Types of Massagers
While there are many types of massages and massagers, the following are electrically powered massagers you can use in the home.
- Handheld deep tissue percussion massagers
- Handheld back massagers
- Foot massagers
- Massage pillows for neck, shoulders, and back
- Shoulder and neck massagers
- Massage chair pads and seat cushions
- Massage chairs
Handheld Deep Tissue Percussion Massagers
First, this is a massager used for the treatment of pain in the soft tissue and sore muscles in small, specific areas of your body.
In fact, this massager generates rapid, short duration pulses deep into the soft tissues of the body. As a result, the massager helps increase blood flow through the area. Consequently, it helps relieve pain. Also, it increases your range of motion
Now, the benefits of these massagers include the following.
- First, the massager relaxes thickened connective tissue and fascia.
- Second, it breaks down adhesions and internal scar tissue that are present after an injury.
- Next, it increases blood and lymphatic flow through the area.
- Also, it elongates muscle fiber to provide relief from muscle spasms and stiff muscles.
- Finally, it increases range of motion or movement by relieving stiff joints.
Handheld Back Massagers
Next, handheld back massagers are also deep tissue massagers, but with long handles. Consequently, you can reach most of the hard to reach small, specific areas of your back.
Also, they are lightweight with several weighing less than 2 pounds. Moreover, they can provide both percussion and vibration massages.
By the way, the percussions provided by these massagers are not as deep as the ones in the previous section. Also, they are not as noisy as those in the previous section.
Now, these massagers are used to relieve muscle pain, muscle spasms, muscle sprains, break up knots in muscles, osteoarthritis of the spine, and fibromyalgia. However, they are not as powerful as the deep tissue percussion massagers described in the previous section.
Finally, they are used for the shoulders, neck, upper and lower back.
First and foremost, foot massagers can give you a kneading massage, a compressed air massage, and heat therapy.
Now, foot massagers are used to soothe aches, pains, and ease tension in muscles. Also, they can be used to relax. In addition, regularly massaging your feet improves blood flow. As a result, your heart doesn’t have to work so hard to circulate blood through your whole body.
Furthermore, foot massagers also help those with plantar fasciitis. Meanwhile some foot massagers provide heat therapy to the feet. Consequently, they help relax and calm your body. In addition, they help decrease the release of hormones that keep you tense and stressed. So, they help you sleep.
Now, there are two types of foot massagers: open design and closed design. First, the open design foot massagers only provide a kneading massage and infrared heat therapy. However, they don’t weigh too much so they can be easily stored away.
On the other hand, closed design foot massagers are heavier. However, they provide a kneading massage, a compressed air massage, and they provide heat therapy to calm you down. Consequently, they help you sleep.
Massage Pillows for Neck, Shoulders, and Back
Next, shiatsu massage pillows are used to massage more wider areas of your neck, shoulders, and back. Also, they can be used while you sit in a chair, a couch, lying in bed, or driving a car. Moreover, they provide heat therapy and kneading massage.
Shoulder and Neck Massagers
Meanwhile, shoulder and neck massagers are specially designed to give effective massages to your neck and shoulders. In fact, they can provide a deep kneading massage along with heat therapy.
Massage Chair Pads and Seat Cushions
Now, a massage chair pad and seat cushion can massage your entire upper back, middle back, lower back, hips, and thighs. Moreover, this massager can be used on a chair or a couch in your home, or in a car. By the way, this massager can provide a shiatsu kneading and a vibration massage. Also, it can provide heat therapy.
Finally, a massage chair is a robotic chair that gives you a whole-body massage. In fact, the chair massages your neck, shoulders, arms, upper back, middle back, waist, hips, thighs, calves, and feet. And, it does so all at the same time.
Also, the chair provides these massages by using electronic vibrators, rollers, motors, heat, airbags, and a microprocessor. Meanwhile, these chairs can provide heat therapy, vibration massages, compressed air massages, scraping, rolling, tapping, knocking, kneading, and shiatsu massages.