Massage chairs, just like massages, can help you reduce fatigue. You probably already know that they bring some form of health benefits, but perhaps you’re not fully convinced of what it can do. How can a massage chair reduce fatigue in the first place anyways?
In this blog, I’ll break down how a massage chair reduces fatigue, then give some detailed examples on what happens step by step to help reduce fatigue.
TLDR: Massage chairs help reduce fatigue by promoting dilation in your blood vessels, which essentially means to help widen, and enlargen your blood vessels. When this happens, it becomes easier for blood to flow through your body, and help oxygenate your cells, which brings the feeling of reducing fatigue.
But there’s more than just this simple summary.
Allow me to introduce you to the concept of how massage chairs improve circulation within the body.
Massage Chairs Can Reduce Fatigue by Increasing Your Body’s Circulation
When you get a massage, you’re being pressed down on your body. When your muscles are pressed, the blood vessels within begin to loosen, and they undergo dilation (Nelson, 2015).
What this means is that as they keep getting pressed, the blood vessels become looser, and expand and widen. Once wider, these blood vessels can now allow more blood to flow through them, achieving increased circulation.
Did that sound a bit confusing?
Honestly, it took me 45 minutes to understand what it was before I wrote this, so here’s an analogy that might help simplify it.
Imagine pressing down a balloon softly. As you press down, the air pushes away from the center, and goes to the sides. This exact motion is replicated in the massage chair when it presses on your muscles, with the blood being pushed to the side.
As you continue pressing on the balloon, the balloon warms up, and can be pushed more, allowing more air to enter the sides of the balloon.
This is the process of dilation occurring in your muscles.
The reason why massage chairs specialize at increasing circulation within the body is because it not only helps achieve dilation, but also does so systematically, targeting specific body parts in a sequence to guide the blood throughout the body with ease (Sefton et al., 2010).
As a result, your body now has increased blood flow, which helps the oxygen in your blood reach the rest of your body quicker. This oxygenation, which is now quicker than before, helps re-energise your cells, and reduce your fatigue.
While this was a very brief description of how a massage chair works to help increase blood circulation around the body, here’s an even better video on how massage therapy helps improve blood circulation by a YouTuber named MPC Alternative TV, if you’re interested, do watch this to learn more!