Vibration Therapy - How Massage Chairs Affect Your Body
Posted on: 09 July 2015 by Ivana Craft
In this fast-paced life, everyone needs time to relax and unwind. One excellent way to do this is by getting a massage. A good massage can relieve tension, lower blood pressure, alleviate back pain, help in digestion, and soothe nerve pain. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford regular massage sessions. Time and money constraints can prevent you from getting relaxing massages. The good news is that you can enjoy a soothing massage from the comfort of your home.
This therapy is based on the scientific belief that every substance vibrates through natural energy. When you are injured, sick, or stressed, the energy in your body can become unbalanced or stagnate. Massage chairs produce vibrations which rock your body and activate its every cell helping it to balance its energetic rhythm and heal. The chairs generate light or strong vibrations which permeate the entire body. Depending on how much pressure is used, the massage can either be soothing or stimulating.
The Benefits of Vibration Therapy
Massage chairs have a healing effect on the body. They are designed to imitate the movements and techniques of a real masseuse. They produce amazing results for a relatively low cost. Here are some of their major benefits:
Enhanced Blood Circulation and Lymphatic Drainage
A massage chair’s vibrations increase blood circulation even at low speeds. Consequently, more oxygen is supplied to your cells and your body develops better lymphatic drainage. Lymphatic drainage is a function of the lymphatic system and an essential part of immunity. It gets rid of your body’s waste products and moves your white blood cells to where they should be. The white blood cells remove fragments from broken down cells and attack invading agents like bacteria and poisons. If the lymphatic system isn’t working properly, fluid in the tissues builds up and swelling occurs. A faulty lymphatic system can also lead to serious medical conditions like Lymphoma and Lymphangitis.
Lowers Stress Levels
Stress is one of the body’s worst enemies. It is responsible for many health conditions including asthma, obesity, high blood pressure, depression, heart problems, and Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, it is unavoidable. Everyone suffers from stress at one point or another. Luckily, vibration therapy can relieve stress. Massage chair vibrations lower your stress levels by making your entire body relax. The chair massages all of your body’s muscle groups and reduces the effects of stress. During the massage, the cortisol levels in your body decrease while serotonin levels increase. Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that helps you feel relaxed and regulates your memory, appetite, body temperature, and even sleeping patterns.
Osteoporosis makes your bones fragile and more likely to break. If left untreated, it can advance and cause your bones to fracture or break. Many old people are at risk of contracting this disease. Vibration therapy can help prevent the onset of Osteoporosis. It applies vertical vibrations to the body causing bones and muscles to adjust their strength. The vibrations also activate bone remodeling and make muscles stronger.
Enhances Muscle Flexibility
Motion is a major function of the body. Every joint and muscle must be strong and flexible in order for your body to function optimally. Vibration therapy helps your muscles to maintain flexibility and their full range of motion. When your muscles function well, you are able to move without experiencing bone or joint pain. The therapy also helps loosen strained and tight muscles by stretching and kneading problem areas.
As is the case with a traditional massage, a massage chair inhibits pain. Its vibrations create numbness in the affected area and relax the muscles surrounding it. It also diminishes pain by encouraging the body to release enkephalins, endorphins, and other pain-reducing neurochemicals. Endorphins, the body’s “feel good” chemicals, trigger a happy feeling, decrease pain, reduce anxiety, boost quick recovery, and enhance immune response. Vibration therapy provides an analgesic effect without the typical exorbitant rate.