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Potential Negative Effects of Massage Chair Overuse

Posted on: March 1, 2010

When used properly, a home massage chair has no negative effects. Unfortunately, some people do experience slight side effects through overuse or improper use of their massage chair.

Potential Negative Effects

· Pain – the pressure used to relieve tension and pain with Shiatsu and deep tissue massage settings may cause some slight residual pain. Nerves or muscles may be slightly irritated through improper use of the Shiatsu or deep tissue massage settings on your home massage chair. Any pain experienced is generally mild and only lasts for a few hours after massage or, in rare cases, a few days, and abates on its own.

· Circulation – if you have circulatory issues, you may want to consult your doctor before beginning a home massage chair or other massage treatment. Especially if you have previously experienced blood clotting or deep vein thrombosis, which may be aggravated by massage.

· Allergies – if you are allergic to leather or other materials, you may experience a slight allergic reaction to your massage chair. If you know you have a pre-existing allergy to the material of your chair, be sure to wear clothing that covers any skin that would otherwise come into contact with the chair. Proper clothing should prevent any allergic reactions.

· Infection – the massage therapy provided by your home massage chair or other forms of massage helps to release enzymes and toxins that have accumulated in your muscles, so it is recommended to drink plenty of water during the day following massage. Water will help flush toxins from the body quicker. If your immune system is impaired for any reason, consult your doctor before starting any massage treatment to avoid infection and other possible complications caused by the release of toxins during massage.

· Skin Fragility or Bruising –if you bruise easily, be sure to use a low or softer pressure option as hard pressure massage can cause bruising.

· Low Blood Sugar – as massage can lower the body’s blood sugar levels, if you are diabetic, consult your doctor before using a massage chair or starting any massage treatment program.

· Fatigue – a study by the National University of Health Sciences (Illinois) found that approximately 1% of their test group experienced fatigue for 24 hours or less

· Headache – the same study found that about 1% of test subjects likewise had a headache within 12 hours after their massage treatment, but those experiencing headaches stated that their headaches went away within 24 hours or less as well

The National University of Health Sciences also found that test subjects experienced positive side effects after their massage including:

· Improved circulatory function (over 3% of test subjects)

· Improved respiratory function (over 3% of test subjects)

· Improved digestion (5.5% of test subjects)

· And nearly 10% of test subjects reported an improvement in mood and well-being

· Overall: 23% of test subjects experienced one or more positive changes unrelated to their primary health complaint before massage

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