Benefits of Massage Chair for the Elderly

benefits of massage chair

Massage chairs can be used to have a massage, reflexology, and shiatsu and improve blood circulation to treat back pain, joint pain, especially when weather usually changes daily or seasonally which cause pain, numbness, and fatigue for the joints.

Massage chairs for the elderly are designed to suit every shape. Using automatically smart rollers detects the acupuncture points and combines with massage movements such as pinching, vibrations and kneading. Deep massage in the area of ​​ pain such as neck shoulder aches, back pain due to osteoarthritis, pain in the heel and so on.

How to select a massage chair for the elderly? Because the body of the elderly has weak bone structure, so they should choose the type of massage chairs with gentle massage. Moreover, it is important to detect precise acupuncture points with high accuracy. Massage chairs’ quality must be good to avoid the risks in the process of massage. I will go in detail on the features and how to treat osteoarthritis pain for the elderly.

benefits of massage chair

  1. Treatment neck and shoulder pain

Treatment of neck pain: Massage chairs have pressing, punching and rubbing rollers to massage gently around the neck region which helps to feel relaxed and soothe the pain. At the same time, the neck is heated up to melt the pain and fatigue and improve blood circulation in neck.

Treatment of shoulders pain: Massage chair airbag delivering pressurized air to small pouches located in the shoulder of the massage chair. Shoulders are relaxed. The tissues are soft and two arms are relieved. It helps improve blood circulation and reduce pain.

  • Melt aches or pains in the muscles and bones in the neck, shoulder, back, waist, hips, thighs, legs and feet.
  • Two functions: massage each area, and massage concentration in one location
  • Airbag massage for neck, back, hips, calves, feet
  • Adjust the angle of the chair.
  • Adjust the intensity during massage
  • Some massage chairs for the elderly has stretch function for ankles and lumbar massage.
  1. Treatment of back pain due to osteoarthritis, low back pain.

As we become older, back pain often occur. As a result, they feel uneasy, uncomfortable inside. Also, the constant pain each day makes elderly feel insecure, lack of appetite, difficult to sleep and wipes the smile of their face.

Massage chair was designed to support, treat, and minimize back pain, relieve anxiety for the elderly with functions such as:

  • The hip of seat vibrates gently to minimize lower back pain.
  • Optical sensors help find exactly the important acupuncture points.
  • 3D Roller massages along the back and offers customization on height as well as the width of the rollers.
  • Stretching gently enough is suitable for weak body of the elderly. So, they feel lumbar spine is stretched to minimize discomfort of constant pain, especially spinal degeneration in the elderly.
  1. Treatment of foot and heel pain in the elderly:

At the age of 60, Foot pain and foot disorders are common complaints among older people. Painful discomfort, especially when standing up, has affected the movement in the elderly.

Massage chairs have focused on reflexology soles, able to detect the exact acupuncture points:

  • The pros of the massage rollers are to detect exact acupuncture points and combine with airbags to massage and knead the soles of the foot. The foot pain of the elderly would have dropped significantly and the soreness will disappear.
  • The exercises stretch and massage the calf, soles of the feet gently which make the legs gently and comfortably.


Some useful ways to relief you Pain

The treatments for pain relief are applied depending on the different causes. From the physical approach like electrotherapy to psychological approach like hypnosis, if one method is not effective, then other methods will be used instead. However, for the chronic pain relief, no single technique can ensure reduce pain completely. Now, they often have to combine techniques together in treatments.

1. Physical approach


TENS unitPhysical therapy helps reduce pain by using special techniques do improve movement and function decline by injuries and disabilities. Along with the use of relaxation techniques and pain, physiotherapy doctor may use TENS for treatment line.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a kind of electrotherapy which uses electric currents to stimulate nerves to reduce pain. In this therapy, pulsed currents with low frequency are moved through electrodes placed to the skin where the pain appears. Currents from the electrodes stimulate nerves at the affected areas and transfer signal to the brain and disputes pain signals, allow reducing pain in short-term.

Electrotherapy relieves pain by blocking the pain signals from coming to the brain. Electrotherapy also promotes the body to produce chemicals called “endorphins” (endogenous morphine) which has pain relieving effects. Electrotherapy may be used to treat many chronic pains and acute pains such as back pain, muscle pain, headache and migraine headache, arthritis. Electrotherapy has effect in controlling the pain temporarily, so it usually is used as a part of a program of pain relief.



Acupuncture is a therapy which put a needle into special points called acupuncture points under your skin to reduce pain. There are many acupuncture points around the nerves. When stimulated, these nerves cause a pungent feeling in the muscle. Stimulated muscles send a signal to the central-nervous-system (brain and spinal cord), which helps release endorphins to block the pain signals from sending to the brain.

Acupuncture may be useful as a treatment method for many diseases which relate to the pain, including headache, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis (especially of the knee)…etc… Acupuncture also can be accepted as a part of a comprehensive pain treatment.

2. Psychological approach

Psychological treatment

When you hurt, you may feel angry, sad or disappointed. Pain can cause changes about personality, sleeplessness, affect to your work and your relationships. Depression, sleeplessness, and stress all can make the pain worse. The psychological treatment method is considered as a safe, non-drug treatment method which can directly treat the pain by reducing the stress level. Most psychological treatment for pain is used in education to help patients get the skills to manage difficult problems.

Psychological treatment



The imagination can be an important technique in pain control. Treatment by hypnosis or self-hypnosis can help you prevent or change the pain through refocusing technique. A self-hypnosis strategy, called glove anesthesia, include taking yourself into a hypnotic state, put one hand on the sore, imagine that the hand is relaxed, heavy, and numb, and imagine these feelings to be placed on the skin where are affected by pain.

Other techniques such as yoga or dhyana have been shown that the reducing stress can relate to the pain relief. Practicing Yoga gently is particularly good for improving muscles without getting extra stress on the body.

 Practicing Yoga

3. Other options: Pain Clinics

Many people with chronic pain can have some measures to control pain by trying to use above therapies. For some people, the using any treatment method is not a problem, they are still persecuted by the pain to the point of depression. For them, the pain clinics – the healthcare centers for dealing with intractable pain may be the answer.

Pain clinics often use a comprehensive approach, involving physicians, psychologists, and physiotherapists. Patients play a positive role in their treatment with the goal is not only to relieve pain but also to advise patients some knowledge concerning to the pain.

Different researches have shown that improve 50% of the effect in pain relief for patients after treatment in the pain clinic, and almost people learn how to deal with pain better and can continue to function normally.