How A Massage Chair Can Help You Manage Chronic Pain

A woman with back pain and a man with neck pain.

by Sleep First 2 min read

Back pain that’s unbearable after a long day at work? Sore muscles after the gym? An aching back from spending all day on your feet? Being in pain is, well, a pain! But unfortunately, chronic pain is a reality for so many of us. In fact, a study done by the CDC found that over 20% of adults in the United States experience some form of chronic pain. Ow!

Thankfully, massage chairs can help. One way they help is by calming down the body. Pain is caused by inflammation, which is worsened by both physiological and psychological stress. Massage chairs help ease both physical and mental stress, which calms down the body and ultimately leads to reduced inflammation, which means less pain. 

Another way they work is by soothing overactive pain receptors. Basically, muscles, bones, and other soft tissues that have been working overtime caused pain receptors to fire up. These receptors then send a signal to the brain, indicating that there is a pain in the back region. Massage can provide great relief to these structures in the back, which will eliminate the need for the pain receptors to communicate with the brain, leading to a decrease in back pain.

Finally, massage chairs increase endorphin levels. Endorphins are the "feel good" chemicals your body produces that (unsurprisingly) make you feel good. In addition to boosting mood, higher endorphin levels are correlated with reduced pain levels. Increased happiness and decreased pain? Yes please!

At Sleep First, we want to help you find everything you need for your optimal sleep and relaxation for the best value possible. If you're interested in getting your own massage chair, or if you’d like to learn more about the benefits of using massage chairs, don't hesitate to visit one of our locations or even chat online with one of our massage chair experts. Questions? Click the chat icon in the bottom corner of your screen-- we're here for you!

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