When you think of massage chairs, what comes to mind? Maybe you’ve tried one and know they can give awesome back massages. But did you know that massage chairs can also ease your aching legs?
Our legs do a lot of work throughout the day. Many of us have jobs where we’re on our feet for several hours. Then there are errands, housework, running after kids. It’s no wonder they sometimes throb at the end of the day!
Let’s take a look at common leg conditions many Americans are dealing with now. Then we’ll look at how a massage chair with leg massage could make the difference.
Common Causes of Leg Pain
There are many causes of leg pain. If you have a specific, ongoing concern then it’s best to discuss this with your doctor. But a lot of leg pain can be traced back to overuse, wear and tear, and old injuries.
Overuse and Old Injuries
Massage is great for relieving pain in tired legs. It helps to increase the blood flow to the legs. It also helps to remove waste products.
If you’ve got old injuries, massage can help the body to break down scar tissue and aid in recovery. It lets water in which aids in healing. Electronic massagers like those used in massage chairs for the legs can help to desensitize nerves and relieve pain.
Cramps and Restless Legs
Do you suffer from leg cramps, especially at night? Along with drinking more water and getting more rest, stretching and massaging the muscles can help. Especially if you’re prone to cramps, it’s good to massage the muscles for several days after to prevent cramps from recurring.
Restless legs are another nighttime burden for many. When a person has this condition, they feel an overwhelming urge to move their legs, making sleep difficult. Research indicates that regular massage can help.
How Massage Chairs Can Help
Here’s how massage chairs work – the S track works from the neck down to the lumbar region. A massage chair with leg massage should include an L track.
The L track extends down your legs and works the glutes and hamstrings. The best leg massage chair combines these two. This is sometimes called an SL track, along with additional leg massaging features.
Air compression massagers surround the legs. Air pressure in small airbags is increased or decreased to massage the legs. This can be used in combination with massage rollers.
More and more chairs on the market offer a range of massage features for the legs. This is great because to treat some conditions such as tired legs gentle, regular stimulation is best.
Rolling and Kneading
Rolling and kneading functions provide a deep tissue massage. This is best for pain relief, and for treating conditions such as cramping and restless legs.
Massage chairs allow you to experience something you never could otherwise – a personalized massage every day. This will keep you in optimal health, and keep leg pain under control. There’s no substitute for the blood flow stimulation and muscle stretching of regular massage.
The Best Massage Chair for the Legs
The best massage chairs on the market give a combination of gentle and vigorous massage. They combine additional features such as heat and shiatsu programs to pinpoint problem areas and work them out.
OHCO M.8 Luxury Massage Chair
The OHCO M.8 luxury massage chair features calf compression and kneading. It also mimics a shiatsu massage, which uses finger pressure to energy points in the legs. It helps stimulate the body’s self-healing processes.
The improved blood flow and rejuvenating power of shiatsu massage are great for relieving pain. It also treats all of the conditions mentioned above. Not to mention the Maxtrack roller system, which provides a seamless massage down to your hamstrings.
Positive Posture Brio+
Tired legs and bodies will thank you for purchasing a Positive Posture Brio+ for its full body air massage function alone! It also intelligently scans your body and adjusts to your dimensions. It then delivers a precision massage exactly where it’s needed.
Another great feature for soothing tired legs and getting deep into the muscle is the infrared heat. This focuses on the lower body, from the lower back all the way to the feet. It’s excellent for relieving pain and improving the range of motion in the lower body.
The Panasonic MAJ7 massage chair comes with a premium price tag, but it’s the closest thing to having a human work on you available on the market. Its lower core massage – working from the hips down to the upper hamstrings is perfect for anyone nursing old sports injuries.
The compression massage system uses 37 air cells. They compress and release around tired legs to mimic the motion of a real masseur precisely. A feature we love for those looking for tired leg relief is the Swedish massage option.
Swedish massage focus on relaxation and improving circulation and blood oxygen levels. This is exactly what your tired, achy legs need. It also has the bonus of a range of sole massages, to complete the whole body experience.
OHCO M.DX Massage Chair
A final word for a standout feature for tired legs and bodies in general. The OHCO M.DX features the Maxtrack full-body stretch. Whether your calves are tight post-workout or after a day on your fee, this gets your whole body stretched out and supple again.
It combines this with Theraelliptical calf kneading – perfect for targeting deep muscle tissue for relief from cramps and to break down scar tissue.
Finding the Best Massage Chair with Leg Massage for You
We hope we’ve convinced you that massage chairs are about way more than backs or shoulders. It doesn’t matter if you need relaxing sweeping strokes and compression, or vigorous, deep tissue kneading. A massage chair with leg massage is the way to go to soothe your tired, aching legs.
At Furniture for Life, we want to educate people so that they get the right furniture for their needs. It’s about more than just looking great – furniture should help you feel great too.
Check out our learning center today for more articles on how massage chairs can help you manage a range of painful conditions.