Great Questions From A Massage Chair Shopper!

I received an email from Joe in the Netherlands. Though he is not buying a chair from me, he felt comfortable contacting me with some questions about the Panasonic 30007 massage chair and Sanyo 7700 massage chair. I thought this would assist all my readers to share his email and my response with you:

The Questions:

Hi Dr. Weidner,

Since I live in the Netherlands, I’m not likely to be able to purchase a chair from you. However, I hope you might be willing to answer a couple of questions I have concerning the purchase of a chair.
First, I am considering either the Sanyo 8700 or the Panasonic EP30007, the top models of each brand.

Is the Sensor system in the Sanyo reliable? Worth the extra cost?

Are the hip massage and outer shoulder massage airbags features of the Panasonic effective?

Does one really use these machines daily, or do they become a once-a-week or once-in-a-while accessory?

Are there people for whom these machines are not helpful? How could I tell based on one trial in a showroom? In other words, what are the most important signals when trying one out that would indicate I should or should not consider regular use of such a machine?

I would appreciate any time you could spare to help me with answers to the above. I find it a confusing market and a confusing choice.

I look forward to hearing from you, and I remain

Most sincerely yours,
Joe L.
Netherlands

The  Answers:

Hi, Joe
Thanks for your email. I appreciate your inquiry. It is so hard to evaluate the sensor system in the Sanyo because the technology and application is something that none of us fully understand. The chair remote just puts up red circles around the blue dots that represent your body parts. The red circles mean “problem area”. When we used to take the Sanyo to trade shows and people would use the sensors, many times the client would say “That is exactly where I am hurting!” when they saw the red circles on the remote after their spine was scanned. Is it worth the extra cost?…probably not.

The outer shoulder airbag of the Panasonic 30007 massage chair is a waste of airbag in my opinion. If anything the airbags should push the shoulders back, not forward (check out the Doctor’s Choice 3A chair by Inada www.inada-3a-massage-chair.

com…that is how it really should work, not from the back like with the Panasonic chairs).

The hip massage airbags in the Panasonic 30007 are not really designed to massage your hips…they are more for “pinning” your hips to the chair so that when the rollers go over your back, they get some traction while rolling because the hip airbags pin you in so that your body doesn’t move forward too much when the rollers go over the spine. I hope that makes sense (harder to describe in writing than in person!).

Yes, you can and WILL use it everyday. Massage chairs are fantastic…not like a treadmill, where you buy it and use it for a few days and then it becomes a clothing rack. The only person who won’t want a massage chair is someone who is hurt by massage. Most folks are a little sore when using a massage chair for the first time, but if pain persists or if there is a history of pain following massage, it might not be the best idea. But, I can say with absolute certainty that 99% of the folks who use a massage chair love them, even if there is a little pain the first few sessions.

I hope this helps, Joe. Feel free to contact me with any other inquiries. Best of luck in your massage chair shopping experience!

Dr. Alan Weidner