Low Back Pain and Massage Chairs (Video)

June 19, 2018
 By Allison Bricker
June 19, 2018
 By Allison Bricker

Low Back Pain and Massage Chairs (Video)

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OS-Pro SummitAlan: Hi, I’m Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘Massage-Chair-Relief.com‘ and today I want to talk a little bit about how massage chairs can help with low back pain. Now, a lot of people get massage chairs for low back pain, and there are typically two sets of muscles that are affected by rollers that go down the back.

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Alan: And of course, as you know, a massage chair has rollers that go down the back of your spine, and hit all the vertebral segments of your back, from your neck down to your low back, and now, with the L-tracks, underneath the butt. And we talk about sciatica, and some of that lower spinal issues, on another video about sciatica, but as far as the low back goes, there’s two sets of muscles we want to be concerned about. Number one are the paraspinals, those are the muscles that go down the side of the spine, on both sides. All the way up and down the spine, you got these muscles that facilitate movement, and posture, and holding your body in position relative to gravity. Those muscles can get awfully tight, and some people, and maybe this is you, the muscles are so tight that it feels like tight guitar strings when you have a massage therapist, or your spouse, or partner try to rub their fingers over those muscles. It feels like rubber, hard rubber bands, and they’re very, very tight, and you can probably feel that, just, if you have low back pain and these muscles are affected, you can feel them just being tight when you’re standing for too long, or even when you’re sitting for too long, in some cases. That’s one set of muscles.

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Alan: The other set of muscles that are typically affected by the massage chairs are what we call the quadratus lumborum muscles, and they’re called quadratus lumborum because they come off four of the vertebra in the low back, and they go out at a diagonal angle down to the top of the hips. So, they go from here, from the lumbar spine, across, to the top of the hips, and those muscles facilitate rotation, and some lateral movement as well. You know, bending from side to side, and those muscles can be awfully tight as well, and sometimes you can poke right on top of that hip bone – or someone will poke on it and you’ll feel like you want to jump off the table – well, if you’re at a massage therapist or a chiropractic office. So, those muscles can be benefited quite a bit from the rollers of a massage chair. Now, if your pain is the result of problems with those muscles, like muscle spasm, or scar tissue in those areas – and if you’ve had surgery or trauma there – you’ll have scar tissue as well, the rollers from a massage chair will do wonders for you. There’s even some chairs that have airbags on the waist portion, and they will rotate you from side to side, and that will also help those muscles relax a bit, and especially if you’re leaning back in a zero gravity or a reclined position. But I will also mention though, that if you have other things that are causing you pain in your low back, like let’s say for example, you have a disc herniation, or a severe nerve impingement, or if you have a cancer, or some other kind of cyst, or growth, those things are probably not going to be helped by massage chairs directly.

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Alan: The massage chair will help muscle spasm and muscle scar tissue, secondary to those problems, like for example, if you have a herniated disc, the rollers may not help the discs too much, even though it may induce motion in to the vertebral segments in between which the discs are located, but it won’t, it probably won’t do a whole lot for that. Or if you have like some degenerative arthritis in the back, it may help a little bit with the motion, but all those problems we just mentioned, typically will have muscular side effects. So, if your disc is herniated, and that disc is hot, as we call it in the medical profession, or the chiropractic profession, if that disc is hot, muscles around it will start to seize up and spasm to protect the area. Well, that’s a muscle spasm, and over time, a chronic muscle spasm will result in scar tissue, and chronic inflamed tissue, and rollers will help with that, it’ll help relax it. So, it’s kind of multifactorial when it comes to the low back, but the bottom line is, the rollers will help muscle problems. That is pretty sure. You can be pretty sure about that. It may not deal with the source of the muscle spasm, like the discs, or severe degenerative arthritis, but it will help induce motion in that low back. It’ll help relax the musculature, it’ll break up some scar tissue and some spasm, massage chairs are fantastic for it.

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Alan: And one other little note I just might mention about the low back, some, OK, some of us have low back curves that are really pronounced, really like maybe your butt sticks out, and your belly sticks out this way, and your butt’s out this way, and you’ve got a really strong curve forward, some chairs, the rollers will not reach far enough to really dig in to those muscles. There’s other people who have a very flat low back, maybe like the butt is more tucked in, the hamstrings are tighter, pulling on the pelvis, your abs are maybe in a little better shape, a little tighter, so the back is flatter, rollers will then be able to hit those muscles fairly easily. That’s why sitting on a chair is so important. If you sit in a chair, and you feel like those rollers are hardly hitting your back, the low back, you’re hardly feeling those rollers hitting, either the depth of those rollers is not enough for your spine, or you have a really forced, a real hyperlordotic curve in the low back, and those rollers just can’t reach. And so, sitting on a chair is really helpful in figuring out if that particular model’s going to be able to have rollers that will hit that particular area of those muscles in your low back.

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Alan: So, anyway, I hope this helped, and I hope you found it, I hope it was understandable. If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 888-259-5380, and I’d be happy to answer any questions for you. Of course, you can reach out through any of our social media platforms, or our chat feature on our website, or email, or whatnot, and we’d be happy to answer any questions you might have. If you found this video helpful, please feel free to thumbs up ‘Like’ us on our YouTube channel, and of course, help us spread the word about massage chairs by sharing this video on your social media platforms, whether it’s LinkedIn, or Google Plus, or Facebook, or Twitter, Instagram. We appreciate you helping us spread the word. I’m Dr. Alan Weidner from ‘Massage-Chair-Relief.com,’ and I will see you again on the next video. Bye bye.

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