Infinity IT-8500 vs. Osaki OS-7075R – Part 1 (Similarities)

Boy, have these two models become popular! Still not as popular, individually, as the Inada Sogno, but certainly giving the Sogno a run for the money. I get asked all the time what the difference is between the IT-8500 and the OS-7075R because of some similarties, principally in price and the mechanical foot roller feature. Well, here is my review of the two chairs, based on the literature and based on practical experience since we have both of them in our showroom.

Let’s start with the similarities and then move on to the differences (even among the similarities, there are some differences which I will explain): Continue reading “Infinity IT-8500 vs. Osaki OS-7075R – Part 1 (Similarities)”

News and Notes for Thanksgiving Week!

A wonderful week ahead as we get into the Thanksgiving holiday in the USA. I know my friends and family in Canada have already celebrated Thanksgiving in October, so consider this a late holiday greeting!

I am very grateful to all of our site visitors, our clients, and our YouTube viewers. You have made this such a fun industry for me to be a part of. I absolutely love being in the massage chair industry.

Lots of stuff to talk about today, most of which I will discuss later today in my biweekly Massage Chair Industry Update video, which you will able to see on our YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/massagechairrelief/ Continue reading “News and Notes for Thanksgiving Week!”

Some Massage Chair News (Inc. New Osaki Model!)

A couple of things have come across my desk this week that I thought you’d like to know about…

1. Osaki has introduced a new massage chair model, the OS-7075R. This chair is exactly like the OS-7000, except for two things: a.) the new 7075R will have mechanical foot rollers. Foot rollers seem to be all the rage right now, thanks in part to Infinite Therapeutics’ success with the IT-8200 and IT-8500, both of which have mechanical foot rollers; and b.) the motor that powers the roller system in the OS-7075R has more horsepower, thus giving the roller mechanism a little more kick and firmness. So, yes, that means the OS-7075R has a little stronger roller system than the OS-7000. When I say it is exactly alike except for those two things, I also mean it looks exactly like it as well.

2. A a result of the new OS-7075R, Osaki will be discontinuing the OS-7000 once existing stock and shipments have been exhausted (I’ve got a black floor model for sale now, I guess. Give me a call at 801-651-2026 if you are interested in it!).

3. The brown Osaki OS-7000 massage chair is back ordered for 18 days for the BROWN color only and the Osaki OS-3000 in BROWN is back-ordered for 8 weeks.

4. Infinite Therapeutics is working on releasing another new model before the Christmas shopping season. I don’t know much about it, but it will probably be a tweak to the current best-selling IT-8200 and IT-8500. I will let you know the moment I learn more.

5. Human Touch is back-ordered on the Espresso-colored HT-9500 until early November. Everything else is currently in stock.

Well, that’s about it for today. You can also check out my biweekly Massage Chair Industry Update video for 10/23/12 here for more of the latest and greatest.

JUST A WARNING: we are getting close to the busiest season for massage chairs. If you are thinking of getting a massage chair for Christmas, my strong recommendation would be to buy now when stock is really good for all companies. If you want until later in November, you may be having to settle on models and colors that may not be your first choice. Just a word to the wise!

Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com 

Remote Control Changes on IT-8500 (vs. IT-8200)

The new and very popular IT-8500 has a few upgrades from the IT-8200, which I spoke about in a previous blog post. There have also been some changes made to the remote control to make it a little more user friendly. Some of the terms on the IT-8200 remote were not very clear. Infinite Therapeutics has made an effort to make it a little more intuitive with the remote control of the IT-8500 massage chair.

Here are the improvements: Continue reading “Remote Control Changes on IT-8500 (vs. IT-8200)”

My Interview With Jim Coppins, VP of Infinite Therapeutics (Part 1)

I sat down, via Skype Video, with Jim Coppins, Vice-President of Infinite Therapeutics, in a 1/2 hour, 2-part interview to discuss the company, it’s product line, and the very popular IT-8200 and IT-8500 massage chair models. Here is Part 1 of that interview, along with the transcripts.

Transcript of Video Titled “Interview with Jim Coppins VP at Infinite Therapeutics (Part 1)” Continue reading “My Interview With Jim Coppins, VP of Infinite Therapeutics (Part 1)”

Infinity IT-8200 vs. Osaki OS-6000/7200H (Part I)

Two very similarly priced chairs, the IT-8200 and the Osaki OS-6000 (and 7200H) are fast becoming very popular chairs in the massage chair industry. Since the Osaki OS-6000 and the OS-7200H are exactly the same chair except for heat in the latter, I will refer to both of them as the OS-7200H, so that I don’t have to continually write both models down. Here is part 1 of a 2-part series on the two chairs…how they compare and contrast.

I thought I’d begin with the similarities of the two chairs in Part I (Part II will cover the differences): Continue reading “Infinity IT-8200 vs. Osaki OS-6000/7200H (Part I)”

Can Massage Chairs Replace Chiropractors?

Dr. Weidner,

1.) Is the roller massage feature pretty equivalent to the roller table some chiropractors use?

2.) I’ve read your literature so I’m very aware you support the benefits of massage chairs. Given you have a background in chiropractic, that definitely helps your credibility. You can look up how much does a chiropractor charge? Before going in to see someone. I hope this doesn’t come off the wrong way or anything, but do you honestly, confidently believe that massage chairs will help realign the spine? I’m not looking just to ease the pain, etc…I’m looking to actually fix a problem. I’m sure there are others worse off than me, but it’s enough so that I’ve tried every natural way I can think of to fix my back: inversion table, sleep number bed, massages, chiropractor, stretching and streneous excercise almost every day, a focus on correct posture at work, etc. Unfortunately, none of these have made much of a difference. I really do not want to opt for steroid injection or spinal surgery. I’m only 24 and am too active to already have this problem (hence why I’m almost positive it’s a direct result of a football injury 6-7 years ago). My chiropractor was never able to get me back in realignment (went for 1 year), and I’m fairly certain that was because my back muscles were too tight and had been holding my spinal alignment in such a way for so long that it was too difficult to loosen my muscles up while simultaneously getting everything back in line. Hence, if used every day to not only loosen my back muscles but also get everything realigned, I would think that over time massage chairs really could fix my problem.

Based off what I’ve read in addition to simple logic, it seems the Inada Sogno is kind of a no brainer to those with back problems (assuming one has the funds to afford it and seriously wants to do something about it). I understand you obviously can not say for certain without having met me/examined my back if this would actually fix my problem rather than simply ease the pain. I guess what it comes down to is that I would just like to know if you’ve noticed an actual difference in spinal alignment/posture/correct curvature, etc for those who have used this product. In other words, an actual, natural, medical solution.

I hope my questions do not come off as naive, ignorant, or offensive in any way. I’m already pretty excited about the possibilities of finally fixing my back problem in a natural way (really really really want to avoid surgery or injections)…I just don’t want to get my hopes up too much, especially considering I haven’t tried it out yet. I’m sure it will be an awesome experience, it just really helps having the opinion of a medical professional going into a large purchase such as this.

Thanks.

My Response

Great questions!!

The rollers are more sophisticated than those of the roller tables. I had two roller tables in my clinic and those rollers strictly went up and down the table without regard for spinal shape or form. The chairs scan your spine and cater the massage to your spinal shape. Much better, IMHO.

I honestly don’t think, nor do I have research to substantiate the idea, that massage chairs correct the spine. I assume correcting the spine means making literal changes in the curvatures of the spine. Most chiropractors, believe it or not, do not correct spines. There are some techniques in the profession that specifically are designed to change spinal alignment. Most chiros pretty much just manipulate the spinal bones, releasing locked up joints, which results in muscle relaxation and pain relief but have  no affect on the actual alignment.

I feel that some chairs, like the Inada Doctor’s Choice 3A massage chair (http://www.inada-3a-massage-chair.com) and now the IT-8500 by Infinite Therapeutics, use shoulder airbags to compress the front of the shoulders, pinning them back while the rollers go over the spine, thus enhancing better posture. But to say that the chairs actually realign the spine, I’m not so sure. I know that they relieve pain and do various and sundry other things, but realignment is not definitive.

I remember the first time I sat on a massage chair I actually felt like I was standing taller and straighter afterwards. Whether that feeling translates to spinal realignment or correction, I think it would be a stretch to say so.

Every person responds differently to a massage chair. You may notice a change in your pain presentation…but, on the other hand, it may not do much for your pain. A bit of a crap shoot I guess, as with all therapies. I know I lost a few patients once they purchased a massage chair because the chair was getting rid of the pain for which they were coming to see me!

Hope this helps in some way.

Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com

 

New IT-8500 Now Available!

I just received an email late yesterday from Infinite Therapeutics officially announcing their new IT-8500 massage chair. I mentioned it last week but now we have the official announcement. I will have this chair up on our site very soon. If you wish to order it in the meantime, just give me a call at 801-651-2026 and I will take care of it over the phone for you.

Last week when I mentioned the new features, I was not sure what the new features actually meant. Now, we have a written description of each of the new features. From the official email, here are the descriptions:

1. Spinal Correction –An advanced upper body airbag system allows for a firm shoulder retraction in conjunction with a lower extremity grip and stretch feature (this is what I figured it would be…similar to what Inada’s Doctor’s Choice 3A chair does). These operations are performed simultaneously as the main back roller massagers moves up and down the spine and the shiatsu swivel seat swings the hips from side to side. This advanced multi-functional system provides for an industry leading state of the art spinal correction.

2. Accu-Roll Shoulder Massage – Sensor driven targeted massage encompasses the entire shoulder region for the most comprehensive upper body massage available (still not clear if this is an airbag or a roller system).

3. Tru-Grip V Stretch – The advanced programming of the IT-8500 optimizes a full body grip enabling a spinal stretch that is unsurpassed in the industry (most of the new massage chairs incorporate arm, shoulder, foot, and calf airbags to grab the body while the chair back and ottoman raise and lower. It sounds like the IT-8500 will do that too).

4. Inter-sound Technology –Soft intimate music designed for the pleasure of the user. A redesigned sound system delivers high quality sound inward and exclusively for the benefit of the user. Inter-sound creates the optimal setting for relaxation and stress reduction (the IT-8200 delivers sound outward away from the head of the user. Seems like this new system will have speakers pointed inward toward the user. Still not sure if there is anything more to this than any other massage chair music system).

5. Headphone Port – Taking Inter-sound to the next level the Infinity IT-8500 offers the luxury of “your world” total privacy. Plug in your favorite headphones and with the rest of the real world noise eliminated enjoy “your world of relaxation” (kinda nice if you want to keep the music to yourself and not disturb those around you).

I’ll share more as I learn more. We will have more images up when the chair is posted on the site.

Dr. Alan Weidner
www.massage-chair-relief.com 

New Infinite Therapeutics IT-8500 Model Coming Soon!

I just received notice yesterday of a new model coming from the Infinite Therapeutics folks. It will be called the Infinity IT-8500 and looks to be an upgraded version of the IT-82oo. The IT-8200 has been a very popular model in the short time it’s been on the market. I suspect that this new model will capitalize on the popularity of it’s predecessor. Continue reading “New Infinite Therapeutics IT-8500 Model Coming Soon!”