Mail Bag – Scoliosis; Health Insurance; IT-8500 vs DreamWave

December 10, 2014
 By Dr. Alan Weidner
December 10, 2014
 By Dr. Alan Weidner

Mail Bag – Scoliosis; Health Insurance; IT-8500 vs DreamWave


Can you recommend a massage chair or chairs that are best for my severe scoliosis (74% the larger curve).

Thank you, Dennis


Hi, Dennis
Thank you so much for your email. You certainly have a significant scoliosis and most chairs will address the thoracic musculature quite well. I would suggest sitting in a massage chair at a local store to make sure that it does not irritate your scoliosis. My only concern is that with a large Cobb angle the rollers might hit your vertabrae as well as your musculature. If that is the case, you might have some discomfort from the roller system. Let me know if you try, or have tried, one out and how the chair affected your back.


I was wondering if these massage chair can be wrote as a prescription, through blue cross/blue shield.


Hi, Eloise
Thanks for your email. I can answer your question in two parts: 1.) Yes, chairs can be written as a prescription by a doctor. I have seen this many time for tax and health savings plan reimbursement and coverage, and 2.) I have not seen a regular health insurance policy reimburse or pay for a massage chair. You would have to contact your insurance administrator to find out if they would cover the chair. This goes for HSA and FSA plans as well. Always contact the admin of your plan to find out for sure if you would have coverage or reimbursement.


Dear Dr. Weidner,

I’ve been wanting a massage chair for a long time. I LOVE Inada but I’m not sure I want to spend $8k on it with other chairs that “look” similar for around $5k.

I have a deteriorating disk in my neck (not too bad yet) and go to a chiropractor on and off. I usually get a ½ hour back and neck massage. Lately I’ve been having pretty bad neck pain. I want a massage chair that can do deep tissue massage on my upper back and neck – especially the neck.

8-Things-You-Absolutely-Must-Know-Before-You-Even-Consider-Investing-In-A-High-Quality,-Robotic-Massage-Chair-(3d-folder)I’ve been scouring the internet looking at chairs and am quite confused as to which one to purchase. I want to make sure I get a good one that does what I want it to do. I’ve tested the DreamWave at relax your back and like it…

One that does stretching and has foot rollers would be a plus.

I’m reading your “8 Things you Need to Know Before Buying…” and comparing models, but actually talking to someone would be very beneficial J

Thank you for any information you can provide me in helping me make a purchasing decision,



Hi, Jed
Thanks so much for your email and great questions. Yes, there are a lot of chairs to pick from, but one came to mind as you described your situation. The Infinity IT-8500 sounds like a perfect match for you. It is a Sogno DreamWave lookalike, but is a very different chair than Inada’s. It has a great and quite vigorous neck massage which I think you will love. It also has foot rollers, zero gravity, and a great stretch program, ala the Inada DreamWave.

It also has a feature called “seat swivel” which is an imitation of the Dreamwave feature of the Sogno DreamWave. Not as sophisticated but does the trick.

Best of all, as a Chinese-made chair, it’s cost is considerably less than a DreamWave…only $3995. It is one of our top sellers (DreamWave is #1, by the way).

Other chairs, like the Osaki OS-3D Pro Cyber and OS-3D Pro Dreamer are comparables to the IT-8500, but I feel the neck massage, foot rollers, and stretch programs are superior in the IT-8500. The only thing those others have that the IT-8500 doesn’t have is the 3D roller technology, which allows you to increase or decrease the intensity of the roller massage, by moving the rollers forward and back. But the IT-8500 has a very intense and vigorous default massage.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions or if you need assistance with your order. I am always at your disposal.

Dr. Alan Weidner

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