As a practicing chiropractor I had always been very sensitive to colleagues in the chiropractic profession proclaiming that they could cure various and sundry physical ailments. To be honest, it made me very nervous. I'm not denying that a chiropractor's anecdotal experience with a patient didn't really happen. I'm just saying that what worked for one patient and one practitioner may not work for all the others.
For example, by definition chiropractic is not a cure for ear aches, but I saw a few times in my own practice when a chiropractic adjustment/manipulation helped relieve an ear ache in a child. That does not mean it will do that for every child nor does it mean that it is a cure for that ailment. But for that incident and that patient it worked.
I find the same sort of things happening with massage chairs. I have had headaches sufferers tell me that their headaches went away after sitting for just a few minutes in a massage chair. I have heard from more than one diabetic tell me that numbness in their leg(s) had subsided after using our massage chairs. This does not mean that massage chairs are a cure for diabetic neuropathy or headaches. It obviously helped someone so it can't be altogether discredited.
The reason I am preambling this article with these thoughts is because I recently had a new review left on my website by a customer who bought an Infinity IT-8500 massage chair from me a few years back. He bought the chair originally for his wife's headaches, but it eventually helped much more than that.
My review is not for a recent purchase, but for years of experience with a chair that has prompted me to share some feelings that have stemmed from using a massage chair. Four years ago after an exhaustive internet search for a massage chair I stumbled across Dr. Alan Weidner - the experience then turned from me trying to buy a massage chair and sales people trying to sell me one to Dr. Weidner trying to match me with the best piece of equipment that would match my needs. It wasn’t about this chair or that chair it was about what I was looking for and how to match that need. In the end I purchased an infinity 8500 chair - I purchased it as a gift for my wife who uses it for relaxing and when she feels the onset of a headache.
However, I didn’t realize when I purchased the massage chair for my wife what it would do for myself. I have struggled with restless leg syndrome (RLS) - on a daily basis for years. When I sit in the massage chair at night before going to sleep the airbags on my legs and rollers on my feet allow me to go to sleep. Sometimes I still feel the (RLS) when I am in the chair, but I don’t have to keep myself tense - if you have (RLS) you know what I mean. This chair has changed my life in my ability to get to sleep at night. I love the Infinity 8500 chair, but honestly I think any of the higher quality chairs with the airbags and feet rollers would provide me with the relief I get for (RLS) as well as the relaxation and comforts your seeking for in a massage chair.
I appreciate Dr. Weidner’s knowledge and desire to match a persons needs with a chair that will accommodate them. About myself - I am a very active person, physically fit, for years I have run 6-7 miles a day 6 days a week. I pride myself on being self sustaining, but the massage chair is something I don’t want to live without. I love to vacation and travel and the only thing I miss when I am away from home is the massage chair at night when I am going to sleep.
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a condition characterized by an insatiable desire to move one's legs, typically in the evening. It is more obvious when a person is sitting or lying down, gets worse with age, and can interfere with sleep. From the testimonial above it would appear that Tracy has had this issue diagnosed and that "treatment" has not been successful. I find it fascinating that the massage chair helped him out. This is not the first time I've heard this, by the way. Other customers have related similar experiences to me.
Going back to my earlier preamble, does this make massage chairs a cure for RLS? No, but if it helps someone deal with their condition, that experience should not and cannot be discounted. Pretty cool stuff, though, eh?
If you've had any similar experiences with your massage chair, please feel free to add them to our comments section below. I'd love to hear about it.
Dr. Alan Weidner
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