Best Massage Chairs for Neck and Shoulders
There are many reasons for back and neck pain. Your neck and shoulders contain muscle, bones, nerves, arteries, ligaments and veins. Pain in this area can be debilitating; a cause of constant discomfort that interrupts your focus on every day simple tasks. Having a masseuse that visits you daily to help get the kinks out is a luxury that can grow to be quite costly. Another very good option is to consider owning a massage chair which requires an initial investment up front, but will reap long-term benefits to your health and well-being not to mention afford you the convenience of a deep tissue massage inside your home whenever you want one. We offer several different massage chairs in different price ranges that are well-suited to target this important area.
What is the difference between an S-Track and L-Track Massage Chair?
Most massage chairs are equipped with an S-Track roller that begins at your neck, follows the curvature of your spine, and stops near the top of the glutes. This design was made to get an optimal massage of the two forward curves of the spine, the neck and low back. The rollers range from 26-32” long.
L-Track Massage Rollers are relatively new to the market, having been introduced about 5 years ago. Simply put, they are an extended roller track. They typically begin just below the neck, follow the curvature of the spine just as an S-Track, then it extends around the gluteal muscles and hamstrings. These rollers range from 42-50” long.
What is the difference between 2D, 3D, and 4D Rollers?
As you might imagine, 2D rollers are the most basic of the three, in which the rollers move back, forth, up and down. The rollers remain on a flat plane, and intensity cannot be adjusted. That being said, many 2D massage chairs do still deliver a very good massage.
With 3D rollers, the depth can be adjusted forward or backward to increase or decrease the intensity of the massage. The 3D Roller Technology found in premium massage chairs provides outstanding deep tissue massage to the lower back and neck areas.
4D rollers give you more control over the depth and rhythm of massage, with more strength adjustments and the ability to adjust roller speed. This technology was developed to closely mimic the best massage therapists as thousands were studied in order to create the full function of the Japanese 4D chairs.
With this in mind, what exactly are the best features for those with neck and shoulder pain?
We recommend chairs that are S or L-Track, and a minimum of 3D Rollers. Some of our favorites are listed below.
Best Massage Chairs for Neck and Shoulders
This award-winning chair is the first and only medical massage chair to be developed and assembled in the U.S.A. Its impressive list of features includes: 3D Rollers, Zero Gravity Technology, 32” S-Track, optional heart and blood pressure monitoring, 100 aircell compression system, Triple Layer Foot/Calf Massage with Rollers, and an “ultra-clean” MP3 player with a smart touchscreen remote and quality compact speakers. With all that, this chair is not only perfect for neck and shoulder pain, it is the perfect all-around chair for your whole body from your neck to your feet! We have personally tested this chair out many times and feel that it delivers the deepest upper shoulder massage available today.
Brand new to the Osaki lineup is the OS-PRO EKON, and with its sleek design and impressive list of features, this has quickly become a staff favorite! Some of the standout components of this chair include 3D rollers, a 52" SL-Track, Lumbar Heat, Space Saving design, Zero Gravity technology, Bluetooth, and USB. It has a unique body scan that is very thorough. The moment you sit down, the scientifically engineered system begins to scan your body in order to accurately measure your shoulder width and height, the length of your spine and all of your reflexology points in order to provide you with the most customized massage possible. With this chair, the very essence of tranquility awaits you. Your neck and shoulders will be forever grateful!
The Infinity Presidential Massage Chair has quickly become Infinity's new flagship massage chair. By incorporating many of the Zen Master and Tai Chi massage techniques, this chair has revolutionized the industry. With a 49" 3D L-Track which boasts heated rollers (L-Track and Foot), the Presidential delivers a very therapeutic deep tissue massage sure to please. The rollers follow the curvature of your spine, round the glutes and massage to the top of your hamstrings. The Presidential also features a 2-Stage Zero Gravity position which many physicians deem to be the healthiest way to sit, Bluetooth and music integration plus a seamless integration with your android or iphone. If you are confined with regards to space, the Presidential is for you as it is a Space Saver Massage Chair and only requires a few inches of placement from the wall. The Presidential is suitable for people 5'0" - 6'0" tall and up to 285 pounds.
The KIWAMI 4D-970 Massage Chair is made and designed in Japan with the pure focus being to provide the best therapeutic massage possible. The Kiwami 4D-970 Massage Chair features one of the most thorough and sophisticated roller systems available today. The advanced 2 ball massage head system moves along the x, y and z plane (left and right; up and down; in and out) as well as allowing you to control the speed of the rollers. Japanese engineers collaborated directly with many massage therapists in order to completely perfect this technology. This chair perfectly mimics the time-tested traditions of Japanese massage therapists--slowing down, accelerating and even pausing at just the right time to maximize healing. This is the most life-like chair available from the Titan-Osaki-Apex family of brands. The Kiwami 4D-970 also is equipped with next-generation Air Magic technology, extended heat therapy to the back and foot region, automatic leg extension to bed position and acupoint foot notes with a touch screen remote. This chair is suitable for people up to 6'3" tall and 250 lbs.
The Infinity IT-8500 massage chair delivers one of the best shoulder and neck massages available today. Equipped with the ultimate customizable & targeted massage experience, music, lumbar heat, body scan sensors, state of the art foot rollers and spinal correction & decompression, this chair is sure to please (and meet your every need). The Infinity IT-8500 is suitable for people 5'1" - 6'4" tall.
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