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Hip pain is generally used to describe discomfort felt in or around the hip joint, which can mean there is an issue with the hip joint itself or the muscles, ligaments, or soft tissues around the joint. It’s a complicated region that consists of more than 20 muscles, where the location of the pain can provide insight as to the underlying issues.
Movement at the hip is due to the use of the muscles and tendons that help keep the joint in place while supporting body weight. In addition to this, the joint relies on cartilage to help prevent friction. The cartilage will wear down and become damaged with aging and more usage, resulting in hip joint pain due to it becoming weakened. There are some common causes for hip pain such as arthritis, fractures, hernia, or pinched nerves.
Hip pain can refer to different areas around the hip. However, in general, a massage chair can help those areas of impact as long as the pain is due to something muscular. It won’t be healing arthritis or a trauma, but it can help with all the muscles associated with the area. Some massage chairs have hip airbags designed to inflate and put a compression force on the hip joint. This hits the iliotibial bands on the side of the leg, and are meant to mimic a person compressing that area. Another feature that a massage chair can help hip pain is with the rollers on SL-tracks or L-tracks. The rollers on these tracks can reach the glutes and buttocks on the user, allowing the rollers to massage the muscles associated with upper buttocks pain or tailbone pain. These will dig down and help with the buttock and hip muscles.
In addition to this, some few chairs also feature an extra set of airbags in the seat that will inflate and lift up one side of the hip, and then the other side. This is another level of compression to dig into your hip muscles, where these airbags act like another compression spot on the back side of your hip. These all compress and work out knots in tight muscles, which promotes blood flow and circulation and recovery through the nutrients that the blood brings to the muscle tissue.