Introduction to the General Purpose Massager, by Dr Graeme

Before we started building our massagers the manufacturers of hand held massagers for the public were mainly concerned about how they looked on shop shelves.  These massagers were given as gifts, used a few times, then put in a cupboard. Professionals found them to be ineffective, and did not recommend or support their usage.  This is not our opinion.  It is the findings of a UK university study published in a respected scientific journal.

As a practitioner I decided to build something that was powerful, easy to use, affordable and did a fantastic job. We started with the Deep Tissue Massager which was a purpose built machine to do trigger points and other deep focused massage. We then built our more powerful General Purpose Massager which incorporated all the deep tissue ability of the Deep Tissue Massager, but was a lot more versatile, easier to use and suitable for other types of massage as well.

You can read below about powerful motors, ergonomic designs, strong hammer mechanisms and all the other things that make it so effective and easy to use.  However, I use one myself in practice, as do the professionals in most of the clinics listed in our find a clinic section. They work!!! and are built to provide practically unlimited quality massage in the comfort of your own home.  I’d thoroughly recommend though that you looked at our instruction manual and collection of research based guides and see the benefits you, your family and friends could be getting.

Reference

McDonagh D. et al Good vibrations: Do electric therapeutic massagers work? Ergonomics Vol. 48, Iss. 6  2005



What have we improved upgrading the Deep Tissue Massager to the General Purpose Massager?

  • The key is the motor upgrade. They modified the 18w @ 2800 motor by putting in high quality bearings, silicon bushes, and adgusting it to develop much more power @ 3500 rpm. It's noticably much more powerful, gives much better penetration, and is able to drive the new much larger heads. (Even though it's noticably more powerful it still carries the "18w" electrical certification. As a practitioner I don't understand it, but my government accredited electrical certification consultant says it is OK)
  • Made new casings able to accommodate a larger head.
  • Made new larger heads that are larger so can work on a bigger area at once.
  • Made a flat rubberised head for comfort. It's incredibly comfortable, but we found it actually penetrates better and diffuses over a larger area than the "standard" one.
  • Included a smaller head similar to the Deep Tissue Massager heads to do "focused" work"
  • Replaced the two speed switch with a variable speed control that gives you an infinite choice of speeds. As a practitioner I'll often start slow and comfortable, then gradually increase speed as a muscle relaxes.
  • Made the casing 1mm thicker all over which has made the machine smoother and quieter.
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The potential benefits

Instruction manual

General benefit related research

What vibration massage actually does

Regular massage for health and wellbeing

Summary of research on the effect of vibration massage on post exercise muscle soreness and recovery

Summary of research on the effect of vibration massage on muscle length and joint range of motion, with practical applications

Research findings: undetected trigger points in your muscles cause poor coordination and joint injury

Adding manual therapies directed at improving function produces far superior results
The control and co-ordination of joint movement is largely determined by factors that are not under conscious control... read more

Exercises shown to not correct abnormal muscle activation patterns
Most movements require the co-ordinated contraction and relaxation of numerous muscles.  The neurological control of this is known as a muscular activation pattern... read more

The relationship between latent (pain free) trigger points and depression
Latent (pain free) trigger points are those tender spots in tightened muscles that you do not know are there until a masseur presses upon them. ... read more

How “pain free” trigger points cause muscles and joints to malfunction: causing injury and long term damage
Latent (pain free) trigger points are the tender spots in tight muscle you don’t know you have until a masseur presses upon them causing shooting pain... read more

Good news for shoulder pain sufferers
Do you suffer from long-term shoulder pain that does not seem to respond to treatment?  According to research the commonly blamed causes of shoulder pain... read more

Relief From Chronic Tension Type Headaches
The most common type of headache is the chronic tension type. The most common cause is said to be “trigger points” in the muscles of the head and neck... read more

Regular “corporate” massage shown to increase movement while decreasing pain and discomfort
A “chair massage” is typically where a person seated and clothed receives a short massage around the neck and shoulders.  ... read more

Major quality upgrade 2016

Practitioner benefit related research

Repeated simple massage/soft tissue therapy shown to reduce anxiety, reduce heart rate and blood pressure, and improve sleep quality A recent study published in the journal Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention showed that a simple back massage repeated over a period of time improved anxiety state, lowered heart rates and blood pressure, and improved sleep quality... read more

Adding manual therapies directed at improving function produces far superior results The control and co-ordination of joint movement is largely determined by factors that are not under conscious control...read more

Exercises shown to not correct abnormal muscle activation patterns
Most movements require the co-ordinated contraction and relaxation of numerous muscles.  The neurological control of this is known as a muscular activation pattern... read more

The relationship between trigger points and depression
A study published in the journal “Clinical Rheumatology” investigated the the prevalence of latent (pain free) myofascial trigger points (MTPs) in the scapular muscles of apparently healthy pain free adults, and whether they were associated with depression... read more

Latent (Pain Free) Trigger Points Alter Neurological Control of Shoulder Movement Causing Damage, Impingement and Injury
This article summarises the very important clinical implications of the research done by Dr Karen Lucas in Melbourne for her PhD Thesis.... read more

The presence and treatment of myofascial trigger points in chronic shoulder pain
The authors of two pieces of research state that although myofascial trigger points (MTPs) are well accepted as a source of pain they are barely... read more

Relief From Chronic Tension Type Headaches
The most common headache is said to be the chronic tension type.    In a study of this type of headache 31 subjects were examined for myofascial trigger points (MTPs)... read more

Regular "corporate" massage shown to decrease pain and discomfort while increasing range of motion
A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Showed that a simple corporate chair massage done twice weekly over a period of one month ... read more

 

The General Purpose massager being used

The General Purpose massager being used

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