Variation in machine massagers
As an example, the ability of a large powerful professional massager such as a G5 stand mounted massager to penetrate deeply and work on a larger area clearly well exceeds that of even the best manual masseurs. In effect, they can do in 5-10 minutes what would take a manual masseur an hour, without the pain. On the other hand, according to a published study on consumer hand held massagers done by UK university researchers, this was not so for those massagers marketed to consumers (that was before we started building serious machines). They tested a large range of massager such as those seen online and in stores, and deemed them to be clearly less effective than professional manual massage.
Using a DrGraeme massager at home is convenient and allows regular repetitions
Knowledge and operation
Put simply, the hands of a masseur are connected to a brain. They have the ability to evaluate tissues. Most professional masseurs have reasonable training and experience enabling them to evaluate non-complex problems. For more complex problems they can interpret guidance from practitioners with higher levels of training. On the other hand, massage machines don’t have a brain. They need guidance. This means that if someone without the appropriate training uses one on themself or someone else the results certainly would not be guaranteed. The recommended way is to have a professional do an examination and determine the best management of a condition and what massage is needed, then follow his or her instructions..
The value of repetitions
The following examples show the value of repetition.
- Research shows that long standing muscular issues require a large number of applications of therapy over time to remedy.
- Professional sports people and athletes have long known the benefits of regular massage.
- Studies now show considerable health and wellness benefits by a regular simple massage.
Simply, the major benefits from massage appear to be gained by regular repetitions over time. With all things being equal 20-30 massages will be a lot more beneficial than one or two. This is where machine massagers have a massive advantage over manual massage. They allow the option of self home massage, which allows practically unlimited quality professional standard massage, without the major issues of cost and convenience.
Cost of massage
Cost wise, for machine massage there is an initial investment to buy a massager and get some advice. For our DrGraeme massagers the cost is only about the same as some masseurs charge for an hour session. After this one can have a massage every day if one wants. On the other hand, for manual massage one usually has to pay for each session.
Convenience of massage
Convenience wise the machine again wins hands down. Visits to a masseur usually require an appointment and travel, while the massage machine can be usually be plugged in next to your favourite lounge chair.
As long as it's used appropriately, if we compare what can be achieved by a powerful professional massage machine such as the previously mentioned G5 to that by a masseur it's a no contest. The G5 is clearly superior. On the other hand, as found in the UK study a lot of the massagers available for consumers are not so effective. At DrGraeme it has always been our goal to pack the penetration of a G5 into an easy to use hand held massager that patients could afford.
Even if the effects of using a machine and manual massage were equal the benefits of home use of a massager with a serious machine under proper advice are clearly greater. This is because they allow a much greater number of repetitions of therapy. As with most things, consistent repetitions over time will produce far greater results than a once off or occasional effort.
A measure of the effectiveness is that our DrGraeme serious hand held massagers are successfully used by a huge number of practitioners and their patients. If you have an issue that requires massager they will likely be a very effective solution that will be extremely economical as a once off investment and on a per massage basis. They can be purchased direcly from us, or from many clinics across Australia, New Zealand and the UK.