"Medical studies have shown adding massage to existing pain management regimens provides further comfort and alleviation. Faster healing and overall better health has been reported with the use of massage."
Over the years, I have used massage for both relaxation and pain management benefits. But, like most people, my insurance does not cover professional massage services, so I have to look for alternatives. With a basic 30 minute massage from a professional ranging in price from $30-$50 and an hour long massage in upwards of $75-$80, you probably can't afford to take advantage of seeing a professional every week, for all your massage needs. That is where WAHL comes in. In addition to offering products (which I have known them for) for pets and electric hair clippers, WAHL also offers a large assortment of hand-held massager. "Whether it is heat therapy, deep tissue massage, full-body massage or spot treatment, you can always be within reach of relief with WAHL massagers."
Pain Management Benefits of Massage:
- Relieves muscle tension by enhancing blood flow, which causes muscles to relax
- Decreases inflammation by activating genes that naturally reduce swelling
- Reduces pain intensity by diminishing bodily substances that create and prolong pain
- Improves recovery by stimulating mitochondria, the "energy packs" driving cellular function and repair
Health Benefits of Massage:
- Improves circulation which delivers more oxygen and nutrients to cells, benefiting the heart, muscles and vital organs
- Stimulates lymphatic system which "cleanses" cellular waste materials and can result in increased energy
- Helps control blood pressure which reduces risk for heart attack and stroke
- Reduces anxiety, promotes relaxation and emotional well-being, which may prevent onset of depression
I recently had the opportunity to try out the deluxe heat therapy hand-held massager from WAHL. Prior to receiving this hand massager, I had been seeing a professional massage therapist every other week for neck and should pain due to radiation damage from my cancer treatment back in 2008. My treatment left me with muscle atrophy in my jaw, neck and shoulders, which needs constant massage and Botox shots (which insurance only covers every 3 months. So, in between Botox shots I am in tough shape when it comes to the pain I have in my neck and shoulders. With constant muscle twitching, it is hard to get a good night's sleep, or even unwind after a crazy day with the girls. And, on those weeks when I can't get a professional massage, I am looking for ways to relieve the pain and tension at home, through cold and heat therapy. But, I was hoping that the WAHL deluxe heat therapy hand-held massager from WAHL would bring some much needed relief.
Upon receiving the hand-massager, I was impressed with the different massage attachments, and how quickly the massager heated up (in about 5 minutes). Another plus was the storage tote that came with the product, and stored the massager and massage attachments in -- making for easy storage and transport. After I read through the instructional booklet and learned about the different massage attachments and their uses, I couldn't wait to try it out. I spent about an hour playing with the different massage attachments to see which worked best for my pain spots. I found the muscle kneading and deep muscle attachments to work best for my localized pain and discomfort.
When I was done trying it out, my husband was eager to try and see how it would work on his lower back pain. After trying out the different massage attachments, he found just the one that worked best for him, and spent the next 10-15 minutes massaging the lower area of his back, which has been killing him for weeks. Prior to using the WAHL hand-held massager, he had tried a chair massage at work and even tennis balls in my panty hose to bring relief -- but, neither worked. When he was done trying out the massager, he said he felt like a million bucks and that the pain was finally gone. And, when he got up the next morning, he was surprised to find he felt great and could move about with ease.
As for me, I have continued to use this hand-held massager, and find that it has brought relief to some of those hard to reach spots that even the professional massage could bring relief to. And, I am loving that for only $44.99, which this deluxe heat therapy hand-held massager retails for, I can get a massage whenever I want, and not break the bank. Instead of shelling out money for one half-hour massage, I am able to enjoy a hot or cold massage with the ability to change up the pressure and intensity of the massage with the different massage attachments.
Click here to visit the WAHL website and browse their assortment of hand-held massagers, to find which one would work best for you -- http://wahlmassagers.com/our-products/.
Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. The views above are mine and mine alone.