What You Need to Know Before Your Kids Use a Massage Chair

“Move over mom and dad, it’s my turn!”

Many parents are cautious about allowing their small children to use their massage chair. A reasonable concern of any responsible parent. Can a massage chair pose any danger to kids? You’ll be happy to know, children are completely fine to use massage chairs.

Massages can be good for kids experiencing stress, those with autism, or ADHD. There are special conditions where no individual, child or adult, should have a massage. You can find all of those conditions further down in this article.

Kids love Massage Chairs

Kids love Massage Chairs! This is a photo from Holly at 300 Pounds and Down. She has an interesting story you should check out if you have some time. She lost over 300 pounds!

Massage Chair Safety for Kids

Many massage chairs come with child safety locks/shields that cover the mechanical and electrical components. If you’re model has these features, you should make sure that the child safety locks are working properly and that the shields are installed properly.

[Learn more about Massage Chair Safety]

The Benefits of Massage Chairs for Children


Remember the days when you were a kid? Think of how stressful things can be. Moving to new schools, going through a divorce, and problems at school can cause a children to experience a significant amount of stress. Stress, as you know, can be detrimental to your health.

Stress has a nasty effect on the body. Have you ever felt bad when you were going through a stressful period in life? That’s because stress can elevate cortisol levels that are harmful to immune cells. When you’re stressed out, your immune system is weakened and you’re more susceptible to illness.

[READ: The Benefits of Massage Therapy (Part 4): It’s All Psychological]

Hospitals Use them to Care for Children

There are actually hospitals in Canada and the US that use massage chairs to help kids who are being nursed back to health. In fact, Nationwide Children’s Hospital has a full-time staff of licensed massage therapists. Check it out on their Family Resource Center page. This proves, massages are great for kids!

Can be Good For Children Who Have:

  • Cardiopulmonary – Cystic fibrosis, heart/lung transplant, ECMO, asthma, BPD.
  • Children with Diabetes
  • Oncology – Childhood cancer, bone marrow transplant, limb salvage.
  • Hematology – Sickle Cell disease and bleeding disorders.
  • Auto-immune diseases
  • Neurology – Migraine headaches, seizures, spinal cord injuries, head injuries.
  • Eating disorders – Bulimia, anorexia nervosa, rumination.
  • Stress-induced asthma
  • Trauma – Spinal cord injuries, brain trauma, burns, orthopedic conditions.

[READ: The Benefits of Massage Therapy (Part 2): Support Your Muscles, Support Your Bones]

Children with Autism

Some therapists have experimented with massage therapy on children with autism. They say that they actually found these kids to be more relaxed during daily activities so it may be a sign that they improve rehabilitative sessions. It also had a much better fact than other strategies that have been tried in the past.

ADHD & Massage

The Journal of Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry conducted a 6 week study back in 2003. They found that children who received massage therapy were able to control anger better. These kids also showed signs of improved behavior, better sleeping patterns, and improved social interaction. While this is just one study, it does highlight the possibilities of massage therapy on children suffering with unique conditions.

“Massage therapy has been studied in a number of medical and psychiatric illnesses with positive results (American Psychologis, Dec., 1998). A recent study by Field et al 1998, showed massage therapy to decrease fidgeting and improve scores on the Conners Scale (Conners, 1995) in adolescents with ADHD. Massage therapy has also been shown to increase serotonin levels (Field et al 1996, Ironson et al 1996) which might help modulate elevated dopamine levels thought to occur in children with ADHD.”
– Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Kids and massage chairs

Now this kid is living the life! Via Will and Addie, the blog…

Situations Where You Should NOT Use a Massage Chair

There are special situations when children/young adults should not use massage chairs. Below is a list of special conditions where kids and adults should not receive massage therapy.

  • Individuals suffering from acute neck problems such as whiplash.
  • Individuals with irritated or inflamed skin conditions.
  • Those with heart conditions.
  • Pregnant women. Read Why Pregnant women shouldn’t use massage chairs.
  • Individuals with broken bones or spinal fractures.
  • Individuals with aneurisms or serious neural or muscular problems.
  • Those with low blood pressure. Any type of massage can lower blood pressure so this is important to keep in mind.
  • Individuals who have recently had surgery.
  • Those with blood clots.
  • Inflamed appendix
  • Cerebrocardiovascular accident
  • Epileptic seizures
  • Pneumothorx – when you have air or gas within the chest cavity surrounding the lungs.
  • Experience loss of consciousness
  • Kidney, respiratory, or liver failure
  • Gangrene
  • Hemophilia
  • Severe hardening of the joints (arthrosclerosis).
  • Fevers above 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit

Massage Chairs are Fine for Kids!

So we’ve gone through the benefits of massage chairs as well as special situations where kids shouldn’t use massage chairs. In healthy children, it isn’t a problem and it can actually help them! Some massage chairs allow you to adjust intensity so you might want to lower the pressure when your kids are using it. Aside from that, you have done your homework.

Rest assured mom and dad, your kids are safe to use it!


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