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Best Massage Chair for Arm Pain

Many of us lead an active lifestyle full of hiking, biking, and playing with our kids or pets at our favorite park. There is no time for arm pain. Happily, living life learning, exploring, and spending time with loved ones is sure to be on your priority list.

Arm, neck, and shoulder pain is all too familiar for many who find themselves working in industries like construction, computer programming, data entry, or positions relying primarily on working with your hands. For example, hair stylists are heavily affected by carpal tunnel, with five times more instances than any other industry. Any occupation involving rigorous or repetitive activities that affect the upper body can trigger arm pain and increase your risk of developing conditions like carpal tunnel, tendinitis, arthritis, or neuropathy.

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the U.S., with a staggering 24% of adults, or approximately 58 million people suffering from pain associated with several forms of arthritis that can cause arm pain. Other reasons for the discomfort could be from medical conditions like arthritis, nerve problems, or an existing or pre-existing injury. Discomforts like upper body pain can be a hindrance that limits daily activities and enjoyment.

Upper body pain is no reward for your efforts of working long hours or dedicating early mornings to an exercise routine. The good news is that there can be a reward for your endeavors and help for the toll your body is feeling, helping you say goodbye to the misery that slows you down from your arm pain.

Poor circulation, stiff muscles, inflammation, and muscle soreness are easily treated with a healing, in-home massage chair. But rest assured that a convenient, in-home massage daily can help keep the pain at bay. It’s time to reward yourself with a uniquely customized massage therapy routine to better your whole-body health, one step at a time. And you may actually look forward to managing arm pain and the stress that goes along with it, which is no small feat.

Understanding Arm Pain

Many factors contribute to the causes of arm pain, including tendinitis, carpal tunnel, pinched nerves, neuropathy, and arthritis. Massage therapy is known to help treat symptoms of the common causes of upper body pain, like swelling or inflammation, achiness, sharp pains, muscle stiffness, and poor circulation. Massage therapy can help relax your mind and deliver benefits to treat pain and discomfort. But first, let's dive into the framework of our upper body, particularly the arms, how they serve us, and how they are potentially inflamed from an injury or being overworked.

The Ins and Outs of the Arm

We have four main parts within the arm: the hands, wrists, forearms, and upper arms. The four components will play a role in our day-to-day life, whether it be while exercising, working, or simply pressing a button to text on your phone.


For starters, our hands are highly complex and capable of filling many roles that assist us. Humans are one of the few mammals with opposable thumbs, allowing our hands a forceful grip and the capability to perform endless “gross and fine motor movements.” Gross motor movements let our hands lift heavy objects or perform hard labor with strenuous tasks. Fine motor movements allow us to carry small objects or perform detailed or meticulous tasks like drawing or building a model airplane.


The wrists are the connection that links our hands to our forearms, providing a vast range of motion to help us perform daily tasks like doing dishes or turning the key to check the mail. The wrists consist mainly of eight carpal bones, five metacarpal bones, the radius, and the ulna. The wrists undoubtedly add functionality but are also somewhat prone to injury compared to other body parts because of the delicate bone structure. But, our wrists also allow for a flexible joint that can rotate, bend, and straighten back out, an essential part of helping make performing daily responsibilities easier.


The forearm is found between the area of the elbow and the wrist and primarily includes the major arm bones called the radius and ulna. Inside our arms running parallel to the radius bone, is the ulna. In collaboration with many muscles in the same area, the radius and ulna will assist us in movements like lifting, pushing, or pulling.

Upper Arms and Elbow

Like the forearms, our upper arms consist of anterior and posterior compartments that give us the versatility to move. Found in the anterior compartment are the biceps muscles and humerus bone. They work together to allow your arms to perform motions like an extension. An example of an extension is like straightening out the elbow, increasing space between two body parts.

The posterior compartment consists primarily of muscles, including the triceps. This group of muscles within the upper arm will add to the range of motion of the forearms while also helping to stabilize the shoulder joint.

Common Arm Injuries or Issues

  • Strain or Sprain: Causing pain, swelling, bruising, or weakness
  • Tendinitis: Inflamed tendons from overuse or injury causing dull achy pain
  • Carpal Tunnel: Pinched median nerve that can result in nerve damage from a repetitive motion that causes pain and weakness in the arms and hands
  • Arthritis: Stiffness, pain, swelling, lack of strength, limited mobility
  • Pinched Nerves: From pressure surrounding nerves causing tingling, numbness, pain
  • Neuropathy: Nerve damage causing pain and tingling sensations


Massage Therapy for Arm Pain

Massage is an ancient therapy technique that can help provide your body with naturally boosted healing advantages.

Relief of pain and stress, stiff muscles and joints, an improved mood, and relaxation are just a few benefits. Massage is holistically healing and is a perfectly convenient way to experience a personalized remedy for your aches and arm pains, all in the comfort of your home.

Massage Techniques

A massage chair can help treat pain and soreness in the arm muscles by boosting circulation with compression therapy inside the arm massager. Modern massage chairs are fully equipped with many bells and whistles, including arm massagers that can perform techniques like kneading and tapping, similar to a professional therapist. The best part about a massage chair is that you never have to leave your home for a human-like, rejuvenating massage that can fully target your whole arms, neck, and shoulders.

Compression Therapy

Gently compressing areas of the body will stimulate circulation by forcing out stagnant blood that has collected while in a restful state, like when you sleep or sit for long periods. Pooling blood does not allow proper endorphin or nutrient distribution to heal the body or deliver nutrition. Poor circulation can also lead to inflammation and pain that can cause more problems to an injured or already painful area. The impressive OHCO M.8 massage chair utilizes airbags as an arm massager to squeeze specific areas like the shoulders, forearms, and hands while simultaneously massaging to relax the rest of the body.

Hand Massage


The Swedish technique uses long swirling massage motions to release muscle tension in all directions while melting away stress and improving circulation. Though it is a rare form of massage found within a massage chair, the Panasonic MAJ7 is complete with this soothingly light massage. The intensity is customizable and can also be adjusted from gentle to firm.

Panasonic MA73- Brown


One of the most common massage types found on massage chairs, Shiatsu is a Japanese style of massage that targets specific points on the body, often referred to as acupressure points. Shiatsu meaning “finger pressure,” uses rocking, rotation, stretching and targeted pressure combined into one technique. Shiatsu given by a massage chair like the D.Core “Cirrus” will deliver direct and firm human-like presses on your specific shiatsu points throughout the body. The “Cirrus” chair is ideal for arm discomfort with the TrueShiatsu forearm wave massage using airbags to pinpoint forearm pain with shiatsu pressure point massage. No need to worry about your massage feeling too intense; many chairs have variable pressure settings. Shiatsu is an admirable therapy method excellent for soothing the mind and body and stimulating circulation to help manage pain associated with arthritis, joint problems, and arm pain.

Massage Therapy Benefits for Arm Pain

Increased Circulation

Compression and kneading massage boosts blood flow by forcing out stale blood to allow new blood with nutrients and endorphins to rush in and heal tired muscles and tendons.

Pain Relief

Heightened amounts of the hormones like serotonin and dopamine from increased circulation serve as the body’s natural painkillers to encourage the healing process.

Reduced Stress

Increased “feel-good hormones” help the brain by calming, inducing relaxation, and lessening anxiety while releasing muscle tension.

Increased Flexibility

Massage stimulates new blood flow and nutrients to help loosen muscle fascia, relieve stiffness and soreness, and regain muscle pliability.

Increased Mobility

Loose muscles combined with elevated blood flow, nutrients, and endorphins will stimulate joint, ligament, and tendon flexibility that can help with the body’s overall mobility and range of motion.

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Best Massage Chairs for Arm Pain

D.Core Cirrus


  • Patented 3D+True Shiatsu Action
  • Forearm and Calf Wave Array Massage
  • Deep Core Intelligence Massage
  • Heated Back Massage
  • Zero-Gravity
  • Full Body Air Massage
  • Foot Rollers
  • Body Scan

Available Techniques

  • Shiatsu
  • Compression
  • Kneading, Rolling, Tapping
  • Deep Tissue Massage

Price $9,999


Panasonic MAJ7


  • Real Pro Ultra 3D Massage System
  • Full Body Air Massage
  • Infrared Heated Rollers
  • Advanced lower core/hip massage
  • Professional Foot Sole massage
  • Intensity Adjustment Sensing
  • Professional Stretching

Available Techniques

  • Shiatsu
  • Junetsu Ultra Kneading
  • Swedish
  • Kneading, tapping, rolling

Price $9,999

Panasonic MAJ7 Beige Recline



  • Swing Doors
  • Sens8 Massage Engine
  • Knead and Stretch Headrest
  • MaxTrack Full Body Massage
  • Zero-Gravity and Lay Flat Recline
  • Theraelliptical Calf Kneading
  • Aromatherapy Diffuser
  • Air Ionizer/White Noise Generator
  • Light Therapy
  • Bluetooth Speakers

Available Massage Therapy Techniques

  • Shiatsu
  • Knead, Tap, Pulse, Roll
  • Stretch
  • Compression
  • Sport Recovery
  • Calf Kneading
  • Foot Massage

Price $9,999


Shop Local for your Massage Chair Needs

The massage chair assortment available at Mattress World Northwest is available to check out in stores or in our online shop, made possible by our Partners at Furniture for Life, a leading health and wellness company. Our curation of massage chairs has been hand-selected to give you peace of mind that you are making a wise investment in your health with high-quality massage chairs.

It is now easier than ever to try the best massage chairs under one roof at Mattress World Northwest locations in Oregon. Testing the features will simplify the buying process and allow you to choose the most soothing and comfortable fit, while ensuring satisfaction in your purchase. Massage and sleep specialists invite you to our many showrooms to try a massage chair, and let us answer any questions you may have. At Mattress World Northwest we aim to exceed your total-body health needs to help you manage ongoing issues like arm pain, stress, or discomfort, while also seeking to help you sleep better in the process.

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