Massage Chair Pad, Seat Cushion Buyers Guide

Contains massage seat cushion and massage chair pad buyers guide for massage chair pad and massage seat cushion reviewed elsewhere on this site. Also, use this massage chair pad buyers guide in conjunction with massage chair pad FAQ.

Body Coverage

First, all the chair pads always massage the seat and the back. However, while they massage the back, they may not massage the entire back. For example, some may not specifically massage the neck. By the way, there are specialized massagers for the neck. Furthermore, some chair pads let you massage certain areas of your back for extra attention. Lastly, some massagers massage the entire back, while others massage fixed areas of the back.

Above all, the length of the chair pad should reach your neck and shoulder area.

Car Use

Second, some massage chair pad, seat cushion massagers can be used in cars and some can't. In fact, those that can, come with an adapter that plugs in the car's cigarette lighter. However, those that don't have a car adapter are principally for your safety. So, if you want to use it in a car, look at ones that have a car adapter.

Now, some find getting a back and/or seat massage helpful when driving long distances. Especially so when driving on a regular basis. However, there is risk to using these massagers while driving. For example, using a back massager with heat for long periods of time can burn your body. Also, subjecting your muscles to vibrations for long periods of time can cause numbness: which is not safe when driving.

So, if you do use these massagers while driving, stay safe by limiting their use. For example, by using them, intermittently for short periods of time.


Third, when heat is applied, it causes the soft tissue to relax and become more supple. Also, the heat results in an increase of blood flow to the area. In addition, the increased relaxation results in a reduction of joint stiffness, muscle stiffness, and pain. By the way, look for ones with the ability to turn the heat on or off.


Fourth, kneading is a massage technique in which pressure is applied to  lift muscles in a circular and upwards motion. Furthermore, kneading can be used to get high muscle tone, relieve tight muscles and as a relaxation technique. By the way, kneading is done by rollers that travel up and down your back.

Massage Elements

Fifth, massage elements represent the number of places where the machine provides either a kneading massage, a vibration massage, or heat. For example, a node that provides a kneading massage, as well as heat represents two massage elements on that part of the body.

Now, the more massage elements the more places you will get a massage. Also, look at places on your body that will be massaged and ensure they meet your needs.

In addition, look at the movement of massage elements to cover your massaging needs. For example, massage elements in the back travel up and down to massage vertical areas of  your back. Incidentally, some massagers can be adjusted so that the lateral distance between massage elements cover areas of your back that you want massaged.

Massage Types

Also, these massagers generally provide kneading and vibration massages. Now, in general, the kneading massages are for the back while vibration massages are for the seat. On the other hand, some provide vibration massages for both the back and seat.

Remote Controller

In addition, the remote controller makes it easy to manipulate the massager's capabilities. Capabilities such as controlling the heat, massage intensity, massage places, and other features unique to each massager.

Stability of Massager

Next, massage chair pad, seat cushion are typically used on chairs or car seats. To prevent sliding while in use, some of these massagers come with straps to grip the massager to the chair. This feature can alleviate any frustrations the user may encounter if the massage chair pad starts sliding down the chair.


Finally, vibrations are a massage technique used to stimulate soft tissue. In fact, the vibration technique can be an up and down movement or a shaking motion. Furthermore, lighter vibration techniques can help stimulate the parasympathetic system and help muscles relax.