Does the American diabetes association endorse your product?
The American Diabetes does not endorse or promote specific medical devices. We are, however involved in research, advocacy and the support of the American Diabetes Association and have been a member in good standing for many years.
Could I use either massager too long? Would it damage anything?
You can use the massagers several times a day, and we recommend not to use the body massager over one particular area more than 15 minutes, but if it is being moved around this timing is about 30 minutes. The foot massager may be used up to 30 minutes at a time. This is the approximate time it takes (20-30 min) to achieve maximal benefit from the massage treatment.
Can people with pacemakers use them?
Since a pacemaker is an electrical device, the massager should not be used in the area of the pacemaker. This is to prevent any jostling of pacemaker itself. There are no electrical waves such as microwaves produced by the MedMassager body massager.
It is safe for people with multiple sclerosis to use? Parkinson’s?
Both MedMassager units are safe to use with MS or Parkinson, however with MS the symptoms of spasticity can be so varied that it would be a subjective comfort decision on the part of the patient. With Parkinson’s, since one of the symptoms is rigidity, both massagers can be used with the result being to relax the persons skin and muscles. It does not positively or negatively affect the disease itself.
Would the massagers irritate blood clots or create new ones if one was prone to getting clots?
One of the contraindications for anyone with blood clots or who is prone to have more clots or DVTs (deep vein thrombosis) is deep massage of the area. Therefore, it is something you should ask your medical doctor. We do not recommend using any massager over areas with or have potential for blood clots!
Is it safe for my wounded animals? Animals in general?
If you are speaking of a dog, they basically have the same physical makeup as humans so a problem such as arthritis in the hips could be helped. A horse or cow could be helped as well with a muscle pain or spasm. Just like with human, it is usually best to ask the veterinarian about it but basically it would be the same for any larger mammal as a human.
Is it safe for pregnant woman?
It is a virtually universal contraindication to use any device on pregnant women mainly because a miscarriage could happen at any time or a problem with pregnancy so as a rule all companies say at least “Should not be used over a pregnant uterus”. Since some women have blood clot issues during pregnancy, it is also a concern. Therefore we always opt for safety and say that it should not be used by pregnant women.
May I use the massager on my face, heart, or head?
The MedMassager body unit should not be on the face, back or top of the head. You can use the massager up to the base of the skull, but as a general rule, never on the skull. The body massager can be used over the heart (as long as there is no pacemaker or internal defibrillator present)
Is it okay for me to use to alleviate menstrual cramps?
It is safe to use during your menstrual cycle. Most women have found the best relief can be stimulating the low back (see low back techniques) and that the massaging over the tummy area would be subjective on the person’s comfort level.
Is there a medical/circulation difference if you wear your shoes or not?
Technically, there is no difference although, as expected, the stimulation is stronger without shoes or socks, but you will still get a good increase in circulation.
Can you wear compression stockings while massaging?
If you are wearing compression stocking just for edema (swelling) there is no problem but if you are prone to blood clots or have one, we recommend not massaging the legs.
What does the oscillation motion do for me?
We describe our machines as having oscillations rather than just vibrations. Oscillations are circular movements as opposed to up and down (pistoning) movements of other less sophisticated massagers; the oscillating movement stimulates the circulation with a smoother, more comfortable method which in turn relaxes the muscles as circulation is increased.
Other similar products claim weight loss, will this product make me lose weight?
There is no medical basis for a massager of any type helping to lose weight. The only weight possibly lost might be through “water” weight as the MedMassager stimulates the cells of the tissues to be more efficient and absorb fluids more efficiently.
Is it okay to cross your legs on foot massager, each photo shows otherwise.
It is not recommended to cross your legs while using the MedMassager foot massager. Putting pressure on the back of the knee of the crossover leg can affect circulation negatively.
Will it help if I have bunions?
A bunion is actually an arthritic condition where the great toe drifts inward toward the second toe, thus creating what appears to be a bump on the inside of the foot at the toe joint. Just as with any arthritic joint MedMassager foot massager can give relief of pain and inflammation. However, it is more complicated than just giving relief and podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon can give you a valuable opinion of what else you can do to correct it.
Why does my skin itch during or following treatment with the MedMassager?
When first using the MedMassager you may experience some itching of the skin. This can be simply dry skin but often this is caused by release of the built-up lactic acid which has accumulated within the muscles that have not been very active knot the surrounding tissues. For those users who like to have a more medical description: muscle metabolism (use) creates waste products which the most common is lactic acid. With inactive muscles, lactic acid builds up within the muscles. Then, during the oscillating action of the MedMassager, the lactic acid is released into the surrounding tissue and is an irritant. This causes a histamine reaction (inflammation) and until the surrounding capillaries absorb the lactic acid, which then sends it to the kidneys for elimination, the area can feel itchy.
What is the difference between oscillating and vibrating as you advertise?
We describe vibration as the motion of the pad up and down whereas we define our oscillation motion as a circular movement. An oscillating pad is much more relaxing than the “beating” up and down movement of vibrating pads on other less sophisticated massagers.
How quickly do you move the body massager across an area?
We recommend moving slowly across a sore area. An estimate would be about 12” each 3 seconds whether in a straight line or around a joint area.
I had a cervical spine fusion (upper neck area). Is it safe to use the body massager over the area?
We highly recommend clearing its use with your doctor (surgeon). In any case, we would recommend having at least 6 months of healing prior to any heavy massaging just to be safe in order to get a full healing of the bones and soft tissues in the neck.
I have had a couple compression fractures of the spine in the lumbar area. Is it safe to use the body massager?
Typically, compression fractures are a result of osteoporosis (weakening of the bones) of the spinal column (vertebrae), but also can be caused by a traumatic event. Follow the advice of your doctor, but usually it is safe to avoid massaging over the spine and limit it to at least 3” on either side of the spine. Always stop massaging if there is any unusual pain in the back.
What is a chronic pain cycle?
This is a state of pain which is usually described as an area such as the low back has a painful condition. The brain responds to this pain by having the muscles in the area to go into a muscle spasm. This spasm is a tightening of the muscles (involuntary reaction) in the painful area. The muscle spasm tightens the muscles and which does not allow the free flow of capillary blood throughout the muscle and therefore products of muscle metabolism (from muscle activity) namely, lactic acid, builds up within the muscle tissue and lactic acid, being an irritant, irritate the muscle tissue which in turn creates more pain and therefore more muscle spasm. MedMassagers help dilate blood vessels which allows for the capillaries to cleanse the surrounding tissues and take away these irritants to the kidneys for elimination.
What is a TENS unit and how can it help pain?
TENS is an electrical stimulator of the skin that helps reduce pain. TENS is short for transcutaneous (across the skin) electrical nerve stimulator. The typical portable TENS unit is about the size of a cell phone and has 2 channels that produce different electrical waves of stimulation to 4 electrodes which relax muscles and block sensations of pain to an area. TENS has been available to the public since the 1970s and is a well proven adjunctive therapy. See our accessory list as supply an excellent quality and reasonably priced TENS unit.
Isn’t massage just superficial and doesn’t get to the root of the problem?
Massage is superficial in that it is treatment to the skin and muscles below the skin. However, minimizing its effectiveness is shortsighted and incorrect. Relaxing tight muscles is an essential part of breaking up the pain cycle (see the question for “what is a chronic pain cycle”.
What is a tension headache and how does the MedMassager help?
Tension headaches are caused by tight muscles in the shoulders and back of the neck. Most people have tightness in the muscle between the tip of the shoulder and the neck called the upper trapezius muscle. Of course, there is one on each side of the neck. The very middle of this muscle has a trigger point or simply put, a tender area. Typically, this is a sore area even for people without pain. Many people have enough tension or stress to have this area become so tight that it shortens the muscle and pulls on the attachment of the muscle at the ridge on the back of the head called the occiput. This tension on the attachment of the upper trapezius muscle at the occiput can give you a tension headache or as clinicians call it, an occipital headache. Massaging the trigger point on both sides of the neck can give relief.
I had an Achilles tendon tear which was surgically repaired and still hurts at times. Will the MedMassager help?
Achilles tendon tears are common especially for people who continue being active into their 40s and beyond. Unfortunately, aging tendons tend to have less elasticity and are more prone to tears. Younger people can have traumatic tears from skiing accidents or similar problems. Severe or complete tears need surgery, but partial tears sometimes will heal fairly well on their own. However, skin and tendons heal with scar tissue which is much less elastic than normal tissue and can cause tightness and discomfort in standing and walking. Both MediMassager models can treat this tightness and thus reduce the soreness in the tendon. See the “Techniques” section of this website for further technique ideas.