Dreamwave and Low Back Airbag Technology of the Inada Sogno Massage Chair
As a chiropractor I treated many patients with lower back pain. Of course, as a chiropractor, I applied a rotary low back adjustment to help loosen the low back joints and induce normal motion to the low back joints. You know the move…where the chiropractor twists the body of the patient “like a pretzel”, as patients describe it, to get the back to “pop.”
More often than not, that chiropractic adjustment or manipulation helped relieve the low back pain from which the patient was suffering. It usually took a few visits to get the full benefit of the therapy, but in 90% of the cases (approx.) we’d see an improvement in symptoms.
For those of you who have sat on a massage chair before, you know that the main function of every massage chair is the up and down rollers that move from the base of your skull down to the bottom of your back. The movement is purely up and down and side to side. The problem with most massage chairs is that there is not a rotary motion applied by any massage chair to the low back which mimics the low back adjustment movement of a chiropractic adjustment.
Now, I certainly don’t expect a massage chair to “pop” your bones, but a rotary motion in the low back would be helpful. I never really even thought about it until the Inada Sogno massage chair came onto the market. It had two low back features that totally captured my attention: 1.) waist airbags that alternately inflated so as to induce a rotation motion to the low back, and 2.) the Dreamwave technology in the seat that passively moved the pelvis.
I’ll discuss those Inada Sogno features here:
1. Inada Sogno Waist Airbags
Other chairs have waist airbags, but this was the first time I had seen airbags that inflated first on one side and then on the other in an alternating fashion. When I sat in the chair it felt like it was trying to mimic the movement that a chiropractor induces with their side posture lower back adjustment. Of course, it didn’t provide anywhere near the torque that a chiropractor can apply manually, but just to see a manufacturer try to mimic that motion even to a small degree was pretty cool. And it did feel quite nice on my low back.
2. Inada Sogno Dreamwave Technology
To sit on the Inada Sogno massage chair for the first time, you are quite surprised when the seat starts to move. I was very impressed with it. As a chiropractor I have seen so many patients come into the office who could barely move because of acute low back pain. I couldn’t even get them onto my treatment table to apply some manual therapy.
The Dreamwave Technology actually provides that passive motion that is so hard to do in a clinical situation. If you can get into the seat just to sit down, the chair will do the rest. Using the Dreamwave feature, you will feel the chair seat move in an undulating figure-8 motion from side to side. It also has an up and down component to the movement. It is so very soothing.
Of course, you don’t have to be in excruciating, debilitating pain to enjoy this feature. It is so gentle and passive that you will want to experience it every time you sit on this massage chair. This motion applies a gentle passive motion that will hydrate your lower back discs and relax the muscles of the pelvis and low back areas. It is quite a remarkable feature and one that will surely be copied by other manufacturers over time.
These two features in the Inada Sogno massage chair make it one of the most unique and therapeutically effective massage chairs in the world.