With a wide array of off-brand companies that promote their massage chairs, it’s difficult to know who to trust. Being on a budget sometimes makes things worse as companies don’t always offer the best warranties and return policies.
Some may not even care.
The Medical Breakthrough has become very popular among the medical community. According to numerous online reviews, any Medical Breakthrough seems like a dream.
Yes, the company has compelling advertising and a strong back-up by dozens of very positive reviews scattered all over the Internet. The massage chairs are just what you needed, designed by doctors, chiropractors, all to provide the most comfort.
But, can it be as good as it sounds?
Have a look at what we uncovered and decided for yourself.
Medical Breakthrough Chairs
When you look at Medical Breakthrough reviews, it’s hard not to clap by all the shiny 4- and 5-star comments by so many happy customers.
In this Medical Breakthrough review, we gathered all the features that the chairs offer, everything we could find in the company.
There are far too many positive comments on the Internet and an extremely low amount of complaints (again as I pointed out, it might be because their entire team cares about seniors.)
Let's get to the chair itself.
Zero Gravity System
Best full body massage chairs out there offer a zero gravity feature for an improved massage experience and usually a deep tissue massage.
Medical Breakthrough massage chairs have gone a step further and designed this feature to help their users fall asleep more easily which is a nice touch.
3D full-body scan
With an inbuilt body scanning technology, the chairs locate pressure points and provide a better quality massage to their users.
The company claims that the chairs never miss a pressure point, but the fact still needs some checking.
The chair also has a high number of air cells so it can custom-fit your body better. In addition, it has a 3D feature for deep tissue massage.
There are a lot of massage chairs that promote a full-body massage, but they don’t extend any further than the glutes.
The Medical Breakthrough provides a thorough neck-to-ankle massage.
Deep tissue massage
Medical Breakthrough massage chairs provide a deep tissue massage along the spine, all the way from the neck to the lower back.
Lower back massage
Lower back rollers provide the users with an intense low back massage that soothes and alleviates pain and stiffness in the area.
These massage chairs provide a full arm massage, from the fingertips to the elbows.
Full body stretch
Apart from the model chair Medical Breakthrough 5, all other models provide the function of a full-body stretch.
This means that the chair holds your hips in place while extending your legs.
About the company
The Medical Breakthrough company assembles and program chairs in the USA, as seen on their FDA medical device registration, they are specification programmers.
They do get a few parts from Taiwan like the motherboard, but this is common in this industry because even Panasonic buys motherboards from Taiwan, which makes really high-quality motherboards.
Also, when you need any customization done, all of their programmings are done in the USA.
They are located in California; if you wish to have a closer look at their products, they have a showroom available by appointment.
Recommended by MDs
On their website, the company claims they are the only company, endorsed by more than 26 MDs. When we checked those names, some of the doctors are dentists, some internal medicine doctors, massage therapists, and chiropractors. They work with a number of different specialists which is good.
References to support the massage benefits of the company
On their website, the company provides a fair amount of references to back up the quality of their chairs scientifically.
All the references are linked to a specific condition or problem that this chair is trying to solve.
A thoroughly documented research
There is a section of Documented Research, published on the website. The research is a link to various studies on how a massage can relieve stress levels, lower back pain, etc.
Does a massage itself have any medical benefits?
Yes, it does. Does that massage have to be done in the Massage Breakthrough? Remains to be seen, but looks promising.
You can visit a massage therapist, and the quality of the therapy will be better, but who has time for that?
Medical Breakthrough massage chairs and other equipment
The company offers five Medical Breakthrough massage chairs and four Vending massage chairs.
These are supposedly the same massage chairs used in the malls and all US airports. They are also FDA-certified medical devices.
Apart from the chairs, customers can also choose from other massage equipment (a full-body pain reliever, facial relaxation device, and a massage device for foot and leg pain).
A quite impressive product the company offers is a custom massage chair.
That means that they adjust the chair to each person’s measurements (height, weight) and decide which model would suit you best.
: What’s more, this is the only company that offers free shipping anywhere in the US, Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada. Shipping to Alaska, Canada, and Hawaii is expensive. It's cost about $850, but they offer it for free. And they are the only company that's open 7 days a week, 18 hours a day.
About the Chairs
Every single medical breakthrough massage chair offers incredible medical benefits, advertises the company on the website.
On the other hand, none of the Medical breakthrough chairs are FDA-registered medical devices. (Update: their chairs are FDA registered in 2018)
The company states that all of their chairs come with a 3-year warranty. In case of any difficulties with the chair, they provide a technician to come and fix the chair for free.
All chairs are made of quality leather. They differ in weight, appearance, and features. For more detailed information, have a look at the next section.
Medical Breakthrough Series
There are a few chairs for sale in their series, and there are many users claims online that all of them provide a massage of an actual human (I will be testing one soon so that I will update).
This is a 2D massage chair. A recliner with features such as zero gravity, heat therapy, deep tissue massage, and even backstretch. This model is a full-body that provides spine, neck, shoulder, calf, and foot massage.
The L-track design offers four pre-programmed massage techniques (shiatsu, kneading, flapping, knocking).
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Model 5 comes only with the most basic features listed at the beginning of the review. It doesn’t include the full-body stretch; rollers move up and down the spine instead.
Weight 275 lbs.
Model 6 is an improved upgrade from model 5. It brings eight new features to the table: a full-body stretch, hip twist technique, heat therapy, a shoulder, foot, and human hands massage, full body massage, and the sole rollers.
Weight 362 lbs.
This massage chair has everything that its predecessors have, but it lacks the body twist technique.
There are longer massage rollers installed instead.
While this may be unimportant to such extent features, it could still play an essential role with those who aim for this feature.
Apart from that, model 7 also provides its users with a head massager.
Weight 430 lbs.
Medical Breakthrough 8
This model is at the top of the list, but its features are also the most extensive.
Apart from the general features and those of the previous three models, Medical Breakthrough 8 offers also body twist features.
It is highly customizable with 167 air cells, headphones, and music (USB/MP3). It provides its users with a strong neck massage (instead of a head massager).
Weight 404 lbs.
Medical Breakthrough 9
The best massage chair ever made (according to the company’s website) is also recommended by a retired doctor from Stanford University.
Model 9 has a lot more medical features than Model 8. It is the only one with the Advance Medical Care System, but it is a lot more expensive than the Model 8. The Model 9 is $12,699. We believe the Model 8 is good enough for most people.
Each chair comes in two boxes; the setup is easy enough. If you can’t find your way around it, you can call their customer service.
The Conclusion on Medical Breakthrough
Should you consider purchasing the Medical Breakthrough massage chair?
It's up to you, but I think you can't go wrong with that.
All their benefits are something we all could want: quiet and elegant with numerous options that help eliminate and soothe chronic back pain forever. So soothing and comfortable, that you can fall asleep on the spot.
What I know is that this chair has many features of Big Brands. A big plus is that everything is programmed and tailored in the USA.
Are Massage Chairs Considered Medical Equipment?
Massage chairs are not typically considered medical equipment in the traditional sense. Instead, they are often classified as therapeutic or wellness devices. The distinction between medical equipment and massage chairs lies in their intended use, regulatory oversight, and the level of medical efficacy associated with each.
Medical equipment is rigorously regulated and specifically designed to diagnose, treat, mitigate, or prevent medical conditions. These devices, such as defibrillators, X-ray machines, and surgical instruments, are subject to strict guidelines and must meet stringent safety and efficacy standards. They are used in clinical settings and require professional training to operate.
Massage chairs, on the other hand, are primarily designed for relaxation, stress relief, and muscle tension reduction. While they offer various therapeutic benefits, they do not diagnose or treat specific medical conditions. Massage chairs are not subject to the same level of regulatory scrutiny as medical equipment. They are available for personal use, often in homes or wellness centers, and can be operated by individuals with minimal training.
However, it's important to note that some massage chairs incorporate advanced features and technologies, such as body scanning, heat therapy, and air compression massage, which can provide relief from certain musculoskeletal issues like back pain, sore muscles, and stress-related discomfort. These features may have a therapeutic impact, but they are not a substitute for medical treatment.
In specific cases, healthcare professionals may recommend or use massage chairs as part of a broader treatment plan for conditions like chronic pain or muscle tension. Still, their use is typically complementary and supportive, rather than serving as standalone medical devices.
In summary, massage chairs are not classified as medical equipment because their primary purpose is relaxation and therapeutic relief, rather than diagnosing or treating medical conditions. While they can offer benefits for general well-being and certain musculoskeletal issues, they are not subject to the same stringent regulations and standards as medical equipment. It is essential to consult with a healthcare professional for appropriate guidance and treatment of specific medical conditions.