Our patients with long standing muscular issues or jobs that caused them to get tight sore muscles need regular massage. So it would be easy, convenient and they wouldn’t have to pay all the time we looked for a way to help them get some good quality massage themselves at home. A hand held massager was the obvious answer. We looked at the ones we found in the shops and on line. They looked nice, but weren’t quite as easy to use as the could be, weren't designed to give years of service, and most importantly they tended to feel nice but not penetrate deeply to where the worst problems lay. What people such as our patients needed was a massage device that was:
- easy to use so people could do the massage on themselves
- penetrated deeply to where the worst problems lie
- be affordable for patients, and
- be built to give years of service.
The Deep Tissue Massager couldn’t be too heavy. Considering the punch it packs and it isn’t. The next thing we looked at is the shape. Perhaps the best way to explain the importance of shape is by comparing it with the typical massager you can buy in the shops. Most have their hammer heads protruding significantly below the handle, and their handle curve only slightly downwards. What this means is when you massage the back of your shoulders you have to lift your arm up high to reach. On the other hand the hammer head of the Deep Tissue Massager doesn’t protrude down anywhere near as much and the handle curves down a long way. That means that you can massage the same spot but the handle is down much lower and easier to reach. It makes the Deep Tissue Massager easier to use whereas others are tiring.
Another thing I’d like you to notice about the handle is most shop massagers have a taper whereas the Deep Tissue Massager has a bulb. It mightn’t seem like a big deal, but if you’re holding a tapered handle with the machine pointing downwards you have to grip it tightly so it doesn’t slip. On the other hand on the Deep Tissue Massager the ball stops the handle sliding through your grip. That means you don’t have to grip so tight so your arm don't get tired or sore.
Now it’s not much use having a wonderful machine if people like you can’t afford them so we’ve made them very reasonably priced. We’ve managed to do that two ways.
- First you’ll find no expensive packaging, coloured lights or heaps of plastic bits you don’t need, just a simple basic machine made of high quality parts.
- The second and most important reason is the support we get from hundreds and hundreds of great clinics around the world who use, recommend and sell these machines. Because they do that there’s no need for things like advertising, distributors, shops and the like, so I don’t have to bump all those costs onto you. That’s why you’re getting a professional grade product at a consumer price.
Lastly, we wanted people such as yourself to be able to get the benefit of quality home massager year in year out so your massager has to last. How long will these last? I have absolutely no idea. Since we did a massive upgrade of components early 2010 (see below) no one’s worn one out. We’ve got a 12 month replacement warranty on them, and unlike a lot of machines that includes commercial use. The motor, bearings, switch, power board and cable are all top quality so they’ll probably outlast me, but again I don’t know because no one’s worn one out yet.
We received our first production Deep Tissue Massagers two days before christmas 2007. By 2010 usage and prescription in practices had grown to the extent that we were able to do a major upgrade which no only included making the changes, but also included the time consuming and expensive process of laboratory testing plus preparation of and submission to the certifying body to obtain proper electrical certification.
For the upgrade we replaced the following parts with heavy duty commercial components.
- The motor
- The switch
- The powerboard
- The cord
- The attachment to the body of the massager
We also took the opportunity to remove the "infra-red" lights which were a useless gimic in the machine we modified, drew power from the powerboard creating extar heat inside the machine (heat is the enemy of electrical components), plus encouraged people to massage on bare skin which is not appropriate. This is the notification we send out to the practices who buy them.
The good thing is that by the time we did the upgrade our supporting practices gave us enough volume with the associated buying power and economies of scale that the increase cost was marginal, hence the massagers are still very reasonably priced.