Invented in Korea, the Migun bed combines thermal massage, acupressure, and chiropractic techniques. The beds are mechanized, with infrared-heated jade balls that run the length of your body, stretching, pressing, and massaging you from head to toe. Many distribution centers in the United States allow you to try the beds for free, while providing you with education about healthy lifestyle choices.
One of the purposes of the bed is to massage your lymph glands. Lymph glands are part of your immune system, creating cells called lymphocytes that protect your body from foreign substances. Massaging lymph glands is thought to stimulate proper functioning. A study by Dr. S. Chang and colleagues investigated the bed's ability to improve lymph gland function. Published in the "Internet Journal of Alternative Medicine" in August 2008, the study determined that thermomechanical massage devices, or TMDs, when used twice a week can improve T lymphocyte cells, leading to increased immune function. The article stated that TMDs may be beneficial for aging or HIV-infected individuals. Talk to you doctor before receiving a TMD massage.
The Migun mechanized bed is purported to function in lifting, adjusting, and aligning your body, much like a chiropractic appointment. Although no studies exist to verify these claims, Migun beds are used by chiropractors across the country. At ChiroHealth in Rockford, Michigan, the doctors encourage patients to try the bed, stating that it acts as a mechanical traction device, stretching and straightening the spine. Talk to your doctor or chiropractor about the Migun bed before deciding if it is right for you.
Far-infrared heat is emitted by the jade rollers, which are programmed to stop, press, turn, and massage your body. The creators of the bed utilized Asian medicine techniques like acupuncture and acupressure, developing specialized programs that target specific areas of the body. According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupressure works to align your energy, or qi, helping to balance your body. The rollers press acupressure points on the head, neck, shoulders, back, and legs, releasing tension and helping to alleviate pain. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Migun bed for its use in minor muscle and joint pain, arthritis, and muscle stiffness.
- "The Internet Journal of Alternative Medicine"; The Effect Of Thermal Massage On Human T-Lymphocyte and Natural Killer Cell Function; Chang, S et al.; 2008
- FDA Website: Migun Massage Bed
Christy Callahan has been researching and writing in the integrative health care field for over five years, focusing on neuro-endocrinology. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, earned credits toward a licensure in traditional Chinese medicine and is a certified Pilates and sport yoga instructor.