When considering a new back-massager device, safety should be at top of mind. We spoke to doctor of chiropractic Robert A. Hayden, Ph.D., a spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association, about the best practices for using a back massager at home, given the wide variety of available products to buy and use outside of a professional setting.
“Use your back massage device or see your massage therapist for routine or recurrent conditions, such as sore muscles after a workout or yard work,” he says. “Your body will tell you if the pain/discomfort is something you are accustomed to feeling … I have recommended vibratory massagers for people with muscular issues, such as recurrent strains, to give them something to use at home for quick relief. The brand is less important to me than whether it is easy to use, has variable speeds, and produces the desired result, which is muscle relaxation.”
TRIDUCNA Shiatsu Back Neck and Shoulder Massager
Want to get a cozy neck, shoulder, and back massage in your home or office? This shiatsu massager with 8 deep-kneading rotating nodes gives the feeling of a real human hand massage. This neck massager provides you with pleasure and comfort massage. All you have to do is sitting down, press the ‘On’ button, and simply let your stress melt away.
HoMedics Quatro Mini Handheld Massager
Providing more of a feel-good, relaxing sensation than intense muscle kneading, this battery-operated, handheld back massager has just one vibratory massage mode, but it’s under $10!
Its handle allows you to hold it in place at the shoulders or lower back, though reaching the upper back with this device may require some assistance.