Back pain is one of the most common types of chronic pain, seriously impacting the quality of life of sufferers. Patients are often in search of drug-free ways to find relief. One important product to have at home is a high-quality back massager. These can provide comfort when a Massage or physical therapy treatment is not available. Our list is comprised of five of the most useful products on the market today.
Naipo Handheld Percussion Massager
This is a handheld model with six different interchangeable massage nodes. This massager can target any problem area with ease. The powerful copper core motor rotates at up to 4,800 times per minute.The intensity of the Massage can be adjusted with a thumb wheel. The heating feature can be turned on or off at the user’s convenience. The unit is protected from overheating. Some customers report that the massager is too heavy to use alone and that it works better with a partner. Others note that the “percussive” action does not feel strong enough for their taste.
Zyllion ZMA-13-BK Shiatsu Pillow Massager
This product combines four rotating massage nodes with a comforting heating feature. The massager can be secured to any chair, sofa, or car seat for convenience. The massager plugs into a standard AC outlet or into a DC car charger, provided with purchase. At only 3.5” thick, the unit has the power of a much larger product. Customers find that the massaging motion is very strong. The nodes reverse direction on their own once each minute, massaging muscle more effectively. Some customers report problems with the mesh fabric on the front of the unit tearing. The company has excellent customer service if any problems arise. This is the best back massager for seated use.
Etekcity Shiatsu Back Neck Massager
This model has eight rotating massage nodes that rotate in both directions for maximum benefit. The unit can be used heated or unheated. The unit can be adjusted to two different speed levels depending on the user’s preference. The Etekcity model has a timer and shuts off every 20 minutes for safety. The unit has an all-copper motor for reliability. The unit runs on either AC power or with the included DC car charger. The unit can be used anywhere on the body and can be secured to a chair or car seat with the included straps. It is recommended that the product is not to be used while driving. This unit is thicker than the Zyllion model at 4.3 inches. Most users were satisfied with the massager’s performance and the quality of the Massage received, but some users report that its massaging motion is too strong and is uncomfortable to use. The company has good customer service and offers a 90-day return refund guarantee. The unit also has a 2-year warranty. It is FDA listed for safety.
LiBa Cordless Shiatsu Massager Belt
This model comes with a belt so that the user can move it to different parts of the body. It has 4 rotating massage nodes which move clockwise or counterclockwise. The unit has a warming feature for more therapeutic value. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery can run for 2 hours before requiring a charge. This model only has one speed, but users can vary the intensity of the Massage by putting more or less pressure on the belt. Some users report that the product is loud and that the speed is too fast to be comforting. Also, the product is five inches thick, meaning that it cannot be used effectively lying down.
Wahl 4290-300 Deep -Tissue Percussion Therapeutic Massager
This product is a handheld back massager that gives a powerful percussive massage. At 3 pounds, the product is heavier than the other products in this review. It has four interchangeable nodes for different types of massages. This unit does not have a heating feature or a car charger. The unit is adjustable for different uses and the percussion feature operates at a higher speed when the intensity is increased. Some users report that even at its lowest level, the massager is still too strong for comfortable use. Other users report trouble with the durability of the unit, particularly the cord.
All of the products featured in this review have a balance of important features: adjustable power, replaceable nodes, heating features, power supply, and overall reliability.
A back massager is great to own if you are already experiencing pain, but there are some lifestyle steps anyone can follow to prevent back pain from occurring. Regular exercise, good posture, and eating a healthy diet can all contribute to a healthier body. Having the correct mattress can also be a big help. Whether or not you experience back pain, it is very important to take care of yourself and your health.