No one likes back pain — whether from athletic injuries or health issues. And no one likes wasting money on products that don't deliver their promises.
Amazon to the rescue! One of the greatest things about Amazon — besides its quick-shipping options, (mostly) free returns and low prices — is its review-oriented product layouts. When you click on a product, you can see its rating, number of reviews, number of answered questions and whether it is a best-seller.
Since online shopping can be difficult — we can't touch or try on the items — these features come in quite handy. Before purchasing an item online, you should always read the reviews to ensure things like: Is the product well made? Does it work as promised? Does the product have faulty points, or is it likely to break? Is it true to size and color?
But in this case, we've done some of the handiwork for you. If you're in the market for a new back massager — whether to relieve pain or promote relaxation — we've collected some of the best products on Amazon, according to their customer reviews.
These pressure point massage balls can be used on your back and neck, but also on your legs, arms and feet. They were highly recommended on Amazon, even by a 15-year physical therapist. (Amazon.com, $24)
Highlight review: "I have chronic neck and upper back pain / soreness and have tried all kinds of devices to help. Other than expensive massages, nothing has been effective — but these massage balls really do the trick." — Amznpar
This product is a No. 1 best-seller on Amazon and is ideally used in the car to massage your neck. However, this device can be used anywhere on the body and is small and light enough to be portable. (Amazon.com, $40)
Highlight review: "I love it! I had to buy a second so my husband and I didn't fight over the one. Awesome!" — Amazon Customer
This item is also a No. 1 best-seller. The Thera Cane massager has strategically placed projections and ball tips to allow you to massage your own back and neck. (Amazon.com, $30)
Highlight review: "My husband has always had back aches and would lay on the ground and want me to stand on his back to put a lot of pressure on the spots that ached. ... My husband received this as a Christmas gift and he was ecstatic! He says that he can actually put a lot of pressure on the right spot using this tool. He LOVES it and said that he believes that anyone who gets back pains should own one of these." — Amazon Customer
These handheld rollers are the ideal size for a light massage or deep tissue massage. Their design allows you to keep the product in hand while you roll over the sore area. And they are not battery or electrically operated, so they are really easy to travel with. (Amazon.com, $20)
Highlight review: "I bought 2 sets... one for me & one for my bff who told me about these. (She's a massage therapist). I type all day & have had super tight & extremely soar muscles in my upper back... it gets so tight it actually gets hard to breath. These massage balls do wonders releasing the tension. Beyond happy & satisfied with this purchase!!!!!!" — Amazon Customer
This back massager is multifunctional (neck, upper back, lower back or abdomen), with four bidirectional pressure nodes. It offers heated massage, and the arm loops allow you to intensify the pressure by pressing down or lightening up. (Amazon.com, $70)
Highlight review: "I use this every morning due to lower back pain. I wouldn't be able to start my day without it. It is very strong and the heat helps so much. It works the knots out and loosen the muscles to be able to get up and walk. I highly recommend this." — MssWho
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