Technology has blessed us in a million ways, but it’s also cursed us a ton, too. All the time we spend hunched over our computers, phones and iPads has left us with tech neck and horrible pain in our shoulders and back. Sure, back pain is nothing new, but the dawn of the internet has taken things to a whole new level.
Which is why a solid back massage is so necessary nowadays. Have you ever stumbled into a Brookstone store at the mall and sat in one of those massaging chairs? Heaven. But they’re pretty pricey — as are spas that offer professional massages.
That’s where the internet comes to the rescue. It’s the whole reason we’re in pain, so it might as well lend us a hand in our freedom from back ailments, right? We scoured Amazon for some cost effective at-home back massagers that all have rave reviews, so all of us can finally get some relief.
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 that real customers swear by.
1. Physix Gear Sport premium massage balls
These durable pressure point massage balls can work out the kinks in your back, but they can also be used on feet, hamstrings, quads, pectoral, biceps & triceps. And out of 838 reviews, they have a solid 4.8 stars on Amazon. (Amazon, $7)
Highlight review: “After using a tennis ball for years, I’ve finally found the right equipment to deal with my insanely tight muscles and persistent back pain. I use these balls while lying on the floor for the deepest pressure.” — Honest Reviewer
2. Shiatsu neck and back massager
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, $29)
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
3. Thera Cane massager
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, $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
4. Shiatsu back massager
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, $40)
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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Originally published February 2016. Updated July 2017.