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Best Back Massagers of 2019

 

sedentary lifestyle has become one of the leading causes of chronic health conditions. Among the growing list of conditions, chronic back pain is one of the most common reasons for visiting a doctor. Back pain may seem unprovoked, but there are various underlying reasons which can lead to discomfort in the spinal, lumbar or cervical spines. Two of the most common causes of back pain can be found in the average person's daily life: sleeping in an awkward position, and sitting for long hours.

Owning a massage tool can provide the comfort of immediate relief when you need it, without the cost, time, and stress of making an appointment with a massage or physical therapist. Incorporating a small massage tool routine can help alleviate existing pain, improve blood circulation, reduce muscle tension, and provide preventive therapeutic treatment to help stave off crippling health problems for a lifetime.

Here's a quick look at are some of the best back massagers available in 2019:

Best of 2019
Comfier Shiatsu Neck & Back Massager
Rolling
Rolling
Renpho Rechargable Handheld Massager
Brookstone  672469 Sport Handheld Massager
Handheld
Snailax Massage Mat with Heat
Relaxzen  60-2907P08 10-Motor Massage Plush Mat with Heat
Mat
Body Back Company's Buddy Trigger Point Self-Massage Tool
Body Back Company's  Buddy Trigger Point Self-Massage Tool
Manual
SHAPE
Chair Back Massager
Handheld Massager
Massage Mat
Cane Massager
CONSTRUCTION
8 massaging rollers
5 nozzles: Two 3-heads, 1 round head , 1-point head, curved head
2 heating pads, soft polyester
11 therapy knobs
APPLICATION
Back, Lumbar region
Back, Shoulders, Neck, Lumbar region
Back, Neck, Lumbar region, Legs
Back, Lumbar region, Neck, Legs
Type OF MASSAGE
Shiatsu, Heat
Vibration
Vibration, Heat
Shiatsu 
OPERATION
Electric
Electric
Electric
Manual
FUNCTIONALITY
  • Adjustable flaps
  • Air massage function
  • Three intensity variations
  • Cordless and rechargeable
  • 3600 pulses per minute
  • Simple 4 button control
  • 10 vibration massage nodes
  • 4 massage zones
  • 5 programmable massage modes
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Poster and instructions included
WEIGHT
24 pounds
3.4 pounds
4.9 pounds
1.2 pounds
PROS
  • Washable/detachable flaps
  • Convenient design
  • Various massage options with included heads
  • Easy storage
  • Auto-Off feature
  • S-shaped  design can reach any area
  • No power required
  • Convenient to use and store
CONS
  • Heavy
  • Difficult to transport
  • Limited to 2 areas
  • Weight can quickly wear out arms
  • Must be charged 
  • Short reach hinders massage capabilities
  • Plush fabric can ruin over time 
  • Overall weaker massage
  • May require short adjustment period
OUR VERDICT
 Will be most appreciated by savvy multi-taskers
Provides the ideal massage for overworked and tired muscles
Perfect for those who just want to relax
 Easy-to-use and the most effective for deep relief anytime
A Deeper Look: Finding the Right Back Massager for You

 

Shape and construction, massage type, functionality, and weight should be the main deciding factors when looking for a tool that fits your lifestyle.

Shape and Construction

The construction and shape of a back massager directly impacts how it can be used. It's important to be realistic about which type of tool you can foreseeably incorporate into your lifestyle. Generally, back massagers are equipped with rollers for the back, and vibration motors for the neck and spine. Models with massage nodes and spikes are meant for a more relaxing and rejuvenating massage. The more rollers, spines, and motors a massager has, the larger area it will cover with less targeted relief . Chair massage models can be convenient because they're designed for a sitting massage - leaving you hands-free and able to freely work. Cane and handheld models are best for pin-pointing areas that need deep tension relief, and can apply more force than most other models, with the former being able to withstand virtually any exertion of pressure.

Massage Type

Most massagers are designed to reduce tension in your back and lumbar zone, but some models are multi-functional and can be used for massaging your neck, shoulders, and even legs.

Having a brief understanding of massage techniques can help in picking the right tool for your body’s needs.

  1. Shiatsu: Based on massaging with fingers and thumbs. Helps to eliminate stress and muscle fatigue for a feeling of complete relaxation.
  2. Rolling: Most effective for people engaged in intense physical activity. Rotating movements can restore muscular activity and encourage elasticity in back muscles.
  3. Vibration: Improves blood circulation, blood supply, and mobility of neck and back muscles. Enriches oxygen by increasing blood flow, improves vital actions, and reduces overall fatigue.. 
  4. Heated: Encourages faster muscle recovery and elasticity, provides soothing relaxing effect, and enhances blood circulation. 
  5. Acupressure: Targets zones on the back and neck by with spikes. Restores blood circulation and is useful for both sensory endings and total relaxation.
Functionality and Weight

The functionality of a tool is dependent on its requirements to be used and maintained.  An electric massager will need to be plugged into a wall outlet or charged before it can be used. While they're highly-functional, maintenance can be extreme and require prior knowledge of electronics or maintenance fees, unless they're under warranty. Handheld massagers are basic yet practical because they aren't restrained to an outlet, and often require little to no maintenance. Depending on your upper body strength, the weight of a handheld massager will affect the duration of a massage. If you're planning on purchasing a handheld tool, it is recommended to find one that can be comfortably supported, without muscle strain, for a reasonable amount of time.

Comfier Shiatsu Neck & Back Massager

CONSTRUCTION
8 massaging rollers
А+
Massage Type
Shiatsu kneading massage, Soothing heat therapy
А+
WEIGHT
24 pounds
А-
 

Shape and Construction

The Comfier Shiatsu back massager can easily accommodate any seat, making it the perfect addition to your favorite chair at home. It features 4 (8 total) independent heated rollers sectioned around your back and neck that knead and soothe any persistent aches. The rollers imitate the Shiatsu massage technique and provide all over body relief in an ergonomic sitting position in the seat of your choice.

Massage Type

The replicated Shiatsu kneading effect shares the most resemblance of any technique to a manual massage session. This rolling massage has positive effects on muscles by improving their elasticity, and has been proven as one of the best options to those who experience regular muscle loading. In tandem with heat therapy, it increases blood circulation and provides the user with relaxation and healing all in one convenient sitting.

Functionality

Its seated design was created for multi-taskers who want a relaxing massage while lounging about, or seated at work. The detachable covers make it easy to go from intense kneading to alleviate deep knots, to a softer massage catered towards soothing relaxation.

Brookstone  672469 Sport Handheld Massager

Renpho Rechargeable Handheld Massager

CONSTRUCTION
5 nozzles: Two 3-heads, round head , 1-point head, curved head
А+
Type of massage
Vibration massage
А
WEIGHT
3.4 pounds
А
Shape and Construction

Fitted with 5 interchangeable nozzles: 3-sphere massaging node to cover large zones of your back, pin-point massaging node to alleviate deep tension, curved head for limbs, and a round head for an everyday massage. 

Massage Type

Effortlessly targets areas on the neck and shoulder, and can even reach the hard to reach area between your shoulder blades. The vibrations ease muscle tension while simultaneously improving circulation.

Functionality

Fits comfortably in your hands, making targeting areas in need simple and effective. The cordless design allows for ease of use at any time.

Relaxzen  60-2907P08 10-Motor Massage Plush Mat with Heat

Snailax Massage Mat with Heat

CONSTRUCTION
10 vibration massage motors
А+
Type of massage
Vibration massage, Soothing heat therapy
А
WEIGHT
3.5 pounds
А
Shape and Construction
Enjoy a relaxing lie down massage on a soft, plush polyester padded mat that can be folded and taken anywhere. Its 10 vibrating motors provide an effective full body massage which improves blood circulation and relieves tension, leaving you feeling rejuvenated and re-energized.
Massage Type
This model is perfect for a full body massage to target any and all sections that need tension relief. It’s created with any user in mind, from those who enjoy vigorous exercise to people who find themselves sitting the majority of the time. Its soothing heat therapy improves blood circulation, muscle elasticity, and enriches visceral organs with oxygen.
Functionality
Equipped with a corded remote, it features 5 pre-programmed variable massage modes with 3 intensity speeds to pinpoint your ideal massage. It includes an overheating protection system designed to shut off after 30 minutes of activity, making it the perfect option for people looking to transition from a relaxing massage to a nap without worry.
Body Back Company's  Buddy Trigger Point Self-Massage Tool

Body Back Company's Buddy Trigger Point Self-Massage Tool

CONSTRUCTION
11 therapy knobs
А-
Massage type
Shiatsu kneading massage
А
WEIGHT
1.2 pounds
А+
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Shape and Construction
This highly-functional back and neck massager cane is fitted with 11 therapy knobs - perfect for a full body massage to target trigger points for deep relief from tension pain. The knobs are strategically designed and placed to easily reach any zone in need of relief. The unique S-shape allows for self-massaging in hard to reach areas such as the neck and back which would normally require the aid of another. Each tool is proudly sourced and manufactured in the USA from premium, high-density glass-filled polypropylene which is built to endure the most intense of massages.
Massage Type and Targeted Zones
The unique design encourages versatility of use, and allows for relief from virtually any area experiencing tension pain. While smoothly gliding over the skin, it pinpoints tension to relax strained muscles while effectively improving blood circulation in the targeted zone. Intense pain from hours sitting in a chair or standing on your feet will be instantaneously relieved.
Functionality
The simplicity and ease of use is what sets this massage tool apart from the competition. Unlike other massagers that require adapters or power, this manual massage tool can be used for a relaxing massage anywhere and anytime without any prior requirements. Its lightweight build of less than 2 pounds makes it perfect for travel, and won't drain your arm strength to ensure your ideal intensity of massage.