As a trigger point or self-massage device, the ideal features would be something lightweight, easy to use, and with the ability to use it anywhere on the body. So the number of points, the positioning of these points and the variety of shapes will all be important. Here is what we found:
Variety of Applications
This criterion looks at how many areas of the body can be treated in various ways. Number, size, and variety of points are taken into consideration.
Ability to Leverage
Essentially, how easy is the tool to use? Looking at comfort, control and focus while applying pressure, and can every area be reached easily?
Specific Treatment Options
Does the device have specific treatments in mind, as well as being a general tool? Or is it a one-size-fits-all-problems type of instrument?
Overview of Features
Back Nobber II
Body Back Buddy
|20″ x 10″||24″ x 15″||26.5″ x 16″|
|Dismantles into 2 parts||Fixed||Fixed|
|2 therapy points||6 therapy points||11 therapy points|
|1 point shape||1 point shape||2 point shapes|
If you’ve seen lots of tools like this and don’t know which one to get, then talk to someone who has used all three and see what they recommend…
"We’ve used all of these devices in our clinics at various times, and while all three can be useful in reaching those tight spots, we’ve found the Body Back Buddy to be the most versatile, comprehensive, and easy to use. We’ve had clients who have the Back Nobber II or Theracane and after trialing the Body Back Buddy, find it to be superior to the others."
Joni Edmunds DPT Perth Myofascial Release