Whether it’s sore muscles from a heavy gym session, recurring lower back pain or a lingering old injury, most of us suffer from aches and pains at some point in our lives.
And if you’re not able to see a physiotherapist or fork out for regular full-body massages with a professional masseuse, a home massager can seem like a great alternative.
But physiotherapist and exercise physiologist Dr Scott Weiss says that before you splurge on expensive equipment there are a few things to consider.
Back pains? If you’re suffering from sore muscles or mild aches, a home massager may be able to provide some relief, but physiotherapist Dr Scott Weiss suggests that unless you have a specific problem that needs treatment there’s no need to invest in expensive equipment
Dr Weiss, who owns Bodhizone Physical Therapy & Wellness and works with elite athletes, told DailyMail.com that unless you have a specific issue that needs treatment there’s no need to spend a lot of money on a massager.
He said: ‘If you want to use [the massager] for a small amount of time and you don’t have a major problem, no doubt about it the $50 to $200 range is totally fine.
‘That should suffice for the average person.’
If you are willing to shell out for a sturdy and long-lasting piece of equipment, Dr Weiss recommends the TheraGun or Hypervolt massage devices, both of which he uses to treat the muscles of athletes.
But for the rest of us that may suffer minor aches and pains, Dr Weiss advises opting for a more affordable massager.
Below, we take a look at some of the best options.
The best massagers on Amazon
Dr Weiss says that he and his team also use PADO massagers on their clients, which are an affordable alternative to the TheraGun or Hypervolt. This hand-held cordless massager from PADO promises to improve circulation and speed up muscle recovery, as well as soothe inflamed joints and tendons. Plus, it’s small enough to fit in your backpack or suitcase.
One of Amazon’s top sellers, this pillow massager has an impressive 7,715 reviews, scoring it an average of four and a half stars. The massage nodes are designed to relax overused and tight muscles, while the advanced heating function promises to help soothe aches and pains.
Dr Weiss says that using a classic foam roller can be just as good as a massage. But to go one step better, he suggests investing in a vibrating foam roller. He explains: ‘These are a lot better than the traditional foam roller because when you’re both vibrating and massaging at the same time you see better recovery of the muscle.’
If you’re willing to put the work in, a roller stick can be an effective and affordable alternative to an electronic massage tool. Dr Weiss explains: ‘These are essentially the premise of all massage tools. [They are] the old school version of massage.’ He adds: ‘They take a lot more human energy, but they do the exact same job.’
Dr Weiss says that an often overlooked – and relatively inexpensive – massage tool for your back is the Ma Roller. ‘It’s basically acupressure and massage for the spine,’ he explains. ‘This is one product that is made specifically to help relieve tension and pressure throughout the back.’
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