Back Massagers 102: The Advantages & Benefits
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The art of massage is ancient and universal. Plus, it feels good – and it's one of the first treatments that are recommended for chronic muscle pain, recovery after surgery and general muscle stiffness or tension. Most people out there can benefit from a massage, but not everyone has access to (or money for) a professional massage therapist.
Back massagers have been around for decades, although modern models are far better than the huge, noisy ones from the 70s most people imagine. If you have a decent back massager on your side, you can have all the benefits of a professional-grade massage without having to leave the comfort of your room.
Here's more info about the advantages of using a back massager, the different types of back massagers you can buy and why you can't go without one if you struggle with any type of back pain, stiffness or discomfort.
The Advantages of Using Back Massagers
Back massagers are great and they give you the benefits of a professional massage without the need to spend the money or the time on a professional massage therapist. But that's not their only benefit by a long shot. Here are some more reasons why it's a great idea to own your own back massager:
Available in different shapes, sizes and types.
Certain types of back massagers are portable ones that fit in your hand and target a small, select area of muscle; other varieties of back massager (like a TENS massager) adheres to the skin with electrodes and targets these areas, while there are also larger back massagers available in the form of a chair – and some of have the ability to heat up.
In short, you should get the idea: If there's an area of your back to be massaged, there's a massager out there that can do it.
Back massagers let you set the intensity of your massage.
Other than telling a massage therapist to take it easy, there isn't much you can do to customize the intensity of a professional massage. When you make use of a back massager, all you have to do is turn a dial (or occasionally press a button) to set how intense you want your massage to be.
The use of a back massager puts total control of the massage in your hands.
There's no need to wait for an appointment when you can just grab your back massager.
Visiting a professional massage office means that you'll have to wait for an appointment, which can sometimes take weeks or months at busier, more exclusive places.
No matter what type you choose, a back massager is available any time you need to use one. Portable models can even be carried around in your bag or luggage.
Some back massagers are portable.
Speaking of portable, many back massagers are – and many others are larger. Portable massagers are great to have if you experience chronic pain throughout the day and never know where you're going to be when it happens next.
Back massagers are pretty advanced today.
The average back massager used to be big, bulky and noisy things. Today, this isn't true and most available back massagers are small, portable and quiet.
The Different Types of Back Massagers
Time to choose a back massager to suit your needs? Here are 10 of the most common types and what you should know about each of them:
Full Back Massager
Sometimes back pain becomes chronic, severe or tense enough that a full back massage is more beneficial than targeting specific areas. A full back massager meets this need and comes in several (usually larger) forms to do it.
Hand Held Back Massager
A hand held back massager is exactly what it sounds like: It fits in your hand, and it's usually used to target specific muscle areas that need it the most with varying levels of intensity, usually ones you can set yourself.
Hand Held Electro Percussion Back Massager
Some massagers work with vibration, but there are many that employ the use of electronic percussion technology to simulate a different kind of muscle stimulation. These are immensely useful for tension, but might not be recommended for surgical recovery.
Upper Back / Neck Massager
Not all muscle tension or injury will require a full back massage to benefit from it. That's why there are specific upper back and neck massagers, most handheld or portable, for targeting these specific (and commonly tense) muscle areas.
Chair Back Massager
The chair back massager isn't for everyone and isn't in everyone's price range, but if this is your choice option, you're in for a lot of luxury – and another spin on the full back massage.
Heated Back Massager
A heated back massager warms up in addition to offering you a massage. Heat can be one of the best things for alleviating muscle tension and pain.
TENS Back Massager
TENS back massagers attach with electrodes to the targeted muscle areas and conduct the massage through electronic pulses. The lack of traditional “vibration” means this is often recommended for surgical recovery, muscle injury ad deeper tissue massage.
Electric Pulse Back Massager
The electric pulse back massager is another type of massager that lets go of the traditional vibrational element of a massager and trades it in favor of pulses, which can penetrate deeper into the muscle.
Deep Tissue Back Massager
Deep tissue back massagers are created to target areas that are far deeper than the usual handheld back massager can reach. Again, it's a more common massager recommended for injuries and recovery.
The need for massage doesn't begin and end with the muscles. Sometimes the origin of the pain and discomfort instead traces down to the nerve - and yes, there's a special massager that might help if that's the case for you.
The Benefits of Back Massagers (& Why You Need One)
We all know that a massage feels pretty good – and yet a huge chunk of the population has never been near a professional massage office or salon and might never have the chance. Access to back massager means that you could have a shot at being in less pain, feeling less muscle stiffness and discomfort. You might even sleep better as a result.
The use of a back massager can be one of the best ways to help relieve muscle tension no matter what the underlying cause of it is.
In addition to this, back massagers are often the first recommended option after surgery or injury to the muscles.
There's a lot of research out there that tells us why massage is good for you, and there's no need for you to ever have to spend the money or time on a massage therapist to find out why.
Continue the Back Massagers 101 Series :
|101: Start Here||Link|
|102: The Benefits||Link|
|103: What To Look For When Purchasing A Back Massager for Home Use||Link|
|104: Targeting Specific Muscles||Link|
|105: Why You NEED A Massager for Home Use||Link|