Feel Better: Back Massagers to Use on Yourself

Who needs a spa! Grab one of these, then lie back and say aaaah.

woman rubbing her neck
A wearable massager makes it easy to work out the knots in your neck and back.Karolina Grabowska

Booking an appointment at a spa for a full-body massage is a nice treat. But the truth is, multiple sessions are necessary for prolonged relief—and that gets pricey. Plus, who has that kind of time? Instead, invest in an at-home back massager to give your muscles the regular attention they deserve.

Massage Gun Muscle Neck Back Massager Deep Tissue Percussion Handheld Shoulder Massager Super Quiet Brushless Motor
Three adjustable speed settings, four interchangeable head attachments and a high-torque engine make this choice perfect for targeting fascia all over the body.opove

Our head, shoulders, knees and toes (not to mention neck, thighs and tush) can take a beating during a workout. Most of us think of massage as an indulgence, but it’s actually crucial for post-exercise recovery. Percussive muscle massage works out knots, improves blood flow and enhances range of motion—and it feels fantastic.

Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager
Hold this model in your hands or strap it to a chair to instantly soothe different spots on your body.Zyllion

Know what kind of massage you like before you buy: if you prefer focused tapping, go for something percussive, like a gun. If you like a wavy flow, look for a kneading style. Also, decide whether heat is important to you—some models have it, others don’t.

Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager with Heat Deep Kneading Massage for Neck, Back, Shoulder, Foot and Legs, Use at Home, Car, Office
No matter where you wear it, eight different modes plus three intensities make this ergonomically designed wearable device your one-stop relaxation prop.Naipo

Think about your lifestyle before investing in a massager. For example, if you’re super busy and know you’ll never use a device that requires you to sit still, opt for a wearable style, perfect for multitaskers. And if you’re a frequent traveler, choose something that’s small, light and portable.