The upper part of your body is where you often hold the most tension. Stress, prolonged awkward sitting or sleeping positions or even lugging heavy bundles can cause neck and shoulder pain. There are many options on the market to soothe the pain away. Below are my top picks in the best neck and shoulder massagers based on comfort, pain relief and ease of use. Oh, and of course price.
Wahl 2-Speed Massager Kit
HoMedics Sp-20h Ultra Plus Shiatsu Massage Pillow
iLiving Brand Advanced Tapping Massager Neck and Shoulder Massager with Heated Therapy
Dual Tapper Electric Handheld Percussion Massager
Body Back Buddy Massager
Panasonic EV2510K Reach Easy Rolling Massager
The Knobble II Massager by the Pressure Positive Company
HoMedics Extendable Percussion Massager with Heat
Sharper Image MSG-F110 Deep Kneading Shiatsu Foot Massager
Pibbs FM3830A Footbath Massager
Human Touch HT-1340 Foot and Calf Massager
Thumper Versa Pro Foot Massager
Carepeutic Acu-Point Therapy Foot Massager
New Thumper Sport Percussive Massager with Free Educational DVD
Waterproof Personal Massager - Handheld Wireless Vibrating Massager
Wahl 4296 Deluxe Wand Full-size Therapeutic Massager
Dolphin Percussion Massager
Oster Stim-U-Lax Massager Twin Pack
The Wahl All-Body Massage Powerful Therapeutic Massager is my top choice for all-over goodness. With 7 attachments, you can customize your massage to suit your needs. And with 2 speed settings, you can choose the high setting for a deep, intense massage of large muscle groups, or choose the low setting for a soothing, light massage of more delicate areas. You can even use it on your face. This lightweight, ergonomic massager fits perfectly in your hand with a multi-grip, ergonomic handle to prevent slipping and to avoid awkward and uncomfortable angles.
What’s better than getting a massage on a pillow? Nothing! That’s why the HomMedics Ultra Plus Shiatsu Massage Pillow is tops my list of best neck and shoulder massagers. Just position your head and neck on the soft quilted pillow and the state-of-the-art rotating massager within works its magic. HoMedica spot shiatsu technology and heat creates a more relaxing massage. Great just before bed, when you wake up, or anytime you need to release tension or relieve pain in your neck and shoulders.
The iLiving Brand Advanced Tapping Neck and Shoulder Massager with Heated Therapy features 20 automatic massage programs offering different intensity levels. Place this massager around the back of your neck, and the snug body-hugging design gives you a hands-free massage with a one-touch control panel. The penetrating heating function increases blood circulation for more relaxation. This massage is great not only for the neck and shoulders, but for the legs, buttocks, and upper and lower back. Great for relieving tension, stress, pain and fatigue.
The Dual Tapper Electric Handheld Percussion Massager offers a customizable massage experience with knob, accupoint and finger pressure attachments. This handheld massager is equipped with dual heads and a staggered, beating action that soothes tension and pain, while addressing painful knots. With a 2 speed control and interchangeable massage heads, you can go light or go deep. The ergonomically designed elongated curved handle makes it easy to reach hard-to-reach areas. Great for the neck and shoulders, but also rejuvenates your back, legs, buttocks and more.
Acu-Masseur is a portable, versatile massage for the neck and shoulders that tops my list for giving us the ability to take it anywhere. For quick relief of tension and pain at work, while traveling, or on the road, this massager reaches hard-to-reach places easily. Designed by a well known Swedish massage therapist, you can hit pressure and trigger points as well as knots. It can even relieve tension headaches. A great, lightweight device to have for quick relief.
Body Back Buddy will be your best friend whenever your back is aching or sore, or when you need to relieve some tension. It is my top pick for many reasons, such as its lightweight design, ease of transportation, effectiveness and price. The unique design comes from years of feedback from chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists. The device is equipped with 11 therapy knots, on a 25” bar that is curved to hit all the trigger points in your back, when slung over your shoulder or around your side. This massager comes with a 12 page booklet, giving you many ways to massage not only your back, but your entire body. Use it standing up, sitting, or lying down.
Panasonic Reach Easy Rolling Massager tops my list for its unique elbow-angled design, allowing you to easily access your upper, middle and lower back. With three vibration modes, three massage heads and a point massage for accupressure, this device does does a lot for a small machine. This massager soothes tired, sore or stressed back muscles while increasing blood circulation for an overall good feeling. Easy to maneuver, the light weight and comfort grip, makes it so anyone can use it on themselves or a partner. This massager can also be used on the neck and legs as well.
The Knobble II is probably the most surprising on my list. The size of a doorknob, this little massager does great things. The smoothly rounded tip applies pressure to trigger points in your back, relieving pressure and tension. And the soft band of Santoprene, a non-latex rubber, around the base helps with friction techniques used by therapists. Using your own body weight and your hand, you can get an effective massage similar to the kind you would get by the hands of masseuse. Made of durable polymer, this massager never has down time. No parts to fix, no fuss, and easily stored.
The Thera Cane Massager is another deceptive device that really targets the back. It may look simple, but it is one of the most effective self-massagers on the market. With 2 projections and 6 treatment balls, it is easy to administer a full back massage on yourself. Using deep compression, pain is relieved by reaching knotted trigger points and breaking up tension, adhesions in muscle fibers. Muscle function is restored and you are back to your activities in no time. Perfect for recurring injuries or any time your job, play or sleep cause undue stress on your back muscles.
The HoMedics Extendable Percussion Massager soothes aching back muscles with a steady beat. With soothing heat and variable speed control, this is one product that you might never want to be without. Two sets of massage heads give you the choice of a soft massage or heated massage using a comfortable rubberized handle for a solid grip. The massage is relaxing and stimulating all at the same time. Like the beat of a drum, you will be turning the beat around and on your feet for some dancing.
Sharper Image is known for their unique and effective products. Combining Asian principles of Shiatsu with stimulation of acupressure points in your feet, you get real-feeling thumb action. This infra-red heated foot massager deep kneads with massage rollers and ridged grooves to position your feet just right. And with toe touch controls, you can do it all with your feet without bending over. Your feet will feel soothed and reinvigorated, giving your body an all over boost.
Phibbs Footbath Massager not only massages your feet, but bathes them in warmth for penetrating comfort. Ergonomically designed, the bath has a strong bubbling effect, adding to the pleasure of your foot massage. It also comes with multiple detachable attachments to customize to fit your individual needs. This massager is a popular choice among those who love the feeling of the rotating nodes while their feet soak. A great end of day treat, or anytime your feet need a little pampering.
We all love the human touch. And that’s why the Human Touch Foot and Calf Massager is a top pick. More pricey than the above mentioned massagers, this device can be well worth it if you work while standing up, or do any activity that puts stress and strain on your calves and feet. The patented Human Touch technology includes the Human Touch CirQlation Foot and Calf Massager, that totally envelopes your calves and feet, mimicking the motion of a real therapist’s hands. This single speed massager features two auto-programs that make you feel like you are at the spa. And the Figure-Eight technology works directly on knots and kinks, for the most relaxed feet you can get.
The Thumper Versa Pro Professional-Strength Lower Body Massager quotes itself as “the best total body massager made!” And they could be right. As a top pick for best foot massagers, it features 13 massage settings, self-leveling suspension to adjust to different body parts, and is favored by over 200,000 chiropractors and massage therapists worldwide. With 184 acupressure nodes that are adjustable from 16 to 30 pulses per second, the direct-drive percussions works through shoes and clothing. All you do is sit back and rest your feet on the massager, and it does all the work for you.
FootSmart Acu-Point Therapy Foot Massager is one of my top choices for ease of use and all over body health. With four air-filled bags above the feet, 192 acupuncture nodes, and 24 infrared lights, this massager works out knots, soothes muscles and increases blood circulation. This massager features 3 intensity levels and 3 speeds for a customized massage that rivals even the best therapists and masseuses. A great way to pamper your feet and stimulate reflexology, for healthy feet.
The New Thumper Sport Percussive Massager reaches deep into the muscle with its patented Thumper percussive technology. This lightweight massager is equipped with a heavy duty DC motor and an ergonomic handle to fit comfortably in all hand sizes. With interchangeable massage heads and variable speeds, you can customize your massage from deep to light, while reaching large muscle groups and even hard to reach smaller muscles. This handy massager is great not only for muscle tension and pain relief, but for improving blood and lymph circulation resulting in better overall health and functioning of all your internal organs.
The Waterproof Personal Massager - Handheld Wireless Vibrating Massager tops my list for ease of use, pain and tension relief, and the ability to use it in water. Fully submergible, this little massager works in up to 3 feet of water. With 2 vibration levels, high and low, you can customize your massage to suit your needs. Use it in the shower, in a bath, in the bedroom, or anywhere. This lightweight, cordless massager is perfect for taking with you when traveling.
The Wahl Deluxe Wand Full-Size Therapeutic Massager is a lightweight massager with a flexible neck, making it easy to reach all areas of the body. With 3 heads, you get 6 massaging options by using the sides of the heads. And with 2 speeds, you can go from a light, soothing massage to a heavy duty, deep penetrating massage, in seconds. Designed to knead, dig deep, or soothe, this massager increases blood circulation while relieving pain and soreness in muscles all over the body. A top choice for multiple options, great pain relief, and ease of use.
Well who doesn’t love Flipper? I know I do and I flipped over the Prosepra Dolphin Massager for its unique ergonomic design. The streamlined handle makes it easy to hold and to position anywhere on the body without straining, even hard to reach areas. The Dolphn has a unique sector wing that works to provide extra pressure on muscles that need that more penetration. The single head massager, features a rounded massage knob delivering 3,000 pulses per minute. And weighing a mere 2.5 pounds, you can take it anywhere and use it anywhere. Great for all muscles in the body and for improving blood circulation.
For a professional massage at home, the Oster Professional Stim-U-Lax Massager is a top choice. This heavy duty machine is a single speed massager and is made with a special frame that contours to fit your hand comfortably and avoid hand fatigue. The perfect combination of a hand held and mechanical massage, you will get relief of tension and sore muscles in minutes. A stimulating, yet relaxing massage for tired, sore or aching muscles. Great for use over the entire body and even on the scalp.