CATEGORY: Back Massage & Massager Devices
TYPES: Electric, Roller Balls, Handheld/Portable, TENS Unit, Wooden (Egghead) Back Massage Rollers, Wearable Soothing Neck/Back Massagers, Pressure Point Back Massage Bars, Back Hooks, Massager Pillows, Lumbar Massagers with Heat, Full Back Chair Shiatsu Massagers, Various Body Massager Sets, Massage Canes, Professional Series Personal Massagers, Deep Kneading Vibration Massagers & Cushions, Hot-Cold Therapy Massagers, Rolling Muscle Massagers
*All brand names are trademarks of their respective owners & used for review(s) & comparison purposes only.
BODY BACK BUDDY PROS:
> A fair amount of good online reviews
> Fairly inexpensive
> Relatively easy to use. Just grab it, put it where you want and move it around
> Massage is an excellent treatment to reduce tightness in sore muscles
> Also applies trigger point therapy, not every personal hand-held massager does.
> Able to apply the massager exactly where you want for greater efficacy.
> There is an extensive selection to choose from if you’re willing to buy wooden back massagers online.
BODY BACK BUDDY CONS:
> Also has a fair amount of bad online reviews
> Almost any type of massage & trigger point therapy can reduce pain & relieve muscle tension but knotted muscles are a symptom. This doesn’t address root cause
> The fact that YOU have to apply the massager directly, unless someone else does it for you, means that your body won’t be completely relaxed. Massage is generally more effective when applied to relaxed muscles versus tensed.
Massage relieves, but does not cure, chronic low-back pain.
– Dr. Andrea Furlan, Assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto & staff physician & scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
As has already been stated, almost any and all forms of massage feel great, do work & can be extremely effective for back muscle relaxation, healing and pain relief. The Body Back Buddy is no exception. Although it provides temporary relief, it generally won’t be enough to fix the root cause of most chronic back, neck & muscle pain. If you don’t treat root cause, along with the massage, then you will need more and more massages as you age because muscles become less and less pliable. The Body Back Buddy also has a definite weakness in that YOU have to apply the massage directly with force, which means your body won’t be completely relaxed while applying the massage. Moving the Body Back Buddy back and forth during the massage, by definition, will increase the tension in your back muscles. Tense back muscles aren’t nearly as easy to loosen compared to relaxed ones, which can inhibit the effectiveness of this product.
Ultimately, the best approach is to address the root cause of most pain. Do this FIRST by realigning your body with the BODY-ALINE. During the realignment process you can rely use massage on an as-needed basis. Overall, the massage provided by the Body Back Buddy is HIGHLY recommended along with the BODY-ALINE. Together, they will loosen and realign your postural muscles to provide permanent lasting back pain relief. Many have asked the question: “What is the best back massager to buy?” This analysis summarizes why, in our opinion, the BODY-ALINE is a better & more effective back pain solution compared to even the best trigger point massage therapy devices for back pain, like the BodyBack Buddy.
A Personal Review of the Body Back Buddy (Trigger Point Therapy Massager) from BODY-ALINE Co-Inventor Jason Bowman…
Admittedly, I’ve never used the Body Back Buddy but I can tell you just from looking at the pictures, with 100% certainty that this product has a major flaw: If you have to hold the massager yourself and then move it around with force to massage your back, you WILL intrinsically tighten most of your back muscles. This increase in muscle tension will minimize the positive effects of the massage because massage works best on relaxed muscles. You’re trying to loosen them, right?
I’m a big fan of massage but you’d be much better off incorporating massage that you don’t have to apply personally, like an electronic hand-held massager, a massaging chair, or a massage therapist. Fix your body-alignment with the BODY-ALINE first and then utilize the Body Back Buddy when necessary, as a supplement to enhance the effects of realignment.