CATEGORY: Back Massage Tools & Personalized Back Massagers
TYPES: Electric, Back Rollers, Balls, Handheld/Portable Massagers, TENS Unit, Back Massages Performed by a Massage Therapist, Motorized Massagers, Massage Mats with Heat, Massage Mattresses, Electronic Back Massagers for Pregnancy, Deep Tissue Percussion (Dual Node) Therapeutic Massagers, Back, Neck and Shoulder (Pinpoint) Massagers, Various Self Back Massage Tools & Machines, Shiatsu Back Massage Chair Cushions
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> Some positive reviews of Backnobber online, and a small amount of negative.
> Massage is ALWAYS a good idea for achy muscles
> Easy to use. Just hold it in place and move it around to massage.
> Not too pricey
> Unlike receiving a massage from someone else, you can personally control where to apply the massage for optimal effectiveness & accuracy
> There is a tremendous variety to choose from if you’re willing to buy back massagers online & pay for shipping.
> The fact YOU have to apply the massage directly by holding the device means that your body isn’t completely relaxed. Massage is more effective when YOU are relaxed because your muscles are relaxed.
> Manual massage relieves pain & muscle tension but doesn’t necessarily treat the root cause of most knotted muscles (misalignment), which means the pain will mostly come back again.
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
Everyone agrees that almost any and all forms of massage feel are a great idea to promote healing, relaxation and pain relief. Massage for back pain really works and, to some degree, the Backknobber is no exception. If it works, then use it. However, know this: although massage tools may provide temporary relief, generally speaking, massage alone is usually NOT enough to permanently cure most chronic muscle pain. This means that if you rely exclusively on the Backknobber (or any other massage tools) for pain relief – without treating root cause, then you’re just committing yourself to needing massages for the remainder of your life. The Backknobber also has a pronounced weakness in the fact YOU have to manually apply the massage yourself, which means your muscles are not going to be totally relaxed while receiving the massage. Just the fact of having to manually move the Backknobber back and forth tenses up your back muscles. The positive benefits of massage decrease when performed on tense muscles, which diminishes the effectiveness of the Backknobber.
Ultimately, the best approach is to FIRST address the root cause of most muscle pain by aligning your body with the BODY-ALINE. Then rely on massage when needed. We suggest using the Backnobber in conjunction with the BODY-ALINE if it makes you feel better. Many have asked the questions: “Do back massagers really work?” and “Do back massagers help back pain?” This analysis summarizes why, in our opinion, the BODY-ALINE is a better & more effective back pain solution compared to even the best back pain muscle massagers & tools, like the Backknobber.
A Personal Review of the Backnobber Back Massager Tool from BODY-ALINE Co-Inventor Jason Bowman…
Admittedly, I’ve never used the Backnobber but I can say with 100% certainty (just from looking at the pictures) the following: The fact you have to hold it and move it around with your arms, means your back WILL immediately tighten to counterbalance your arm movement – in front. Tightened muscles are harder to massage because massage works best on relaxed muscles. I’m an advocate of massage but it’s better to use a massager that you don’t have to forcefully control – like an electronic hand-held massager, a massaging chair, or a masseuse. Overall, I suggest you fix your body-alignment first, then use back massagers on an as-needed basis.