CATEGORY: Back Massage & Portable Back Massagers
TYPES: Electric, Roller Balls, Handheld/Portable, Pulse Massagers, Travelers, Accu Rollers, Chi Swing Back Massager, Swedish Massage Cushions, Electronic Pulse Massagers, High Speed (RPM) Portable Hand-Held (cordless) Back Massagers w/Rechargeable Batteries, Trigger Point Self Massage Tools, Classic spine & back massagers, Massage Wands, Tapper (Tap) or Hammer Style Massagers, Air Compression Massagers, Chi Vitalizer Machine, Continuous Motion Massagers
*All brand names are trademarks of their respective owners & used for review(s) & comparison purposes only.
> There are multiple positive customer reviews of TheraCane online
> Simple to use. Just hold it where you want and move it to massage
> Massage is ALWAYS good for sore muscles
> Applies trigger point therapy as well as massage, not all massagers do this.
> Moderately inexpensive
> One is able to personally control where to apply massage for greater accuracy & effectiveness
> There are also multiple negative customer reviews of TheraCane online
> Almost any type of massage & trigger point therapy can relieve pain & muscle tension, but does not treat the root cause of the pain & muscle tension
> A nice supplement for pain that treats symptoms but doesn’t provide a cure
> The fact the one has to apply the massage to themselves personally means the body isn’t completely relaxed – massage is more effective when the body is totally relaxed
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 good and are extremely effective in promoting relaxation, healing and pain relief. TheraCane is no exception. If it works for you, then use it but keep this in mind: although it may provide temporary relief; generally speaking, massage alone is not enough to cure most chronic back & muscle pain. If you rely exclusively on the Theracane for pain relief and don’t treat the root cause, which is poor posture, you are just committing yourself to needing more and more massages for the duration of your life. The Theracane also has a pronounced weakness in the fact that you have to apply the massage yourself, which means your body isn’t totally relaxed. Having to position and move the Theracane back and forth, by definition, will tense up your back muscles. Tense muscles aren’t as easy to loosen via massage versus relaxed ones. This can inhibit the effectiveness of this product.
Ultimately, the best approach is to address the root cause of most pain. Do this FIRST by aligning your body with the BODY-ALINE. Then rely on massage on an as-needed basis. Just to reiterate, any form of massage, including Theracane, is HIGHLY recommended in conjunction with the BODY-ALINE. The massage on sore muscles provides temporary relief, while the BODY-ALINE provides permanent lasting relief because it treats root cause. This analysis summarizes why, in our opinion, the BODY-ALINE is a better overall solution for most chronic back pain, compared to to even the best portable back massagers, which Theracane is.
A Personal Review of ThearaCane for Back Pain from BODY-ALINE Co-Inventor Jason Bowman…
Admittedly, I’ve never used the TheraCane but I can tell you just from looking at the pictures that… the fact that you have to hold the massager and then move it around, with a fair amount of force, on your back WILL intrinsically tighten your back muscles, which prevents an optimal massage because massage works best on relaxed muscles. We are trying to loosen them, right? I’m certainly a fan of massage but you’d be much better buying a massager that you don’t have to forcefully control, like an electronic hand-held massager, a massaging chair, or massage therapist. But, ultimately, you should prioritize fixing your body-alignment first, then buy back massagers as a supplemental therapy when needed.