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LifePro Pulse Fx Rotating Percussion Massage Gun Review

LifePro Pulse Fx Rotating Massage Gun

If you are looking for the most intense percussion massage gun, look no further - the LifePro SoarFX Pulse FX Percussion Massage Gun is the best handheld massager for you. 

That's saying a lot, considering there are so many excellent candidates in this category. 

What We Like 

  • 3-angled rotating massage head
  • 16mm amplitude 
  • Charging base 
  • ... more below

What We Don't 

  • Slightly steep price tag

Design & Material

As you can see, the LifePro SoarFX Pulse Fx does not adopt the usual single-handle massage gun design. 

LifePro Pulse Fx Massage Gun

Instead, it is in this solid-block design that has a dug-in curved handle that can be held on either hand for the most ergonomic grip. 

With controls built into the handle, it allows a one-handed trigger to adjust the speed and level of intensity while you go.

To each its own, but this type of design arguably gives better grip and control to the user hence its vast preference by professional trainers and athletes alike. 

Nevertheless, we think this is a matter of individual preference. 

Like most handheld percussion massage gun, it comes with a custom storage and travel case so that you can bring it with you anywhere you go. 

LifePro travel case

Features & Functions

When we say this is the most powerful and intense massage gun available, we really are not exaggerating.  

16mm Amplitude

Do you know that the standard amplitude for most percussion massage guns is 10mm?This is the level of depth a massage gun is able to beat into a muscle group which in most cases, goes as deep as 10mm.

Not with the SoarFX though. This little device here is able to penetrate as deep as 16mm and that, is amongst the deepest amplitude we have seen so far. 

LifePro high intensity

Because of this, the LifePro SoarFX is able to give one of the most intense percussive massage despite not having the biggest RPM range.

This makes it perfect for serious sports athletes, bodybuilders and those with dense body mass as it goes harder than any other deep tissue massager available on the market today. 

The extra 6mm amplitude makes all the difference, we tell you.

There are 3 intensity levels for you to choose from.

Compared to the Bobbito or Taotronics, this may seem slightly little but nevertheless, it hasn't posed a problem for many thus far. 

RPM

1,800 - 3,000

No. of Massage Head

5

Battery Life

7 hours

Adjustable Intensity

3 levels

Rotating Arm

Adding to the level of intensity is the ability for its massage heads to rotate.

Now, this is not something you'd often seen in massage guns. 

In fact, this may very well be the only handheld percussion massager that comes with such a rotating feature.

As pictured below, the massage head is able to rotate in 3 different angles independently. What this does is that it adjusts itself to reach all body parts in every way, even toward the upper-mid back to treat areas that even the most skilled hands can't reach. 

LifePro Pulse Fx rotating massage gun

As a result, it really digs into the muscles and fascia, letting the pulsing vibrations penetrate and be delivered deep within. 

No doubt, this gives the LifePro Pulse Fx an extra edge amongst the very stiff competition that is the massage gun industry.   

Speaking of which, this percussion massage gun comes with 5 massage heads for you to interchange for different body parts. For a detailed explanation of what each does, visit here.

Battery Life 

While it may not have TaoTronics' 10-hour lasting capacity, its battery life definitely leans towards the longer side if you'd seen this comparison chart here

LifePro charging dock

In one full charge, the SoarFx will last up to 7 hours depending on the intensity level you choose.

That's more than double the average 3-4 hours that most massage guns have, and that's good enough for many professional trainers.

We like how it comes with a charging dock so that the device has a space to sit on its own even when you are not charging it.  

We like how it comes with a charging dock so that the device has a space to sit on its own even when you are not charging it.  

Specifications


Product Name

SoarFX Pulse FX Percussion Massage Gun

Product Brand

LifePro

Product Size

22 x 11 x 17.7 inches

Product Weight

22 pounds

What's Included

1x massage gun

1x charging dock

1x carry case

5x massage head

3x AAA batteries

Lifetime support (training videos + life support)

Warranty

Lifetime guarantee

Yep, one of the very few, the SoarFX comes with LIFETIME WARRANTY. This goes to show how confident the brand is with its product and quality, to be able to offer lifetime guarantee to all its users. 

On top of that, it also comes with built-in LIVE support from the brand's 'guiding angels' - in the form of training videos and live support in case you need any guidance.

Pros

  • 3-angle rotating massage head
  • 16mm penetrating amplitude
  • Long-lasting charge
  • Training videos + life support
  • Lifetime guarantee

Cons

  • Slightly steep price tag

Wrapping Up

Available in 4 colours, there really isn't much that we can fault the LifePro SoarFX Pulse FX Percussion Massage Gun - both in design and performance.

As emphasises repeatedly above, it gives the most intensive percussion massage that provides deep muscle relief anywhere on the body. 

LifePro SoarFX Pulse FX Massage Gun

Use the vibrations to warm up the muscles pre-workout to increase your range of motion, flexibility and comfort while you train.

Afterwards, let the deep percussive massage triggers your myofascial release to enhance the body's built-in ability to regenerate and repair cells. 

Its price point may not be one for everyone though. Nevertheless, if you are a serious bodybuilder with dense body mass or is a professional sportsman or athlete, we couldn't recommend the SoarFX highly enough - it may just be the perfect handheld massager you have been looking for all this while. 



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The 8 Best Hand Massagers for Effective Arthritis & Other Pain Relief

Best Hand Massager

Compared to foot massagers where types and variations are plentiful and many, the choices are notably less varied when it comes to hand massagers.

Nevertheless, the demand for a good hand massager is many and on the rise, with more and more people suffering from painful conditions like carpal tunnel, arthritis and the likes.

We have done our foot massager review, naturally, we need to do one for our hands as well. Here's our take. 


Top 8 Best Hand Massager Review 

It is worthy to note that a hand massager is completely different from a handheld massager. 

Some people got confused between them given the similarity in their names, but know that they are two completely different things.

We have gone through the latter extensively in our handheld massager reviews, check them out if you wish to find out more. 

For now, let's look at the top hand massagers the market has to offer. 

Lunix Cordless Electric Hand Massager

The Lunix LX3 is definitely amongst the top candidates if we are looking at the best hand massager available in the market.

This cordless device combines all 3 components - compression, heat and vibration to deliver a massage experience that resembles the closest feeling to a real hand massage. 

It offers the most number of modes and intensity levels compared to the rest, with an ergonomic hand position that not many other units have. 

FDA-approved, it has been successfully tested by over 300 physical hand therapy patients who see an obvious DECREASE in arthritis pain and FASTER recovery after carpal tunnel surgery.

We like how its customer support is US-based, with Lifetime Warranty offered and Full Refund options available. Read more here...

PGG Cordless Hand Massager

The PGG X7Pro is another top favourite. Comes with a pair of gloves and finger massager, this is the best shiatsu massager for tender hands that are prone to sensitivity. 

Amongst everything, we like how it offers 3 heat settings to cater to different needs. The intuitive display of keys also make it very easy to operate. 

One of the best portable massager, its cordless design uses rechargeable lithium ion batteries so there is no need to replace them all the time. 30 minutes is all you need to get a full charge. Continue reading here...

Comfier Wireless Hand Massager

If you are looking for a basic hand massager that does the job well without too much gimmick, you will love the Comfier Wireless Hand Massager.

From its 3-button interface, you can probably already tell that it is all about the non-fuss operation with this massager for hands. 

Besides on/off, there is only heat and intensity (3 levels each) options for you to control respectively. You don't get to adjust time, but there is a 30-minute timer inbuilt to ensure safe use. Thanks to such straightforward functioning, it is cheaper (price-wise) compared to other hand massagers in the market. Continue reading here...

Prourbier Air Compression Hand Massager

The Prourbier stood out to us with its long design. If you are looking for a hand massager that can reach beyond the wrist area, you will not go wrong with this one. 

The longer design does not add to its overall weight though. This little device weighs about the same as other shorter units so it is still very portable. 

Matching the Lunix in terms of number of massage modes and intensity levels, it too offers one heat setting only. It comes with 3 hand grip strength enhancers though so that's a bargain, however, it takes longer to get one full charge. Find out here...

Evita Electric Hand Palm Massager

The Evita operates quite differently from the rest.

Instead of pre-set modes with certain intensity and pressure levels inputted, this one here actually allows you to adjust the setting  to the dot according to your needs. 

That is, you can adjust the pressure level to exactly what you want - increase and decompress according to your preference.

This is perhaps the best shiatsu massager for women because you can actually have a hand care session besides mere pain-relief purposes. The vinyl gloves that come with it lets you use the massager with hand cream applied. If you have dry hands problem, this is a good choice to try. Read more here...

HandSonic Hand Massager

The HandSonic Hand Massager is one with the most advanced technology inbuilt out of all. 

Adopting a 3D surround air pressure bionic technology, its precision engineering is further enhanced with its sophisticated AI microchip programming.

What entails is a great imitation of a private hand masseur in the effect of artificial massage.

It has one of the most comprehensive coverage we will have to say. All 36 reflective areas of the palm receiving equal pressure massage through a rhythmic inflatable and deflated drive cushion. All aspects - time, pressure, mode and heat can be freely regulated. Continue reading here...

HoMove Hand Roller Massager

For those that like the roller method, the HoMove Hand Massager will be the best hand massager for you.

This is because it also adopts a 2-finger massager roller in its massage mechanism. What this means is that you'll also get reflexology-like kneading to the acupressure points of the fingers simultaneously to the palm. 

Out of all that are included in this hand massager review, this is the only model that comes with such feature. With up to 5 groups of airbags and 3 sets of air valves, the air pressure it exudes is quite literally, second to none. Find out more here...

Breo iPalm520 Electric Acupressure Hand Massager

A hand massager review will not be complete if we do not mention the Breo. 

A leader with over 2 decades of experience in the industry, its iPalm520 Hand Massager is one of its bestselling product.

This device here has generated numerous international patents and design awards for the brand. 

Despite having been in the market for a considerable time, it is able to withstand the stiff competition presented by newer innovations and models. Like the Evita, this too comes with gloves for you to enjoy a hand care session with lotion/cream applied. Continue reading here...


Hand Massager Comparison Chart

MODEL

WEIGHT

MODES

INTENSITY

CORDLESS

HEAT

Lunix Cordless Electric Hand Massager

3.22 lbs

6

6

PGG Cordless Hand Massager

2.49 lbs

2

3

Comfier Wireless Hand Massager

2.4 lbs

3

3

Prourbier Air Compression Hand Massager

2.42 lbs

6

6

Evita Electric Hand Palm Massager

3.31 lbs

unlimited

3

HandSonic Hand Massager

3.34 lbs

3

3

HoMove Hand Roller Massager

2.7 lbs

3

3

X

Breo iPalm520 Electric Acupressure Hand Massager

2.78 lbs

tbc

3


How Do Hand Massagers Work?

Now, there are many different types of hand massagers and they work quite differently from one another.

For instance, a manual roller-type hand massager will operate very differently from an automatic, electric one.

manual hand massage

vs

how hand massager work

For our purpose, we are going to explain how electric hand massagers (as that reviewed above) work in general. 

Acupressure Massage

To start off, hand massagers are used for the palm, hand, wrist and all fingers - a point acupressure massage. 

You see, there are a lot of nerve reflex zones on our hands which are directly connected to many important organs of the body.

hand reflexology chart

Ancient Chinese acupuncture theory will tell you that massaging the hands will help achieve an overall healthier and more relaxed state for the whole body.

That’s reflexology for you. To those who are unfamiliar with the concept, it is a practice of applying pressure to specific areas of the body believed to correspond to a different organ, gland or zone.

On the same basis, hand massagers operate by focusing on the hands. They apply pressure on different points to provide targeted massage that makes you feel relaxed and revitalized.

Air Pressure + Hot Compression

You will notice there is one formula employed across all hand massagers to achieve this purpose, regardless of brand or model. 

That is – the air pressure + hot compression technology.

Air compression and heat therapy

Air Pressure - Intelligent air pressure produces a soothing rhythm that accurately simulates the reflexes, massaging the fingers, palms and the tops and bottoms of the hands, while massaging the acupuncture points. 

Hot Compression - Delivered via deep-infrared energy. A comforting heat within the range of 98F–107F to promote healthy blood circulation, soothe muscles and reduces hand fatigue.

To put it very briefly, electric hand massagers relax the hands by pressing at the acupressure points of the palm and fingers. They also squeeze the hand firmly and stretch the nerves and fingers straight out, meanwhile providing slow warming to the area.

You do get models that incorporate more like the HoMove, which has an additional roller feature. This is to give an accurate imitation of reflexology-like kneading to the acupressure points.

Generally speaking though, they do not stray far away from the basis that is the wave compression/thermal combination.


Do I Need A Hand Massager?

Knowing all that, do we need a hand massager? As some may say, it is not a necessity. Let's see about that. 

Overall Body Care 

Our hands are one of the busiest parts of the body - we need them to carry out most work in our daily life. 

hands usage

Understandably so then, that the hand is among our most complex structures of the body.

To put it simply, the anatomy of our hand consists of  an incredibly delicate and complex system of muscle, joints, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. There are more than two dozen fine, small bones in each hand.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed that our hands, like the feet, have reflexology points.

Each acupressure point leads to different organs of the body. When massaged accordingly, they help the whole body relax and bring back your balance, thereby reducing your stress level.

On the contrary, if you do not take good care of your hands, they can be prone to injuries. 

hand massage therapeutic

From a wide range of motions, repetitive and stressful tasks to improper use of the hand, various types of temporary and (sometimes) chronic ailments can develop due to the hand’s intricate structure.

So, a massage treatment for the hand is more than just relaxation of the hands – it is for the relaxation and care of the whole body as well. We believe that the regular and proper stimulus to the palm can benefit the internal organs in the long run.

Following this line of thought, you would think that a hand massager is such a worthy investment to make. 

Arthritis

Also known as joint inflammation, it is perhaps one of the most common ailment experienced by a majority of the community.

Rheumatiod arthritis in particular, where you experience pain, swelling, stiffness or reduced range of motion in the hands and wrist.

rheumatoid arthritis

The causes vary – from wear and tear, infections to underlying diseases, the pain and stiffness can worsen with age.

Studies found that people with arthritis has 75% lesser in strength than those who do not have it. This means that even simple actions like holding a light object, can be quite impossible.

Such people should definitely have a massager for hand pain because it has been scientifically proven that daily massages help improve the arthritis condition. Not only do they experience less pain, they also found that they have more strength in their muscles as well.

palm hand massager

Most hand massagers available on the market nowadays are able to also increase the strength of muscles as well. 

You will be pleased to know that all our hand massager reviews above have this capability.

This is why any will make for the best electric massager that helps with alleviating aches and improving the overall quality of life.

People who have used massagers for around 3-4 weeks see a drastic improvement in their overall mood and anxiety level, with many having a much calmer sleep at the end of the day.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is another common hand condition that will see great benefits from using a hand massager. It is different from arthritis, depicted as follows:

carpal tunnel vs arthritis

A brief explanation – the carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway on the palm side of your wrist that is made up of bones and ligaments.

The median nerve, which controls sensation and movement in the thumb and first three fingers, runs through this passageway along with tendons to the fingers and thumb.

carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is when you feel pain in the hand and arm, accompanied with some sort of numbness or tingling.

There are many factors contributing to it - wrist anatomy, underlying health conditions and patterns of hand use being some of the common ones.

Regular therapeutic hand massage can help to soothe and relieve the pain and increase range of motion. The rhythmic massage motion encourages oxygen-rich blood to flow into the stiff and sore areas.

In many cases, a good quality hand massage of just a few minutes on a daily basis can help alleviate these conditions.

Others

Besides arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome, you will see great relief from using a hand massager if you suffer from the following symptoms:

symptoms suitable for hand massagers

- trigger finger and finger numbness

- achy hands 

- rheumatological symptoms

- stiff finger

- sore hands/wrists

- tightening fingers

- fingers coldness strain

In particular, it is important that you give your hands a relaxing massage regularly if you are one of those with busy hands. For example, programmers, instrument players, housewives, accountants, office workers and so on.

Seeing that, we will say that whilst it is not a MUST for everyone, a hand massager will do you more good than harm.

ESPECIALLY if you suffer from some kind of hand conditions/ailments one way or the other. It is one of the best home massager anyone can own.


Hand Massager vs. Professional Manual Massages

So, we all know by now that a hand massager works to relieve pain in the hands. In the process of doing so, it helps maintain the overall health of all body parts as well.

How well does it fare then, if we are to compare it with a hand massage provided by a professional masseuse?

Consistency

This question very much depends on the individual masseur.

hand massage

There are some very skilful professionals who will just ‘get’ what you need and they deliver. If you come across one, hold on to him/her.

However, there are also those that are rather subpar in their skills. Not only do they not help much, they may even injure you in the process.

Compared to that, a hand massager does not involve any kind of human factor. It will only apply the pressure that you choose – consistently, and regularly. No deviation, no straying out of the course.

Of course, it depends to a very large extent you choosing a good hand massager. There are certainly inferior ones out there so research well before you make your choice. Otherwise, you may rely on our hand massager reviews above – we’ve done the hard part that is eliminating the bad from the good ones.

Penetration

In terms of penetration, hand massagers are able to penetrate much deeper than manual massages in our opinion.

You see, there will always be a limit as to how much strength a human can apply. If a masseuse presses too hard in an attempt to penetrate deeper, it may cause pain.

hand massager works

For a machine though, it will be able to deliver accordingly no matter how deep you want.

It will also be much easier to control the amount of pressure – just adjust the level according to your needs.

Also, a hand massager is able to work at a larger area than a manual masseur. 

For instance, a less than 10-minute session on the machine is equivalent to what you can achieve with a one-hour manual massage. In that regard, the hand massager definitely takes the upper hand.

Having said that, a machine is a machine - it cannot compare to the human brain and it does not give the human touch.

A professional masseur will be able to examine your hand and evaluate how problematic a particular area is, thereby provide the level of massage required accordingly.

Convenience

One main benefit hand massagers have over professional masseurs is that they are so much more convenient.

Comfier hand massage portability

Due to them being so compact in size and light in weight, they make for the best portable massager - one that you can literally take with you everywhere you go.

Be it at home or at the office, you can have a hand massage at your convenience anytime you want. 

You can even pack them in your suitcase, and take them with you on vacation.

Compared to having to book an appointment and securing a slot with your local masseur or spa regularly, a hand massager is no doubt so much more convenient in giving you access to a quick massage anytime you want.

Budget-friendly

This is a no-brainer, but you will be able to cut off from expensive care if you purchase a hand massager. Even if they may not seem much at a glance, they do add up to a rather significant amount if you visit your massage parlour regularly.

dollar gif

Sure, you will need to invest some money in buying a hand massager, but we’re not talking about much – some of the best hand massagers are also only within the $100 range, with some going as low as around $50.

If we are to really compare, the majority of hand massagers available on the market would cost around the same as what you would be charged for a one-hour massage.

Buy once, and you can use it for a long time. Definitely more budget-friendly compared to a human masseuse.


Safety Information 

Having said the above, there are certain things to pay attention to when it comes to an electric hand massager:

  • People with indisposed symptoms like inflammation and blood stasis in hand, or have had a hand surgery are prohibited from using an electric hand massager.
  • Remove any hand/finger ornament when using a hand massager.
  • Do not put on nail polish 1 hour before using a hand massager.
  • Avoid using a hand massager at places with excessively high temperature and moisture.
  • Use light mode settings instead of medium or hard if you have soft and tender hands.
  • People with heat/cold sensation disorder should use hand massagers that come with heat compression with caution.
  • It is normal to see dimples forming in the skin after using a hand massager. They will disappear in 15-30 minutes.
  • Hand massagers are meant for household health care and not for medical treatment.

Also, you will notice dimples as that pictured below forming on the palms after a session in the hand massager.

hand massager dimple effect

Don't worry, they are completely normal -  they will fade away as the blood circulates for a few minutes. 

These are obvious signs of massage stimulation on the hands. They show that your hands reflex zones have been full stimulated, as well as the efficiency of the hand massager with its kneading properties. 


Wrapping Up

Compared to other body parts, our hands are often neglected.

It is time to change this and pay more attention to them because you are subjecting them to various tasks every day. 

Hand massagers are not just merely about pain relieving. A good massager for hand will do so much more in your overall wellbeing in the long run. 

Hand massager wrap up

Of course, they work wonders if you suffer from any kind of joint pain relief. From rheumatoid finger arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome to the more common sore hands/wrist and cold hands, they provide immense relief rather instantaneously. 

Do not wait until you develop these symptoms though - take good care of your hands from an early stage and you may just be able to get away from these ailments once and for all. 



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Naipo Deep Tissue Percussion Massage Gun Review

Naipo Percussion Massage Gun

Looking for the lightest handheld percussion massage gun? The Naipo Deep Tissue Percussion Massage Gun fits the bill perfectly. 

Weighing a mere 2.0lbs, this is the lightest massage gun featured in our extensive handheld massager reviews. It does not discount on the features department, though. 

What We Like 

  • Most lightweight massage gun
  • Ultra quiet operation
  • ... more below

What We Don't 

  • None

Design & Material 

And this lightweight, to a very large extent, has its ergonomic design to thank for. 

Naipo size

You can see the difference visually. Compared to others, this one here obviously has a slimmer design overall.

Especially in the handle, which measures at 33mm, a size found to give the most comfortable and ergonomic grip to most people.

Because of such slimmer design, the Naipo is comparatively much lighter than its competitors.

Designed with a 55mm high-torque brushless motor, this percussion massage gun is paired with a double bearing rotation structure. 

We won't go into details the technical part regarding on what this does. Putting it simply, it means that the device can provide powerful, deep-muscle stimulation without being overtly loud.  

Naipo cooling system
Naipo motor

We also like how the Naipo has an efficient automatic cooling design incorporated to help it reduce heat consistently. This way, you can avoid the device from overheating, thereby preserve it for a longer lifespan. 

And while we are on the topic of safety, this massage gun has a 10-minute timer function to ensure user's safety.


Features & Functions

In terms of intensity, the Naipo massage gun produces 2,000 to 3,200 RPM across 5 levels to relieve muscle pain and provide deep muscle relaxation and athletic muscle recovery to its user. 

Naipo intensity levels

This is on par with the OPOVE M3 Pro and Bobbito percussion massager, so we have no complaints about it in this regard. 

However, if you are a casual gym-goer or someone without too dense a body mass, then perhaps this one here may be a better choice for you.

Its has a lower intensity level that starts at 1,400rpm, nevertheless, it still reaches as high as 3,200rpm should there be days that you require greater relief.

Having said that, we do like the Naipo's ultra quiet operation better though as this one here produces a mere 43dB low operating noise only.  

Massage Head

In terms of massage heads, it comes with a total of 5 for you to interchange for different body parts. 

In case you are not familiar with how each work, you can refer to this guide here or the user manual that comes with it.

Nevertheless, they are generally categorized as such:

Naipo massage heads
  • Ball Head - Designed for large muscle groups i.e. arms, legs, calves, back, hip
  • U-shaped Head - Also for large muscle groups i.e. arms, legs, calves, back, hip
  • Bullet Head - Designed for deep tissue percussion massage i.e. meridians, palms, plantars, joints, trigger points etc.
  • Flat Head - Designed for all muscle groups and body shaping
  • Cushion Head - For all muscle groups

Do note that you have to avoid whirling when you switch between massage heads. All it requires is just the push/pull motion - pull the massage head off the port to detach, press the massage head into the connecting port likewise to attach.

Also, remember to switch the device off first before you do this. 

Battery Life

While the Naipo Massage Gun does not have as long a battery life as the TaoTronics, its 5-7 working capacity per full charge is considered pretty impressive given the average is 3 to 5 hours (as evident in this comparison chart here).

Naipo battery level

This is thanks to the 2500mAh capacity built-in lithium-ion battery that it adopts, which allows you to use it anywhere, anytime as you wish.

For perspective, it can last you a week without charging even if you use it once every day.

This is perfect to those who train regularly, or for professional trainers to use it on their customers. 

This is thanks to the 2500mAh capacity built-in lithium-ion battery that it adopts, which allows you to use it anywhere, anytime as you wish. 

For perspective, it can last you a week without charging even if you use it once every day. This is perfect to those who train regularly, or for professional trainers to use it on their customers. You won't have to worry about it dying midway on you. 

Specifications


Product Name

Deep Tissue Percussion Muscle Massager

Product Brand

Naipo

Product Size

11.6 x 10.3 x 4 inches

Product Weight

2 pounds

What's Included

Naipo case

1x percussion massage gun

1x power adapter

1x travel case

5x massage head

1x user manual

Pros

  • Lightest handheld massage gun
  • Long lasting battery life 
  • Ergonomic handle grip
  • Powerful motor and ultra quiet operation

Cons


Wrapping Up

As you can see, there isn't anything we can fault the Naipo Massage Gun with at all. 

Naipo Massage Gun

If we are to really nitpick, it may be that its intensity range starts a bit higher than the average 1,500 rpm.

Some people may prefer to have a wider intensity range to choose from, and that perhaps is the weakness of the Naipo.

Nevertheless, given the majority mostly seek for the most powerful and intense sensation when it comes to percussion massage guns as such, this may not pose much (if any) inconvenience at all. 

And with such a reasonable price point, it is no wonder this continues to be one of the best rated handheld percussion massager ever to date. 



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Bobbito 20-Speed Percussion Massage Gun Review

Bobbito Massage Gun

A percussion massage gun under $100, there probably isn't any other model that can compare with the Bobbito Massage Gun in terms of being the best buy massager.  

Seriously, this is the best handheld massager that we have ever came across. And that's not merely due to its price tag only. 

What We Like 

  • Super affordable (under $100)
  • 20 speed levels
  • ... more below

What We Don't 

  • NIL

Design & Material

Starting from design, the Bobbito stood out from the rest with its LED panel features.

Bobbito LED touch screen
Bobbito LCD battery indicator

Not only does it show you the amount of power remaining with its battery indicator, it has a touch screen function for you to control the speed you prefer. 

This gives a lot of ease and convenience when using it. Let's just say you won't see this in every massage gun.

Bobbito battery life

Speaking of battery indicator, this percussion gun here can last 3-5 hours in one full charge.

Depending on the intensity level, it can last up to 6 hours even if you operate on low speed. 

The LED battery indicator will let you know the power remaining so that you know when to recharge to prevent power outages.

What we also like is that its working noise is only 35dB - 55dB only. This is thanks to the brushless high-torque motor and quiet technology that it adopted.

You see, noise is one of the most important factor when it comes to choosing the best handheld massager.

Bobbito brushless motor

Especially for professional trainers.

They want to be able to talk to their athletes over the noise of the gun without yelling at them so noise level is a major priority.

In this regard, the Bobbito excels and passes the test. 

The Bobbito will automatically shut off after 10 minutes of use to protect you from any injury.

Once done, you can pack everything into the carry case that comes with it so that it is easier for you to carry it around with you.

Speaking of which, it weighs 2.5 pounds only so it is very lightweight and portable. 


Features & Functions

20 Speed Levels

Out of everything, Bobbito's 20-speed intensity setting is definitely its bestselling feature. 

Just take a look at this comparison chart here. See how they average intensity level ranges from 3 to 5? Even 10 is pretty rare already.

For Bobbito to offer 20 levels of intensity, that's impressive to say the least.

Bobbito 20 speed level

What this entails is that you get to meet your various muscle relaxation needs. 

You can go really strong and powerful for that deep tissue massage you want post-workout, or you can go light and milder to warm up the muscles and increase your range motions pre-workout.

The choice is aplenty, and it's up to you. 

This is one of the reasons why the Bobbito is such a popular handheld percussion massager amongst gym trainers.

They have students / customers of different levels so naturally, the wide range of speed level gives more leeway and flexibility to work around with for different people. 

RPM

3,200

No. of Massage Head

6

Battery Life

3 - 5 hours

Adjustable Intensity

20

Noise Level

35dB - 55dB

Accurate Percussion

*UPDATED*

It is worthy to note that the recently updated version of Bobbito can now drill into the muscles with 30% more intensity than the original.

The device still clock in at a maximum of 3,200 percussions per minute, but each individual percussion is now 30% more powerful to really target those sore muscles.

Bobbito 30% more

It also has an ultra-strong heat dissipation function now to ensure the massage gun can run for a long time without crashing due to overheating.

You won't have to worry about it dying on you midway through a treatment anymore - it will not stop working (except when the 10-minute timer is due).  

There is also a built-in pressure sensor technology imposed as well to give visual feedback through your massage process. This way, you can ensure your therapeutic sessions are more accurate and go according to plan. 

You may want to know that the Bobbito has a stroke length of 13mm. This is 3mm more than the standard amplitude, and it means that the percussive vibrations can drill into and reach 13mm deep in the tissue.

See what we mean by the Bobbito being one of the best handheld massager to aid recovery and decrease pain and tissue tension?

Specifications


Product Name

20 Speed Muscle Massage Gun

Product Brand

Bobbito

Product Size

11.1 x 9 x 4.5 inches

Product Weight

2.5 pounds

What's Included

Bobbito massage gun package

1x massage gun

6x massage head

1x power adapter

1x user manual

1x carry case

Warranty

Lifetime

Massage Heads

From the same comparison chart given above, you may note that Bobbito is among the very few that provides 6 massage heads.

That's the maximum number of attachments massage guns come with nowadays, and Bobbito is one of them.

Bobbito massage heads

These massage heads include:

  • 2 Ball Head (for large and small muscle groups), 
  • 1 Flat Head (for any part of the body),
  • 1 Fork Head (for neck and spine),
  • 1 Bullet Head (for meridians and palms), and
  • 1 Rubber Gas Head (for all parts of the body)

You can refer to the user manual for a detailed explanation of the different uses of massage heads.

Alternatively, you may want to read this to get more informed. 

Warranty

Last but not least, you may be pleased to find out that Bobbito offers LIFETIME WARRANTY to all its customers. 

Bobbito lifetime warranty

This goes to show how confident the brand is for its product.

As we've always said, if there is any way you can gauge a product's quality, it will be from the warranty period that they come with. 

For the manufacturer of Bobbito to offer lifetime warranty for its massage gun, you know this is one durable device you can trust.  

Not just that, but there is a 30-day return period available should you find yourself not satisfied with the product in any way. 

Pros

  • 20 intensity level
  • Lightweight 
  • Very affordable (under $100)
  • Lifetime warranty /30-day return policy

Cons


Wrapping Up

Now that you have read our detailed review on the Bobbito Massage Gun, there shouldn't be any doubt remaining as to why it is one of the very best electric massager / handheld percussion massager.

Bobbito percussion massager

If anything else, its price point makes it one of the most unbeatable massage gun in the market. 

Seriously, who can resist a highly effective percussion massage gun, in the top quality rank, that is under $100? These babies sell out so often, be sure you act fast if you don't want to wait for the next restock. 



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10 Best Neck and Shoulder Massager for Instant Relief

Best Neck and Shoulder Massager

Neck and shoulder pain is probably one of the most common modern-age ailment that many in our community nowadays suffer from. So much so, that 1 every 5 would have had some sort of aches in these areas, albeit in varying degrees.

Indeed, we are so prone to straining our neck and shoulder nowadays, be it from working in front of our computers for long hours or having slept in an uncomfortable position, neck and shoulder pain has became something most of us are very much accustomed to. 

Thankfully, there are now various devices we can engage to help alleviate these symptoms instead of having to go to the doctors or chiropractors all the time. One of it being - the neck and shoulder massager.


Best Neck and Shoulder Massager Review 

RESTECK neck and shoulder massagers

Out of all our neck and shoulder massager reviews, the RESTECK Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager is the winner in terms of being the best shiatsu neck and shoulder massager.

An Amazon's Choice, it is probably one of the most popular, if not the most popular neck massager on the market.

Here's why it continues to receive close to perfect rating from users worldwide.

For firsts, it gives one of the most natural-feeling massage that is comparable to that of a professional masseuse. 

Aside from that, it also warms up much more quicker and has a heat that penetrates more into the body than other models. Because of this, we also regard it as one of the best neck massager with heat. 

What really stood out for us though, is that the RESTECK has the ability to allow you direct where the massager works and let you control the precise intensity on the muscles. It can be placed anywhere along the neck, shoulder or back, but you can also use it on other body parts to alleviate acute joint and muscle pain. 

The capability of a much more precise and fluid control is what sets the RESTECK apart from its competitors continue reading here...

Nekteck neck and shoulder massager

Coming close in second is the Nekteck Shiatsu Neck and Shoulder Massager.

This too, is one of the best rated neck massager in the market. Unsurprisingly so, given the many similarities it shares with the RESTECK.

Featuring also 8 deep-kneading massage nodes, these nodes do a bi-directional massage with an auto-reverse rotation button option to select from. 

The built-in infrared advanced soothing heat function enhance blood circulation which you can turn off manually should you wish, otherwise its 15-minute overheating auto-shut off function gives adequate peace of mind and safety protection.

There are 3 speed strength level for you to select the best pressure you need but if you are to adjust the incorporated long handle straps, you too can manually adjust the strength as well besides using it to adjust the massage position.

Compared with the RESTECK, this shiatsu neck massager feels a little bulky when placed on the shoulder though. This is probably the only aspect the Nekteck loses out on but if you’d like a slightly lower price point, this is the next best heated neck and shoulder massager you can consider. 

Pros

  • Bi-directional massage
  • Auto-reverse rotation 
  • High quality PU leather and breathable mesh fabric 
  • Easy to use and clean
  • Reversed design zipper 
  • 1-year warranty with lifetime support

Cons

  • Not cordless
Zyllion back and neck massager

Reading on, you will find just how outlier the Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager is amongst these best neck shoulder massager reviews here.

This is the only shiatsu neck and shoulder massager that well, don’t quite look the same as the rest.

Yes, instead of coming in the usual handle strap design, this one here employs the massage pillow design.

In fact, this is the very first original shiatsu pillow massager that has been featured in publications like Business Insider, USA Today, Travel+ Leisure and the likes and it continues to be the brand's bestseller since its release.

Out of all, the Zyllion is probably the most versatile. Not only does it massage the neck and shoulder, it is able to cater to the back, leg, feet and arms. 

Because of this, it is also regarded by many to be the best neck back and shoulder massager. Read more here...

Naipo Back and Neck Massager

The Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager resembles the Nekteck in many ways. 

For one, it also employs 8 deep-kneading Shiatsu massage nodes to soothe and relieve tired and tight muscles. 

Heat of up to 45 degrees Celcius with 20 minute overheat protection is incorpoated and there are 3 levels of intensity for you to choose from. 

The reason we rate it lower than the Nekteck is because we find that you may have to spend a few minutes adjusting the massager first after turning it on to get it to the right position. 

This has got to do with the placement of the nodes, which we find to be not as strategically placed as the Nekteck. It may just for us though, certainly, it is not a dealbreaker because once adjusted correctly, the massage is divine. 

Nevertheless, we do like this slightly better in terms of its multi-functionality for other body parts because it is slightly bigger in size, therefore more coverage.

In fact, it is the No.1 Bestseller in the electric back massager category at Amazon so yes, if you're in the hunt for the best neck and upper back massager, the Naipo is one model you can consider. 

Pros

  • 3D rotation kneading massage rollers 
  • Ergonomic U-design
  • 8 shiatsu massage nodes 
  • 20-minute overheat protection 
  • 30-day return policy

Cons

  • Placement of nodes require some adjusting to find the right position
Snailax Shiatsu Neck and Shoulder Massager

Another Amazon’s Choice, the Snailax Shiatsu Neck and Shoulder Massager is the next shiatsu neck and shoulder massager we’d like to review.

What we like about this massager is its size – one that is neither too big nor too small, making it ideal to also massage the back, leg and belly with ease besides just the neck and shoulders.

You see, if it's any bigger, it’d be a rather heavy burden on the neck and shoulder which defeats the purpose of massage.

But should it go any smaller, it will not be as versatile as it is now in catering to the back or thighs because the coverage will then be too small and it’d take too long to massage the entire area. This size of it is therefore, just right.

Function-wise, this one too has 8 rotating nodes that give 3D deep-kneading shiatsu massages. It comes with optional heating that you can switch off separately with an overheating protection system. Likewise, it has a 15-minute auto-shut off safety feature.

The only thing we’d fault the Snailax is that it doesn’t provide different intensity level for you to choose. You can adjust the intensity manually by pulling at the armrest handle though should you like more pressure to be applied to a certain area but yes, it’d be better if there’s different intensity level incorporated.

If this is really an issue for you though, its SL-632NC version may be a better fit for you because not only does it come with 2 intensity levels, it is also a cordless design.

Nevertheless, the Snailax Shiatsu Neck and Shoulder Massager SL-632 is one of the most affordable neck and shoulder massager in the market that despite the many tough competitors out there, continues to receive high ratings from users worldwide so you know it does have its appeal there.

Pros

  • Very affordable price point
  • Detachable and washable flap
  • Easy to use
  • 15-minute timer

Cons

  • No intensity level to choose
InvoSpa Shiatsu Back Neck and Shoulder Massager

At a glance, the InvoSpa Shiatsu Back Shoulder and Neck Massager is quite similar to any other neck and shoulder massagers.

Indeed, its 8 massage nodes with bi-directional movement control, 3 speed settings and infrared heat function may not be anything new here.

In fact, these are considered basic requirements for a high-end neck and shoulder massager.

How InvoSpa stood out is that by having different sizes for its massage nodes - 4 are smaller while the other 4 are bigger. What this does is that the different-sized nodes provide an additional layer of sensation when they rotate, thereby truly achieving the 3D deep tissue massage effect that mimics the human hands.

Because of this, it helps release stress, sore muscles and tensed tissues all over the body when you place it on the neck, shoulders, upper back, lower back, waist, feet, thighs, calves, leg and arms.  

Pros

  • Different-sized massage nodes
  • Adjustable 3 speed intensity
  • 3D bi-directional massage
  • Infrared heat function
  • Carry bag and car adapter included

Cons

  • Not cordless
MaxKare Shiatsu Neck Shoulder Massager

If you have been doing your research, you would certainly have came across the MaxKare Shiatsu Neck Shoulder Massager at some point. 

This is amongst the most popular neck and shoulder massagers in the market alongside contenders like Nekteck and InvoSpa. 

Featuring 8 bi-directional rotation knots with optional heating therapy mode and 3 adjustable intensity, this device can be fully customized to massage the whole body. 

The only thing we have to say about the MaxKare is that its heat function is quite weak. 

Not that we are expecting something scalding hot (that will never be the case – see why further down below) but this is probably one with the gentlest warmth out of all the models here.

Nevertheless, if you are looking for a relatively cheap massager that wouldn’t cost you much, you will love the MaxKare Shiatsu Neck Shoulder Massager.

Pros

  • Very affordable 
  • UL, FDA approved 
  • Auto-shut off function 
  • Overheating protection 
  • 30-day refund policy 
  • Free replacement service

Cons

  • Heat function a little weak
Mirakel Neck Shoulder Massager

If you think the MaxKare is cheap, you will be even more surprised when you find out about the price of the Mirakel Shiatsu Back Neck Shoulder Massager.

This is easily the most affordable model out of all that are reviewed here.

When it comes to low price points, many would be concerned if quality will be compromised. 

Not with this one here. 

Not only does it use the usual soft PU leather that most other models have, it also uses a special linen fabric to upgrade its overall outlook as well as improve its breathability. 

Function wise, there are 8 bi-directional massage nodes with optional infrared heating and 15-minute auto-shut off function. The usual.

What stood out to us, is the precise and smooth control of the massager thanks to the precisely positioned massage nodes. 

Because of this, it is easier to target specific muscles in the neck, shoulder and back which some massagers may not be able to reach. For a neck and shoulder massager at this price point to be able to achieve this, is truly remarkable. No wonder it has received such rave reviews!

Pros

  • Very cheap 
  • Easy to use and clean
  • 30-day free return
  • 1 year manufacturer replacement

Cons

  • Not cordless

The only cordless neck and shoulder massager amongst all these best neck massager reviews - the TruMedic InstaShiatsu+ Neck Back & Shoulder Massager is for those looking for the best portable neck massager. 

With a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides hours of cordless relief in just a single charge, you can have your massage anywhere you want with this one here. 

No longer will you have to be near a power outlet all the time, and the auto-shut off feature will activate after 20 minutes of use to ensure the life of your battery. Even if it does run out of battery,  you can still continue using it in plug-in mode like any other massagers reviewed here.

Another thing that we like about the TruMedic is its handle strap. This one here has additional velcro wrist straps inbuilt within so that your wrists can rest more comfortably when you control the intensity of the massage via lengthening or shortening the velcro straps.

Nevertheless, even if you don’t adjust them manually as such, there are 2 different massage intensities to choose from from the control panel. Speaking of which, this one has a rotation button for when you need to change the rotation direction of the massage rollers.

Other features are pretty standard – 8 shiatsu massage nodes and heat function, applicable on the back, thighs, feet and abdomen besides just the neck and shoulder.

Pros

  • Cordless
  • Wrist straps within handle straps for better control 
  • 2 intensity massage level 
  • Rotational button 
  • 8 shiatsu massage nodes with heat function
  • 20 minute timer 

Cons

  • Pricier than other models
Homedics Shiatsu Deluxe Neck and Shoulder Massager

Last but not least, we have the Homedics Shiatsu Deluxe Neck and Shoulder Massager.

Compared to the rest, this one here is considerably smaller in size.

Depending on your requirements, this can be a good or bad thing. We think it certainly make for one of the best home neck and shoulder massager for the petites because its smaller size is a better fit to those smaller in frame.

And because it is lighter, it doesn’t put much weight on the shoulders thus further supporting our point. If you plan to go travelling with one, this will be a very good choice because of its size and weight.

Do note that it comes with 4 massage nodes only, but the Thera-P varies its massage sensation by segregating the size of the nodes to 2 smaller and 2 larger ones.

These nodes can be programmed to rotate in or outward that is completely up to you, controllable via the shiatsu reverse button. Heat is optional and there is a 15-minute auto-shut off mechanism.

Pros

  • Small and lightweight
  • Portable
  • 3-speed bi-directional
  • Different-sized massage nodes
  • 2-year warranty

Cons

  • Does not come with car adapter
  • Does not come with carry bag

Neck and Shoulder Masager Reviews – A Comparison Chart

MODEL

SIZE

WEIGHT

NODES

CORDLESS

TIMER

RESTECK neck and shoulder massagers

17 x 15 x 9

4.6 lbs

8

X

15 mins

Nekteck neck and shoulder massager

15 x 8 x 7

3 lbs

8

X

15 mins

Zyllion back and neck massager

13 x 9 x 3.5

4 lbs

4

X

20 mins

Naipo Back and Neck Massager

15 x 6 x 8.2

4.4 lbs

8

X

20 mins

Snailax Shiatsu Neck and Shoulder Massager

21 x 16 x 5

4.6 lbs

8

X

15 minutes

InvoSpa Shiatsu Back Neck and Shoulder Massager

N/A

4.4 lbs

8

X

15 minutes

MaxKare Shiatsu Neck Shoulder Massager

16 x 8.5 x 6

3.5 lbs

8

X

15 mins

Mirakel Neck Shoulder Massager

N/A

3.2 lbs

8

X

15 mins

TruMedics InstaShiatsu+ Neck Shoulder Massager

35 x 19 x 5

4.9 lbs

N/A

20 mins

Homedics Shiatsu Deluxe Neck and Shoulder Massager

45 x 7 x 5.1

3.62 lbs

4

X

15 mins


Buying Guide: Things to Consider When Choosing the Best Neck Shoulder Massager

Now that you have read our neck massager reviews above, do you feel even more confused? What’s with the many models available in the market that frankly speaking, look quite the same at a glance?

We don’t blame you, we’d feel the same if we don’t have a clear understanding on their distinction ourselves which fortunately, we do.

Which is why we have put together the guide below to explain what are some of the indispensable things to look for in a neck and shoulder massager, as well as how to tell the good from the inferior ones.

1. Massage Technique

When it comes to choosing the best neck and shoulder massager, looking at the massage technique one offers should be the very first thing you look at.

Generally speaking, there are three massage techniques that are commonly found in neck and shoulder massagers:

Shiatsu

This is the most popular massage technique that is employed in most models.

If you don’t already know, shiatsu is the rolling of the palm, fingers and thumbs of a professional masseuse over certain pressure points on the body to achieve overall muscle relief and relaxation.

shiatsu neck massager

Neck and shoulder massagers mimic this by having massage nodes installed in them, nodes that rotate around their axis to produce a similar massage result. 

These nodes are not perfectly aligned, so every time they rotate, they are able to hit at a different angle, thereby working a different muscle. 

Because of their spread-out coverage, they are able to work on different muscles simultaneously. This is something the human hands cannot achieve.

neck massage gif

See what we mean by the illustration left?

Each time the massage nodes switch their rotation direction, they are able to hit a different muscle altogether. 

As a result, all areas are essentially covered to give you the ultimate relief.

In that regard, the Resteck and Nekteck are among the best shiatsu neck massager that implement this aspect exceptionally well.

Kneading

Kneading is another popular massage technique that you will see in almost all models.

shiatsu neck massage nodes

This is the pressing of tissues against the hard surfaces of the bones. It is one of the most efficient ways of treating tight muscles (increasing their flexibility), as well as increasing blood circulation.

Given that it is especially helpful in alleviating joint and muscle aches, people who suffer from stiff shoulders and neck will find this technique particularly beneficial.

Vibration

In comparison, vibration is lesser used and can only be found in a few neck and shoulder massagers. It is more easily found in massage chair pads or massage chairs, nevertheless, it is one technique that helps relax the underlying muscles.

If you suffer from chronic pain or aches, we wouldn’t suggest going for a neck and shoulder massager that provides vibration technique only because it wouldn’t do much from a therapy perspective.

On the other hand, if you’re just seeking some form of relaxation, this can be the way to go because it does have some great muscle relaxation proprieties, not to mention vibration-type massagers are also slightly cheaper in comparison.


2. Heat

Heat is the second thing to look for when choosing the best electric neck massager. 

neck and shoulders heat massagers

You may have noticed this already, but most best rated neck and shoulder massager on the market come with heat.

Understandably so, given the heat feature makes for the best massager for neck and shoulder pain.

First of all, it warms up the muscles. This increases the muscles' flexibility and ability to stretch which is a very efficient way to get rid of any knots that may be present in your muscles. 

Secondly, and most of us should be aware of this already - heat stimulates blood circulation.

When more blood is able to reach the muscles, they get to receive more oxygen and nutrients. Also, any toxin that is present can be flushed out more frequently from them. As a result, the muscles feel more relaxed and less tight.

improve blood circulation

Inflammation can be reduced as well because your tissues get filled with white blood cells when blood circulation is stimulated. Not only does a higher concentration of these cells reduce any inflammation, a body’s immunity too is increased in triple fold.

There are a few things to keep in mind though when it comes to heat:

*It takes a while to warm up...

It is normal for a neck and shoulder massager to take around 5 minutes to heat up. In fact, that is the case with most heated home massage devices. You cannot expect it to warm up immediately upon switching on because the heating element used is not the same as those you found in say, radiators.

*Do not expect it to be burning hot!

It seems to be a myth that heat will be very high in these massage units. That is not supposed to be the case, as heat therapy is not designed to scald you. Just like when you stretch, you won't feel your muscles burn - they just warmed up. This is exactly what you should feel from a heated neck and shoulder massager. 

*Moderation is KEY

As with anything really, moderation is the key. Do not use beyond the advised duration as you may risk harming your muscles instead of alleviating them otherwise.

Also, do not expect to see an immediate result failing which you claim your neck and shoulders massager to be useless. Give it a good two weeks at least before assessing whether it works for you.


3. Portability 

The third aspect to look out for is the portability of a neck and shoulder massager. 

Now, neck and shoulder massagers are portable in general. By that we mean they are mostly quite lightweighted and can be folded up rather compactly for you to bring it anywhere you go.

portable carry bag neck massager

Most packed into a carry bag as pictured left, so it's literally like a small gym bag that you can carry around. 

Although it is common that brands include a carry bag in the package when you purchase a neck and shoulder massager unit, not all come with one. 

For instance, the Homedics Shiatsu Deluxe Neck and Shoulder Massager is one without. 

Taking portability one step further are cordless neck massagers like the Brookstone shiatsu neck and back massager and TruMedics InstaShiatsu, which basically do not require you to even be anywhere near a power outlet.

This, is the best portable neck massager kind. If you’re required by work or your lifestyle to be on the move always, this is the type you should look for.

zyllion in car gif

Nevertheless, even if it is not cordless, most models nowadays come with at least a car adapter so you can still enjoy a neck and shoulder massage in the car.

This is particularly useful to those required to be behind the wheels all the time i.e. people who drive RVs or truckers.


4. Power Source

Speaking of which, there are two types of neck and shoulder massagers – cordless or non-cordless.

Cordless

The choices are pretty limited, with this being the one model we can find in the market that is equipped with the wireless function. 

If cordless is essential to you, we suggest checking these ones out instead - they make for the best portable neck massager ever.

Nevertheless, a cordless neck and shoulder massager is battery-operated. Whilst this makes it super portable, the whole unit does require to undergo repairing instead of just changing out the battery should the battery stops working. This is because most manufacturers do not use changeable batteries.

cordless and rechargeable neck massager

Once fully charged though, most cordless massagers can last around 2 hours with some even up to 3 hours.

If you wish to use the heat function though, we’d advise plugging it in because this is a function that takes up the highest energy consumption. And yep, all cordless neck and shoulder massagers can be used while they’re charging.

Non-cordless

As you would have guessed, these neck and shoulder massagers require them to be plugged into a power source before you can start using it.

Pretty straightforward, but you may want to check on the length of the power cord first because that affects the portability of a massager to a certain extent.


5. Versatility

Last but not least, look at the versatility of a model.

The best kind are those that are not limited to just massaging the neck and shoulder only but can be used on other body parts as well.

neck massager full body

But that’s not the only thing determining a model’s versatility. Size, is another important aspect to consider:

Large

Get one that is bigger if you intend to use it to massage the back, hips and thighs or other body parts. This is because a larger surface has bigger coverage to massage more muscles at once. It won't be the best neck massager though because it wouldn't be too comfortable at a smaller area like the neck, so that's something to keep in mind. 

Medium

Which is why this makes for the best choice for a highly versatile model because medium-sized models are slim enough to feel comfortable on the neck, while still being large enough to cover a bigger area like the back in a timely manner. A medium-sized model like this makes for the best neck and back massager combination in our opinion.

Small

If the primary areas you are going to target involve just the neck and shoulders or at most, including the feet only, then you can do away with a small neck and shoulder massager like the Naipo. You can still use it to massage other body parts like the back for example should you desire, it just may take a longer time to get the job done. 

Another feature to look at is the handle straps of a massager unit. 

Although all the shiatsu neck massager reviews we've looked at above provide handle straps, know that not all offer the same length. 

If you intend to use one in conjunction when you work, you may want to look for those that come with longer straps because this way, you can still move your hands while maintaining the unit’s position.

neck and shoulder massager handle straps

As in, you don’t need to keep your hands still holding onto the straps all the time to keep the massager in place.

A good example will be the truMedic, which has long enough straps for you to do just that with even adjustable velcro wrist supports for you to adjust the massage intensity.

Of course, weight is also a determinant of a massager’s versatility. The lighter it is, the easier it will be to move it to where you want to and keep it in place.

It also wouldn’t burden the neck and shoulder, which really, defeats the whole purpose of a massage if it feels heavy on the neck and shoulder.


Benefits of Neck and Shoulder Massages

As mentioned in the beginning of this article, neck and shoulder pain is something very common amongst the people in the community nowadays. 

neck and shoulder pain

Stress is one underlying factor, but even the simple motion of swiping and looking down on our phones become one cause.

In fact, this is one of the most contributing factor because most of us do this for much more longer than required, thereby putting unnecessary burden to the neck thus further escalating/worsen the condition. 

Massages work in the sense that it reduces and alleviates these pain and aches to a very large extent, but there are actually much more benefits than that.  

Reduce Neck Pain

It could be of whiplash or inflammation, or it could be because we have very poor posture, Tech neck is a real thing, you guys. 

tech neck staring at phone
tech neck

A neck and shoulder massager is beneficial in the sense that they are able to massage from different angles thanks to a design that specially wrap around the neck and shoulder.

Compared to human hands which can only knead one spot at a time, the multiple nodes of a neck and shoulder massager work on different muscles simultaneously stimulating them.

Thanks to the increased blood flow that is generated as a result, you see your neck pain disappearing over time through massage therapy.

[If your pain gathers primarily in the neck area only, you may wish to consider getting one of these instead.]

Increase Shoulder Mobility

Now, aside from pain and aches, you can suffer from stiff shoulders too. Also known as frozen shoulders (or medically – adhesive capsulitis), this is a condition whereby there’s stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint.

Left untreated, it will get worse over time.

frozen shoulders

Neck and shoulder massagers help improve this condition by stretching the muscles and massaging them, as a doctor would advise for such condition.

If your neck and shoulder massager comes with heat, all the better as the warmth will further stimulate blood flow to bring more white cells into the area to reduce the inflammation. Done regularly, you’ll see an increase in your shoulder’s mobility over time.

Upper Back Tension Relief

While our body parts are all connected one way or the other, the upper back is very much adjoined to the neck and shoulder in that any discomfort or pain in the latter will have an immediate effect on the upper back. 

upper back pain

If you don’t already know, the upper back is also one body part that is more prone to tension than any other parts of the body. 

This is because of the bad posture that many of us are susceptible to (you know, slumping forward and such instead of keeping our shoulders straight at all times) which lead to increased tension in the upper back muscles.

Also, we unconsciously impose a lot of pressure on our upper back be it from exercising, doing physical labour or just sitting in front of a computer, all of which can lead to knots forming in our muscles. 

By having regular massages applied to the neck and shoulder, it effectively helps relieve all these muscle tension and knots at the upper back as well to help them relax and stretch.

[If you have continuous strain at the upper back, you may want to combine this into your daily neck and shoulder massages to see double the effect.]

Reduces Headaches

On the same notion, muscles contractions in the neck area can lead to headaches too and not just the upper back. 

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This is what's regarded as ‘tension headaches’ and they are often recurring be it just once or twice a month or consecutively a week or so, or even longer.

Getting rid of the cause, which is muscle contraction, is the best way to get rid of tension headaches once and for all.

Massaging the neck and shoulder muscles is one way to relax and relieve the tension in this area. When they are relaxed, they won’t cause the headaches. It’s that simple.

Increase Blood Circulation 

Perhaps nothing new to many, given increased blood circulation is probably the most apparent benefit of any massage but neck and shoulder massages, too, will increase your blood circulation.

By stimulating the muscles, blood flow is increased and when this happens, more oxygen and nutrients are brought to the muscles and their nearby joints. In return, muscles are more vitalized and they began to regenerate themselves and if there’s any inflammation going on, the increased flow of white blood cells will actively reduce it.

This is actually one basis behind how people suffering from neck and shoulder pain find relief – because of increased blood flow that lead to improvement to mobility, pain relief and an increase in muscle’s vitality. 

Better Sleep

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And when you’re relieved of all neck and shoulder aches, you get to sleep better at night. Massages do that to you – your muscles relax,  your overall physique feels less stressful, you feel better. 

Having said the above, if you are suffering from a medical condition or physical injury, you should always check with your doctor first before using a neck and shoulder massager.

In fact, any individual who may be...

pregnant or recently gave birth, has a heart condition or a pacemaker, suffers from diabetes or other sensory impairment, phlebitis and/or thrombosis, joint dysfunction, inflammation or injuries, weak bones, osteoporosis, high fever, an abnormal or curved spine, is at an increased risk of developing blood clots, has pins/screws/artificial joints or other medical devices implanted in his/her body or is under a doctor’s care 

... should consult with a medical professional before using a massaging device designed for home use


Wrapping Up

neck and shoulder massage

Neck and shoulder pain can be a real nuisance, even if it's just a dull ache. 

You can always feel them there no matter how mild, and that can be quite the disruption in your efficiency and overall daily life.

Massages are helpful, but while spa sessions are divine, not many can afford to incorporate that regularly into their daily lifestyle. Hence the answer in a good neck and shoulder massager. 

They may look quite similar at a glance, but no two are the same. We hope our reviews above will help you make an informed decision in choosing the best neck and shoulder massager that suits you in all ways.



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