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12 of the best back massagers to help ease achy muscles, poor posture and back pain

Find out the best back massagers with top reviews...

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Abigail Malbon
Lifestyle Writer
Updated: 14 June 2022
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With many of us hunching over our laptops or even propping ourselves up in bed to work, it's not surprising that so many of us have bad posture and a whole host of aches and pains.

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If your back, neck and shoulders are in desperate need of a massage and you like the sound of treatment from the comfort of your own home, what you need is a back massager. We've got the best on the market to ease your aching muscles…

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Therabody's Instagram-famous back massager

theragun prime

Want something hard-hitting? This gun is pricey, but seriously effective. There's a reason why Therabody has become a world leading tech wellness brand.

The devices are scientifically calibrated with a 16mm amplitude to reach deep into your muscles and stimulate heat and blood flow, helping to bring oxygen in and waste products out, improving the health and function of your muscles. Swanky!

Theragun Prime device, £275, Therabody


The best back massager for travel

Mint green mini back massager

Mini yet mighty, the Lola mini massager packs a punch when it comes to easing painful muscles, plus it looks cute too! It has four different intensity settings, plus four different attachments, meaning every ache and pain is catered to.

Plus, it comes in seriously cute colours (pink and baby blue, as well as this mint green), and has a 150-minute battery life. Plus it's super light, so is equally good for throwing in your gym bag as it is for travel.

Lola Massage Gun, £59, Meet Lola

The best hands-free back massager

gifts massage1r

This wraparound massager fits comfortably to your body, making it a great option if you're working from home and need some relief at your desk.

Neck massager, £49.99, Amazon


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The best fuss-free back massager

amazon massage pillow

If most of your tension is in your neck and shoulders, a pillow should help to tackle it - especially when attached to the top of a chair. This one has four heated massage nodes to really work your muscles, and will turn off automatically after 15 minutes to ensure you don’t overwork them. 

Cordless massage pillow, £39.99, Amazon


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The best go-all-out back massager

If you have serious back pain, look for a massager built to apply strong pressure to the whole back. This one from HoMedics has two tracks for both back and shoulder massage, with different speed settings. It's a shopper favourite, too, with great online reviews.

Gel back and shoulder massager, £149.99, Amazon


The best heat therapy back massager


This handheld device features hot and cold settings, which is perfect for soothing your muscles and relaxing knots. It wins rave reviews online, though some shoppers have commented it can be heavy to use after a while - this could be a great option for couples.

Reviber Hot and Cold Percussion Massager, £89.99, Argos


The best back massager for stretching

This massager is designed to help you stretch out your back - perfect if you sit hunched all day. The pressure points massage your spine as you stretch - all you need to do is lie back and relax.

Back stretcher, from £14.44, Amazon


The best cold therapy back massager

This affordable little hand roller is an easy buy if you want to target specific areas in the legs, arms or shoulders. It makes it more difficult to reach your back, though.

Massage roller ball, £9.99, Amazon


The best cordless back massager

thermo roller massager

Love a good game of basketball but not the sore muscles after? Well, this Therabody Wave Roller is here to make your life easier. It's the perfect device to soothe away your aches and pains. And because it's cordless with a three hour run time, you can take it with you and use it between games or when you're back at home. Whether it's your legs, arms or even your back, it's perfect for every spot – so just relax and let it do its magic. 

Therabody wave roller, £89,


The best budget electric back massager

Choose a shiatsu massager which has different speeds depending on how much pressure you want for a real treat. It comes with three different attachments, and a cover to use for facial massage, too. 

Handheld shiatsu massager, £39.99, Holland and Barrett


The easiest budget back massager

Many physiotherapists recommend these spiky massage balls for at-home exercises - they're small but mighty! Use to relieve tension and pain by targeting trigger points. They can be used on the foot, back, around the neck, shoulders and as hand massagers, too. Perfect if you're on a budget!

Spike Massage Ball Set of 3, £8.95, Amazon


The best mini massager

menkind massager

This mini massage cushion can be used on the go, and it's travel-sized for your convenience. There's an elastic strap which enables you to fix it to your office chair, and once plugged in just sit back and relax with four pressure points that massage in rotating circles as well as an optional heat mode. Perfect for use with backs, arms and legs, this nifty gadget is a working from home essential.  

Mini Massage Cushion, £25, MenKind


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