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9 of the best back massagers to help ease your achy muscles

We all need a home massage right now!

Abigail Malbon

Working from home, as many of us still are due to the coronavirus pandemic, often means hunching over a small table, sitting on the sofa all day or - in some cases - typing from your bed.

Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a home office (or perhaps just good posture!) and as a result, these bad working positions can leave us with achy muscles in desperate need of a massage. Since we can't get to the salon, give yourself some at-home help. These back massagers will help with everything from specific muscle pain to general relaxation...

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The Instagram-famous back massager

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Want something hard-hitting? This gun is pricey, but seriously effective. It works to target very specific areas of the body, and claims to travel 60 per cent deeper than vibration massagers for more immediate results.

You may well have spotted it on one of those addictive Instagram ads, too - but the reviews speak for themselves.

Theragun Prime device, £275, John Lewis

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The best hands-free back massager

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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, £48.98, Amazon

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The best fuss-free back massager

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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, £43.99, Amazon

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The best go-all-out back massager

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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, £120.91, Amazon

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The best heat therapy back massager

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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

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The best back massager for stretching

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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 £17.99, Amazon

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The best cold therapy back massager

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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

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The best budget electric back massager

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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, £29.99, Lookfantastic

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The easiest budget back massager

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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, £9.99, Amazon

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