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

We all need a home massage right now!

Abigail Malbon

With working from home now the norm, we often find ourselves hunching over a small table, sitting on the sofa all day or - in some cases - typing from our beds.

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. These back massagers will help with everything from specific muscle pain to general relaxation...

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Therabody's Instagram-famous back massager


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 hands-free back massager


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, £46.99, Amazon


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The best fuss-free back massager


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 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


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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