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6 Best Handheld Back Massagers to Make You Good

First and foremost, handheld back massagers allow you to get relief from typical back problems. For example, problems such as pain, spasms, knots, sprains, osteoarthritis of the spine, and fibromyalgia. Furthermore, these massagers are in a class of deep tissue massagers that help you get relief from muscle problems.

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6 Best Handheld Back Massager Reviews

Editor’s Choice

MIGHTY BLISS​​​​​​​

Comparison of 6 Best Handheld Back Massagers

Feature

RENPHO

PUREWAVE

VIKTOR JURGEN

VivReal

MIGHTY BLISS

Theraflow

Massage Heads

5

6

3

6

6

3

Pulses per minute

3,600

3,700

3,350

3,200

3,700

Not provided

Power

Battery

Battery

Cord

Battery

Battery

Cord

Max minutes

140

190

Not applicable

100

120

Not applicable

Recharge minutes

Not provided

120

Not applicable

Not provided

60

Not applicable

Warranty

1-year

1-year limited; 90 day return

3-years; 90 days return

1-year

Lifetime; money back

1-year

Positive User Feedback

83%

87%

84%

82%

97%

88%

Rating 

(max 5)

4.8

4.9

4.7

4.6

5.0

4.5

RENPHO Handheld Deep Tissue Massager for Back Muscles

Renpho handheld back massager
Renpho massage nodes usage

Massage Heads

Most of all, this massager comes with five interchangeable head-attachments.

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    First, a round head for general point massage.
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    Second, a one-point head for focused trigger-point massage.
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    Third, a 3-intensive head for soft contact massage over a bigger area.
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    Next, a 3-point head for a soft massage.
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    Finally, a curved head for massaging the arms and legs.

By the way, the round head and the one-point head are made of hard plastic.

Intensity

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    First, it has four massage modes. While, lower modes provide a relaxing massage, higher modes provide a rougher massage.
  • First, mode 1 generates a continuous pulse.
  • Second, mode 2 generates a two second pulse.
  • Third, mode 3 generates a one second pulse.
  • Finally, mode 4 generates two pulses each second.
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    Also, it has four strength or power modes. Consequently, you can increase or decrease the power of the percussions.

Battery

Meanwhile, it has a battery capacity of 2,600 milliamp hours. Consequently, the rechargeable battery lasts for approximately 140 minutes on a full charge.

Motor

Next, the powerful motor generates 3,600 pulses per minute to effectively relieve pain. Most noteworthy, the motor automatically stops after 20 minutes to prevent overheating.

Specifications

  1. 1
    Battery output: 8.4 volts DC, 12 watts.
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    Battery adapter input: 100 – 250 volts AC 50/60 Hz

Other Features

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    First and foremost, the handheld cordless design provides flexibility during use.
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    Moreover, it is made of high-quality ABS plastic.
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    Also, weighing only 1.8 pounds, it is both lightweight and portable.
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    Next, the long handle makes it comfortable to hold and easy to reach hard to reach areas.
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    Meanwhile, the massager is 15” long, 3” wide, and 4.5” high.
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    Also, it is registered with the Food and Drug Administration and certified by the FCC.
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    Finally, it comes with a one-year warranty.

Benefits

Most of all, the massager breaks up knots in muscles and speeds up their recovery.

Uses

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    First and foremost, this massager is used to relax and relieve aches and pains in the back, shoulders, neck, joints, soles of feet, leg, and calves.
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    And, it is used for muscle recovery or simply to relax.

Pros

  • First, the massager comes with six massage heads for different areas of the body and for different types of massages.
  • Next, the massager provides four massage modes.
  • Also, you can adjust the power of the percussions for each massage mode.
  • Meanwhile, the battery can run for up to 140 minutes after being charged.
  • Moreover, the motor can generate 3,600 pulses per minute.
  • Also, it is registered with the FDA.
  • Finally, it comes with a 1-year warranty

Cons

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PUREWAVE™ CM-07 Dual Motor Hand Massager to Treat Back Pain

Purewave

Massage Sticks

Above all, this massager comes with six massages sticks or heads.

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    First, the soft air-cushion stick can be used for soft general massage in most areas. In addition, it is recommended for sensitive areas where there is more “bone” to muscle such as joints, shoulders, knees or ankles.
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    Second, the six-head stick is used for waist, back, thigh, or other deep tissue massages.
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    Third, the point stick is used for reflexology and acupressure. Also, it is recommended in areas where there is more muscle and hardly any bones nearby.
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    Next, the scalp stick is used for a soothing scalp massage.
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    Furthermore, the body massage oil stick is a great way to apply medicated creams or to use with a partner for a deeper more relaxing massage with massage lotions, oils, or gels.
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    Finally, the small facial stick is used for a relaxing facial vibration massage using facial creams, lotions, oil or gel.

Intensity

Next, using a knob, the intensity of the percussion massage can be adjusted from a speed of 1,500 to 3,700 revolutions per minute. Meanwhile, the micro-vibration facial massager has a speed of 11,000 revolutions per minute.

Battery

First, the 8.5 volts, 1 ampere rechargeable battery has a capacity to generate 16.28 watts of energy in one hour. Consequently, the battery lasts for approximately 190 minutes on a full charge. Meanwhile, it takes 120 minutes to fully charge.

Motor

Next, the massager is configured with two motors. While, one motor powers the powerful percussion massager, the other motor powers the micro-vibration massager.

Specifications

  1. 1
    Battery output: 8.5 volts DC, 1 ampere
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    Battery adapter input: 100 – 240 volts AC 50/60 Hz, 0.4 amps max

Other Features

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    By the way, this massager is used by hundreds of chiropractors, physical therapists, LMT’s and sports trainers to speed up recovery.
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    Also, weighing only 1.75 pounds, it is both lightweight and portable.
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    In addition, the long handle makes it comfortable to hold and easy to get to hard to reach areas.
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    Meanwhile, the massager is 16.5” long, 2.8” wide, and 3.5” high.
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    Also, the massager is registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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    Finally, it comes with a one-year limited warranty and 90-day money back guarantee.

Benefits

Most noteworthy, this massager provides both percussion and vibration therapy. breaks down scar tissue, increase circulation, relax muscles and speeds recovery.

Uses

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    First and foremost, it uses percussion technology to relax and relieve aches and pains in the back, sciatica, neck, leg, foot, plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, and arthritis.
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    Also, it is used to break up muscle knots and relax muscle spasms, stiff neck, tension, muscle knots, sore muscles, back spasm, back pain, and leg cramps.

Pros

  • Most of all, the massager provides two types of massages: a percussion massage and a micro-vibration massage.
  • Next, the massager comes with six massage sticks for different areas of the body and for different types of massages.
  • Also, the intensity of the percussion massage adjustable from 1,500 to 3,700 percussions per minute.
  • In addition, the intensity of the micro-vibration massage is 11,000 revolutions per minute.
  • By the way, the battery can run for 190 minutes after being charged.
  • Moreover, it is registered with the FDA.
  • Finally, it comes with a one-year limited warranty and a 90-day money back guarantee.

Cons

  • Meanwhile, the battery takes up to 120 minutes to fully charge..

VIKTOR JURGEN Handheld Back Massager

Viktor Jurgen

Massage Heads

The Viktor Jurgen massager comes with three sets of massage heads. Moreover, each set consist of two identical massage heads for this double headed massager.

Now, the two heads of the massager massages two body areas, like the two hands of a masseur. Meanwhile, the three massage heads are:

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    First, the air cushion or circular stick is an O-shaped massage head. Moreover, the percussion massage from these heads are used to treat sore muscles including areas near bones and joints. Furthermore, these heads provide a Swedish massage, consisting of light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles.
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    Second, massage heads for a deep shiatsu massage are used on the waist, back, leg, or thigh. By the way, a shiatsu massage uses tips of fingers, thumb, and palm to pure pressure on parts of the body.
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    Finally, the remaining massage heads are used for acupuncture therapy.

Intensity

Next, using a sliding bar on the back of the massager, the intensity of the percussion massage can be adjusted up to the maximum of 3,350 pulses per minute.

Motor

Meanwhile, the powerful copper motor generates up to 3,350 pulses per minute.

Specifications

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    The massager uses 20 to 28 watts of electric power.
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    Voltage: 110-240 volts AC.

Other Features

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    First, the non-slip, comfortable strong rubber allows you to firmly grip the massager.
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    Also, it has a 71-inch power cord.
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    Meanwhile, the massager is 14.6” long, 6.7” wide, and 5.5” high.
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    Finally, it comes with a 3-year limited warranty and 90-day money back guarantee.

Benefits

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    First, it relieves built-up muscle tension and pain.
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    Next, it improves blood circulation.
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    Also, it provides deep tissue body massage.
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    Finally, it helps you relax your neck, shoulders, upper-back, lower-back, arms, legs, and feet.

Uses

Most of all, use this massager for the neck, shoulders, upper-back, lower-back, arms, legs, and feet.

Pros

  • First, the double headed massager replicates a hand massage.
  • Moreover, the massager comes with three sets of massage heads providing three types of massages.
  • Next, the percussion intensity levels adjusted using a sliding bar up to 3,350 pulses per minute.
  • Also, since it uses AC power, you avoid having to wait for a battery to be recharged.
  • Finally, it comes with a 3-year limited warranty and 90-day money back guarantee.

Cons

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VivReal Handheld Back Massager

VivReal

Massage Heads

Above all, this massager comes with six massage nodes.

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    First, a node for the neck.
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    Second, a node for the back.
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    Third, a node for the leg.
  4. 4
    Next, a node for the thigh.
  5. 5
    Also, a node for the ankle.
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    Finally, a node for the foot.

Intensity

Next, buttons, on the massager, let the user select from six speed settings that set the intensity of the percussions. Also, buttons let the user select from six massage modes.

Battery

Next, the rechargeable battery lasts for approximately 100 minutes on a full charge. In addition, the smart battery status display lets you know when it’s time to recharge battery.

Motor

Meanwhile, the powerful pure copper motor generates up to 3,200 pulses per minute. And, to prevent overheating or overuse (such as falling asleep with the massager running), motor will automatically stop after 15 minutes of continuous use.

Specifications

Battery adapter input: 100 – 240 volts AC 50/60 Hz

Other Features

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    Next, weighing only 1.85 pounds, it is both lightweight and portable.
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    Also, the massager is 16” long, 2.5” wide, and 3.5” high.
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    Finally, the massager comes with a one-year warranty.

Benefits

One of the benefits, is improved blood circulation.

Uses

First, the massager is used to relieve physical stress, fatigue, aches, knots, and muscle tension. Also, it is used to massage back, foot, arm, leg, calf, neck, shoulder, elbow, and thigh.

Pros

  • First, the massager comes with six massage nodes for each of six areas of the body
  • Next, it has six percussion intensity levels corresponding to six speed settings.
  • Also, the battery runs for 100 minutes after full charged.
  • Meanwhile, the motor generates up to 3,200 percussions per minute.
  • To prevent overheating and prevent injury, motor stops automatically after 15 minutes of continuous use.

Cons

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MIGHTY BLISS

Mighty Bliss for Back Massage
Massage Heads

Massage Heads

Above all, this massager comes with six massage heads that help provide Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, acupoints, and sports massages. In addition, the scalp head provides a soothing scalp massage.

Intensity

Next, the Mighty Bliss uses three speed settings to deliver moderately intense massages.

Battery

By the way, the battery lasts for approximately 120 minutes on a full charge. Meanwhile, it takes 60 minutes to fully charge the battery. Also, it can be charged during use.

Motor

Next, the massager has a super powerful 3,700 revolutions per minute percussion motor.

Specifications

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    Battery adapter input: 120 - 240 volts AC, 50/60 Hz
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    Can only be plugged into a 120-volt outlet

Other Features

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    First, the massager is slim, has no power cords, and is lightweight.
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    Also, weighing only 1.25 pounds, it is both lightweight and portable.
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    In addition, the long handle makes it comfortable to hold and easy to reach hard to reach areas with one hand.
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    Next, it runs quietly.
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    Finally, it comes with a lifetime replacement warranty.
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    Also, it has a money back guarantee if massager fails to meet your expectations.

Benefits

Meanwhile, the massager increases blood circulation. Also, it effectively relaxes muscles and cramps.

Uses

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    First and foremost, this deep tissue massager is used to get rid of back pain and knots in your back.
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    Next, it is also used for massaging neck, shoulder, legs, and feet.
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    Finally, it can be used to relieve plantar fasciitis.

Pros

  • Most of all, the massager has a lifetime replacement warranty.
  • Also, it has a money back guarantee if the massager fails your expectations.
  • Next, it can be used for relieving Plantar Fasciitis.
  • Meanwhile, the battery runs for 120 minutes. Also, the battery takes 60 minutes to recharge.
  • Also, the motor generates 3,700 percussions per minute.
  • Finally, it comes with six massage heads providing six massages.

Cons

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Theraflow Handheld Deep Tissue Percussion Massager

Theraflow with heads

Massage Heads

Above all, this massager comes with three massage heads. Moreover, each head is made of a flexible silicon material that is neither too hard nor too soft. Also, each head is designed to deliver a different massage experience.

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    First, the dual point head is perfect for massaging the back, shoulders, and around the spine. Also, this head is designed to mimic the fingers of a masseuse performing a kneading massage.
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    Second, the bristle head is great for sensitive areas like the scalp and neck.
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    Finally, the shiatsu head is great for focused acupoint massage. By the way, this head recreates the effects of a deep pressure point massage - mimicking the knuckles or the elbow of a masseuse.

Intensity

Next, the variable massage intensity dial delivers a variable intensity massage.

Specifications

Meanwhile, the massager gets its power from cord connected to 120 volts AC, 60 Hz power outlet.

Other Features

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    First, the massager comes with an extended power cord that give you reach and flexibility, especially for the difficult to reach areas of the back.
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    Next, weighing only 2.49 pounds, it is both lightweight and portable.
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    Also, the ergonomically designed long handle and weight distribution makes it comfortable to reach almost any part of the body.
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    Meanwhile, the massager is 14.8” long, 3.3” wide, and 4” high.
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    And, it runs quietly.
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    Finally, it has a 1-year guarantee with a 24-hour response time.

Benefits

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    First, it delivers a strong percussion action trigger point massage.
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    Also, it delivers a powerful and therapeutic massage that penetrates deeply into sore muscles and knots in the body.

Uses

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    First and foremost, this trigger point massager is used to soothe sore muscles, muscle pain, and tight muscles.
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    Also, it is used to get relief for body aches, melt away stress and tension.
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    Finally, it is used for muscles, back, neck, foot, shoulders, scalp, and head.

Pros

  • First, it comes with a 1-year guarantee with 24-hour response time.
  • Also, using a power cord allows you to use the massager for long periods of time as compared to a massager that uses a battery. As a result, no need to wait while a drained battery needs time to get recharged.

Cons

  • Because the massager comes with three massage heads, the number of types of massages are limited,
  • Also, the power cord doesn’t provide the same freedom as a battery-operated massager.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How Do You Compare Back Massagers?

Some of the features to compare back massagers are described below.

Intensity

First, the intensity of a massager is controlled by its speed. For example, lower speeds are good for a relaxing massage. And, as the speed increases you get a stronger deep tissue massage to relieve more intense pain. However, a very fast speed can be uncomfortable for some people. Therefore, choose a massager which lets you adjust the speed and thereby the intensity.

Massage Heads

Some of the common massage heads are described below.

Kneading Head

Now, a kneading massage is like kneading dough. In fact, this massage causes muscle tissue to push against each other and the bones. As a result, a kneading massage helps loosen tension in tight muscles, thereby giving you relief from pain and improve flexibility. By the way, a kneading head is a pointed head meant to press hard into muscles.

Round Head

Meanwhile, a wide round head gives you a gentle massage. As a result, it helps to relax your muscles. And it’s good for anyone who doesn’t want a deep hard massage.

Scalp Head

Next, a scalp head is used for a light massage of the scalp. Most of all, this massage gets you relief from stress and tension. Also, it improves blood circulation to the head. And, it makes you less tired.

Noise

Because you may use the massager on your neck, upper back and arms it comes close to your ears. Consequently, you want it to be relatively quiet.

Power

Battery

Most of all, a massager that uses batteries gives you a lot of freedom in how and where you use the massager. However, batteries have a limited amount of time before they need recharging. So, you need to decide if the amount of time a battery can operate the massager continuously, is enough for your needs. In addition, you need to consider if the time to recharge a battery works for your needs.

Power Cord

On the other hand, a massager with a power cord frees you from battery issues. However, the power cord requires you to use the massager near a power outlet. Finally, you need to ensure the power cord is long enough for the way you use the massager. For example, a short power cord will put limitations on use. While, a power cord that is too long, may make the massager somewhat bulky to move around. Also, you may end up with cord on the floor, which may cause you to trip.

Warranty

Next, the warranty and return policy is an indicator of the massager’s reliability. That doesn’t mean the massager isn’t going to break down in the first month. However, if it does, it likely had manufacturing defect and the seller should replace it. But, once it goes past that initial period, the massager should work fine for a long time, especially if the warranty covers a longer period.

Weight

Finally, since it is a handheld massager, it’s weight will determine whether it’s comfortable for you to use with one hand. Also, a massager that’s too heavy or bulky, may make it difficult to use on your back and tire out your hands or arms.

Also, sometimes you need to push the massager against your back. So, the massager needs to be light enough for your hand to do the pushing against your back. On the other hand, a light massager may not be powerful enough or of good quality.

By the way, there is a way to find out what weight works for you. So, get a long plastic bottle and fill it with water. Then, hold the top and verify if you are comfortable pushing the bottle against the part of the back you are typically going to massage. So, that’s the weight of the back massager to use.

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