Shiatsu Neck and Shoulder Massager Buyers Guide

Shoulder massager buyers guide provides insight into shiatsu shoulder and neck massagers reviewed elsewhere on this site. Also, use with shoulder and neck massager frequently asked questions to find the best one that meets your needs. By the way, in addition to kneading, these massagers use heat to provide relief.


Massagers are likely to be classified as a Class 1 medical device in that they don't pose a potential threat to the user. So, a FDA certification is not necessary.

On the other hand, Underwriter Labs tests products for safety before they are sold around the world. So, a Underwrite Lab certification ensures you that the massager is safe for you to use.


First, when heat is applied, it causes the soft tissue, near the skin, to relax and become more supple. Also, the heat results in an increase of blood flow to the area. In addition, the heated skin stimulates sensors and blocks pain signals from being sent to the brain. By the way, infrared heat goes deeper into the tissue. 


Second, the intensity of the massage is driven by the speed of rotation of the balls.

Kneading with Massage Nodes or Balls

Third, this massager uses nodes or balls to create a deep tissue kneading massage. Also, balls of different sizes help create a better kneading massage than if the balls were of the same size. By the way, kneading is used to remove knots in muscles.

For example, small massage balls are good for massaging small areas like your forearms, hands, calves, and soles of the feet.  Meanwhile, large massage balls are better for massaging large muscle groups like the hamstrings, glutes, back, and chest.


Now, shiatsu is a Japanese massage technique somewhat done by the changing rotating direction of the balls, as they try to replicate the hand movement of a masseuse.


Finally, sleeves for your lower arms, lets you increase or decrease the pressure of the massager on your neck.