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Started by yumyum on Oct 14, 2021 7:06:38 PM
Back massager recommendations please

I’m getting a lot of tension aches around the shoulder blade area. I used to have a shiatsu massager but found it too powerful so gave it away. I’ve a fused disc at my neck so have to be careful. Looking for wand style gadgets that are not too intense or heavy to hold. I’m getting dazzled with the choice out there.

redginger - 14 Oct 2021 19:41:12 (#1 of 20)

What I think you need is not a gadget but a Light Touch Spinal Manipulator. I used to Practise this, but am now retired. Most gadgets are too violent for spinal areas, and light touch is non-invasive and aims to re-align the spine, which is often to blame for many back related aches. A good practitioner would check if your spine was out of alignment, and then, by way of soft touch manipulate it back into correct position. This treatment is non manipulative, and painless. I don't know where you live, but I suggest, if you are interested, look up Light Touch Spinal Therapists. It does work, is not expensive, and may rid you of the pain.

yumyum - 14 Oct 2021 20:41:50 (#2 of 20)

Thank you. I was seeing a shiatsu therapist but due to the spinal fusion I became increasingly worried about the strong pressure. I’ll look up what you suggest.

Hmm, not much in deepest cornwall and I don’t want to go to Plymouth.

redginger - 14 Oct 2021 20:59:04 (#3 of 20)

I think you will find that there are quite a few practitioners in Cornwall. I had to go to Devon to train and qualify, and quite a few of the trainees came from Cornwall. Give it a try, you won't regret it, and good luck.

Tenesmus - 15 Oct 2021 00:22:39 (#4 of 20)

re-align the spine, which is often to blame for many back related aches. A good practitioner would check if your spine was out of alignment, and then, by way of soft touch manipulate it back into correct position.

<strokes chin>

Tinymcsmithy - 15 Oct 2021 01:37:18 (#5 of 20)

<also strokes chin and does ‘yeah Geoffrey’ noise>

Neurosurgeons must be going out of business as a result of that.

yumyum - 15 Oct 2021 06:25:18 (#6 of 20)

I have to be careful. Prior to my cervical op I saw an osteopath, supposedly one of the best in London. My mum and I went on the tube from north London to south London, movement was difficult for me due to the pain I was in. The vibration from the tube was not easy for me. The therapy was painful and it made the disc worse. Surgery was the only relief. So, I’m always quite wary of hand-on stuff.

Ginmonkey - 15 Oct 2021 07:47:16 (#7 of 20)

Can you also do some gentle yoga exercises to release some of the muscle tension? Adriene's online video for upper back and shoulders is very good.

When I got shoulder pain I found taping woked well but that might not be a giod idea if you have a fused disc.

yumyum - 15 Oct 2021 11:00:51 (#8 of 20)

My current shoulder pain is not related to the neck thing. I have a torn rotator cuff and in fact, having put that, maybe everything is aching due to that. I really want to get a gentle massage gizmo and was hoping someone on here would say “try this one, it’s great”.

Tenesmus - 15 Oct 2021 14:24:55 (#9 of 20)

A person doing the gentle massage might be better.

That's not an offer, by the way...

goldfinch - 15 Oct 2021 14:30:11 (#10 of 20)

Yum, I have this one.

It is very gentle and not like the shiatsu ones in that it is soft, more like a neck collar. I tried one of the shiatsu ones once and found it really uncomfortable.

yumyum - 15 Oct 2021 16:54:38 (#11 of 20)

I’ve not described it well, I think. My ache is not actually around the neck. It’s below that, shoulder blade/mid back level. I think I’m slouching and I am looking for a wand type gadget to gently massage - preferably with heat- that area. I’m leaning against a back cushion with a hot water bottle in between me and the cushion but it’s not doing the job.

goldfinch - 15 Oct 2021 15:56:14 (#12 of 20)

Fair enough.

Agaliarept - 15 Oct 2021 16:59:17 (#13 of 20)

What about something like this Yum?

I'm not sure about this particular model but it sounds like something wall mounted would help you 'reach' the area.

yumyum - 15 Oct 2021 17:00:26 (#14 of 20)

What a gadget! But I’d prefer to be able to sit down whilst using it.

Agaliarept - 15 Oct 2021 17:05:15 (#15 of 20)

I suppose depending on your chair back, you could 'stick' it to where you sit...

JennyRad - 15 Oct 2021 16:06:25 (#16 of 20)

Or have a stool?

yumyum - 15 Oct 2021 17:08:08 (#17 of 20)

I don’t do stools. I need back support.

I just had another Amazon look. So much seems to be shiatsu/deep tissue based as I suppose it’s what people with tight muscles normally want. I used to have that but I want warm, gentle and soothing now and not administered by a person.

DonkeyOT - 15 Oct 2021 16:21:00 (#18 of 20)

I've recently had a recurrence of shoulder pain lasting a week or so, then I recalled being referred to a physio years ago - she prescribed placing the hand of the opposite side on the top of the painful shoulder and gently pushing it back for twenty seconds or so while tilting the head away from the painful side, repeat two or three times daily. It really worked for me - hth.

I later established that it was caused by a new sumptuously thick pillow previously and recently. It's much better now - touch wood!

yumyum - 15 Oct 2021 17:47:16 (#19 of 20)

I have physio exercises for my shoulder pain from the torn rotator cuff.

I’m seeking the answer to pain on my mid back area/ shoulder blades. This is different to the shoulder/arm pain and the fused disc in the neck. I am laughing to myself as I type this because I sound more and more like an old crock collapsing from the neck down.

I think this new thing is work tension and bad posture and yes, Pilates would probably help but the specialist I saw last week about the torn rotator cuff told me to be very careful atm with all exercise.

yumyum - 15 Oct 2021 20:12:00 (#20 of 20)

Am now reading all this for the second time. On the lowest setting it could be just right.

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