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----- General Information -----
My partner suffered from a slipped disc two years ago and has since suffered with sciatica pretty bad. His back gets so tense, and the tension spreads up his back, into his neck, and gives him awful headaches. I decided to buy this massager for him for £65, to use on his upper back, to try to loosen it up. I told him not to use it around where the disc was slipped in his lower back, as this would probably cause him more pain.
----- The Product -----
This is a "3D" shiatsu massager, with infrared heat. It is designed to be be placed on top of a chair, plugged into the nearest power supply, and be sat on by the user. It works best if you sit as far back as you can, to get closer to the massage parts.
You can chose whether to have your whole back massaged, or just your upper back, or just your lower back. The shiatsu setting is quite intense, so you can also choose the normal setting. You can also choose whether you have the heat setting on during the massage, so if you don't fancy it you don't have to use it. The contact pads can also be adjusted to how you need them, so if you are broader than most, or smaller, you can adjust it to suit you. All of these settings can be changed by the remote attached to the chair, and is surprisingly really simple to use.
----- My Experience -----
Of course, although this was for my partner, I just had to have a go! I suffer from the odd knot every now and again so wondered if it would work for these, as it claims it does.
It took me a while to work my way through the settings to find the right one for me, and sure enough, my knots were gone in a jiffy. I personally prefer the shiatsu mode with the heat on. My partner also loves this massager, and permanently has it over his living room recliner chair, so whenever he is sat down, on it goes, and he is in heaven.
I love how adjustable this is, many brands seem to forget that everyone is different, and only caters for the "average" person. Not Homedics. Fat, thin, big boned, light and bony, you can have a go with this and get results. A nice personal touch goes a long way, and although this is the only product we own from this brand, I would certainly consider another product.
Homedics 3D back massager review - I bought this for my husband because he often has a sore back caused by over exercise.
This back massager fits onto a chair with a strap and Velcro to keep the back in place. You need an upright chair to have the massager in the correct position. We have comfortable dining chairs which this fits well on. The seat part of this is just fabric and doesn't do any of the massaging action it just keeps the whole thing in place. The massager is covered in a plush, nylon material which is black and grey, and clean and smart looking.
The massager is quite heavy as the motor and massager are robust, but it isn't too heavy to easily manoeuvre. The massager comes in a light bag/cover which protects it and keeps the whole thing compact and easy to slide under a bed, or beside the wardrobe while not in use. All the wires, plug and the controller fits neatly inside.
Once set up on a chair, there is a hand controller, which looks a bit like a small TV remote control, attached by a length of wire. There are different functions, one of which is a vibration. This is a strong vibration which really shakes the body and loosens the muscles. There is a simple rolling massage, which moves the 'balls' smoothly up and down the back relaxing as it goes. It also feels like it is aligning your back, putting you body in an straight, upright position. The feature my husband like the best is the Shiatsu massage where the 'balls' rotate in a small circle, making a kneading action as they travel up and down the length of the back. You can also add heat to this action which quickly heats up to a nice hot temperature which you can feel through clothing, but it's not burning hot.
The Shiatsu massage is very strong and really works hard into the muscles either side of the backbone. You can also stop the massager travelling up and down at any spot up the track so it concentrates on one area, which is particularly nice if you have a sore knot which needs undoing. There is a warning telling you not to leave the massager in one spot than more than 3 minutes at a time. When I have used this, I find the area between my shoulder blades really benefits from a spot massage if I've been working on the computer for a long period of time. My husband feels the benefit on his lower back when has aches and pains due to running. You really feel like it is working hard, and you feel the benefit of the massage. It's not as good as the real thing, of course, but it does feel very good.
I paid £129 for this after reading good reviews from other people. I think this price might have come down now. I would recommend this, it has had quite a lot of use from all the family without any problems. It can't really massage the neck so if this is your problem area this isn't the massager you'll need.
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