Back massagers for Pain Relief

 


Back massagers for Pain Relief

Back pain is a significant problem for Australians, describing any pain felt along the backside of the torso. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, approximately 4 million people in Australia have back pain [1].

While some people find relief with treatments, such as remedial massage and pain medication, they can become expensive and have side effects. Fortunately, Caremax’s mission is to help you find cost-effective, safe and beneficial ways of easing your back pain. 

Our range of lumbar massagers and back massagers helps provide instant pain relief. Drug-free. No prescriptions. And best of all - no need for multiple top-ups. Simply purchase, apply and use. Below we’ll go through the science and features behind our massagers.

What is a Back Massager?

Back massagers are devices that help relieve pain, stiffness and discomfort around the back. They can reproduce traditional massage techniques using modern technology, such as trigger point release and stretching. Some of Caremax’s products are also called lumbar massagers, indicating that they are also appropriate for the lower back region.

Lumbar and back massagers deliver instant pain relief within the comfort of your own home. So, avoid expensive massages and awkward chit-chats on the massage table. They are appropriate for everyone, ranging from athletes to office workers. Not only are they convenient, but also durable enough to deliver repeated treatments. 

Everything to Know About Our Lumbar Massagers

Our lumbar massagers have multiple treatment modes and techniques for all back pains and aches. Fast track your recovery today with our proven and high-quality massagers. They range from one-treatment wonders to all-in-one technical marvels that will have your back singing you praise. Below will be a list of everything about our range of lumbar massagers.

Magic Back Support Stretcher

Now, this is called ‘magic’ for a reason. How can such a simple device be so comfortable? Well, the support stretcher has three different arch support levels to help decompress your spine from the rigours of your day-to-day life. Additionally, they are built with a trigger point top to target those familiar achy spots. 

Electric Heating Pad Massager

The electric heating pad massager adds even more features without compromising on convenience. Designed as a wearable back brace, experience the full range of automated treatment anytime and anywhere. Simply wrap the lumbar massager around the waist and blissfully enjoy the dual heat and massage treatments.

Heated Lumbar Back Traction Massager and Stretcher

Blast away your back pain and stiffness with our top-of-the-line back massager. The heated lumbar back traction massager and stretcher deliver all mainstream massage techniques. Ranging from air-bag decompression, infrared, heat and vibration therapies, this device is packed with all the desired heavy-duty features.

 

 

FAQ

 

How do back massagers work?

Back massagers incorporate various massage techniques to help relax muscle tension, reduce pain signals and improve blood flow to your back. Depending on the model selected, the massagers are built with a range of treatments, including:

  • Stretching and lumbar decompression
  • Heat
  • Vibration
  • Trigger point release
  • Infra-red light therapy

Any combination or single treatment mode provides quick back pain relief. Simply wear or use the massager as instructed to help manage your pain. You may notice additional benefits when multiple modes are being turned on simultaneously. 

 

How do you use a back massager?

Depending on the product, you can use your back massagers in two main ways. 

The first way is wearing the massager (e.g. electric heating pad massage). Like a back brace, these massagers are wearable and wrap around the body to provide treatment. 

The second way is by lying on the massager in a supine position (i.e. body facing upwards). A comforting arch support design will help shape around the curvature of your back where treatment can be delivered. Examples of massagers with this design are the heated and magic stretchers.

 

Do back massagers get rid of knots?

Knots or myofascial trigger points are hard and sensitive areas that are located on your body’s muscles. These painful areas are there, even when you’re relaxed. Due to the localised and solid sensation of these areas, they are described as knots. 

Research [2] suggests that these areas are tight muscle bands caused by abnormal electrical impulses and chemical build-up in these areas. 

Back massagers have specific treatments that can help eliminate these knots, including heat, vibration and stretching modes. This is supported by Healthline, who also recommends these types of therapies for knots. 

 

How do I choose a lumbar massager?

Caremax has a range of lumbar massagers which can safely and effectively treat back pain and stiffness. Each massager has its unique features to help improve your quality of life and alleviate symptoms. Purchasing the right lumbar massager will depend on your unique circumstances. 

Examples of some considerations include:

  • The features that matter to you (e.g. infrared, heat, vibration, etc.)
  • How you prefer to use the massager (e.g. wearing or lying)
  • The price 
  • Whether you have a preference or allergies to certain materials. 
 

Do lumbar massagers help with back pain?

Yes. Caremax’s ranges of modern lumbar massagers use technology that mimics traditional treatment for back pain.

 For instance, research has supported heat therapy as an effective way to decrease back pain and disability [3]. 

Additionally, the traction mode in several of Caremax’s massagers mimics decompression treatment that has been shown to increase disc height by ~17.3% and decrease back pain by 50% [4]. 

Caremax’s lumbar massagers can deliver multiple treatments at the same time to maximise back pain relief.

 

How often should you use a back massager?

Back massagers can be used to either treat or prevent pain. It is most effectively used when experiencing discomfort, such as back pain or tightness. This allows for instant relief from these types of symptoms. 

Regular use of a back massager can also be beneficial for preventing back pain. Those in inactive or strenuous jobs may find that the massagers may help stop the build-up of symptoms, like muscle aches and tightness. 

There is no specific frequency of when you should use a back massager. Like pain medication, they may be used only as necessary. However, unlike pain medication, side effects are uncommon and often minimal, so regular should also be appropriate. 

However, there might be a chance that the body begins to build up a tolerance through repeated use of back massagers [5].

 

What does a back massager treat?

Back massagers treat conditions that lead to pain, tightness and discomfort along the back. Examples of conditions and situations which may benefit from back massager treatment include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Sciatica
  • Period pain
  • Menstrual pain
  • Pregnancy pain
  • SIJ Pain
  • Canal stenosis
  • Disc bulge and herniation
  • Muscle spasms
  • Strains
  • Sprains
  • Arthritis 
 

References

  1. https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-musculoskeletal-conditions/back-problems/contents/what-are-back-problems
  2. Liu, Q. G., Liu, L., Huang, Q. M., Nguyen, T. T., Ma, Y. T., & Zhao, J. M. (2017). Decreased Spontaneous Electrical Activity and Acetylcholine at Myofascial Trigger Spots after Dry Needling Treatment: A Pilot Study. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 2017, 3938191. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/3938191
  3. French, S. D., Cameron, M., Walker, B. F., Reggars, J. W., & Esterman, A. J. (2006). A Cochrane review of superficial heat or cold for low back pain. Spine, 31(9), 998-1006.
  4. Apfel, C. C., Cakmakkaya, O. S., Martin, W., Richmond, C., Macario, A., George, E., ... & Pergolizzi, J. V. (2010). Restoration of disk height through non-surgical spinal decompression is associated with decreased discogenic low back pain: a retrospective cohort study. BMC musculoskeletal disorders, 11(1), 1-6.
  5. Liebano RE, Rakel B, Vance CGT, Walsh DM, Sluka KA. An investigation of the development of analgesic tolerance to TENS in humans. Pain. 2011 Feb;152(2):335-342. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2010.10.040. Epub 2010 Dec 8. PMID: 21144659; PMCID: PMC3027071.