10% of the world’s population suffer from back pain at some point. If you’re one of them, you know that you’ll literally try anything to help when you’re suffering!
Yet with so many treatments to choose from, it can be overwhelming (and expensive) to experiment with all the options before finding what’s right for you.
Here at The Good Body we’ve done a little of the hard work for you.
12 Top-rated Products for Relieving Back Pain
We’ve searched the market and put together a list below of the 12 best back pain relief products and remedies:
1. PlayMakar’s Back Care Bundle – Exclusive to The Good Body
A trio of back pain relief tools!
Why just look for one back pain relief product, when you could have three!
This exclusive offer is solely for readers of The Good Body and we guarantee you won’t be able to find it cheaper anywhere else online.
Buy the complete PlayMakar Back Care Bundle for just $229.95 – a massive $189.90 saving on the MSRP!
In this bundle you get everything you need for back pain prevention, maintenance and recovery.
First up is the PlayMakar MVP Percussion Massager…
Delivering powerful strokes you can put it straight to work on your back, neck, spine, or anywhere else that needs relief.
It ships with six unique attachments, including a spade head for your back and neck. With six different speed settings it can really help to improve your range of motion.
Compared to other gun massagers on the market it’s really quiet, and when fully charged lasts for hours.
You also get the PlayMakar SPORT Electrical Muscle Stimulator…
It’s ideal for both acute and chronic back pain thanks to the EMS and TENS programs.
Six EMS programs work by sending electrical pulses to contract your muscles, speeding up the recovery process for back injuries.
Four TENS programs help block the pain signals being sent to your brain, enabling you to better manage your daily pain.
With two separate channels you have the flexibility to tailor the intensity on each one, with 25 different levels to choose from. It’s ideal if you want to treat two areas of your back with different strengths.
Finally, you get the PlayMakar Power Gel Roll-On!
It’s an amazing deal, as you only need to look at other gun massagers available (that have similar features but not the same quality) to see they cost about the same as this whole bundle!
This really is a complete toolkit for prevention, back maintenance and recovery at home, and only readers of The Good Body get a massive 45% off!
2. Mission Farms Relieve CBD Cream
Let the power of CBD work wonders on your back pain
A cream might not be top of your list when looking for a powerful tool to relieve your back pain.
But this is no ordinary cream!
Mission Farms’ Relieve cream is packed with 900mg of full-spectrum CBD.
With anti-inflammatory properties, research has shown CBD to be highly effective at easing chronic back pain.
However you need to be careful as there are a large number of rogue competitor products on the market.
Many contain only the smallest trace of CBD, meaning you won’t get the same effects.
Based in Oregon, they tend their hemp from seed to harvest, using no chemicals or pesticides in the process.
Soaked in natural sunlight and fed by the waters of the local river, you can be sure you’re getting the highest quality CBD product.
It’s not just great for your pain either! It also contains goat’s milk to rejuvenate your skin.
Compared to other products on the list it’s low cost, plus it isn’t likely to have any side effects and can be used wherever and whenever you need it.
3. Aku Mat
A spiky way to embrace all the benefits of acupressure therapy
Another way to take control of your condition is by exploring the benefits of acupressure therapy.
Unlike acupuncture that uses needles, acupressure uses the pressure of a firm finger. It works by increasing blood flow to painful muscles, encouraging the release of endorphins.
By purchasing an acupressure mat you can enjoy the therapy in the comfort of your own home!
Acupressure mats typically have plastic points to target key healing points, however the Aku Mat takes at-home treatment to the next level.
Covered in 2,710 high-grade metal spikes, you can lie back and start relieving your back pain.
Worried that it looks painful?
We wrote an in-depth review of the Aku Mat after using it extensively and found that it can be at first!
But you quickly get over it and the feeling is incredible.
Thanks to the metal spikes you can enjoy a similar experience to acupuncture without piercing your skin.
It makes you feel both completely relaxed and more invigorated, thanks to the warming sensation you feel throughout your body.
Acupressure has also been shown to help you sleep, so it’s the ideal tool if your back pain is keeping you awake at night.
If you’re concerned about how you’ll get up and down off the floor, then a handheld tool like the Theragun PRO might be more suitable.
Do remember that you can use the Aku Mat on your bed, or roll it up and tuck it into your lower back when seated.
Aku have also created a number of other innovative acupressure products, including one you can hold in the palm of your hand…
4. Resteck Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager
Switch on this classic back and neck massager, and relax…
When you’re looking for back pain relief, sometimes you simply want something you can pop on then sit back and relax.
Resteck’s Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager offers you exactly that, just drape on, position where you need it and enjoy the relief.
Complete with handles, you can position the back massager where you need it, then maneuver it to reach the perfect spot.
It’s so easy to operate with four simple buttons controlling all the different functions. Choose from various massage options, plus heat and vibrations settings to tailor your treatment.
One important thing to note is that you need to be plugged into the mains at all times when using the device.
This is obviously not something you need to worry about with a handheld tool like the PlayMakar MVP Massager or a product like the Aku Mat.
However it does with a handy carrying case and a car adaptor for portability.
Owners of this massager commented on the excellent quality and remarked that it had quickly become a pain relief tool they used to manage their pain daily.
Plus it comes with a lifetime warranty so the manufacturer is pretty sure you’ll love it!
5. iReliev Premium TENS + EMS Pain Relief & Recovery
Discover effective (and electrifying!) back pain treatment with a TENS unit
TENS units are available without prescription, and there are a number of different options available ranging in price.
One of the brands we particularly like (and rate highly) is iReliev.
In fact in our roundup of the best TENS units on the market, we gave an iReliev unit the top spot.
The iReliev Premium device also has electric muscle stimulation capabilities, which can be useful for many things, including releasing muscle tightness and muscle recovery.
iReliev’s Premium TENS + EMS Pain Relief & Recovery system has 14 different programs, is rechargeable, and has a backlit and extra-large digital display.
6. Theragun PRO
A powerful handheld massager you can rely on
For a back pain relief tool that really packs a punch it has to be the Theragun PRO.
We reviewed the PRO after months of testing and found it to be both powerful and intuitive.
If you’re not familiar with a Theragun device, they’re essentially percussion massagers that deliver a real deep tissue massage — pounding 16mms into your muscles to be precise!
With four adjustable arm positions and three grips, you can experiment with various combinations to get to all those hard to reach places.
At times it can feel a little heavy to hold in position on your back, but when you find the right spot the relief is incredible.
There are variable speed options and six interchangeable attachments, including the thumb attachment which has been specially created for your lower back.
Choosing your settings couldn’t be easier, you can select them on the OLED screen or sync with the Therabody app where you can control your device and have access to massage programs created to treat back pain.
Investing in the PRO means you’ll never run out of power:
It ships with two swappable batteries, with an amazing 300 minutes of combined battery life.
Compare it to the other products on the list and you’ll quickly see that it is one of the most expensive.
However Theragun do offer a range of different products, including the affordable (and lighter) Theragun mini. Plus you can find a range of cheaper alternatives on the market.
7. Hyperice Back
Strap ice to your back and start to soothe your discomfort
Hyperice are renowned for creating innovative pain relief products, with the Hyperice Back being their original creation.
Made from a high-quality, neoprene wrap, it uses compression to hold an ultra thin ice cell right on the source of your pain.
Cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy, has been scientifically proven to be effective for treating low back pain.
If you don’t have the budget for the Hyperice Back, don’t worry! You could recreate it at home with a cold pack or even just a bag of peas.
However the style of the wrap and the way it can administer just the right level of ice makes using cold therapy more convenient and ultimately more effective.
Using a powerful tool like the Theragun PRO or the Resteck massager might be a little daunting, particularly if you’re concerned about making your pain worse.
Hyperice Back is definitely a gentler yet still seriously good way to treat your condition.
8. Back Arch Massager
A simple massage tool for your whole back (and neck!)
Sometimes you don’t need a fancy gadget to tackle your back pain, you just need a simple tool to get right to the source of your pain.
If you don’t mind putting in a little work then you could try the Back Arch Massager from Sharper Image.
Lie back on 30 strategically positioned nodes and enjoy massage therapy to your upper, mid and lower back.
By pushing your legs gently up and down you can stretch the discs in your back as well as the supportive muscles in your abs.
Smooth nodes at the top of the massager dig deep into your neck, soothing any neck pain which can often go hand in hand with back pain.
Users reported how it helped loosen their back muscles, and how it felt good even just to lie on the massager without moving.
9. Zyllion Shiatsu Pillow Massager with Heat
Compact but powerful massage pillow perfect for your lower back
For those searching for an affordable back pain relief product, there’s the Zyllion Shiatsu Pillow Massager with Heat.
Its compact size (just over 2 inches deep) means it’s ideal for travel, plus it can easily be secured to a chair to work on your lower back.
However don’t be fooled by the size, this massage cushion is still powerful.
The shiatsu nodes deliver a deep and satisfying massage, changing direction every minute to mimic the hands of a real masseuse.
Some users did in fact find it too powerful and even painful on their spine.
Thankfully it comes with a sleeve that you can slide on to lessen the intensity.
Also tucking neatly into your neck, many consumers raved about how successful it had been in dealing with their neck pain.
10. iReliev Far Infrared Heating Pad
Experiment with innovative far infrared and negative ion therapy
Another pain relief option for you to consider for your back is a far infrared heating pad.
Far infrared therapy improves your circulation and brings oxygen and nutrients to the painful area, helping to ease discomfort and relieve inflammation.
If you want a treatment that goes deep into your pain, these rays will permeate right into your upper and lower back.
Choose this mat from iReliev and you can also experiment with negative ion therapy.
The mat combines all-natural jade and tourmaline which, when heated with far infrared rays, releases over 1,500 negative ions per square inch.
Negative ions create “positive vibes” in your environment, producing biochemical reactions that boost your sertonin (happy hormone!) levels.
For ease you get a remote control that you can operate while lying back, allowing you to reach the perfect level of heat you require.
11. Manduka PRO Yoga Mat
Improve your flexibility and relieve your pain through yoga
Though you might be looking for the most powerful tool around to tackle your back pain, sometimes the most effective method can be the gentlest!
In fact, there are a number of asanas you can try that are ideal for easing discomfort in your back.
Invest in the Manduka PRO Yoga Mat if you’re eager to get started!
At 6mms thick, it will provide you with more cushioning to protect your joints, than many other rivals on the market.
Plus it has a closed-cell surface so there is nowhere for sweat to hide.
It’s perfect for hard core yogis shopping around for products to improve their practice, as well as complete newbies.
Compared to the other products on this list it does require a little more training. Luckily we’ve put together a list of yoga poses for beginners so you can begin your practice.
12. Red Rooibos Teas from adagio teas
Enjoy a cup of pain-relieving tea!
Pouring a cup of tea has to be one of the easiest ways to start treating your back pain at home!
You might simply think of herbal teas as a tasty treat, but research shows there are a number of them that have properties perfect for pain relief.
Roobios tea in particular contains different types of antioxidants including quercetin, which anti-inflammatory properties.
Choose this loose tea sampler box from adagio teas and you can enjoy peach, orange and vanilla flavors.
They source their teas from artisan farmers, so you be can safe in the knowledge that they contain all-natural ingredients.
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