The neck and shoulders carry a lot of weight, both literally and figuratively. When we’re stressed or anxious, we often tense our neck muscles and raise our shoulders. Working out with poor form can lead to strained neck muscles and sore shoulders, but so can carrying a heavy briefcase or backpack all day, lifting small children into bed at night and even lugging groceries up a flight of stairs. The neck and shoulders go through a lot every day and that’s why it’s important to take care of them with a massager.
Neck and shoulder massagers can relieve tension and knots that may be causing reoccurring headaches. As we spend longer portions of our days with our heads stretch forward while looking at screens, massagers can provide relief on strained muscles and relax users into a more comfortable, natural position. Tight or pulled muscles can be treated thanks to the heat and pressure from a massager.
Treating yourself to a massage at a spa with a registered massage therapist is a great way to relieve sore and tired muscles, but when time and money make that difficult, a high-quality neck and shoulder massager can provide a much-needed reprieve.
1. Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager
Bring the heat with the Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager. Designed specifically for the neck and shoulders, the Naipo also provides an intense, heated massage to the lower back, legs and feet. Users can set the massager to their desired temperature up to 113 degrees Fahrenheit, helping to warm up and relax muscles. Three levels of speed can be selected for the eight powerful 3-D kneading massage nodes. The Naipo comes with a UL-approved power adapter and car adapter. The ergonomic massager contours around different body parts and the flexible straps provide a convenient place for users to place their hands or pull for added pressure when necessary.
Pros: The Naipo works for 20 minutes before going into the automatic shut off mode, giving users an extended massage time and an important safety feature in one.
Cons: The control panel is positioned high on the massager and can be challenging to reach. Smaller users may find that the nodes deliver too much pressure.
2. RENPHO Rechargeable Hand Held Deep Tissue Massager
Target trigger points, sore muscles, knots and any areas that need a little TLC using the RENPHO Rechargeable Hand Held Deep Tissue Massager. The handheld massager features a powerful 3,600 pulses per minute for a deep tissue massage. Depending on the targeted area and desired level of intensity, users can choose from five interchangeable massage heads. Four power or ‘percussion’ levels are available and the massager is designed with a comfortable silicone handle. The Renpho comes with a charging base and indicator light that tells users when it is in charging mode and when it is fully charged.
Pros: The Renpho is the only wireless option on our list and has a 140-minute battery life after a single recharge (the massager will shut off automatically after 20 minutes as a safety feature).
Cons: Unlike the other options on our list, the Renpho is not hands-free and users have to hold it when in use. It also does not have a heating feature.
3. Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager
For a massager that can be used on just about any part of your body, we recommend the Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager. The powerful massager delivers a 3-D kneading Shiatsu massage using powerful nodes that automatically change direction every minute. The Zyllion provides a heated massage with an automatic 15-minute shut-off for safety. The pillow-shaped massager can be used on the neck and shoulders, as well as lower back and legs. The Zyllion must be plugged into a wall outlet to work and does not require recharging.
Pros: The Zyllion comes with a strap to attach to a headrest and an AC adapter, making this a great option for users who wanted a heated massage while driving.
Cons: The inflexible design of the Zyllion makes it difficult to target all the muscles in the neck and shoulders at once. Different heat settings and massage intensity levels aren’t included.