Our neck is like an anchor that keeps the head aligned with the rest of the body. When it’s in pain, it’s more likely that there’s something wrong with your posture.
Neck pain is common among office-based workers as well as freelancers who spend a lot of time hunched over their computers. Aside from having a correct posture, you can also cope with neck pain through massage done either by a therapist or devices like the HoMedics Neck And Shoulder Massager With Heat.
Unlike traditional massage, the use of neck massager allows you to release muscle tension from your neck anytime, anywhere, and at the fraction of the cost of spa massage. This in-depth review of HoMedics Neck And Shoulder Massager With Heat gives all the essential information you need to make an intelligent buying decision.
Who is it for?
HoMedics Neck And Shoulder Massager With Heat is something you wouldn’t mind having if you spend a big chunk of your time working in front of the computer. It specifically targets the neck muscles which usually bear the brunt of poor posture.
Office-based workers, as well as the increasing number of remote workers in the US, will definitely enjoy using this massager after a long day of computer work.
Bear in mind, however, that the massage delivered by its two nodes is a bit on the intense side. There’s no way you can adjust the intensity other than pulling its handles backward or forward. Unless you expect it to deliver deep or light massage automatically, this device will do just fine.
Lastly, never use this massager as an alternative to traditional treatment; rather, it should be considered as a complementary therapy you can use in between visits to your doctor. The manufacturer also warns those who are pregnant, diabetic, with a pacemaker, as well as anyone with any existing medical condition to seek medical consultation before using the HoMedics Shiatsu Neck And Shoulder Massager With Heat.
*2 rotating massage nodes provide deep-kneading shiatsu massage on the sore muscles of the neck.
*3 massage options to choose from–Shiatsu, vibration, or both.
*Built-in heat function offers extra warmth to relieve muscle soreness and tightness. Heat only works with a massage.
*3 buttons that correspond to heat, shiatsu, and vibration help users to easily choose their preferred settings without pressing too many times.
*Comfort flex handles provide excellent grip so you can customize the massage intensity by pulling them forward or backward.
Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 6.1 x 12.8 inches | Product Weight: 1.1 pounds
⊕Comes with a 2-year limited product warranty–better than most neck and shoulder massagers on the market. HoMedics is also an established brand with an accessible website and good track record in customer service.
⊕Although there’s no button that allows you to adjust massage intensity, you can easily do it manually by controlling how hard you pull the grip handles.
⊕It’s equipped with an overheating protection feature which means it will automatically shut off after a certain period. It will only start working again after a cool-down period. This is to ensure not just the integrity of the unit but also the safety of the user.
⊕Intuitive controls allow users to choose their preferred setting in just a click of a button.
⊕An excellent neck massager which can also work on the shoulders and other parts of the body if positioned correctly.
⊕The massage is pretty strong, but you can dampen it by putting a towel over your neck and shoulders.
⊕Noise level is minimum. You can still watch TV without getting distracted.
⊕Relatively easier to use than handheld percussion massager and less bulky than massage cushions.
⊗It doesn’t come with a car adapter so you can’t use it in vehicles.
⊗Not the most portable and travel-friendly among the massagers as it’s a bit bulky and needs to be plugged into a power outlet.
⊗Not ideal for those with a large or wide neck as the massage nodes are very close to each other and have a tendency to put unnecessary pressure on the cervical spine.
⊗Despite being advertised as a “neck and shoulder massager,” this HoMedics device barely touches the shoulders unless you drape it over them, one shoulder at a time, and put your hands in an awkward position.
⊗Heat is lukewarm at best and takes a while to work. There’s also no indicator light to let the users know that the heat is on.
The Bottom Line:
Just like other similar massagers, the HoMedics Neck And Shoulder Massager With Heat doesn ‘t come close to a therapist’s healing touch but can help relieve neck pain any time of the day.
One major flaw I want to emphasize is its lack of versatility. Unlike the Brookstone Shiatsu Neck And Back Massager, this one seems to have been designed for the neck muscles alone. Although you can still use it on your shoulders, it will require a few trials and errors as well as awkward placement of your hands to achieve a desired level of comfort.
Other Massagers Worth Trying:
Zyllion ZMA-13-BK Shiatsu Pillow Massager With Heat (Black) (Rating: 4.5/5)
Brookstone Shiatsu Neck And Back Massager With Heat (Rating: 4.2/5)
Homedics Shiatsu Massage Pillow With Heat (Rating: 4.2/5)
Body Back Buddy Trigger Point Massager (Rating: 4.2/5)
Zyllion ZMA-14-BK Shiatsu Massage Cushion With Heat (Rating: 4.0/5)
Thera Cane Back Massager (Rating: 4.0/5)
Backnobber® II Massage Tool (Rating: 3.8/5)
Homedics HHP-350 Percussion Action Massager (Rating: 3.7/5)