According to a study published by the National Institutes of Health's website, Pubmed.org, stress can result in significant neck and shoulder pain. While most stress-related pain goes away within a few hours or days, the Mayo Clinic says that persistent neck pain can be alleviated with stretching, exercise, and massage. Finding a good neck massager can prevent expensive trips to a massage clinic.
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Infrared Neck Massager
The best-selling neck massager at Chimassager.com is the infrared neck massager. The portable unit has rotating, adjustable heads that provide the benefits of a Shiatsu massage to aching or sore neck muscles. Shiatsu is a form of Japanese massage that is usually administered with the thumbs, but can also utilize palms, elbows, and even feet to achieve the desired effect. The strategically placed infrared lights on this massager increase circulation to the neck area and the unit comes with a wireless remote for easier speed and location adjustment. As of 2010, this massager sells in the medium price range for portable massagers.
TherapistSelect Shiatsu Pillow
Homedics, manufacturer of a number of popular home health products, takes the benefits of acupressure-like Shiatsu massage and puts it into a plush, comfortable pillow in its TherapistSelect Shiatsu Pillow. This soft pillow features Shiatsu massage, soothing heat and targeted massage all in one portable package. Homedics sells products online and in retail outlets. This neck massager is in the lower price range.
Pro Touch Variable Speed Massager
For a heavy duty massager, the Pro Touch Variable Speed Massager provides targeted massage to the neck and other areas of the body. While the Shiatsu massage units can be used individually, this massager must be applied by another person and is often used by massage therapists and chiropractors to help their patients find relief from neck pain and stress by using a soft, vibrating pad. The unit comes with two settings, low (2,800 rpm) and high (3,500 rpm). This massager is in the upper price range.
iNeed by Brookstone
Brookstone makes a large wrap-type massager called the iNeed. It is shaped like a large shawl and fits over the neck and upper back. Some people find it heavy, but its weight may add to its effectiveness. It can be raised and lowered to access hard-to-reach muscles. With its front controls, the iNeed offers a deep, rhythmic percussion massage with a six-minute automatic massage program. This massager sells in the upper price range.