Kit review: Back Nodger self massager
The best way to show the effectiveness of the Back Nodger would be to video the user. Their face and the sounds they make, speak loudly of amazing knotted muscle relief. My own version goes something like this: “Ohh, ahhh, oh that is
good. Mmmmmm. More…”, with my face screwed up in painful pleasure. If this sounds a little rude it’s possibly because the joy of the Back Nodger is very similar to the pleasure of another kind of physical activity!
Really, though, the Back Nodger doesn’t look like it will offer much in the way of anything. It’s a very simple-looking gadget, comprising a length of metal rod, with the addition of a soft handle and a rounded end. But in use this seemingly basic instrument brings wonderfully complex pain relief.
You know the frustration of reaching over your shoulders with your hands to try to bring some relief to tight shoulders but then you can’t quite reach or you can’t hold the pressure on for long enough? Well, the nodger does it all for you and with such ease. It’s simple genius!
How to use the Back Nodger
The website says that “using the Back Nodger should feel like a therapist sticking a thumb into the tender area of your muscle. Don’t be alarmed if it’s a little sore at first. Knots will feel sore as the muscles are tight. Using the Back Nodger regularly will help loosen them off”.
- Hold the handle with 2 hands. One above the other
- Position the Back Nodger’s red targeting head on a knot.
- Relax your shoulders and inhale deep through your nose. Exhale and relax.
- Apply targeted pressure deep into the knot by pushing the handle away from you
- Stay relaxed and accept the pressure for one deep breath in and out
- Move the Back Nodger head to a different spot within the same knot or to a new knot .
The Nodger can be used on muscles all over the back, but I found it most effective for the mega tight shoulder and neck muscles that are caused by many, many hours typing while at my desk. I was warned by the website that the nodger would become additive and I agree. I find myself reaching for the nodger frequently, for light relief MY tight muscles have a long way to go before they are loosened.