No one likes back pain, but the truth is, most of us have it to some degree. My main problem is very tight muscles that throb and ache. This is between my shoulder blades and upper shoulder, though it extends down one shoulder and into my upper arm. I also have problems with my lower back from time to time.
I've tried everything I could think of to treat this problem. Chiropractic and acupuncture helped some, but not enough. I bought a full-size massaging chair cushion that pulsated on the areas and relaxed it with heat if I chose, but it didn't do enough.
I had been hearing about the Shiatsu Pillow and had seen it in stores, but wasn't sure it was right for me. I never saw a display, so I couldn't try it first, so I didn't buy one. Until now.
I checked online to find the price, then started looking for a way to get it cheaper. I'm a thrifty shopper, always looking to save money. I found a brand new one on ebay for less than any store was advertising it, including shipping. I was excited and couldn't wait for it to arrive.
When the FedEx delivery came, I immediately opened the box, grabbed the pillow and put that baby to work. My reaction? OH MY GOD!! AHHHH, , , , , WOW!! This went on vocally for several minutes. My dog looked at me like I'd lost my mind, but I couldn't stop. The kneading action is incredible. It worked my back as deeply as my massage therapist does, only longer. I'm so knotted that it aches to be massaged, but in a good way. I was thrilled with the massage I was getting.
I moved the pillow to various parts of my back and it was effective in every position. Deep, full massaging action was effective everywhere I used the pillow. The heat option is great.
I have one warning to anyone who buys this. Because it is such a deep tissue massager, you might try using a towel underneath it at first. I read the instructions and it said for a deeper massage, move the flap out of the way, so I did and I paid for it later. I was very sore. Until I get used to it, I'll keep the flap down and use a towel to soften the action. I believe the pain was also caused because I left the pillow in one spot too long. I'm used to very deep tissue massages, but the masseuse never stays in one spot for long periods of time.
Because of my shoulder pain, I have been seeing a massage therapist for months and it's costing a fortune. At $60 an hour and not being covered by insurance, it's taking a chunk out of our income. I need to go weekly, but have cut back to once ever 3 - 4 weeks. I really think the Shiatsu Pillow will help me between visits and maybe even help me stop going in time. This is an impressive massager and worth every penny.