Free if you have these items
Moon: "The balls should straddle the spine, resting on the muscles and not on the spine itself. Helps to relax the muscles that support and rotate the spine. I suggest extreme caution for those with severe curvatures of the spine."
We thought: Similar to the Back Roller but less painful. Nice to lean back on while sitting at your desk.
Body Back Sticks Percussion Massagers
$11.95 at bodyback.com
Moon: "Can be used for light tapotement (percussive strokes) over muscles to increase circulation, penetrate deep muscular tissues and energize the nervous system."
We thought: Fun, but for back pain it's better if someone else taps on you.
AccuMassage Trigger Point Massager
$24.95 at bodyback.com
Moon: "Great for the muscles of the neck and shoulder blades as well as the calf and thigh muscles. It is excellent for focus on trigger points and has the feature of squeezing the handles together to achieve the desired pressure."
We thought: Excellent for pinching neck and shoulder muscles to relieve acute pain.
Original Body Stick
$43.50 at protherapysupplies.com
Moon: "The spindles that roll independently over your muscles, and the flexibility of the stick, make it easier on your body than some of the others."