We thought: The movement, like a rolling pin, is gentler than the Backnobber and feels good. A little awkward to use on your back because you have to engage your muscles to roll it there.
Original Backnobber II
$41.95 at pressurepositive.com
Moon: "Especially good for releasing tightened knots in those areas difficult to massage by yourself, such as the shoulder blade region, base of the skull and low back. I love using it on my calf muscles and feet as well. It is also useful for cross-fiber friction on tendon attachments in rotator cuff injures and the like."
We thought: Relieves pain well, discrete to use while sitting at work.
Body Back Buddy
$34.95 at bodyback.com
Moon: "Similar to the Backnobber, but lighter."
We thought: At first confusing, but the handles make it easier to apply pressure, and the extra knobs offer versatility for targeting different trigger points.
$39.99 at tptherapy.com
Moon: "Great for deep tissue self-massage. Be sure it is safe for you to use. It does get in quite deep, and you have to use your body weight to maneuver this tool, so it can cause stress on various muscles and other body parts."
We thought: Feels good on the back, but it hurts quite a bit on iliotibial (IT) bands on outer thighs.