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Quick Review Summary for People in a Hurry
Features: Manual massaging tool made of ABS plastic. Has 5 nodes on each side. The flat base makes it suitable for massaging the back, calves, and other areas of the body.
Pros: Durable and effective. Lightweight and portable. Can be used by everyone even though you don’t have any back pain issue.
Our Rating: 4.5/5Verdict: Better than PSO-back. Highly recommended.
Full Written Review:
Did you know, as per CDC, 1 in 5 Americans suffer from chronic pain that is strong enough to affect the quality of their lives.
Pains, aches, and muscle stiffness have become a common issue these days because of multiple factors including extended sitting hours, bad posture, sedentary lifestyle, lack of physical activity, and degeneration of musculoskeletal muscles.
Unless you are suffering from chronic pain, some stretching exercises and self-massage is enough to loosen up the tight muscles and release the trigger points.
There are hundreds of self-massage tools available out there in a varied price range. Many of them do a wonderful job whereas many others are useless. Self-massage tools are very easy to use but, if you have to massage your spine, you would have to ask someone to do it for you. Thankfully, PSO Rite (and a few others) has addressed this need of ours.
PSO-Rite has launched a series of products intended to provide you a professional-grade massage. All of them are meant for dealing with back pain but each tool has its own use.
- PSO-rite psoas massage tool is for releasing trigger points in your psoas muscles. It is its finest and one-of-its-kind product. Not many massage tools can penetrate deep into the psoas muscles, which is why PSO-Rite is quite popular among people who suffer from back pain due to tight psoas muscles. You can read its full review here.
- PSO-back massage tool is designed for the lower back. The manufacturer claims that it can help regain the natural curve of your spine. It is a very specialized tool, which should only be used by people who are suffering from flatback syndrome, provided their doctor approves it. We don’t find it of much value. Here is its full review.
- PSO-spine too is for massaging the entire back. It is a generic massage tool and can be used by anyone experiencing stiffness or back pain. You can also use it for other areas of your body such as calves, chest, neck, etc.
In this blog, we will be providing you with a detailed review of PSO-spine. To begin with, let's first understand what this tool is all about and how you can use it.
What is the PSO-spine?
PSO-Spine, PSO-back, and PSO-Rite are specialized recovery tools that help target the trigger points located deep within the tissues. All these tools are just basic manual massagers. There are no buttons or preset levels. They have prongs or nodes that can dig really deep into the tissues, even in the fleshy areas. Other manual or even advanced deep tissue massagers are unable to go that deep. They provide somewhat superficial massages.
As you can see in the above picture, PSO-spine is a flat piece of ABS plastic with 5 pairs of nodes. When we received the product, we felt a bit disappointed. It was so basic that we couldn’t believe we paid about $80 for it.
But, as always, our team doesn’t go with looks and presentations. We tried it for a few days and it worked!
One thing that we like about this product is its durability and versatility. Being made of ABS plastic, you can expect it to last really long. It is impact-resistant, so you can put your entire weight on it without bothering about cracks and breakages.
The design of PSO-spine is more versatile than PSO-back and even PSO-Rite. You can use it to target almost any area of your body be it neck, hamstrings, quads, feet, or lower spine. Now, that makes it worthy enough for its price. PSO-back has a very limited use and PSO-Rite works best for psoas muscles.
We are also impressed with its stability. It has grippy feet that prevent slippages on almost all types of floors. Unlike cheap lightweight plastic massagers, this one didn’t tip up even when we applied pressure only on one side. The PSO-Rite and PSO-back too have this same stability, which is why people still buy them despite them being expensive for what they are made of.
Who can use PSO-spine?
As mentioned above, PSO-Spine can be used by anyone on any part of the body; although the manufacturer has designed it for targeting the spinal muscles.
PSO-back is a very specialized tool meant only for people who are losing the natural curve of their lower back. But, PSO-spine is meant for everyone. It is an excellent trigger point release tool for upper and middle back.
We tried it for a few weeks and realized that it actually helps deal with upper back stiffness, which is common among us due to excessive hunching. Most of us tend to hunch while sitting. Doing it for hours can cause stiffness and back pain. Regular use of PSO-spine can help you get rid of the tightness in the upper and middle back.
How to use PSO-Spine?
The process of using any of the PSO-Rite massage tools is the same. You have to lay on them so the nodes or prongs press your trigger spots or target areas. Since it uses your body weight to work, you have to put as much or as little pressure as you want. Once you are able to target your trigger points, remain in that position for 30-60 seconds. You can watch this video for more details.
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We had a good experience using PSO-spine. Unlike PSO-Rite, this one is a bit uncomfortable (rather painful) initially. This is because there is not much flesh on our back to provide a cushioning effect. When you try using it, you will find it difficult to maintain the pressure. You would also feel a good amount of discomfort but, after a few days, you will get used to it.
- We found it effective. 89% of buyers on Amazon have rated it 4 stars and above, which means this tool works. We would say this is its major plus point because not many massage tools are worth buying. Some of them offer very superficial massage, even though they are sold under the tag of ‘deep tissue massagers’. PSO-spine and PSO-rite go really deep and help you get rid of the trigger points located in fleshy areas where other massage tools can’t reach.
- It is durable, safe, and easy to use. Being a very basic massage tool, you don’t have to worry about malfunctioning of buttons or low battery time.
- Lightweight and portable.
- Not many massage tools are meant specifically for the spine. This is one of the few products which can be safely used on sensitive areas of your back.
- The only thing we didn’t like about PSO-Spine and other products by the same manufacturer is their price. These are very bare basic tools. $79 is just too much for each of them. We understand that it isn’t that easy to come up with an idea that really works. And, if you have got one, you need to encash it to the fullest. Yet, the price is a bit unjustified.
Our Rating: 4.5/5
Overall, PSO-spine is a versatile product that can be used by almost everyone who has got tightness in the back and shoulders. Although it looks like a very basic tool, it can get into hard-to-reach tight spots. If you are looking for a low-tech, safe and durable massage tool, you won’t be disappointed by this one.