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    If You Carry Stress In Your Shoulders, These 21 Products May Help

    So...I guess neck hammocks exist? And apparently they work. Like, really work.

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    1. A vibrating posture corrector that'll act as a reminder to lift yourself back up whenever you start slouching, easing tension in your shoulders and helping to prevent poor posture from becoming permanent (and thus, permanently painful).

    Two people sitting with upright posture. One is wearing the back vibrator and the other is wearing a vibrating necklace.

    Promising review: "This device has been life-changing for me! I am in good shape but after 10 years of sitting at a desk 10+ hours a day my posture had deteriorated to a point where it was causing me a lot of pain, discomfort, and embarrassment. It had become second nature for me to always slouch and I had zero awareness of when I slouched except when I would see a picture of myself. Bad posture isn’t always due to a lack of strength and physicality but a lack of awareness. For me, it was a bad habit formed over many years. This device truly helped me to kick my bad posture habit. I keep this device in training mode all day because it reminds with a little vibration to straighten up every time I slouch. This is exactly what I needed! The first day I wore this device I was surprised to learn how often I was slouching and I admit it was really hard to maintain good posture all day. With time it has become easier and I am now more self-aware. I am proud to say my posture has significantly improved with this device. The app is super cool and intuitive β€” this is just a well-thought-out product. This device is fantastic, I highly recommend it." β€”Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    2. Or a back brace that can shift your shoulders back and relieve tension with basically no effort on your part. The bonus? Your body could get used to the new position and straighten out your stance in around two weeks!

    A before, process, and result photo showing a model who starts with a drastically slouched stance and progresses toward an upright standing position with shoulders back. The image states this happens in a "15 day effect."

    Promising review: "I got this because I have horrible posture and bad back problems because of it. I wasn't expecting this to work as well as it did, but I was hopeful. I was really surprised at how well it works β€” and it isn't even that uncomfortable to me. I am definitely glad that I bought it." β€”Ashley Quall

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    3. A muscle recovery bath soak made with magnesium flakes and essential oils. One home spa day with this and your stressed out shoulders are gonna consider it an essential part of your self care.

    Coach Soak Muscle Recovery

    Promising review: "I’m a midnight CNA at a nursing home and I ALWAYS have body aches after a shift. I used to just soak in an epsom salt bath but that never really did much for me. This product has worked wonders for me. It relaxes my body and has really eased my shoulder pain. It has even helped me fall asleep faster. Definitely recommend this product." β€”Mikaela Jo Dedafoe

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    4. A neck hammock you can attach to your door and give your neck the solid stretch it needs, helping to release built-up knots in both your neck and shoulders.


    Promising review: "My husband suffers from chronic neck and back pain from his job so I decided to buy him a neck hammock to see if it would help him. This is made of quality material. My husband tried it out and he immediately felt relief from the tension on his neck and back. He said there was like an instant pull/stretch going down from his neck to his back and it felt SO GOOD!!!! It felt so good he said he could fall asleep there! LOL. I would recommend this for anyone who has neck and back problems." β€”iluvsasa

    Get it from Amazon for $28.04.

    5. A deep tissue massager for times when your shoulders hurt so much you shout "Shoot!" This thing is made for blasting away those nasty knots.

    The Damkee Massage Gun with six various attachments

    Promising review: "I’m so happy that I purchased this. I have been missing my chiropractic and massage appointments due to COVID-19 and I’m having pain in my neck and shoulders and lower back. I’ve been using this massage gun every day for the past week and it has drastically improved my movement by working out the knots and massaging my muscles. I loved it so much I told my friends and coworkers and they are purchasing one as well." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $109.99.

    6. A hemp cream formulated to relieve pain from arthritis, muscle cramps, and joint pain, etc. with all the effort it takes to gently rub on a moisturizer.

    Haley Organics Hemp Cream

    Promising review: "This worked wonders on my pain in my shoulder. I apply three times a day to help with the relief. I would recommend the use of this for pain." β€”Amanda Davis

    Get it from Amazon for $23.49.

    7. A cervical support neck brace designed to decrease neck and shoulder pain by increasing your circulation β€” helping you *truly* keep your chin up, even when aches and pains have had you feeling down.


    Promising review: "This is the greatest little neck brace!! It provides gentle support and also warmth. It's great for those times when your neck and shoulders are so tired you don't know what to do and the day is far from done. I am 74 years old and wish I had had this 30 years ago." β€”K. Hudson

    Get it from Amazon for $20.88.

    8. A massage ball that's gonna work far better than asking your partner to massage your knots out with their rather lackluster enthusiasm. This makes deep massages easier with someone else or on your own. Win win!

    A person holding the grip cap on the massage ball and rolling it across their arm

    Promising review: β€œI'm pregnant with random sore spots and back pain. My husband is awful at messages and so I bought this for him to use on my back. It is amazing! The ball itself is super hard and durable.” β€”Sophia Perez

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49 (available in four colors).

    9. A TENS unit to provide electrical stimulation to your tight muscles that may help them to loosen up and hurt less. You may be ~shocked~ by how well this calms your muscles down.

    A person with four connected pads. There are two on the back of their neck and one on each shoulder.

    TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, which sounds complicated, but all it really means is that it delivers a small, safe electrical current to your muscles, which can help with pain. You just attach the included electrodes around the area where you're hurting most, and let the machine do the rest β€” this one has 20 intensity levels and 15 massage-mimicking modes, so you can customize the stimulation to exactly what will help you the most.

    Promising review: β€œI received this item today and tried it a few hours later because my back was giving me fits! It was pretty self-explanatory as to how to connect it and begin using it. I started it out on the lowest intensity then moved to the second level of intensity and it wasn't bad at all. I eventually fell asleep while having my back stimulated by the nice electric current just as I do at the chiropractor :) I found the pads to be extremely sticky, which is great because they stayed nicely in place the whole time.” β€”B. Christine

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    10. A cult-favorite Penetrex pain relieving cream with over 20,000 five-star Amazon reviews that'll help reduce swelling, inflammation, aches, and more.

    Penetrex Inflammation Formulation

    Promising review: β€œThis is magic in a jar. I have had back surgery, physical therapy, I have a TENS machine, heated back massager, assorted liniments, and a partridge in a pear tree. My neurologist basically told me my spine is 'shot.' Now at 66 I recently retired, but unfortunately the pain didn't. I read the reviews for Penetrex and decided to take a chance. I've been using it for eight days, and in the last 24 hours I have been pain free. I will continue using it, this is amazing stuff.” β€”Mark N. Drakulic

    Get a jar from Amazon for $18.95.

    11. An acupressure mat and pillow for a daily pain relief regimen you can really ~stick~ with.


    Promising review: "When you first lie down on this mat and pillow you think 'no way I can put up with this,' it really does hurt at first. But if you don't concentrate on on all those sharp points sticking into you and actually relax you may see what the raves are about. You need to give it at least five to 10 minutes to begin feeling the benefits. It helps my back and my tension headaches, I actually push down into the pillow with my neck and move my neck into several positions. After about 10 minutes of use you begin to feel a warming sensation that actually feels quite pleasant. It does leave your skin looking like a frozen hamburger patty for a little while." β€”Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    12. A shoulder relief pillow because sleeping on your side puts a ton of your body weight onto your shoulder, causing pressure that builds up and aches. This'll encourage proper sleep posture and finally give your body a break if your side sleeping has been a real weight on your shoulders.

    A person sleeping on their side with the pillow. It is lifting their body up and gives their arm a spot to wrap around and hold while the other arm has padded support to prevent the pressure of body weight.

    Promising review: "As a dedicated side-sleeper I have purchased dozens of pillows in search of something that would alleviate my chronic neck and shoulder pain. It was hard to commit to the hefty price of this system knowing it might end up in the pillow graveyard with all the rest but this time was different! I found it immediately comfortable and was able to replace my cobbled together system of 4-5 pillows with this behemoth. It is both supportive and forgiving and keeps me from waking with every turn. I’m 5-foot-4 and find the wedge is a little long for my height but I am still comfortable even when I slide down in the night. The body pillow is long enough and heavy enough to support me and even allows me to spend some time asleep on my back which has been almost impossible for me until now. This is worth the price for shoulder relief. " β€”Robert M. Bednar

    Get it from Amazon for $279.99.

    13. A bottle of Tiger Balm neck and shoulder rub (with a vanishing scent formula) for people who need pain relief that's easy to keep close on-the-go.

    Tiger Balm Vanishing Scent Neck And Shoulder Rub

    Promising review: "I can't say enough about this. I have arthritis in my neck and right shoulder and I put this on and the pain is gone before I can put the cap back on the container! I HIGHLY recommend it!" β€”Vicki

    Get it from Amazon for $12.60.

    14. A self-massager to get those hard-to-reach spots on your back and shoulders without having to seek out a masseuse.

    A model using the massager to relieve their lower back

    Promising review: β€œThis device has made a huge difference to my quality of life. I would have rhomboid muscle spasms and pain so bad that it took far too many OTC and Rx pills to keep it in check. After using this religiously for five days in a row, huge nasty knots were gone along with the constant pain...and more importantly, I have something to help keep my back in better shape. All I ever wanted was some way to massage my own back and make a good job of it and this lets me do that. No more rocking back and forth against wall corners or any of the other bizarre things I used to try to do to get some relief. Whoever invented this deserves a medal.” β€”D Raven-Lindley

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in four colors).

    15. A cervical neck "pillow" that'll provide ergonomic support, align your spine, and give you a much needed vertebrae massage simply by lying down.

    Promising review: "This device relieves the knots and pain from my shoulder and neck. It is SUPER nice for travel as it is small and compact. This is a must-have device if you have aches and pains.." β€”Aaron Ahern

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    16. An anti-inflammatory face and body oil for soothing your senses and making any massage go smoothly. This also helps clear up acne on your back. Sweeeet.

    A model dripping the oil over their hand
    Bathing Culture

    Promising review: "After trying this for a week straight my skin's texture is soo smooth. It feels wonderful going on and sinks into your skin immediately, making it ideal to apply makeup on top of. The ingredients are high-quality, which justifies the price, and you only need a little drop or two so this will last me a while. This is hydrating and luxurious." β€”Rebecca

    Get it from Bathing Culture for $32+ (available in two sizes).

    17. An electric shoulder heating pad β€” you may lose pain in your shoulders so fast while wearing this cape that you'll feel like an actual pain-relieving superhero.,

    Promising review: "Whoever developed this heating pad really understood neck pain. This is genius! From the shoulder 'cape' to the flexible neck band to the little collar that snuggles the base of the skull, this item is perfect. It provides warmth to the upper neck region where my pain is the worst, and it warms the muscles and tendons in my neck and shoulders to loosen them up. I highly recommend this heating pad." β€”IowaGal

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97 (available in two colors).

    18. A bath pillow – it's gonna give you something to rest on whenever back pain makes you wanna sit, chill, and soak.

    The bath pillow placed over the edge of a tub full of bubbles

    Promising review: "I can finally use my large soaking tub! This pillow has revolutionized my bath experience. I get in that thing to relax and now that I have this bath pillow I can do just that! The pillow offers the perfect neck support. The padding is firm and hits the right spots so you can truly lean back and say 'aaaah.' The suction cups are quite strong, which I appreciate because then the pillow is not slipping around. It is washable which is a HUGE plus so I don’t have to worry about it getting gross and moldy. It came in nice packaging and has a bag that you can store it in. I foresee many baths in my future with this pillow. Great purchase!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $27.50.

    19. A cooling gel so you can try to freeze pain in its tracks.


    Promising review: "This cream is very strong. They used it at the physical therapy department my husband went to after back surgery. He liked it so much that I ordered him some. This is the best cream out there." β€”C. Wallace

    Get it from Amazon for $12.56.

    20. A car massager with multiple heat and massage settings for drivers who do ~knot~ handle the stress of traffic well.

    The massager attached just below the headrest of the driver's side car seat. It has four protruding massagers and heat-proof fabric in the center.

    Promising review: "Buy this! I got this as a gift from my amazing girlfriend who knows I complain about my neck all the time. We took a chance on this after I saw it and said I wanted it β€” after reading some other reviews I definitely agree that this is amazing. I was a little hesitant at first but once it arrived I wasn't disappointed at all. It does take some time getting use to as with anything, but it's very quick to learn your sweet spots and how to set it up in your car. It requires a connection to your 12v outlet to be powered, but other than that it's good. It is extremely durable, I'm highly surprised at the build quality and the quality of the rollers, heating, and motors. It seems like it'll last a long while with much usage, especially for the price." β€”Brendan S

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

    21. And finally, an orthopedic memory foam pillow that'll lift your head up, putting your neck in its natural curve to help work away neck pain while you sleep!

    Promising review: "This is the BEST pillow for neck and shoulder pain! These pillows are the BEST! I bought two and may buy again. The pillows help with my neck and shoulder pain during the night. I love them!" β€”CZFusion

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99.

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