This is my own personal review of the popular massage tool, the Thera Cane.
If you’ve never heard of the Thera Cane, it is an odd and deceptively simple-looking self-massaging tool that nonetheless claims — and is backed up by thousands of evidently happy customers — to be effective in helping you remove muscle knots or painful trigger spots anywhere on your body.
I’d heard about the Thera Cane many times before and finally decided it was time to get one for myself.
The following post will present an overview of the Thera Cane, how it works, who it may work best for, and how it compares to other back massager sticks.
I’ll also throw in my own experience with using one for the first time.
How does the Thera Cane work?
The Thera Cane is a cane-shaped plastic tool, measuring 25 x 15 x 1 and weighing about a pound.
It has six pressure knobs that are designed to reach and massage any sore spot or muscle knot you may have, but it’s most well-known for focusing on your upper trap and back area.
The idea is that you would manoeuvre the Thera Cane in such a way so that you dig the knobs into your knots and apply pressure for a while, before releasing the pressure.
This technique known as myofascial release can help relieve tightness in the muscles and offer pain relief.
One of the big advantages of the Thera Cane is that you can use it in whatever way suits you.
You can use the knobs that stick out to push into tight muscles and use the hook to reach areas in your back that are usually inaccessible.
The owners manual has listed out other ways you can use the Thera Cane.
Thera Cane Review: My Hands-on Experience
When you get your hands on the Thera Cane for the first time you can tell it is very well made.
The material feels strong, durable and the finish is very smooth.
It’s actually pretty comfortable to hold and it’s light too.
You can tell, that the Thera Cane isn’t just a piece of cheap plastic.
After trying out the Thera Cane for a week or two, it does pretty much the job it’s supposed to do.
The U-shaped design works well to reach areas of the back which would normally be inaccessible or hard to reach on my own.
As far as the other knobs that are scattered around the Thera Cane are concerned, I didn’t really find them of much use.
To put it simply, the Thera Cane, works like any back massage stick should work.
There’s nothing overly special about it that makes it better than any other back massage stick, such as a special design or some unique feature, it’s just one of many other sticks that I’ve tried in the past.
If there are any gripes about the Thera Cane, I found that the knob on the hook to be quite slippery.
When I would hold the knob on a trigger point it would slip off sometimes.
In addition, I found that the U-shaped design of the hook felt like it had a bit of ‘give’ to it. In other words, it did feel like if I put a lot of pressure on it it has the potential to snap.
The Thera Cane is just like any other back massage stick on the market in terms of its design and effectiveness.
If you have trigger points that are hard to reach on your body (particularly in the upper trap area), then the Thera Cane should do the trick in helping you apply pressure to release them.
The Thera Cane is also well made and has a really nice feel to it which makes it nice to hold.
But other than that, there’s nothing that makes it stand out more than any of the other back massage sticks.
In fact, it could be argued that its competitor, the Body Back Buddy is the better back massage stick.
I found that the Body Back Buddy was more effective for me than the Thera Cane because it felt slightly sturdier, as written in my review of the Body Back Buddy.
As I mentioned above, there were times when I could feel the U shape hook of the Thera Cane had a bit of ‘give’ to it.
So if I pushed down really hard, I couldn’t get as much pressure as I’d like and there was also that slight worry that when I pushed down that hard I was entering the territory where it may be liable to break.
I didn’t quite get this feeling with the Body Back Buddy.
The U-shaped hook on the Body Back Buddy is smaller and therefore sturdier.
This means I could apply much more pressure than when I used the Thera Cane.
If you’re very sensitive and have a lot of chronic pain I would go with the Thera Cane as I found it to be the gentler of the two back massage sticks.
On the other hand, if you want to be a little more aggressive I’d go for the Body Back Buddy.
That being said, the Thera Cane is still one of the better back massage sticks on the market and will help to release unreachable trigger points around your body.
Related: The Best Back Massage Sticks