DIY Shiatsu

When you have a kink in your back, sometimes you’d give anything just to reach it. The Back Nodger is a contoured self back massager that lets you relieve those impossible-to-reach knots. After a slipped disc and two back operations, Maker Asher Nathan needed something to relieve his muscle tension. Getting massages constantly wasn’t an option, so he designed the Back Nodger. The end is shaped like a thumb, letting you mimic the acupressure of shiatsu massage, where therapists use their thumbs and knuckles to release knots. Position the Back Nodger over your shoulder to reach your neck and upper back, or around your side for lower back areas. Place the end nodule on a pressure point, then press outward on the handle to “nodge” tension away. The ergonomic frame is reinforced with steel, so press as hard as you need. Lots of things create back pain—desk chairs, exercise, sofa beds, you name it. Whatever the cause, now you’re your own massage therapist.

Back Nodger

Self Back Massager

DIY Shiatsu

When you have a kink in your back, sometimes you’d give anything just to reach it. The Back Nodger is a contoured self back massager that lets you relieve those impossible-to-reach knots. After a slipped disc and two back operations, Maker Asher Nathan needed something to relieve his muscle tension. Getting massages constantly wasn’t an option, so he designed the Back Nodger. The end is shaped like a thumb, letting you mimic the acupressure of shiatsu massage, where therapists use their thumbs and knuckles to release knots. Position the Back Nodger over your shoulder to reach your neck and upper back, or around your side for lower back areas. Place the end nodule on a pressure point, then press outward on the handle to “nodge” tension away. The ergonomic frame is reinforced with steel, so press as hard as you need. Lots of things create back pain—desk chairs, exercise, sofa beds, you name it. Whatever the cause, now you’re your own massage therapist.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Asher
    Asher

    Hi Grommet fans, I'm Asher Nathan, inventor of this incredibly simple and effective knot buster. I came up with it after back surgery left me with tension in places I couldn't get to with my own hands. I then realised I wasn't alone and that over 90% of us get niggling knots in their shoulders, necks and backs!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/2/2016 9:19 AM

    The idea for this came from a serious back injury for you, but actually creating the product, what was that process like? Was it something you were equipped to do?

  • Asher
    Asher – Special Guest
    6/2/2016 9:19 AM

    Absolutely not!! You have to learn quick when you have an idea and want to get it made. I begged and borrowed from friends who knew how to make stuff and then I refined the shape and robustness of the initial prototypes with the help of my physios.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/2/2016 9:20 AM

    There are a lot of people sitting constantly throughout the day that are dealing with back pain, why should they turn to Back Nodger?

  • Asher
    Asher – Special Guest
    6/2/2016 9:21 AM

    It’s not just about dealing with pain. It’s not moving that’s the killer… Our bodies need to stay mobile. If you don’t move about, you’re shortening all the muscle fibers and they become lazy and tight. Back Nodger is always going to be there to help you loosen those muscles all day long, as often as you want. Especially if you’re hunched over a laptop, you’ll enjoy a moment of Nodging some knots!!!

  • phyllis
    phyllis
    6/2/2016 11:28 AM

    @Asher What is the weight of the Nodger?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/2/2016 11:29 AM

    0.5 lb, Phyllis!

  • Asher
    Asher – Special Guest
    6/2/2016 11:34 AM

    @Mike It's really light... designed that way specifically so people carry it in their sports bags, work bags or put in the glove compartment in a car, so it's with them on the go!

  • phyllis
    phyllis
    6/2/2016 11:46 AM

    @Asher Do you need to use two hands to get good pressure or can one be happy using just one arm? (and please think of those who do not work out!)

  • Asher
    Asher – Special Guest
    6/2/2016 12:04 PM

    @phyllis I certainly don't work out... it's been designed for use with two hands. You use the top hand for control (to hold it in place on the knot) and the bottom hand applies the pressure away from you. It's a very simple lever. Thanks to it's reinforced design and 'nipple' shaped head, you don't need a lot of pressure to get effective relief. Hope that helps?

  • phyllis
    phyllis
    6/2/2016 12:12 PM

    @Asher Thanks, it does!

  • Gina
    Gina
    6/2/2016 12:09 PM

    This looks like a great product! It would make a great gift for friends and family. I have a sister who sits at a desk all day at work who complains about neck and shoulder pain. I think the Back Nodger would work really well for her.

  • Asher
    Asher – Special Guest
    6/2/2016 12:32 PM

    @Gina That's exactly who needs it most!!! It lives on my desk and on my door. Do warn your sister that once her Back Nodger gets into her office, she'll need to guard it as they have a tendency to go walkabouts because Nodging knots is highly addictive!

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    6/2/2016 12:08 PM

    Hi Asher,

    How is this product different form a "Theracane"?

  • Asher
    Asher – Special Guest
    6/2/2016 12:43 PM

    @Elizabeth Hi. There are a few differences.

    1. It has the small 'nipple' shaped design, which makes it unique for getting into the centre of knots. Knots are like a 3D ball, so you can get at them from a number of angles with Back Nodger, meaning you can get better relief.

    2. Back Nodger is made from reinforced steel, meaning you can apply a lot of pressure into stubborn knots and it wont bend or break.

    3. It has a non-slip foam handle meaning you're in complete control.

    4. It is a lot smaller and lighter, meaning it is more portable,

    The only other difference is that, when using a Back Nodger and someone asks you what you're doing, you can tell people, "I'm Nodging my knots", whilst keeping a straight face...

  • kimberly
    kimberly
    6/2/2016 12:30 PM

    hi,

    can i ask if the product has firm pressure? i like deep acupressure points held for as long as require for relief. is this just a nice vibrating thing but with no real proper full-on pressure?

    thanks guys, kimberly

  • Asher
    Asher – Special Guest
    6/2/2016 12:35 PM

    @kimberly Hi! I couldn't agree more with you... there's no point in vibrating a knot! The Back Nodger has no in-built gimmicks and no batteries. It can give you up to 150lbs of pure blissful knot busting pressure. We've had professional footballers and rugby players trying to bend them, to no avail... I'm sure it'll do the trick! But remember, you're in complete control because you apply as little or as much pressure as you want or need.

  • Robin
    Robin
    6/2/2016 12:56 PM

    Doesn't it hurt your hands, wrists, forearms trying to press it into the knot! I feel there could well be a bout of tendinitis in the forearm from trying to press hard.

  • Asher
    Asher – Special Guest
    6/2/2016 1:03 PM

    @Robin You'd need to be doing it for days on end for it to hurt your hands and wrists! In fact, once your shoulders are down and your elbows are in, you're in a completely natural position and are therefore more relaxed. As I mentioned to another Grommeter, you really dont need a lot of pressure to get good relief into knots. They're only little!!!

  • Katheryn
    Katheryn
    6/2/2016 1:22 PM

    Sounded good until I saw "Made in China".

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/2/2016 1:27 PM

    Hi Katheryn, we appreciate you sticking to your shopping values and if you are looking for Made in the USA products, we have a whole section for you here.

    Back Nodger is based in the UK so manufacturing in China is especially cost-effective as they don't have that founding tie to the U.S.

  • Asher
    Asher – Special Guest
    6/2/2016 1:34 PM

    Hi Katheryn, I understand your sentiment completely of wanting to buy locally made products. Sadly in the UK we're not endowed with lots of manufacturing options any more. You can't even buy UK steel easily these days (once a powerhouse industry). My factory is a partner in our business and they really care about the quality of the product as much as I do.

  • Liz
    Liz
    6/2/2016 1:34 PM

    Hi, Asher, I'd like to know if your product has any advantage over the Body Back Buddy, an S-shaped device. Thanks.

  • Asher
    Asher – Special Guest
    6/2/2016 1:54 PM

    @Liz Hi Liz, The body back is a great product but it is enormous and therefore not so portable and you certainly wouldn't take it to work with you. Ultimately, you can get good pressure from S shaped devices, but they are all made from plastic and will bend with intense pressure.

    The other benefit to a Nodger over S-shaped products is that you'll find you're in a more relaxed shoulder position to push the handle away from you, which means a) you don't need to apply as much pressure to get the relief b) you don't have to lift your arms to apply pressure - that in its own right can create more tension in the neck.

    The final advantage is that if you're using it on your lower back, where I created it for on myself, the handle is in a much more manageable position, and it's more lightweight. Plus you can lie down on it and push it away from you, which means you're adding bodyweight to the pressure (you can't do that with an s-shape or the body back buddy because of the curves and the nobbles all over it)\

    Hope that helps... do let me know how you get on... I'm always happy to proud to find out that my product helps their issues!

  • Emily
    Emily
    6/2/2016 3:35 PM

    @Asher

    sounds like a great product, does it come with instructions

  • Asher
    Asher – Special Guest
    6/2/2016 3:37 PM

    @Emily yes - instructions on the back. also there's videos on the website. if it feels good, you're doing it right!

  • Betsy
    Betsy
    6/2/2016 10:16 PM

    @Asher The product looks great and was ready to purchase when I saw the $13.84 shipping charge for a half pound package! I just can't afford the shipping.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/3/2016 11:49 AM

    Hi Betsy, it is more the size of Back Nodger that is the issue rather than the weight. It requires a bigger box than most products that are .5 lb. But that size is what is going to send your back to cloud nine. So it's not all bad! And if you tack on another Grommet from your wish list, you'll probably qualify for free shipping and the problem is solved!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Back Nodger

Self Back Massager

DIY Shiatsu

When you have a kink in your back, sometimes you’d give anything just to reach it. The Back Nodger is a contoured self back massager that lets you relieve those impossible-to-reach knots.

After a slipped disc and two back operations, Maker Asher Nathan needed something to relieve his muscle tension. Getting massages constantly
wasn’t an option, so he designed the Back Nodger.

The end is shaped like a thumb, letting you mimic the acupressure of shiatsu massage, where therapists use their thumbs and knuckles to release knots.

Position the Back Nodger over your shoulder to reach your neck and upper back, or around your side for lower back areas. Place the end nodule on a pressure point, then press outward on the handle to “nodge” tension away. The ergonomic frame is reinforced with steel, so press as hard as you need.

Lots of things create back pain—desk chairs, exercise, sofa beds, you name it. Whatever the cause, now you’re your own massage therapist.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Asher
    Asher

    Hi Grommet fans, I'm Asher Nathan, inventor of this incredibly simple and effective knot buster. I came up with it after back surgery left me with tension in places I couldn't get to with my own hands. I then realised I wasn't alone and that over 90% of us get niggling knots in their shoulders, necks and backs!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/2/2016 9:19 AM

    The idea for this came from a serious back injury for you, but actually creating the product, what was that process like? Was it something you were equipped to do?

  • Asher
    Asher – Special Guest
    6/2/2016 9:19 AM

    Absolutely not!! You have to learn quick when you have an idea and want to get it made. I begged and borrowed from friends who knew how to make stuff and then I refined the shape and robustness of the initial prototypes with the help of my physios.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/2/2016 9:20 AM

    There are a lot of people sitting constantly throughout the day that are dealing with back pain, why should they turn to Back Nodger?

  • Asher
    Asher – Special Guest
    6/2/2016 9:21 AM

    It’s not just about dealing with pain. It’s not moving that’s the killer… Our bodies need to stay mobile. If you don’t move about, you’re shortening all the muscle fibers and they become lazy and tight. Back Nodger is always going to be there to help you loosen those muscles all day long, as often as you want. Especially if you’re hunched over a laptop, you’ll enjoy a moment of Nodging some knots!!!

  • phyllis
    phyllis
    6/2/2016 11:28 AM

    @Asher What is the weight of the Nodger?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/2/2016 11:29 AM

    0.5 lb, Phyllis!

  • Asher
    Asher – Special Guest
    6/2/2016 11:34 AM

    @Mike It's really light... designed that way specifically so people carry it in their sports bags, work bags or put in the glove compartment in a car, so it's with them on the go!

  • phyllis
    phyllis
    6/2/2016 11:46 AM

    @Asher Do you need to use two hands to get good pressure or can one be happy using just one arm? (and please think of those who do not work out!)

  • Asher
    Asher – Special Guest
    6/2/2016 12:04 PM

    @phyllis I certainly don't work out... it's been designed for use with two hands. You use the top hand for control (to hold it in place on the knot) and the bottom hand applies the pressure away from you. It's a very simple lever. Thanks to it's reinforced design and 'nipple' shaped head, you don't need a lot of pressure to get effective relief. Hope that helps?

  • phyllis
    phyllis
    6/2/2016 12:12 PM

    @Asher Thanks, it does!

  • Gina
    Gina
    6/2/2016 12:09 PM

    This looks like a great product! It would make a great gift for friends and family. I have a sister who sits at a desk all day at work who complains about neck and shoulder pain. I think the Back Nodger would work really well for her.

  • Asher
    Asher – Special Guest
    6/2/2016 12:32 PM

    @Gina That's exactly who needs it most!!! It lives on my desk and on my door. Do warn your sister that once her Back Nodger gets into her office, she'll need to guard it as they have a tendency to go walkabouts because Nodging knots is highly addictive!

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    6/2/2016 12:08 PM

    Hi Asher,

    How is this product different form a "Theracane"?

  • Asher
    Asher – Special Guest
    6/2/2016 12:43 PM

    @Elizabeth Hi. There are a few differences.

    1. It has the small 'nipple' shaped design, which makes it unique for getting into the centre of knots. Knots are like a 3D ball, so you can get at them from a number of angles with Back Nodger, meaning you can get better relief.

    2. Back Nodger is made from reinforced steel, meaning you can apply a lot of pressure into stubborn knots and it wont bend or break.

    3. It has a non-slip foam handle meaning you're in complete control.

    4. It is a lot smaller and lighter, meaning it is more portable,

    The only other difference is that, when using a Back Nodger and someone asks you what you're doing, you can tell people, "I'm Nodging my knots", whilst keeping a straight face...

  • kimberly
    kimberly
    6/2/2016 12:30 PM

    hi,

    can i ask if the product has firm pressure? i like deep acupressure points held for as long as require for relief. is this just a nice vibrating thing but with no real proper full-on pressure?

    thanks guys, kimberly

  • Asher
    Asher – Special Guest
    6/2/2016 12:35 PM

    @kimberly Hi! I couldn't agree more with you... there's no point in vibrating a knot! The Back Nodger has no in-built gimmicks and no batteries. It can give you up to 150lbs of pure blissful knot busting pressure. We've had professional footballers and rugby players trying to bend them, to no avail... I'm sure it'll do the trick! But remember, you're in complete control because you apply as little or as much pressure as you want or need.

  • Robin
    Robin
    6/2/2016 12:56 PM

    Doesn't it hurt your hands, wrists, forearms trying to press it into the knot! I feel there could well be a bout of tendinitis in the forearm from trying to press hard.

  • Asher
    Asher – Special Guest
    6/2/2016 1:03 PM

    @Robin You'd need to be doing it for days on end for it to hurt your hands and wrists! In fact, once your shoulders are down and your elbows are in, you're in a completely natural position and are therefore more relaxed. As I mentioned to another Grommeter, you really dont need a lot of pressure to get good relief into knots. They're only little!!!

  • Katheryn
    Katheryn
    6/2/2016 1:22 PM

    Sounded good until I saw "Made in China".

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/2/2016 1:27 PM

    Hi Katheryn, we appreciate you sticking to your shopping values and if you are looking for Made in the USA products, we have a whole section for you here.

    Back Nodger is based in the UK so manufacturing in China is especially cost-effective as they don't have that founding tie to the U.S.

  • Asher
    Asher – Special Guest
    6/2/2016 1:34 PM

    Hi Katheryn, I understand your sentiment completely of wanting to buy locally made products. Sadly in the UK we're not endowed with lots of manufacturing options any more. You can't even buy UK steel easily these days (once a powerhouse industry). My factory is a partner in our business and they really care about the quality of the product as much as I do.

  • Liz
    Liz
    6/2/2016 1:34 PM

    Hi, Asher, I'd like to know if your product has any advantage over the Body Back Buddy, an S-shaped device. Thanks.

  • Asher
    Asher – Special Guest
    6/2/2016 1:54 PM

    @Liz Hi Liz, The body back is a great product but it is enormous and therefore not so portable and you certainly wouldn't take it to work with you. Ultimately, you can get good pressure from S shaped devices, but they are all made from plastic and will bend with intense pressure.

    The other benefit to a Nodger over S-shaped products is that you'll find you're in a more relaxed shoulder position to push the handle away from you, which means a) you don't need to apply as much pressure to get the relief b) you don't have to lift your arms to apply pressure - that in its own right can create more tension in the neck.

    The final advantage is that if you're using it on your lower back, where I created it for on myself, the handle is in a much more manageable position, and it's more lightweight. Plus you can lie down on it and push it away from you, which means you're adding bodyweight to the pressure (you can't do that with an s-shape or the body back buddy because of the curves and the nobbles all over it)\

    Hope that helps... do let me know how you get on... I'm always happy to proud to find out that my product helps their issues!

  • Emily
    Emily
    6/2/2016 3:35 PM

    @Asher

    sounds like a great product, does it come with instructions

  • Asher
    Asher – Special Guest
    6/2/2016 3:37 PM

    @Emily yes - instructions on the back. also there's videos on the website. if it feels good, you're doing it right!

  • Betsy
    Betsy
    6/2/2016 10:16 PM

    @Asher The product looks great and was ready to purchase when I saw the $13.84 shipping charge for a half pound package! I just can't afford the shipping.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/3/2016 11:49 AM

    Hi Betsy, it is more the size of Back Nodger that is the issue rather than the weight. It requires a bigger box than most products that are .5 lb. But that size is what is going to send your back to cloud nine. So it's not all bad! And if you tack on another Grommet from your wish list, you'll probably qualify for free shipping and the problem is solved!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.