Lower back pain has plagued mankind since the days of Adam. In the last decade, however, our tech-focused lifestyles have brought the back-ache to new thresholds of pain.
One of the latest self- remedy products to hit the market is the Chirp Wheel. In this Chirp Wheel review, we go under the hood to discover whether or not it can bring some melodious harmony to your lower back frustration.
Chirp Wheel Overview
- Available in 3 sizes
- Provides targeted massage
- Very strong
- Central groove provides muscle stretch
- Not as wide a coverage as a foam roller
- Difficult to balance on
- No protrusions to get into deep muscle tissue
The Chirp Wheel is the latest version of the Plexus Wheel. Now known as the Chirp Wheel+, it is marketed as a series of three 5-inch wide wheels of different diameters. The wheels can also be purchased separately.
The Chirp wheels are intended to relieve back pain by delivering a targeted deep tissue massage to the muscles surrounding the spine. It is claimed that the wheel delivers a more concentrated deep tissue massage than a foam roller.
If you do yoga, you’ve probably heard of yoga wheels. That’s another useful function of the Chirp Wheel. As a yoga wheel, it helps you increase flexibility and balance. You can do a variety of yoga poses from beginner to advanced with each of the three sizes of wheels.
The Chirp Wheels is built from injected molded plastic. This type of plastic can support up to 500 pounds of resistance.
Each wheel features a central groove that stretches the muscles of the back for a deeper stretch.
The wheels diameters are:
- 12 inches for a gentle massage
- 10 inches for a medium level of massage
- 6 inches for a deep tissue massage
The company behind the Chirp Wheel began life a few years ago as Plexus. They entered the crowded back pain relief market with a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Recently changing their name to Chirp, they have very quickly established themselves as a popular alternative to foam rollers and massage balls.
What To Look For In A Back Massager?
Back massagers are designed to bring quick relief to muscular aches and back pains.
Back pain is a huge problem in our technology-based society. Most of us spend a lot of time hunched over a computer or a phone. And by doing so, we put a lot of strain on the muscles around our upper, mid and lower back.
The range of back massagers on the market is designed to relieve back pains by self-administering deep tissue massage.
When shopping for a back massager, here’s what you need to keep in mind:
- Firmness – if you’re after a massager to bring relief to specific pain points, then you should look for a product that is as firm as possible. However, if you want to use the device as a general warm-up or warm-down before or after exercise, choose a product that is not so dense.
- Texture – massagers that feature protrusions allow you to work deeply into the muscle tissue to zone in your pain points. A non-textured massager is more suitable for light pre or post-exercise massage.
- Dimensions – a range of dimensions will allow you to target all manner of hard to get areas of your body. Generally, the larger a massager is, the less ability it has to target intricate pain points.
- Durability – a massager should be strong enough to last for many years. Those made from EVA foam or injection molded industrial plastic should be strength tested to withstand 500 pounds of resistance.
Does The Chirp Wheel Actually Work?
The Chirp Wheel is 5-inches wide, which is a lot less than you get on a foam roller.
Being narrower means that the Chirp Wheel provides better concentration of force. It helps release the tension from your tight muscles more effectively. Hence, it provides faster back pain relief.
The 5-inch width also allows the Chirp Wheel to fit comfortably between your shoulder blades. This helps you target the muscles rather than the bones!
The Chirp Wheel features a patented spinal canal which stretches your muscles in order to mold to the shape of the wheel. This delivers a more intense stretch than a foam roller. It means that you can more effectively stretch out the kinks that are causing muscular ache.
3 Chirp Wheel Levels
The Chirp Wheel is available in 3 different diameters. It is versatile enough to meet all of your back pain needs.
If you’re after a gentle pre or post-exercise massage, then the larger 12-inch wheel is for you. It provides the lowest level of force concentration to do the job.
For a mid-range level of relief, choose the 10-inch massager.
Then, if you’ve got pain in a particular area, use the 6-inch wheel. It provides the most concentrated force to get deep into your muscle tissue.
The Chirp Wheels is made from industrial strength injection molded plastic. It has been strength tested to withstand 500 pounds of pressure.
With this product, you have the peace of mind that will last for many years, no matter how often it gets tossed in a corner or stuffed into your gym bag.
Proprietary Compression Sensitive Padding
The outer surface of the Chirp Wheel is covered in compression sensitive padding.
This ensures that you feel the pressure deep within your tense muscle tissue, not on the surface of your skin. It also provides a high level of comfort.
Sweat Resistant and Odor Free
The Chirp Wheel features a sweat-resistant outer padding. This prevents annoying sweat slippage so you can maintain precise wheel placement to target your pressure points.
This product is also odor-free. If you’re sensitive to smell like me, you’re probably not a fan of the industrial smell that is common with many foam rollers.
Well, good news! The Chirp Wheels cover is made from odorless foam. There’s no industrial odor. And you won’t ever have to worry about smelly exercise equipment either.
How to use the Chirp Wheel to relieve back pain:
To use the Chirp Wheel as a yoga wheel, watch the video below:
What Are Customers Saying?
The Chirp Wheel has received quite a lot of buzz online. Many users have left positive feedbacks. You can read more here.
Are There Similar Products?
The natural alternative to the Chirp Wheel is the foam roller. Foam rollers are wider than the Chirp Wheel. And they do not feature the spinal groove which is the Chirp Wheel’s key characteristic. Here are our 2 favorite foam rollers:
1. Rumble Roller
The Rumble Roller is much wider than the Chirp Wheel, providing larger coverage of the back on each roll.
This delivers less concentrated force per square inch. However, this is somewhat compensated for by the many knobs that protrude from the roller.
These knobs deliver pin point pressure to different parts of the back, allowing you to penetrate into the deep muscle tissue areas.
The Rumble Roller is one of the firmest foam rollers on the market. This makes it ideal to target specific pain points. The lack of a spinal channel means that the Rumble Roller can also be used on all parts of the body, rather than only on the back muscles.
- Rumble Roller is wider than the Chirp Wheel
- Rumble Roller features nodules
- Rumble Roller can be used on all body parts
The Rumble Roller is designed for experienced exercisers and people who are after intense back-ache relief.
2. Trigger Point Grid Foam Roller
The Trigger Point Grid Foam Roller features a multidimensional surface design that provides a range of textures. It works great for a number of massage applications.
If you’re after a gentle massage, simply use the flat surface.
For a medium intensity roll, go for a wider and softer surface. Then, to get deep into those pain points, use the hard knob surface.
The Trigger Point Grid roller comes in three sizes and two levels of firmness. It provides a similar level of versatility as the Chirp Wheel. As far as price goes, it’s only about two thirds the price of a Chirp Wheel.
- The Trigger Point Grid features a multi-dimensional surface design whereas the Chirp Wheel has a flat surface.
- The Trigger Point Grid is wider and able to be used on all parts of the body
- The Trigger Point Grid is about two thirds the price of the Chirp Wheel.
Back pain is a chronic condition that can affect you regardless of your age. Having a device on hand that can bring instant relief can dramatically improve your quality of life. The Chirp Wheel offers a unique alternative to the foam roller in delivering that solution.
The Chirp Wheel provides a far more concentrated massage experience than the average foam roller. It delivers more force per square inch to the affected muscle. This provides greater muscle penetration to soothe muscular pain more effectively. The spinal channel in the center of the wheel fits perfectly between the shoulder blades for enhanced comfort and rigidity.
The Chirp Wheel may well provide the solution to your back pain woes.