Chirp Wheel Review 2020 – How Effective is it to Relieve Back Pain?

In the US, 80 percent of the population will suffer from back pain at some point. Over time, sitting too long at my desk, combined with a bit of stress in my life at times – took it out of my back.

While my other half tried every possible alternative to reduce his back pain, the Chirp Wheel was one of the more convenient and effective tools he tried. In the long run, it saved on both money and time during the process of his recovery.

In this Chirp Wheel review, we’ve explained what it is, plus the benefits, features, and possible alternatives.

The 3 wheel pack is currently available for $99 with a posture corrector thrown in

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Behind the Chirp Name

Chirp Wheel is a new brand name for what was the Plexus Pain Relief Wheel, a one-product company that began business on the back of a Kickstarter program starting in July 2018 with product delivery beginning in October 2018.

It seems that under the new Chirp brand further pain relief type of products can more easily be added.

I thought Plexus Wheel had quite a catchy sound to it but perhaps there are just too many “Plexesus” around.

The “zany” crew behind the product was in the yoga market. Finding a mat material that didn’t compress badly under pressure was the first stage in pleasing a need for a back pain relief product from the people they spoke to.

Wrapping the material around a very hard, strong but light injection-molded ring construction and then getting patented a furrow down the middle as a channel for the spine was the result.

What the Chirp Wheel is designed for

So the Chirp (formerly known as Plexus) Wheels are designed to release back tension and relax tight muscles.

I say “wheels” as there are 3 different sizes 6″, 10″ and 12″ which you can buy individually or as a deal.

They affect pressure on the upper and lower back through your own body weight as you lie on the wheel and moving back and forward.

The traction aimed at around the spine should help relieve pain and discomfort from back issues like pinched nerves, bulging discs or simply stiffness from the misuses of the day.

There is no doubt, parts of our backs are some of the trickiest areas to administer any pain-relieving stretching or massaging.

And Does the Chirp Wheel Work?

Along with 80% of the US population, I’ve had a history of bad backs, although it’s fair to say, much less these days.

I still get aches on either side of my spine just below the shoulder blades. I think it’s too much sitting and probably bad posture.

I used the 12″ wheel to get a milder depth of massage but with a broader range across the upper back. I was lying on it, so using my full body weight.

It was the perfect solution to a problem I’d had for as long as I can remember bringing relief to a frustratingly impossible area to get any satisfying pressure to.

Demo ff the Chirp Wheel by a pregnant womanBut that’s just me and my little issue. Other people have reported using all 3 sizes of wheels and in the vast majority of cases, the reaction was positive and a confirmation of the product efficacy.

Others have had benefits by using the wall and sliding up and down on a Chirp Wheel. (Great workout for the quads and glutes too).

Although using the wheel regularly is a great alternative to visiting the chiropractor I still have a not of faith in them.

Some practitioners even recommend the daily use of wheels between sessions.

If you think you’ve tried everything, then this contraption might be worth a go. The Chirp Wheel includes the patented technology and design to ensure effectiveness and comfort. It’s perfectly suited for anyone searching for a solution to stretch their back muscles.

Things to Consider Regarding the Chirp Wheel

Before getting your Chirp or yoga wheel, there are a few things to consider.

1. If there was one major complaint amongst buyers or potential buyers it was the price. For what it is, basically a compression sensitive mat wrapped around a stiff ring with a groove down the middle, it’s expensive.

And so it is. I’m not going to put up a big case against the cost of the Chirp Wheel, however…

…the wheels will last forever and if for some reason they don’t, they’ll be replaced. And I know it’s standard but if they don’t work for you there is a refund process within 60 days.

2. By rolling the Chirp Wheel between your shoulder blades and along your back, it releases tension and provides a deep tissue massage. Unlike other lower-priced products, it’s ergonomically designed and includes patented technology ensuring the best results.

The action stretches the smaller muscles around the spine. Muscles with normal wear and daily “misuse” can be subject to myofascial (connective muscle tissue) pain. Myofascial release is a method of relieving the discomfort through gentle pressure and stretching.

Diagram showing the Chirp Wheel in place over the back muscles

3. You’ll want to decide on which size you need, both in diameter and width. Then, do you need a deep tissue massage or a more gentle and relaxing one? The deal for all 3 appears good at the moment and I think (I will check) you can return one or two of the three wheel set.

4. There is another option – the ultimate pack. If you purchase the Chirp Wheel Ultimate Pack, you’ll receive three wheels of different sizes (6″,10″,12″), a carry bag to use and a posture corrector to wear between your wheel sessions.

5. There are many foam rollers available which purport to get similar results to the Chirp Wheel although (and I haven’t tried them all) they are generally less targeted in the muscles around the spine. Although the roller’s material is usually very dense the designs are broader and so less effective at zoning in on those aches and pains especially when you reach midlife.

That being said high-density ones might be suitable for you and they can be found in abundance on Amazon under foam rollers.

Pros:

  • Lightweight.
  • Ergonomic design.
  • Relief within five minutes.
  • Suitable for all ages and sizes.
  • The ultimate pack comes with useful accessories.
  • FDA approved.

Cons:

  • Requires more storage space than a foam roller.
  • It better targets back muscles.
  • Pricey.

Features and Benefits

User-Friendly

You’ll be able to use the Chirp Wheel right out of the box. Although it’s intuitive, the package includes instructions and even a free ebook. Browse through the 120 various tips and stretches to obtain the best results.

Using the wheel initially might feel awkward but once you get the hang of mounting it, it’s straight forward.

People love that the wheels come with a good grip, which helps with staying balanced and prevents the tool from sliding sideways.

If you don’t feel comfortable on the floor, you can roll it over a wall or even a chair—whatever suits you best.

Compact

The ultimate pack comes with three wheels that fit into each other to save storage space. Some users even bring the smallest ring to work to roll it against their office chair.

The included carry bag is a big plus when it comes to transportation. Wear it in a messenger style, and off you go.

Suitable for Everyone

When I first observed the wheel, my first impression was that it would crack and deform under my weight.

In fact, it can bear up to 500 pounds. And because it doesn’t contain PVC, it shouldn’t crack over time. If you have any doubts, or something doesn’t go as expected, the product is backed up with a 60-day money-back guarantee.

In addition, the Chirp Wheel is suitable for every age. You don’t need to be 20 years old and a yoga addict to use it. It’s recommended for any individual up to 75 years old.

Lastly, each wheel provides different results and sensations. For instance, the smallest one—6 inches—is designed for deep tissue massage and should relax the tightest muscles. The largest device, however, comes with as a 12-inch diameter and is more suitable for a gentle stretch caressing the muscles around the spine.

Improves Quality of Life

What I love the most about the Chirp Wheel is its efficiency and simplicity. It’s quick and easy to do 5 minutes of stretching at any time of the day. I found it gave some instant relief whilst other users maintained it had more profound benefits over time.

Depending on your condition you don’t need to use it for six months before noticing the effects. You may already feel the benefits after only five minutes of use.

By rolling it between your shoulder blades and your lower back, you can feel your muscles gradually stretch and relax. It’ll relieve tension headaches, shoulder, and neck pain. You should even get better sleep.

Ergonomically Designed

The positive effects mentioned above are the result of a well-engineered wheel that includes unique technologies.

The wheels come with a Compression Sensitive™ feature to ensure it’s comfortable when rolling it. Plus, it also has a Patented Spinal Canal™ that allows a four-way stretch for optimum relaxation.

Finally, you’ll notice a curve toward the center of the surface. This is to prevent putting pressure directly on the spinal cord.

Posture Corrector

The brand really cares about your back and pain relief in general. Not only should the wheel provide a significant release, but in the ultimate and 3 wheel pack, the manufacturer also included a free posture corrector.

You should now feel supported physically both during your rolling sessions and in between.

To be honest the posture corrector is a rather simple affair like a backpack without the back bit but it’s a nice addition.

Social Proof

Apart from our take on the Chirp Wheel very many online reviews available, confirmed that users are thrilled about this product and wondered how they didn’t know about it before.

Even military men rave about the wheels’ results. Plus, many users are surprised by this product’s high-quality.

Most wished they’d bought, at least the 3 wheel pack earlier.

Wheel Alternatives

This technology is one way of relieving especially the pain of back problems. Other ways are with hand held massagers which can normally reach those out of the way places.

And for really getting aggressive with those knots percussion gun massagers might be the solution although maybe not as easy to manipulate along the back.

Because I always like to give options and the Chirp Wheel is, after all quite expensive, here are some alternatives.

Node Fitness 13″ Professional Yoga Wheel

This model is an economical version of the Chirp Wheel review. Nevertheless, it’s made with high-quality materials such as TPE foam and ABS plastic. It’s anti-bacterial and shouldn’t retain moisture.

It’s designed for users with a smaller frame; it’s a large wheel—13 inches—but with a small 5-inch width.

Comparison List:

  • Cost-efficient.
  • Without the spinal groove.
  • Hypoallergenic.
  • 13-inch diameter, 5-inch width.
  • Anti-bacterial and moisture resistant.
  • Extra-thick padding.
  • Eco-friendly.

For more information, the Node Fitness Yoga Wheel can be found on Amazon.

Acumobility The Ultimate Back Roller

On the other hand, if you’re heavier or have a wider upper body, this model would be preferable.

It measures 7 inches wide and can hold double the weight of the Chirp Wheel. Plus, the textured surface is designed away from the spine to avoid pressuring it.

Comparison List:

  • Tough design.
  • Patterned texture.
  • Suitable for wider backs.
  • Doesn’t put pressure on the spine.
  • Supports up to 1000 pounds.
  • Designed by a chiropractor.
  • Nodules may give after time.
  • Versatile but not for sensitive muscles.

More information about the Acumobility Roller and price can be found on Amazon.

Conclusion

You still have this option to explore if you have back pain and haven’t tried the Chirp Wheel. Even when seeing practitioners—such as chiropractors—this tool can be used as a complementary treatment, between the sessions.

It perfectly fits between most shoulder blades. Roll it back and forth to relax and stretch your back muscles. The alleviated tension should ameliorate disturbed sleep patterns and ease tension headaches

Even with the 2 very good alternatives, we love the Chirp Wheel for it’s simple and effective solution to an aching (or worse) back. I hope this Chirp Wheel review will be useful in determining whether it is a good fit.

For more on taking control of aches and pain relief read our article on self-massage tools.

More details and helpful (and light-hearted) videos can be found on the Chirp Wheel website where you can buy direct.