Can You Use A Back Massager As A Vibrator or Sex Toy?

Yes, if all you’ve got on hand is your trusty back massager, there’s no reason not to try it as a sex toy — as long as you do it safely.
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Yes, you can use a back massager, and many other types of massagers — including those designed for the body, neck, muscles, or even feet — as a vibrator.

As long as it isn’t sharp or pointed and doesn’t heat to an uncomfortable temperature, you can use a back massager as a vibrator — although it may not feel as titillating as a traditional vibrator.

Back in the day when sex and self-pleasure were considered far more taboo, women secretly (or not so secretly) used back massagers for clitoral stimulation.

Thankfully, we exist in a modern world that’s a bit more accepting when it comes to masturbation and sexual arousal, and we no longer need to hide the fact that many genitals love vibration.

While you can use a back massager or even a Theragun as a vibrator, it’s worth noting that it likely won’t have the same features as a vibrating adult toy designed for sexual stimulation.

Still, when all you’ve got on hand is a back massager, you can get the deed done — and we’ll tell you how.

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Editor’s Note: This article is part of our How To Use A Vibrator and Everything Vibrators hubs, in-depth and evolving resources that comprehensively explore all aspects of vibrators from the different types and how to use them, to materials and safety — created to help you achieve the sexual pleasure you deserve.

Can You Use A Back Massager As A Vibrator?

Ohhhhhhhh yes!

Back massagers have been used as vibrators practically since the dawn of their invention.

Many of us likely remember that infamous ​​Sex and The City episode where Samantha walks into Sharper Image to return a “neck massager” that stopped working.

While shopping for a replacement, she points nearby customers in the direction of a good time, offering useful advice on which models work best as sex toys — because that’s what they’re really shopping for.

It was a place to buy a vibrator, without “actually” purchasing one out in the open.

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering how your vibrating back massager might feel on your clitoris, you’re not alone.

Other types of massagers people might try using as vibrators include:

  • Body massagers
  • Handheld massagers
  • Neck massagers
  • Muscle massagers
  • Foot massagers (yes, really!)

There is absolutely no shame in exploring your body with fun, vibrating products you have on hand at home.

Heck, with enough innovation, even an electric toothbrush can be used for masturbation!

The Hitachi Magic Wand is one of the most well-known “back massagers” with a cult following and a long history.

In fact, it’s what people are usually referring to when they ask, “What’s that back massager that people use as a vibrator?”

The vinyl tip of the Hitachi vibrates at a supercharged speed, making it excellent for clitoral stimulation. That thing will vibe you right out of this world.

Will it massage your back just as well? Of course! It is a massager, after all.

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Back Massager Vibrator Vs. Wand

Even though some back massagers resemble wand vibrators (and vice versa), they’re not necessarily created equal.

The key differences between a back massager and a wand vibrator include:

  • The speed(s) and settings available
  • The type of massage they provide
  • The materials used in their construction
  • The versatility of use, particularly in or around water
  • The compatibility with personal lubricant (or lack thereof)

Wand vibrators are designed for self-pleasure and typically offer several speed settings or patterns, allowing you to customize the vibration in a way that most back massagers do not.

Back massagers typically offer just one or two basic speed settings — low and high.

Another thing to consider is the type of vibrating massage found in a wand vs. a back massager.

Most vibrating wands provide massage through vibration only; the same can’t be said for back massagers.

Some back massagers are designed to knead the muscles — like Shiatsu massagers, for instance.

Although deep muscle massage can feel amazing on your back, using a massage gun as a vibrator may be very uncomfortable against your vulva.

Furthermore, wand vibrators, and all high-quality sex toys for that matter, are made of body-safe materials designed for use in and around your genitals.

The materials used in back massagers are not held to the same standards, largely because they’re “meant” to be used over the clothing and without coming in contact with bare skin.

Some cordless and rechargeable wand vibrators are waterproof for use in the bath or shower, while back massagers should never be used in or around water.

Because the components in a back massager should not get wet, lube is out of the question, as well.

Wand vibrators, on the other hand, can be used with personal lubricants.

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How To Use A Back Massager As A Vibrator

Closeup Photograph Of Hand Holding Hitachi Magic Wand Vibrator

The best way to use a back massager as a vibrator is to let your intuition be your guide and explore what feels good to you.

Personally, I think it’s a great idea to start by using your back massager on other erogenous zones such as your nipples and inner thighs.

You don’t have to go “straight for the vulva” right away. You’ve got an entire body’s worth of erogenous zones to play with!

If your back massager only has one setting — a strong one — you might try using it over your clothing.

On that note, it’s wise to keep your clothing on if you’re not sure what your back massager is made from.

As we talked about earlier, the materials used in the construction of back massagers are not held to the same standard as those used in sex toys.

Back massagers are not necessarily designed for use against bare skin and may be crafted from potentially dangerous materials that shouldn’t come in contact with your genitals.

If you’re at all unsure what your back massager is made from, use it over your clothing only. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Additionally, if your back massager offers a heat setting, it’s important to leave it off if you plan to use it as a vibrator — or use it with extreme caution.

Since back massagers are meant to be used over the clothing, the temperature setting is designed to “penetrate” fabric enough to be felt deeply.

For this reason, any heat setting on a back massager may be too hot for genital use — so be very careful if you try this.

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How To Use A Back Massager For Masturbation

If you’re into intense clitoral stimulation, try placing the back massager against your vulva and experiment with speed and pressure to explore how that feels.

If your massager offers more than one speed, try using it on its lowest setting first before ramping up the stimulation as needed.

Don’t forget that you can also use the massager all over your body as a way to ignite your arousal and explore your erogenous zones. You never know what might feel amazing!

The best position to use your back massager for a vibrator is the one that works well for you. There is no right or wrong answer.

You might try:

  • Mounting the back massager on a pillow or piece of furniture and “riding” it to your heart’s content.
  • Laying on top of it — face down — with the massager nestled against your vulva.
  • Laying on your back while using your hands to guide the massager against your vulva.
  • Laying on your side with the massager wedged between your thighs while pressed against your vulva.

Additionally, you can try practicing orgasm control by using your back massager sex toy to bring you close to orgasm, but not all the way there.

This can be a great way to extend your self-play sessions while allowing your body to edge toward a mind-blowing orgasm.

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How Can Couples Use Back Massagers As Vibrators?

A back massager vibrator can greatly enhance couples’ play because it can be used in so many ways.

It provides an opportunity to stimulate different parts of the body while exploring new sensations together.

With a partner, you can use a back massager:

  • During a nonsexual massage for stress relief
  • During an erotic massage to build sexual tension
  • To stimulate erogenous zones all over the body including the nipples, toes, inner thighs, neck, breasts, stomach, and even lips
  • For clitoral or penile stimulation during oral sex
  • During mutual masturbation

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How To Use A Back Massager As A Vibrator During Sex

Using a vibrating back massager against the vulva and clitoris is a great way to add extra stimulation during penetrative sex in any position that allows it.

Depending on the type of back massager you’re working with, this may require a bit of trial and error. Some sexual positions will be easier, while others are more difficult.

If your back massager is of the wand variety, any sexual position that allows one partner to hold it in a hand with access to the clitoris will work fairly easily.

Additionally, a wand-style back massager can be placed between both partners during face-to-face sexual contact, providing vibration to both partners at the same time!

Try exploring positions with your back massager. Get creative by mounting pillows or blankets, and move your body to find what feels best for you.

  • Should You Use Lube When Using A Back Massager As A Vibrator?

Generally, no.

Since back massagers are not waterproof, a personal lubricant can potentially damage the electrical components.

Additionally, if your back massager is covered in fabric, is important to note that lube can stain the material.

If you’re a lube lover, you may want to consider using a lube-friendly vibrating wand instead.

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Is It Safe To Use A Back Massager As A Vibrator?

Yes, it is safe to use your back massager as a vibrating sex toy as long as you take heed of its material, avoid lube, and practice good common sense.

As we mentioned earlier, back massagers aren’t necessarily designed for use against bare skin so their materials may be unsafe for contact with exposed genitals.

If you don’t know what your back massager is made from, use it for sexual stimulation over your clothing.

You should not use a back massager as a vibrator against your genitals if it has a heating element that cannot be turned off. 

Most heated massagers have a temperature setting that allows the heat to penetrate through fabric. When used on your genitals, this amount of heat can be unpleasant at best — or it may lead to burns or injury.

Back massagers are not waterproof and aren’t meant to get wet. Personal lubricant can potentially damage the components and if your massager is covered by fabric, lube may leave stains behind.

Many back massagers only offer one or two speed settings, both of which may be too strong for genital use.

If you find your back massager is too powerful, ease up on the pressure.

Don’t worry about desensitizing your clit — the concept is a myth, so if it feels good, keep calm and vibrate on!

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In Conclusion

While you can use a vibrating back massager as a sex toy, it may not feel as good as a wand vibrator — but that doesn’t mean it can’t get the job done.

If all you’ve got on hand is your trusty back massager, there’s no reason not to try it as a sex toy — as long as you do it safely.

If you’re curious to know more about vibrators or find one for yourself, be sure to check out our Everything Vibrators guide and take our vibrator quiz to find your perfect match.