Monday, May 11, 2015

The BFF Miracle Body Buffer!

I think by now my regular readers know that I'm fairly skeptical when it comes to "miracle" products...there's an old saying about taking things "with a grain of salt" and I tend to take things with the entire salt shaker.  So, you can imagine my attitude when I saw the BFF Miracle Body Buffer being demonstrated at the Cap10K expo in Austin last month.  I glanced over, dismissed it, and then took a step and was reminded that my left leg, from the hamstring down to my Achilles, had been bothering me yet again.  I headed to the booth (luckily it was not crowded - I'm pretty sure that if I'd had to wait, I would have moved on), got the quick spiel on how it works and tried one out.
Action shot.

Holy moly.  I used it on my always-tight calves, found the knotted area, and within a couple of minutes, felt so much better.  I worked my calf muscle area down to my Achilles tendon, and when I stopped using the BFF Buffer, I could flex my foot without pain!  Of course, I then went to work on my hamstring (yes, in the booth - this thing felt so good that I didn't care who saw me working the back of my leg and glute at that point) - I felt a noticeable change within minutes.  By that time, Jeff had wandered in, and I made him try it on his hip - he's got a funky issue where his foot will hurt, but it stems from his hip getting tight.  He quickly became a convert because his foot pain went away after a couple of minutes of buffing.

At that point I was adding up in my head how much it costs for a massage ($80), which I rarely do (hello cheapskate), how much it costs to visit our chiropractor ($45), which helps reset me for a couple of weeks at best, and how much this magical buffer cost.  Jeff was on board, so it didn't take long to whip out my credit card - their expo special pricing helped, I'll admit - but honestly, the idea of being able to get this kind of muscle pain relief any time I wanted, at home, was the deciding factor.

The BFF Miracle Body Buffer is an orbital hand held massager - Jeff jokes that it's like a car polisher, and he's kind of right.  It has a cushioned foam pad that you cover with either a soft fluffy cover, or one that you can use with creams for more of a luxurious massage, or a fine sandpaper for hair and/or callous removal.  It's electric and has a 12-foot cord.  You use both the flat side and the edge for massaging - I love the edge for digging in right at my most knotted up areas.  It's not cheap - but if you've been dealing with chronic muscle pain, I think you'll agree that sometimes you get to the point of deciding that you'll spend whatever it takes to get rid of the pain.  I have been using my BFF Buffer for nearly a month now, and I love it so much that I took the steps to get an affiliate link.  You guys know me - I don't push a lot of products, and I definitely tell it like it is when it comes to reviews.  I've spent a lot of money over the years on products and services to make my body not hurt, so believe me when I say that this BFF Buffer has been worth every cent.  

The fact is, I do things that my body rebels against.  Running makes me hurt, especially on my left side.  I haven't mentioned it much lately, because I'm sure you guys are about as tired of reading about it as I am with feeling it.  The harder running that I did this spring, to hit my goal of running a 5K without stopping, put the hurt on me.  I was pretty bummed about it because I don't feel like I'm doing anything super crazy, but my body seems to be a delicate flower when it comes to running.  I'm not going to stop running just because I hurt - there may come a time when I really have to give it up, but that time is not now.  So I look for ways to ease the pain.  I stretch, I foam roll, and I beg Jeff to use the Stick to roll out my calves (he can put more pressure on them than I can).  Sometimes I end up taking Motrin, but I try to not do that, unless the leg/foot pain wakes me up in the middle of the night.
Using it after a run.  A couple of minutes on my calves is enough to move the lactic acid around, release the muscle tightness, and all I'm left with to remind me of my run is my runner's high (OK, and sweaty clothes).

The BFF Miracle Body Buffer retails for $250.  I know - it's not cheap.  But I'm telling you, it's been a game changer for me.  I use it just about every day, for a few minutes, and I'm practically pain-free.  It helps with everything from my plantar fasciitis pain (I can take that first step out of bed in the morning without it hurting) to my hamstring tug, and the nice thing is that I can easily use it on just about every body part that is hurting, except for one tiny area in my back (I blame my short arms for this).  It's easy to operate and isn't too heavy or cumbersome for me to hold - and the best part is that I've become much more proactive about massaging my legs because the results are so much better than if I try to foam roll or use the Stick.
Here's everything that comes with the buffer, including some stickers, should you feel the need to give it some personality.

If you are interested in purchasing a buffer, click here.  I have a 15% discount for my readers - use the code JOURNEY15 when you check out.  There is a one-year warranty on the buffer, and it comes with all the goodies in the picture.

P.S.  Not only do I use the BFF Buffer on my legs, but I also use it on the thumb joint area of my hands - they get really painful with knitting, and it will hurt so bad that buckling my seat belt, especially with my right hand, makes me wince.  The first time I used the buffer on my thumb joint, I discovered that I could flex my thumb across my palm with no pain!


  1. Wow! That's money well worth spent if it makes you pain free in your legs/foot but also in your thumbs. So happy for you, you found something that helps you so much.

  2. Oooh, very tempting! Am definitely pondering... if I go for it, will be sure to go through you!

  3. Is that a Best Friends Forever body buffer? :D

  4. Well you know I want one now but with the surprise party for Mr. Helen and Little Helen's wedding, my purse is squealing lol. This is definitely going onto my wish list though.

  5. So glad that you found relief! When I was doing my PT they ended every session with something I am calling a "rolling pin" where she would literally get up on a stool and roll out my calf, hamstring and quad muscles - felt amazing! I told Hannah she could try it at home with our rolling pin!

  6. Money well spent if it was a game changer. BIG yay!!

  7. Its really cool that you can use it on your thumbs too! You know I am all for keeping the knitting going :)

  8. Just found your blog and am looking forward to following you! I had plantar fasciitis for a while and it was awful. I remember getting up in the middle of the night wanting to go to the restroom, and being in excruciating pain and terribly slow when getting out of bed. There were times I thought I would pee my PJs because I had to be so slow and in so much pain. I am glad that this device has been helping with that.

  9. Hi I bought one for my 18 year old son who has tight hamstrings and quads. How do we use it? Do we start at the top and push down or start at the top of the knee and go up towards the heart? Any help is appreciated

    1. Hi Annette,

      For my hamstrings, I tend to start at the top and work my way downward, going slowly, and even stopping for a few extra seconds on the super tight areas. I do the same for the quads, although I will say that once I've gone over the muscles for a few minutes and they feel looser and more warmed up, I'll run the buffer up and down my leg. Oh, and start with the flat side of the buffer first to warm up his muscles, then switch to the edge of the buffer - but only use as much pressure as is tolerated...don't make it hurt!

      Hope that helps, and I hope the buffer helps your son. :)


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