Massage guns are like a supercharged version of the typical electric-powered massager. Varying in appearance, overall they are aesthetically similar to a power tool. Massage gun technology is fairly new, and research is in progress, but athletes and those with muscle pain are intrigued by the device when it comes to healing after workouts, or just relieving tension.
Massage guns are new devices that deliver deep vibrations and rotations into muscles and tissue. Great for athletes and those with general soreness, massage guns are designed to increase range of motion in treated areas, promote healthy circulation for overall muscle health and just make you feel a little more relaxed. Several brands exist, with more expensive ones coming in at $600, but then there are variations for under $100. If you are wondering which massage gun is right for you, read on.
The device credits percussive therapy for its ability to help muscles heal or relax. Percussive therapy is when pressure and vibration are both used to target problem areas on the body. According to device manufacturers, this type of movement against tissues can increase blood flow, improving overall circulation. This alone could reap many benefits for users, as blood flow means healing.
Right now, there isn’t enough data out there to say “Hey, go spend $100 to $600 on this new gadget.”
However, a massage gun is far more powerful (and noisy) than any traditional $30 contraption for sale online. So if you’re looking for something that can deliver heavy duty body work, and you have someone that doesn’t mind applying the treatments so you can truly relax, it seems like it could be something handy to have around.
As far as accelerating muscle healing, let’s wait and see what the science says.
The takeaway is that a massage gun could deliver similar benefits of a deep tissue massage. And massages are expensive so that could warrant the price tag. But Amazon does have more affordable versions. Always take precautions when using any new device, and avoid areas on the body like incision sites. Talking to a physical therapist could be a good place to start, and they may even have a professional massage gun there you could try out—these tools were invented by a physical therapist.
Regardless, it’s looking like these may be more than just a gimmick.
Theragun is the original massage gun created by a chiropractor treating his own injuries. Delving 60 percent deeper into muscles than regular massage devices, the Theragun is promoted for its ability to relieve pain and improve circulation. The Liv is the baseline model, and has the signature no strain triangle shape. While still fancy for a massager, it’s the more basic Theragun choice at $199.
Skipping over the G3 and strait to the top line Theragun model, the G3Pro has more speeds, attachments and a handy travel case, but it is going to set you back about $600, but it does go on sale sometimes. Buyers could nab it for around $450. This is the pick for someone looking for a name that’s already proven itself, and doesn’t mind spending top dollar.