Already used for several years by physiotherapists and pro athletes, the massage gun has become more popular than ever in recent months. However, if professionals use the massage gun, is it well suited for the public? Are there any risks?
When it comes to self-massage, the self-massage roller and balls are well known for their effectiveness and benefits. Given the price difference (around € 20 for a massage roller and € 200 for a gun) what are the differences between these two methods? In which cases should one favor one or the other? So, even do you have to have both?
In the range of self-massage guns, the price differences are also huge and can vary between 600 and 70 € between models and brands. So how do you choose it well and what should you pay attention to? Can we expect the same results between an entry-level model and a professional massage gun?
Why use a massage gun?
It is a “percussion” pistol. The massaging head will hit the muscles several thousand times per minute.
The advantages of using a massage gun (or massage gun) are very numerous.
- It allows in particular to:
- Relieve aches, stiffness, tendonitis, inflammation.
- Speed up recovery.
- Promote blood circulation.
- Stimulate muscles and neuromuscular fibers before training.
- Release the stress.
- Loosen muscle knots.
- Relax the muscles in case of stiffness.
- Oxygenate the body.
It is therefore an ideal partner for athlete performance; but not only! If you sit all day at work or in the car, it will be of great help in relieving your lower back or neck tension.
In the introduction, I told you about the self-massage rollers and balls whose beneficial effects are no longer to be proven … And for me; the gun is still above in terms of benefits and experience of use.
Experience with the buysmartfitness
After some research on Amazon, my choice fell on the model of the brand buysmartfitness. I received it in a carrying case. Super practical to take it everywhere without risking damaging it. The shipment is very neat with a booklet on the use (including one in French).
It is appreciable! Good surprise, the start-up is super simple and fast, and in a few seconds, the gun is operational. Switching on to speed 1 is fairly gentle and will suit even the most sensitive. The last speed is quite impressive.
Despite the power of the device, the grip remains good. I advise you to use it in sessions of 20 minutes maximum. You can use it several times a day. For example before and after your training.
I very quickly noticed the positive effects of the massage gun, in particular, to prepare the muscles before exercise as well as in recovery massage. I was also surprised that he was so quiet. Therefore, I can use it while watching TV for example.
Choosing the right massage
Very complete with 5 massage heads that can be changed very quickly depending on the area you want to treat. Choosing the right massage head seems instinctive to me, but there is also a user guide when in doubt with clear diagrams and explanations.
I also tested the effectiveness of the best massage guns UK on neck pain. A few minutes of percussion on the area was enough to untie the stiffness! Much more effective than a week of heating patches.
To summarize, here are the main strengths of the buysmartfitness massage gun:
- Particularly silent
- Adjustable speeds from 1700 to 3300 percussions per minute
- 5 interchangeable heads suitable for all muscles
- Battery life allows you to use it dozens of times before charging
- Very easy to use
- Clear and detailed instructions for the use of each massage head
- Easy to carry
- Lightweight with good grip
My advice is if you feel a knot (or trigger point) after your sport, remember to use the massage gun before stretching and especially not after. The massage will “break” the knot and the stretch will be even more effective.
Conclusion: Opinion on the massage gun
The many beneficial effects that I feel pleasantly surprise me and the massage gun has already become essential in my training and even outside.
It allows me to be more efficient daily in a minimum of time and at a lower cost. Whether you are an accomplished athlete, a Sunday runner, or have chronic pain, I highly recommend investing in a self-massage gun.
You will quickly feel its benefits and it is an excellent alternative to manual massages, which are of course effective, but also very expensive.