You don’t have to be an endurance athlete to use a percussive therapy device, though they’re very popular among triathletes, ultramarathoners, and the like. Massage guns, which deliver a combo of rapid, repetitive pressure and vibrations to engage both the soft tissue and the outer skin, will relax muscles whether they’re sore from running or hunching over a desk all day long.
Percussive Therapy Device Options
An ideal choice weighs less than three pounds, has a two-hour-plus battery life and a maximum noise level of 55–65 decibels, and comes with four or more attachments.
If you’re in the market for one, things to consider include:
Massage guns range from under $100 to $600 or more.
Need and Purpose
Look at higher-end models if you’re an athlete or are treating a condition like sciatica or tendinitis.
Industry standard is 30–50 pounds of force for moderate intensity.
Industry standard is 13–16 mm stroke length (how much the head can move) for deep tissue massage.
Look for more than three speeds with 1,400–2,800 percussions per minute.
The jigsaw and triangular frames found on pricier models offer top-notch ergonomics, but the standard handheld model is also ergonomically sound.