When you’re working hard toward athletic performance goals, it’s natural for your muscles to experience soreness. This pain might affect your training or even cause you to take unplanned days off.
While it’s important to rest your muscles, you can also find relief by using a massage gun to loosen up and get the blood flowing to your problem areas.
A massage gun works by pounding your muscles at a rate of up to 4,000 times per minute. The depth of the stroke – called a percussion – and the amount of force determine how powerful the massage gun feels.
More muscular individuals who like a hard massage should look for a massage gun with a higher stroke rate, more percussions per minute, and more force. If you’re more sensitive, then a lighter-duty massager should get the job done.
Some massage guns use vibrations rather than percussions to loosen you up. In our research, we didn’t find any vibrating massage guns that approached the quality and effectiveness of percussive guns, so we didn’t include any in our guide.