Fitness influencers can't get enough of this high-tech massage gun, which offers soothing massages on tap

When a gadget like the Theragun goes viral, we like to remain pragmatic for as long as possible. Sure, some viral launches are well worth their hype (the Dyson Airwrap in the world of hair styling or the The Light Salon’s Boost LED face mask in the world of skincare, for example). But others are, well… not. So – in the name of spending money wisely, it’s often worth refraining from parting with your pennies until you know the gadget in question is really damn good.

This is the approach we have taken to the Theragun – a high-tech massage gun which has been taking the fitness world by storm of late. We’ve taken things slow. Really slow. The brand actually launched back in 2016, though they’ve recently rebranded to Therabody in response to the launch of their other fitness must-haves – including the Wave Roller, Wave Duo and £75 Fitness Mat. Tapping into a generation’s obsession with wellness and recovery, the Theragun has become a must-have in the at-home gym equipment collections of personal trainers, fitness influencers and athletes alike. Why? Investing in one is, supposedly, like investing a personal and portable post-workout masseuse: the Theragun aids in pain relief, soothes stiff muscles and releases stress through vibrations to the deep tissue.

But at (in some cases) almost £500-a-pop, we wanted to give the Theragun a really good go before raving about it. And that we have. Here’s our full Theragun review, with everything you need to know about the most-wanted massage guns of the moment.

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What does Theragun do to muscles?

Exercise can hurt. If you’ve been engaging in an at-home workout or two during lockdown, you’ll know that well. But so can sitting at your desk all day (particularly if you don’t have a proper desk chair). Whether we’re into exercise or not, we all get aches and pains. Yet visiting a masseuse for a full body massage on the reg. is a an expensive and unrealistic habit. Enter: the Theragun, which helps you take your recovery in-house.

Developed by chiropractor Dr Jason Wersland after he experienced deep tissue pain following a motorcycle accident, Theragun uses percussive muscle therapy to soothe aches and pains. This is when rapid bursts of pressure are applied to muscle tissue – whether that be in your back, shoulders or legs. The vibrations help release muscle knots which are the primary cause of aches and pains. Percussive muscle therapy can reach deeper layers of muscle tissue than your foam roller or human hands ever could, which means it boasts tonnes of benefits like the prevention of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, improved flexibility and better lymphatic flow. All you have to do is turn your device on and lightly massage the area giving you the biggest problem.

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Theragun devices come with various attachments which enable you to focus your treatment. You can mix up the massage gun heads to get the best results for you. For example, the standard ball attachment is the best all-rounder, suitable for using after workouts and on all muscle groups. The Wedge attachment is designed for shoulder blades, while fork-shaped attachments are best for the neck and spine. And the whole process is seriously relaxing.

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What are the different types of Theragun?

There are now four different percussive Theragun devices on offer: the PRO, the Elite, the Prime and the Mini. Pro is the most expensive, while the Theragun Mini is the most affordable – and portable. We’ve broken down their differences, and our experiences of each, at the bottom of the page.

How do you use a Theragun?

If you already warm up and cool down thoroughly, you might be left wondering where you Theragun fits into the mix. But it’ll simply help you take things to the next level. According to recent research by Runners World, if you apply your massage gun to the muscles you want to stretch in your warm-up before stretching them, you can increase the range of motion 50-80% in 30 seconds. Impressive, right? Post-workout, it’ll make your cool down extra effective – and reduce the DOMS you suffer the next day.

Turn your Theragun device on, before placing it on your desired spot and gliding it smoothly across you skin (dressed or undressed) without adding any extra pressure. That bit’s important: you don’t need to press the massage gun into the skin, ‘cos it’ll do all the work for you. Particularly stiff? Leave the Theragun hovering over that spot, again without exerting any extra pressure.

How often should you use Theragun?

Therabody recommends that, depending on your desired result, you should use your Theragun device two or three times every day. “We recommend using your Theragun for a minimum of 15 seconds and a maximum of 2 minutes per muscle group. A full-body session should not exceed 15 minutes.”

Can Theragun cause damage?

Not easily, though you shouldn’t use your massage gun on pulled muscles, sprains or inflammation-related injuries. These can be painful, so you probably wouldn’t be tempted to use your Theragun on them, anyway. But just in case you were, it’s worth bearing in mind that using a massage gun on an injury can make it worse.

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Spill the beans: is a Theragun worth it?

While there are some great – and more affordable – Theragun alternatives on the market, Theragun devices are really good. Each one was a *dream* to have on-tap during lockdown, and they’re sleek in design, comfortable to hold and come with handy travel cases so you can take them away with you. One day.

Do they work? Theragun promises three things: to relieve muscle tension, to reduce soreness and to accelerate cool-down periods. And I found my Theragun to deliver on each count. During my time using my Theragun device, I *definitely* noticed my shoulders felt looser and less stiff, my muscles more flexible and my DOMS reduced the day after exercising. I also found a quick session with my Theragun before bed to help me feel relaxed and ready for a good night’s kip.

For more from Glamour UK Commerce Writer Sophie Cockett, follow her on Instagram @sophiecockettx.


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