Should I get a vibrating gun?
Next year, we come to the 15th birthday of these percussive therapy guns, or massage guns as they are better known. Invented in 2007 by Jason Wersland, a chiropractor whom, after a motorcycle accident, decided to take matters into his own hands when dealing with the ongoing pain from the incident. His original invention, the Theragun, is used by hundreds of sports clubs world wide. Now, there's multiple knocks off on the market, all doing the same thing. The prices from these massage guns can range from anywhere between £30-£500+, but do YOU need one?
Let's start with the basics, how does it work? Percussive therapy is multiple small bursts of pressure applied to soft tissue (in this case, muscle). It's basically a really quick massage administered by yourself with these vibrating guns. The muscle is gently pounded by this massage gun, which helps increase the blood flow. In turn, this can reduce the inflammation from training, which would normally lead to those pesky DOMs. So technically, yes, these do their job.
The percussive therapy guns can be used for pre and post workouts, to help with preventing injury during exercise, as well as healing afterwards. With interchangeable heads they can target different muscle groups easily and are portable enough to fit in most gym bags... so what's the catch?
At the end of the day, they're pretty much glorified foam rollers. They can just target specific areas at one time. If you have the disposable income, treat yourself. Personally we would be looking more the cheaper end models, the battery will last considerably less than the higher end, but I highly doubt you'll be away from a power outlet for weeks on end in the 21st century. The only other sacrifice with cheaper models would be sound, but we're not even going to talk about why you'd need a vibrating gun to be silent...
If you want to save cash, just get a foam roller and get into the awkward positions to hit the desired spot. But, again, if you have a spare bit of cash, and train 4+ times a week, it's worth the investment at the lower price range.