Percussion/Massage guns

atatu

Hall of Fame
I've been thinking about buying one for a couple of years now, seems like the Theragun is pretty expensive, then the Hypervolt came along. Now it seems like there are several knock offs out there including the Tim Tam and the Vybe Pro which I just ordered off Amazon. Curious to know if anyone has tried the various models and what your thoughts are. Prices range from $600 to less than $150.
 

SlvrDragon50

Semi-Pro
I bought a cheap knock off, supposed to arrive in a week or so... I've read they're similar to the real ones. I have tried Theraguns, and they are quite nice.
 

SlvrDragon50

Semi-Pro
Just got mine. Not too bad. I'm not too sore right now so I can't really say how effective it is, but it is comparable to the Theragun.
 

atatu

Hall of Fame
I've had my Vybe for a few days now and I really like it. I can't compare it to the Theragun, I imagine it's less powerful but honestly I never use it on the maximum setting. I brough it to the courts and used it after my match today, after all the inevitable sex toy jokes, everyone wanted to try it.

 

andreh

Professional
Anyone know of a decent brand that is available in the UK, let me know. All the ones they have on amazon UK are obviously cheap (and not so cheap) knock offs with loads of fake 5 star reviews.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Anyone know of a decent brand that is available in the UK, let me know. All the ones they have on amazon UK are obviously cheap (and not so cheap) knock offs with loads of fake 5 star reviews.
Suggest downloading the apps for FakeSpot and ReviewMeta for your smartphone or tablet. When you look at items on Amazon, you should see some sort of Share icon. You can click on the icon to "share" it with FakeSpot and ReviewMeta. They use different algorithms for identifying fake/bogus reviews so it is worthwhile to run both apps on the product you are considering. Sometimes their analysis is a bit old (several months or more) so you should look for their Refresh icon to update the analysis.

If you don't have a device that supports these apps, you can put copy/paste the Amazon URL into the FakeSpot.com and ReviewMeta.com web sites.

The Hypervolt Hyperice is probably very good device but it ain't cheap.
 

andreh

Professional
Suggest downloading the apps for FakeSpot and ReviewMeta for your smartphone or tablet. When you look at items on Amazon, you should see some sort of Share icon. You can click on the icon to "share" it with FakeSpot and ReviewMeta. They use different algorithms for identifying fake/bogus reviews so it is worthwhile to run both apps on the product you are considering. Sometimes their analysis is a bit old (several months or more) so you should look for their Refresh icon to update the analysis.

If you don't have a device that supports these apps, you can put copy/paste the Amazon URL into the FakeSpot.com and ReviewMeta.com web sites.

The Hypervolt Hyperice is probably very good device but it ain't cheap.
Exactly how I know the 5 star reviews are fake. Checked it already.
 

mmk

Hall of Fame
One of our daughters bought a Theragun and brought it over last week. She and my wife have IT band issues, and they both agree the Theragun helps. It didn't do anything for me, but my leg muscles never get tight. I'm fairly certain that my wife is going to end up getting one.
 

andreh

Professional
One of our daughters bought a Theragun and brought it over last week. She and my wife have IT band issues, and they both agree the Theragun helps. It didn't do anything for me, but my leg muscles never get tight. I'm fairly certain that my wife is going to end up getting one.
I'm thinking about the Theragun, but it's almost £600 which is a lot for what is potentially just yet another massage device that in the end does nothing for me.
 

mmk

Hall of Fame
I'm thinking about the Theragun, but it's almost £600 which is a lot for what is potentially just yet another massage device that in the end does nothing for me.
My daughter bought the G3 rather than the G3Pro, so it wasn't quite as expensive, but still not cheap.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
I'm thinking about the Theragun, but it's almost £600 which is a lot for what is potentially just yet another massage device that in the end does nothing for me.
Book a session with a PT (physio). Make sure that they have a percussion massage gun that u can try (or they can use on you). While you're at it, see if u can also try a vibrating foam roller. I decided to buy one of those instead of a gun after I tried it at my physical therapist. Much, much cheaper than a gun.
 
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andreh

Professional
Book a session with a PT (physio). Make sure that they have a percussion massage gun that u can try (or they can use on you). While you're at it, see if u can also try a vibrating foam roller. I decided to buy one of those instead of a gun after I tried it at my physical therapist. Much, much cheaper than a gun.
Good tip. I do have non-vibrating foam rollers. Most bang for the buck in terms of muscle treatment ever.
 

Gyswandir

Semi-Pro
Got and have been using the hypervolt and have to say it has made a big difference.
I’ve started doing serious weight lifting 3 months ago and I wouldn’t have been able to persevere with both tennis and the gym, without the Hypervolt. My main issue is tightening glutes and hamstrings after working out or playing serves. So, the Volt allows me not to have to rest the next day. It literally takes 3 minutes for me to get a significant difference in DOMS the next day
 

speedysteve

Legend
How do these compare with Shockwave therapy?
I'm guessing they don't?

My Chiropractor says the Shockwave therapy treatment has excellent results in sorting tennis / golfers elbow..
That's some claim!
It's £100 a session for 5mins.
The machines are very expensive indeed I believe.
 

andreh

Professional
How do these compare with Shockwave therapy?
I'm guessing they don't?

My Chiropractor says the Shockwave therapy treatment has excellent results in sorting tennis / golfers elbow..
That's some claim!
It's £100 a session for 5mins.
The machines are very expensive indeed I believe.
Shockwave therapy - no conclusive scientific support, like all treatments for TE except eccentric strengthening exercises which has stronger support.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
I've been thinking about buying one for a couple of years now, seems like the Theragun is pretty expensive, then the Hypervolt came along. Now it seems like there are several knock offs out there including the Tim Tam and the Vybe Pro which I just ordered off Amazon. Curious to know if anyone has tried the various models and what your thoughts are. Prices range from $600 to less than $150.

Wife and I just went for massages and they had one to use before you went in. I asked and they mentioned the $500 price tag...no thanks. They do have the cheap knock-off on Am a Zon for like $120 - $200, but I have a "thumper" style one I got for like $30. I like the two hard rubber heads for working along the spine or across muscles. I use it often. Even on my feet.
 
Got a Theragun G3 recently (the pro was crazy $, ok the G3 is also crazy $) but it's worth every penny.
It's super relaxing and I'm not sure if it's placebo or not but it's amazing on soreness and light muscle pulls, knots etc..
 

badmice2

Semi-Pro
I have the hypervolt, a little expensive for the price, but worth every penny of it.

I would suggest you buy it from places where they support 100% satisfaction guarantee (like REI), that way if you dont like it at anytime or if it breaks, you can return it no questions asked.
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
I got a Jawku Muscle Blaster v2 for Christmas. This device has been magical for me. I'm often very stiff and sore in the legs after intensive exercise like singles matches, long distance runs, or leg days in the gym. Using the massage gun, I've found that when I'm sore like this, there are often very specific knots and trigger points in the muscles causing most of my pain. If I probe around with the gun and then focus the pressure when I find a sore spot, I can get it to go away. The result is that I still feel the fatigue, but a lot of the pain and stiffness is gone. The muscles in my legs feel different, more smooth and relaxed rather than like cables running under the skin. I don't have enough experience to recommend my Jawku specifically over other massage guns, but it has proven very effective for me.
 
I use my percussion massage gun almost daily after practice, and like the player above, the stiff knots and soreness go away much quicker.
 

mikeler

Moderator
I bought mine for $130 online. Having on and off issues with my hamstring and as stated above, 3 minutes of treatment works wonders. I also use it on my right shoulder and forearm when they get sore. Well worth the money.
 

GBplayer

Hall of Fame
Interesting suggestion on reviews. Just buy the massage attachments and a cordless jigsaw?

"Buy a Worx jigsaw and the massage tools that are suggested with it. Don't believe me... Compare the two bits of kit."
 

sovertennis

Professional
Wife gave me a Powerdot for Xmas, which I've used nearly every day since on one appendage or another. I've had a chronically sore and tired arm (a lot of tennis and mt biking) and the Powerdot had helped greatly in reducing the symptoms.

I've also used it on a sore hamstring with good results, along with a very knobby foam roller.
 

atatu

Hall of Fame
I ended up getting a Theragun, it's great, but I think you can get cheaper versions on Amazon (the VYBE pro for example) that work almost as well. Every time I bring mine to the courts someone wants to try it out.
 

GBplayer

Hall of Fame
I ended up getting a Theragun, it's great, but I think you can get cheaper versions on Amazon (the VYBE pro for example) that work almost as well. Every time I bring mine to the courts someone wants to try it out.
Yes, a cordless jigsaw!
 

Bencharles

New User
Curious, besides the Hypervolt and the Theragun (and a jigsaw, lol) what other devices have you all tried? Been checking reviews trying to narrow it down.
 

Heck

Rookie
I picked up one for 140 dollars. I have been trying to get more flexible and recover from matches better. I did a small review of it on my YT channel.
It's keeping me off the ibuprofen as I use it before and after matches. I also came down with a case of plantar fasciitis type pain in the left foot.
Landing on it from the serve just has it in pain days after matches. I think using the gun on the leg and bottom of the foot it has me getting
close to pain free without taking a break from tennis. For that alone it was worth the money.

 

Booger

Hall of Fame
I have one made out of a saw and a Jigworx bit. Works great, especially if you're trying to go DEEP. The only downside is that you need a willing partner. Just make sure your tennis buddy says no homeowner so it isn't gay when he's going deep on your glutes.

 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
I tried the HyperVolt gun and a couple of different TheraGun models at a local sporting goods store. I found the feel/action of the TheraGuns a bit unsettling (annoying). The,HyperVolt provided a very nice, decent percussion w/o the jarring, jackhammer feel of the TheraGuns.

But I've bought neither of these. I'm pretty happy with the results I'm getting with my vibrating (foam) roller. Cheaper. And easier to access some areas with the roller. The PTs I go to seem to prefer the rollers as well. OTOH, a percussion gun might be better suited to other areas.
 

Booger

Hall of Fame
I tried the HyperVolt gun and a couple of different TheraGun models at a local sporting goods store. I found the feel/action of the TheraGuns a bit unsettling (annoying). The,HyperVolt provided a very nice, decent percussion w/o the jarring, jackhammer feel of the TheraGuns.
If you are a thicc boi and need to get down deep in to the trunk, hamstring, and quads - the extra power is handy.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
If you are a thicc boi and need to get down deep in to the trunk, hamstring, and quads - the extra power is handy.
I'm ancient and not very flexible. Very challenging to get to my hamstrings with a gun. Even more difficult to many parts of my back. These areas are much easier to access with a roller. On the floor or against a chair or the wall.

Thicc bois will often emloy a la crosse ball.
 

FedGR

Semi-Pro
I'm ancient and not very flexible. Very challenging to get to my hamstrings with a gun. Even more difficult to many parts of my back. These areas are much easier to access with a roller. On the floor or against a chair or the wall.

Thicc bois will often emloy a la crosse ball.
For lower back and other difficult to get areas I use and 300% suggest the electronic heated massager that you can buy on Amazon for $50. I believe Zyllion is the name. It is phenomenal and for $50 you can't go wrong. It takes some time to figure out how to use it in order to hit the muscles properly but once you do, you are gold. I have logged in probably more than $500 hours to it and it still goes strong.
 
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