In my opinion, the TheraGun G4 Pro is by far the best percussive massage gun. I own the TheraGun G3 Pro, and the TheraGun G4 Pro has surpassed it!
I’ve bought and used dozens on different health products, supplements, and devices in my life to try to improve muscle recovery and decrease fatigue, but the reason I am writing this TheraGun Review today is because this is one product which has more than lived up to my expectations. Even with the higher price tag, the TheraGun G3 Pro and G4 Pro is an investment which I more than got my moneys worth from.
The TheraGun G4 Pro is the best percussive massage gun on the market because it is the most powerful, has the best attachment options, and provides the best overall results of all the percussive massagers that are currently being made. As the G4 Pro Theragun has recently replaced the G3 Pro, it has taken percussive massagers to new levels of innovation I couldn’t have imagined!
Keep reading below to see my full TheraGun review and learn more about why I am confident the TheraGun G3 Pro or G4 pro is the best percussive massage gun for you!
What is Percussive Massage Therapy?
Although percussive massage therapy is recently growing in popularity due to the many percussive massage guns being developed, the therapy itself is a part of traditional Swedish massage therapy. Known as tapotement, according to a study published in The Journal of Sports Science & Medicine,
“Tapotement is a percussive massage stroke, such as hacking, pecking or cupping; aimed at stimulating the cutaneous tissue and superficial muscle, aiding the preparation for competition.”
Benefits of Soft Tissue (Percussive) Massage for Athletes
While I am “in-season,” nothing beats massage therapy for recovering from practice, games, weight lifting, and all the other physical stress of playing professional basketball. Without weekly (or more) massage sessions, I am sure my body wouldn’t survive a full season anymore.
Sadly, soft-tissue massage therapy is one of the most overlooked aspects of the recovery process for athletes. People often believe that massage therapy is only a relaxing treat, but it is truly vital for proper muscle recovery.
Especially if you are looking to get ready for an athletic competition, soft tissue massage therapy is extremely useful.
There are several methods of soft-tissue therapy, but through a traditional massage is my favorite method. Soft tissue mobilization through massage therapy is excellent for speeding up recovery time from:
- Athletic Competitions (games)
- Powerlifting or Olympic Lifting Training Sessions
- High-Intensity Interval Training
Although there certainly are specific benefits for athletes, soft tissue therapy serves non-athletes as well.
As a result of physical overuse and overload, massages also play a vital role in the prevention of injury and are 100% essential to the injury-rehabilitation process.
Improved Flexibility and Range of Motion
Even if you are strictly a bodybuilder, improving your range of motion and flexibility is vital to being successful. If you work a desk job, improved flexibility means less back pain at the end of the day.
Whether you are an athlete or a bodybuilder, a flexible and pliable body will improve your performance and ability level.
Muscle tension caused by high-intensity training cycles and competitions can lead to several negative effects such as the build-up of collagen scar tissue and the development of over-tight muscles.
Massage therapy helps to stretch the muscle fiber, which helps to maintain and promote flexibility.
Combining massage therapy with daily yoga practice is my solution for improving flexibility even within my basketball seasons, and I am confident it is a great strategy for you as well.
As shown through a study produced in the International Journal of Neuroscience, massage therapy is legitimately effective for improving range of motion.
Improved Circulation and Blood Flow
Another benefit of massage therapy is that you will quickly experience an improvement in circulation and blood flow. There are numerous benefits of increased circulation, regardless of whether you consider yourself an athlete or not.
For weightlifters, an improvement in circulation will help create the “pump” effect, as well as helping transport nutrients throughout the body for quicker recovery.
For athletes, increased circulation is also strongly correlated with increased oxygen consumption, enabling increased strength and endurance in competition.
Whether you are doing heavy-weight lifting, playing a sport, or sitting in an office desk for too many hours, the body needs additional maintenance to handle all the microscopic facial tissue damage you are doing.
This maintenance is not possible without ample blood flow, which is one of the main reasons that massage therapy is vital for athletes and others.
Furthermore, this treatment option also has a significant impact on the lymphatic and blood circulation system for signaling the removal of wasted and toxins such as lactic acid. However, you shouldn’t use massage therapy directly following a workout to remove lactic acid.
A study conducted at the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies researched the effect of massage therapy on lactic acid immediately following a training session, and concluded that it impairs lactic acid removal following strenuous exercise by impeding blood flow mechanically.
Use soft tissue massage therapy to improve your circulation and blood flow, just don’t do it directly after training!
Muscle and Joint Pain Reduction
Whether it is from overwork, injury, or any other reason, many people deal with muscle and joint pain every day. However, you don’t have to!
Massage therapy is an excellent option to treat muscle and joint pain.
Regardless of your level as an athlete, pain does not allow anyone to perform at their best. For most people, one-hour long massage per month can dramatically reduce physical pain. Personally, I will do about four massages per month in season, and one or two when I am out of season.
Improves Sleep and Decreases Tension
A massage will help your muscles relax, erase tension from your body, and promote a longer and deeper sleep each night.
Getting a good night of sleep every night is crucial to being a good athlete (believe me), but sleeping with muscle pain or injuries is incredibly difficult. A quality night of sleep can easily be ruined by muscle tension and discomfort throughout your body when you are trying to fall asleep.
Fortunately, research has shown that massage therapy is effective for improving sleep quality in individuals suffering from distinct physical pain.
According to a study published in the Journal of Rheumatology, massage therapy induced patients with fibromyalgia to experience
“an increase in the number of sleep hours and a decrease in their sleep movements.”
From all accounts, fibromyalgia is an especially insufferable pain. If massage therapy can assist with managing this pain, it can improve a lot!
Reduces Stress and Anxiety
Being an athlete is stressful (believe me). We love the sports we play and the competition, but there is no denying the constant anxiety of looking over your shoulder and trying to compete your best every single day of the year.
This pressure can cause stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Fortunately, soft tissue massage therapy is a safe and effective option.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, massage therapy induces stress-alleviating effects (decreased cortisol levels) and activating effects (increased serotonin and dopamine) which are helpful for managing a variety of medical issues and stressful experiences.
Again- believe me, taking an hour for a massage is one of the best ways to relax and unwind ever created.
Benefits of Using a Percussive Massage Therapy Gun
There are many advantages of using a percussive massage gun, most notably that you can easily achieve the results and benefits of massage therapy on your own. When you purchase the TheraGun G4 Pro, you can give yourself a massage every day!
As stated by a research study published by the International Symposium on Industrial Electronics,
“By the Cartesian based impedance control and the impulse-momentum contact dynamics, the feasibility of the percussive massage therapy based on robotic tapping motion is verified by the experiments. The experimental result demonstrates that most of the robotic tapping motion has high similarity to the tapping motion of a massage therapist in different needed force.”
Although there are a few places on your body which you cannot use the TheraGun or other percussive massage guns on (especially your joints), I personally believe the TheraGun provides a much better massage for larger muscles (quadriceps, hamstrings, low back, etc) than most massage therapists!
Not only can percussive massage therapy improve your muscle recovery and decrease muscle fatigue after training, it is also an excellent way to warm up for a training session. I use my TheraGun on my quads, glutes, and calves before nearly every basketball practice or weightlifting session since I purchased it.
Along with that, it is also a main component of my pre-game routine now! Before games I have my team physiotherapist (physical therapist) TheraGun nearly every muscle possible on my body. Not only does it make my muscles feel “fresher,” but I also believes it prepares my central nervous system for games very well! According to one study published by the Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences,
“When all participants’ reaction times pre and post Tapotement massage were compared, the mean difference was 0.0219 seconds, which was statistically significant, at the value of P = 0.076 ( P < 0.1). Conclusion – This is the first published study of the effect of Tapotement on reaction time. The finding of a performance enhancement in the form of a decline in reaction time of 0.02 (s) could have advantageous results in competitive sprint events.”
Furthermore, according to a study which was published by the Journal of Sports Science & Medicine,
- “Three minutes of petrissage and tapotement forms of massage increased ankle flexibility.
- Massage did not adversely affect jump power measures.
- Massage may be an effective alternative to static stretching as a component of a pre-event warm-up.”
Whether you are a professional athlete such as myself, a bodybuilder looking to find a way to push their muscles to the max, or simply someone looking to live pain free and improve their overall health; the TheraGun G3 or G4 can improve your life!
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TheraGun G3 Pro Review – Why is the TheraGun G3 Pro the Best Percussive Massage Gun?
Although TheraGun itself makes other percussive massage guns and there are many other options on the market, there are a few key reasons why the TheraGun G3 Pro is the best investment. Although it is the most expensive of the percussive massagers, it is certainly the most powerful. The TheraGun G3 Pro uses massage strokes which go 16mm deep into muscles, 40 times a second!!
The device itself comes with an adjustable arm and a triangular shaped handle which helps you reach spots all over your body. The G3 Pro delivers up to 60lbs of force with each stroke and comes with two different speeds depending on how sensitive your muscles are.
The TheraGun G3 Pro comes with 6 attachments, all which have specific and unique uses. They are:
- Dampener: For use around bones or muscles which are highly sensitive
- Large Ball: For large muscle groups
- Standard Ball: For both small and large muscle groups
- Wedge: For shoulder blades and IT Band
- Thumb: For precision areas (very intense therapy)
- Cone: The most intense therapy, for specific areas only
I use all of the attachments and you can really feel the difference with each one! I am very happy that TheraGun developed all of these specific attachments because being able to use them all makes a tremendous difference for various muscle groups.
The G3 Pro also comes with two chargeable batteries, and the batteries themselves last several treatment sessions each.
Negatives of the TheraGun G3 Pro
Although this is an incredible device, it is not without any “issues” completely. I don’t have too many bad things to say about this device, however, I wish it were a bit less loud. When my wife and son are sleeping (we live in a moderate sized flat in Poland at the moment), I don’t use my TheraGun because of the sound it makes.
Other options are quieter; however, they are much less powerful.
The sound is about the same levels as most vacuum cleaners, in my opinion.
TheraGun G4 Pro Review – The Newest Theragun (Updated 5/6/2020)
On May 4th, 2020, TheraGun announced and released their 4th generation percussive massager, the TheraGun G4. Although I haven’t used this product yet, I am sure I will be upgrading shortly (I’m writing this only two days after the announcement).
Theragun G3 Pro vs Theragun G4 Pro
There are a few main differences between the G3 and G4 pro models, but the main difference is the noise volume. As I wrote above, for me the only negative of the G3 pro model is that it is quite loud. However, with the new G4 model, TheraGun invented a proprietary “QuietForce Technology” which makes this percussive massager as quiet as an electrical toothbrush, or so their website says.
Another key difference is that the G4 Pro comes with an enhanced Therabody app, which uses artificial intelligence to learn from your own behaviors and preferences, and integrates with Apple Health, Google Fit, and Samsung Health to recommend routines for your health and wellness. I personally have not even used the app which comes with the TheraGun G3 Pro, but considering the advancements with the new Therabody app, I am sure I would use it very often.
Lastly, the new G4 Pro Theragun comes with a convenient OLED screen which provides you more control over your current speed and the pressure you are applying. This is a huge upgrade as well. The G3 TheraGun only provides two speed options, while now, the G4 TheraGu has speed ranges from 1750 – 2400 percussions per minute (PPM), which can be controlled through the Therabody app.
Concluding Thoughts – TheraGun Review
Even though the G4 Pro costs $599, I believe this is an easy investment to make because you will get your money’s worth! This is a device which is easy to use every single day, and it can make a significant difference in your muscle recovery.
If you are interested in a more affordable option, I suggest the Elite, Prime, or Mini models.
Honestly, I don’t even remember what life before my TheraGun was like, and how I got through so many intense basketball practices and weightlifting sessions!
If you have any additional questions about the TheraGun G4 Pro or G3 Pro, feel free to email me and ask!