HuffPost may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Prices and availability subject to change.
If you’ve ever gotten a massage, you know just how life-changing it can be, whether you’re an athlete constantly dealing with aches and pains or a regular person struggling with good old-fashioned “text neck.” With a few elbows in your back and a few sweeps over those pressure points, you’re suddenly in a lot less pain — and definitely less stressed.
Massage guns have been having a major moment. They have a wide range of price points and users, from trainers and chiropractors to the cast of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” But do these little (and sometimes extremely expensive) machines really work? And if so, are they worth the money? Let’s take a closer look.
What to know before investing in a super-expensive massage gun
According to an ad for the much-loved TheraGun (which can cost up to $600), the massage gun works by “increasing blood flow, decreasing lactic acid and interrupting the pain cycle in the brain.”
To view this content, you'll need to update your privacy settings.
Eva Carey, director of massage therapy at Zeel, said a top-notch massage gun can get the job done — but you should take your time learning how to use each feature. “Higher-end models can offer more application choices,” she said. “And make sure to use them with caution!”
Do the lower-end ones work?
If a $400 to $600 massage gun isn’t in your financial future, worry not — the less expensive ones could be a good investment, too. If you’re willing to take the time to understand how different massage guns work and do your research before buying one, you might be able to find exactly what you need without paying an arm and a leg for it.
“Models work with either a circular or thumping motion, with varying speeds and pressure,” Carey said. “Considerations when shopping for one include weight of the unit, noise (a loud appliance is definitely not relaxing), and number of tips available for generalized or more specific application.”
The first all-civilian astronaut crew to reach orbit have appeared in a live video feed featuring weightless flips and a ukulele performance. The crew of SpaceX's Inspiration4 broadcast a 10-minute live YouTube video showing Chris Sembroski, a 42-year-old data engineer, strumming chords while the craft orbits Earth. Sian Proctor, 51, a geoscientist and former NASA astronaut candidate, showed off a piece of artwork she had made in orbit showing the Crew Dragon capsule being carried into space by an actual dragon.
Grief runs deep in Musa Qala as Taliban victory brings weary reliefEveryone here has tales of lost loved ones, but many want foreigners back – with aid not weapons Musa Qala’s bridge to nowhere. Photograph: Emma Graham-Harisson/The Guardian
People with chronic conditions among most at risk from Covid even after jabsResearch finds those with Down’s syndrome, Parkinson’s and other conditions may benefit from booster doseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage The study of more than 6.9 million vaccinated adults found that vaccination offers powerful protection against hospitalisation for almost all groups. Photograph: Nick Moore/Alamy
Australia ‘regrets’ France’s recall of ambassador as Aukus fallout predicted to last years. Australia says it looks forward to engaging with France again but experts say submarine decision was ‘deeply humiliating’ for Paris
TV tonight: How the grunge icons achieved Nirvana in the UKThe story of Kurt and the gang’s warm relationship with Britain. Plus, autumn officially begins as Strictly Come Dancing returns. Nirvana in Britain. Photograph: Martyn Goodacre
Shortly after polls opened on Friday morning, a long queue had already formed outside a polling station in Moscow's central Arbat district. Many of those waiting were workers from the nearby Ministry of Defence as evidenced by the branded briefcases they were holding. The ruling party United Russia has 353 of the 450 seats in the state parliament or Duma.
‘I felt my body wasn’t good enough’: teenage troubles with InstagramAs research emerges on the harmful effect of the app, three people discuss its impact on eating disordersTeenage girls, body image and Instagram’s ‘perfect storm’ One UK psychotherapist said most of the clients she had seen since the pandemic were teenage girls with eating disorders. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA
A Taiwanese delegation of government officials and business leaders is to visit Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Lithuania in October, challenging Beijing’s attempts to diplomatically isolate Taipei, and seizing on growing international support for Taiwan in the face of Chinese invasion threats.
Are the Wombles really the best children’s characters to tackle the climate crisis?. The stars of 1970s television have been announced as ambassadors for the British government’s #OneStepGreener campaign. But would the Octonauts and Go Jetters do better?
A 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck near Carson, California, shortly before 8 pm on the evening of September 18, causing shaking in parts of the Los Angeles area.According to local reports, the earthquake left the Marathon Petroleum refinery in Carson without power. This led the refinery to conduct flaring of excess gas, according to a spokesperson. Local residents shared videos after the earthquake showing the night sky lit up near the refinery. This footage, taken in Carson, shows flames illuminating the area. Credit: @dyizzleee via Storyful
Allies of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny accused Apple and Google of "censorship" on Friday after they removed an opposition voting app at the start of a three-day parliamentary election in Russia. Polls opened across the vast country on Friday after a year that saw a sweeping crackdown on President Vladimir Putin's opponents, with Russians given the option of voting online.State media showed Putin casting his ballot online from self-isolation, several days into quarantine after coming int