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This article is a transcribed edited summary of a video Bob and Brad recorded in August of 2022. For the original video go to

Bob: So, Brad and I are going to help you decide which is better, massage gun or massage hand? So, Brad, this was a semi-experiment. In our clinics, we used to use massage guns and the PT assistants would do massages with their hands.

Brad: Right, work those muscles, their hands, or the gun? What was the consensus?

Bob: So, after a few sessions, we’d ask them, what did they prefer? It was the gun believe it or not. I was surprised. Were you?

Brad: Yeah, that doesn’t say much about our assistants. If you’re a professional massage person it may be different.

Bob: A masseuse may do better. My favorite massage gun is the Q2 massage gun. It’s very compact and lightweight, easy to use. Alright, now we are going to name a few cons of massage guns. Okay, number one, it’s hard to apply to your back. However, so is a massage. You can’t massage your own back.

Brad: You can get back there with the gun but it’s not very comfortable. You need to avoid these percussive massagers on your neck.

Bob: It just pounds. The bone is right there.

Brad: It’s too aggressive. I always say from shoulders on up, just avoid it. Not on the face, the head, or the neck.

Bob: Or the brain. Okay, you want to avoid nerves and arteries.

Brad: And lymph nodes.

Bob: That's a good point, so that would be under the arm, in the groin.

Brad: In that crease right there.

Bob: Behind the knee. I wouldn’t use a massage gun on numb areas that lack sensation.

Brad: So, if you’ve had a stroke and have some numbness or maybe if you have sciatica, you may have numbness. Because you need feedback, so you know you’re not doing it too aggressively.

Bob: Don’t use massage guns if you’re on blood thinners. Check with your doctor.

Brad: You could end up bruising and get internal bleeding that’s superficial, or ecchymosis. It's no good.

Bob: Right. Don’t use a massage gun if you have an inflammatory disorder. I think of rheumatoid arthritis. You’ll probably upset it.

Brad: Especially if you get it close to the joints. Even if you have the soft airhead, you can but you don’t want to irritate things when they are already irritated.

Bob: I would be careful around varicose veins.

Brad: Yes, it is going to be aggressive on that tissue.

Bob: No we'll go over some of the pros now! Number one, Brad, it never says "no."

Brad: Oh, the gun?

Bob: Right!

Brad: Unless you forget to charge it!

Bob: Ha-ha right.

Brad: Make sure you charge it, and you have the full charge.

Bob: It also doesn’t get tired, if it’s charged. It can. If you give it as a gift, and again, I give it a lot, people are always happy.

Brad: Right and these little ones are so cute. You can just hold it in your hand for older people, big advantage that way.

Bob: Yeah, you can put it in your purse even or pocket. You can use it on multiple areas. The entire family can use it, too.

Brad: Well, I wouldn’t let the three-year old’s use it.

Bob: Yeah, it feels great on sore muscles, and it works well for pre-stretching.

Brad: Yep. Gets the circulation going. Gets in and really works things well and it just feels good you know?

Bob: And the final thing is it’s a one-time investment. Once you’ve got it paid for, it keeps giving, without cost.

Brad: That’s right. I have to admit, it probably isn’t going to last 50 years, but you’ll have plenty of massage use out of it.

Bob: Thanks for watching!

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