Should You Buy a Massage Gun? 10 Pros and 10 Cons

is article is a transcribed edited summary of a video Bob and Brad recorded in November of 2020. For the original video go to

Bob: Today we're going to discuss should you buy a massage gun? We're going to give you 10 pros but we're always going to give 10 cons.

Brad: There you go, Bob.

Bob: Okay. So we have three massagers.

Bob: There's the C2 Massage Gun, which is kind of our big massager, our most popular massager.

Brad: The most powerful one.

Bob: It’s probably the higher end model. Then, we have the Q2 mini massager. This is really cool because this one can fit in your purse, or your handbag, or your murse.

Brad: Yeah. And it still has a lot of power.

Bob: Then we have the economical model, I would call it. It’s the handheld massager. These all come with five attachments.

Brad: Five heads.

Bob: The handheld massager is a little easier to get your back.

Brad: This one is really nice, particularly if you’re an older person and you don’t want an aggressive massage.

Bob: Yeah, we’ll discuss that actually. Okay so, let's start off with a con. I hate to be negative, but…. These massagers are not good for neck pain per se. Especially if you get up directly on the neck or near the spine.

Brad: The back of the neck, particularly back by the base of the skull around on the head. The low base of the neck, upper shoulder might be okay.

Bob: Yeah, upper traps. Perfect for that. But anything higher is just going to rattle your cage. Try it once, you’ll find out.

Brad: It's not a pleasant thing.

Bob: Alright. A pro now. It's terrific for muscle strains, pulls or tears. I don't know what else you'd do that would be better. I've had several tears, muscle strains.

Brad: Well, to be honest with you I think the only thing better than this is actually go to a professional masseuse. You know, pay them their money. Unless you have someone in the household that would do it.

Bob: But when you're able to do it and also could they do it long enough and you know, the whole bit.

Brad: Right, right.

Bob: Another con, it's not good for headaches. I, again, up on the head, it's just going to thump away. It's going to probably hear a hollow sound if it went on my head, huh?

Brad: Say no more, Bob.

Bob: All right. Another pro. It's terrific for many types of tendonitis, Brad, I have found. So like, tennis elbow which is a lateral epicondylitis. It's good if you start in the muscle part of it first and then you just kind of gradually move into the where the tendonitis is, right? It worked well on my quadriceps tendonitis too. Terrific, in fact, for that. It took it away.

Brad: Yeah, they're great for any, where the muscle belly is, where it goes into that tendon that juncture's a really good place to get at it with these.

Bob: And again, you're using the different heads. All right. Another con, it's not good for a pinched nerve in the neck. The pinched nerve is often up in the neck itself. It could be the hole where it's coming out or it could be a disc. And this is just not going to affect that. If the pain is going down in the arm it's certainly not going to help that. So, we just want to be honest with people.

Brad: Right. It's not good for everything.

Bob: All right another pro. It's a really, just a one-time cost, then there's no ongoing fee. Like you would pay a massage therapist. Now a massage therapist might be better. You can carry it with you. You have your own massage therapist with you. All the time, basically. All right. It's not good, just as we said, it's not good for a pinched nerve in the neck. It's also not good for sciatica which is the pinched nerve basically in the back.

Brad: You're not going to massage a nerve, not like this. You know, you're not going to get on that nerve and beat on it. Not like a muscle belly where you're trying to get that muscle to relax.

Bob: Well, the exception would be then if you have actually what we call false sciatica or, piriformis syndrome. That's a small muscle in your buttock that often gets, I think often it gets pulled and torn too, we've decided. And sometimes there's scar tissue on it. And this works really well for that. That's actually one of the better treatments for it.

Brad: So you're massaging the muscle. Not necessarily the nerve itself. We don't want to hammer on a nerve.

Bob: Right. Another con. It is portable, especially the mini one here. This one, is this not cute, Brad?

Brad: It is cute. Bob.

Bob: But like you said, it's powerful.

Brad: It is.

Bob: But you could slip that almost into anything. You could probably take that into a concert or something.

Brad: You probably couldn’t get it in your back pocket. You could with some of those big back pockets, or cargo pants.

Bob: There we go. They still have those?

Brad: I do.

Bob: Let’s go on. Another con. It's not good for arthritis per se. I mean, it's not good, like if the pain is coming from the joint itself. The thing with arthritis though, quite often, a lot of the tissues have tightened up around it.