Massage Chair vs Massage Gun- Which Is Better?
- What is a Massage Gun
- The Problems With Massage Chairs
- Comparison Between Massage Guns and Massage Chairs
What is a Massage Gun
A massage gun is a hand-held tool that utilizes percussive therapy to
provide users with a deep-tissue massage. This helps to stimulate blood
flow into muscles, promote muscle recovery and relieve muscle soreness
after a long workout.
Besides their use in sports performance, massage guns are also ideal for those who just want a relaxing massage to unwind after a long and tiring day at the office, for those who have sore necks, shoulders and backs after sitting down at the desk for long hours, or for those who suffer from physical injuries and require pain relief.
In order to use a massage gun, simply press the button to turn it on, and press it against your muscles for a stimulating, deep-tissue massage.
The Problem With Massage Chairs
Massage chairs have been around for decades. In fact, the first electric
massage chair was invented by Nobuo Fujimoto in 1954. It was pieced
together by various materials such as wood, balls and chains.
Massage chairs have come a long way since then. The top end massage chairs
are often jam-packed with features, ranging from body monitors and
biosensors, lights, aromatherapy to surround-sound systems.
However, they suffer from two major drawbacks. Firstly, they come with a hefty price tag. The cheapest massage chairs usually start around $2000 while the more expensive ones can cost upward of $10000.
Secondly, most massage chairs are bulky pieces of furniture. As housing prices start to skyrocket in various densely packed cities around the world, homes are getting smaller and smaller. This means that there is often a lack of space to place the massage chairs. They may also not complement the aesthetic feel of the space that they are placed in.
Comparison Between Massage Guns And Massage Chairs
Let’s do a more comprehensive comparison between both products.
Massage chairs can easily cost at least ten times as much as the price of
massage guns. Unless you think that you are truly going to frequently make
good use of your massage chair, purchasing one may end up being a bad
purchase decision that is filled with buyer’s remorse.
Massage guns on the other hand, are much more inexpensive, and require far less upfront investment.
Size & Weight
Massage chairs are huge pieces of furniture that will often stand out and
fill up huge spaces within the house. Based on anecdotes from my own
friends, I found that people who bought massage chairs usually stop using
them after a short period of time. Yet these devices are too expensive to
throw away, so they end up being placed in a corner of the house, and
being huge eyesores for everyone living in the house.
On the other hand, massage guns are small and portable enough to be
carried with you anywhere you go. Going on a romantic staycation with your
partner? The massage gun can be an ideal device to help you & your
partner give each other a relaxing massage together. The massage gun can
also be brought to the gym to help out with warmup and cooldown exercises,
before you start hitting those weights or cardio exercises.
Ease of Use
Massage guns are fairly straightforward to use. They
typically come with a single button, 5-6 different speed settings, and 6
different heads that you can choose from to target different muscle
groups. However, they require the user to constantly hold the massage gun
against their muscles.
On the other hand, massage chairs allow for their users to “sit back,
relax and enjoy”. Users can even take a short nap in the comfort of the
Percussive therapy massage guns can only provide one type of massage -
percussion. Percussion consists of blows to the tissue. It acts as a
powerful stimulant for both the skin and underlying structures. Effects of
percussion include stimulation of the organs through reflex centers and
the spinal cord.
Massage chairs are more versatile in this respect. Most massage chairs can provide various massage types, including rolling, kneading, percussion and vibration, providing their users with a more complete and varied massage experience.
Massage guns can be targeted at any muscles on the body, including the
upper thighs, biceps, triceps, glutes and chest muscles. If your hands are
aching and cramping up from long hours writing or using the computer, or
if you are suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, you can even use the
bullet head to massage them.
Massage chairs, on the other hand, may not be able to provide effective massages especially for muscles that belong to the frontal parts of the human body, such as the chest and the front delts.
If you are looking for a more inexpensive and effective solution of
treating your sore & aching muscles, or relieving pain from physical
injuries, then getting yourself a
massage gun might be your best bet.
However, if you live in a large house, have more money to spare, and are looking for a more luxurious experience to completely relax and unwind, then getting a massage chair instead may not be such a bad idea.
Disclaimer - This article is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you are suffering from severe medical conditions, please seek consultation with a medical professional.