A handheld massager can have various benefits. It can help with your lower back problems, and it can also relieve your muscle pains.
That is why we asked experts to recommend some of the best handheld massagers that work effectively.
Dr. Todd Peterson
Former Collegiate and Professional Athlete | Chiropractor | Owner, Axial Spine & Wellness
Like any product, getting the best handheld massager is all about knowing your goals and what you want to get out of the product. This market has boomed with cross-fitters and runners continuing to demand new ways to apply manual therapies independent of therapists and trainers.
There are a number of things to consider, such as price point, noise levels, frequency and power settings, as well as the look and portability of the device.
For my clinic, we chose the Hyperice Hypervolt. It’s a combination of price, reasonable decibel level, and options for varying frequency of percussion were the best match for what we needed.
The fact it doesn’t just look like a Sawzall with a lacrosse ball stuck on the end of it is an added benefit. I know there are some that may be more powerful, or less noisy, but for its price point, the hypervolt is the closest to thing to a total package in a portable myofascial massager.
Dr. Jason Wersland
Theragun G3PRO Percussive Therapy Device
Theragun is the percussion therapy device used by most of the NBA teams, and many in the NFL, MLB, NHL and pro golf as well.
Theragun is the original percussion therapy tool, a hard-hitting therapy device that sends a reverberating percussion therapy to sore tissue faster than pain nerves deliver signals to the brain.
The result is pain mitigation and relief from sore muscles, and a warm-up to working out. Recovery after performances and workouts is accelerated. Cramps experienced during physical activities are almost immediately reduced or eliminated.
Every Theragun houses a powerful industrial-grade Japanese motor engineered to precisely deliver 16 mm of Amplitude at a speed of 40 percussions per second on the body. We carefully tested this calibration of depth and speed to ensure our devices offer the most effective professional-grade percussive therapy treatment available for pain relief, enhanced performance, and accelerated recovery.
Over 250 professional sports teams in over 50 countries use Theragun.
Certified Personal Trainer | Health & Wellness Expert, Maple Holistics
Compact Percussion Handheld Heated Massager
When considering a handheld massager is one of the most important things to consider is how easy it is to use on your own back. Having a long enough handle to reach those areas on your back that require regular massage is important.
Battery-powered is not recommended or necessary when purchasing a handheld massager. Having a corded massager that plugs into the wall will last longer and is better for the environment than one that requires batteries. A wall plug massager will also give a stronger massage when compared to a battery-powered counterpart.
Beauty Expert | Founder, Nail Art Gear
TheraFlow Handheld Deep Tissue Percussion Massager
This powerful deep tissue massager will take the knots out of your tight muscles, boost up blood circulation, and relieve stress and pain.
The ergonomically designed piece is lightweight and very comfortable to use for both men and women. It even comes with an adjustable massager speed option, as well as 3 silicone massage attachments, which makes it a great value for the price.