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This is heavy, however it does pack a punch! And I have found it very helpful for stiffness and sore muscles. The lowest power setting produces sufficient vibration and massage for most people.
Why use something like this? Modern medicine almost completely restricts itself to chemical, big pharma solutions, with occasional operation and time-limited, non specific physiotherapy thrown in if you are lucky. However, after twenty years in General Practice and work in a number of hospital specialities thrown in prior to that, it seems to me we have the wrong idea about arthritis. Arthritis is not about the joints, it is about the quality of the muscles, tendons and ligaments that surround those joints. Keep the muscles, tendons and ligaments good, and you will keep the joints good.
As we age, so muscles, tendons and ligaments thicken and become stiffer. Effectively they become stringy like old mutton. Massage, physiotherapy and exercise help keep the muscles etc in order. This keeps the joints moving and lubricated. And joint movement, through your full range of movement, encourages the flow of synovial fluid around the joint which keeps the joint healthy.
This massager helps break down the scar tissue and fibrosis that appear around ageing or injured muscles. And unless you can afford a daily massage - this is the poor man's equivalent. I use it gently on all muscles and concentrate on those muscles, such as Glutei (the Butt muscles) that have the worst time. I spend a lot of time sitting down! and this helps restore the circulation in those muscles.
Painkillers, like antidepressants, cure nothing. They may help you keep going until the body sorts out the underlying problem but equally painkillers can allow someone to carry on damaging themselves until they reach the point of breakdown. Pain comes not so much from the joint as the poorly conditioned muscles surrounding that joint.
Massage combined with exercise whether specific to the muscles being massaged or more general in the form of for example, swimming helps keep those muscles going and that is main alternative to being crippled by general osteoarthritis of old age. Certainly a healthy, non-inflammatory diet helps. However muscle conditioning is equally important and massage is part and parcel of looking after your body.
I can recommend this - both from my personal experience of using it, and from a theoretical perspective of keeping pain and stiffness at bay
I thought for the money this a great product. Im a sports massage therapist & have recommended several customers buy this item. Everyone is happy with it. I should be on commission. Happy days for your muscles
I use this for my cellulite and on the tissue around my broken ankle to get the circulation going in my legs and reduce swelling of my broken ankle. You can feel a tingling feeling and can feel your circulation is going. Use on my shoulders and back also . Very powerful. Well worth the money highly recommend.
I found the massager very good at reliving back stress. I have bullging discs that have caused my muscles to burn so the massager helps with that. It has very a strong vibrations so it goes deep into the muscle. I would definitely recommend it.
It's slightly heavy, although this is a plus when wanting to massage my back - can swing it over my shoulder and it works a treat. Unlike our last massager, this one is fairly quiet, which is definitely a bonus. There are lots of different heads for it - have only tried 2 so far - not sure if the others will be any good yet - shame they are just in a bit of plastic. There is also a weird plastic base thingy which I think is intended to hold the machine whilst it's charging, but not really sure how you're supposed to rest the machine on it. No instructions for it which would have been helpful. (After some use, we have found out how best to rest the massager - works a treat!) I have amended this review, as I hadn't charged the machine properly and have found it was 'human error' rather than machine - so sorry for that. I would certainly recommend this.
It arrived two days before the estimated delivery date and was well packaged.
Bought for my elderly dad who suffers from sciatica so this review is based on his experience with the item. It worked well and he liked the different power settings. But after just five weeks, it fell apart and stopped working. Was going to return it but the return period had just passed. So I’m out $40 and need to find another one.
Update: After posting my review, the seller Renpho (Ann) reached out to me on the same day and made things right by sending a replacement massager immediately, which I received the next day. Although the first one did not last as long as it should have, they made up for it with their excellent customer service. Hopefully the replacement will last longer. This is an example of how business should be done. I highly recommend Renpho. Changed my rating from 1 to 5 stars! Thank you very much.
This isn't about just this model - as I suspect all the of dozens of similar models have the same issue. Whoever started to design these and thought a rapid attacking percussive vibration had anything in common with massage - was wrong!!
If I put a chisel on it, it would help me remove mortar before re-pointing my brick work.
This device could actually damage you. Certainly it sends powerful high frequency vibrations through large areas of the body, into internal organs, blood vessels and nerves - which in terms of neuron frequency wavelengths could be disruption, the list goes on.
So I'd say avoid it, not just this model but all similar models.
Massage is a gentle kneading of the muscles and connective soft tissues. If the manufacturer wishes to ask me about designing a proper hand-held massager just let me know. Basically you need two pressure points that alternately sea-saw their pressure between them, and at a frequency of about 0.25 to 0.5 sec (not 100 times sec as with this single point road digger).
Why have I given it 2 stars and not 1? - well for it's price it's well made and has isn't overly complex in operation - if you know how these kind of units operate I'd say this is as good as any - if not better than many, but it's not a massager. If you do get it, I'd say the so-called '3-intensive' head is the best, as despite it's name is the most gentle in terms of slightly evening-out vibrations, due to the more flexible width of the head and it's more rubber construction, and unlike the other heads it can glide over more boney areas without violently bouncing on bone like a pick-ax! The default attached head, being a single hemisphere of hard plastic is bone shattering, awful, remove it immediately and replace with the rubberised '3-intensive' head or the '3-point head'.
Amazing, this massager on the basic head and on low intensity has helped ease muscle pain I have had in my lower back and shoulders for years. I would suggest using it as recommended. I used it gently every day at first gently increasing the intensity, then reduced to every other day and now only twice a week. My aches are long standing work related or old injuries, nothing has ever got me ache or pain free for so long. May not be cured but I can now go days without any twinges. Got it in the sale but more than worth the full price.
Bought this massager for my wife she absolutely luv it. It got nice amount of power to relax the tense muscles. And my final verdict to this product is : solid build, don't have to cost you arms and legs to buy it. And surprisingly it come with a normal size instructions manual (not the mirco size which is a plus point). I'm definitely very pleased with it money well spent.