Do massage guns really work? Your questions, answered

Massage guns are the hottest recovery tool since foam rollers, but the question is: Do they work?

There’s lots of anecdotal evidence from people who absolutely swear by them, so we dug into the research and got the scoop from a handful of experts to see if science backs up their use.

Medium Brush Stroke

What Is A Massage Gun?

A massage gun is a portable, handheld device that allows you to access the benefits of massage at any time (as long as it’s charged).

 They elicit short bursts of pressure or steady vibration, two types of soft tissue manipulation that are said to aid in muscle recovery and reduce soreness and pain.

Do Massage Guns Work?

The short answer: it depends. Massage guns can help with muscle recovery, mobility, range of motion, and pain relief but they’re not a blanket solution for every musculoskeletal problem that ails you.

How Effective Are Massage Guns?

Muscle recovery is the most well-studied benefit of massage guns, which makes sense since regular massage therapy and myofascial release therapy.


Finding a financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free quiz matches you with fiduciary financial advisors in your area or who serve your area. If you are ready to be matched with financial advisors that can help you achieve your financial goals, take the quiz now.