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As an unfortunate byproduct of makeshift work from home setups, many of us have been feeling the neck, back, and shoulder burns that are tied to hours plugged away in chiropractic-adverse positions.
In fact, if you think your back pain has only gotten worse since the beginning of lockdown, you're not alone. In one study from Saudi Arabia, participants noted a significant increase in their lower back pain during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to previous years.
And for many people, while the antidote to their pain used to include a trip to the massage therapist, whether due to lockdowns, lingering pandemic fears, or a loss of financial means, those trips may have dwindled or ceased entirely.
With that being said, in-person massage therapy is not the only way you can thwart back pain. Better known as massage guns, percussive massagers are handheld devices that can help loosen tight muscles and relieve soreness and pain.
With a look similar to a hairdryer or power drill, a massage gun uses percussive therapy, a form of soft tissue manipulation, to mimic the effects of a massage, including treating muscle soreness and stiffness.
While there are many massage guns on the market to choose from, with its five adjustable speeds and seven head attachments, the percussive massage gun from the Mebak Store is a popular choice among Amazon Canada shoppers.
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What is it?
The Mebak Percussive Massage Gun delivers pulses of pressure into deep muscle tissue, relieving muscle stiffness and soreness, promoting blood flow, and providing a relaxing effect.
It includes seven interchangeable head attachments and five speed levels to adjust to the different needs of your body. Plus, its long-lasting battery can deliver a two-three hour massage on a single charge.
The massage gun can deliver up to 3200 percussions per minute and deeply massage up to 12 mm in the muscle.
What people are saying
With an average global rating of 4.7 stars, users write that the Mebak Percussive Massage Gun "works wonders."
"I've had this massager for a few weeks now, and I absolutely love it thus far. I've used many massagers, and this is probably the best one I've ever used. I have chronic shoulder and neck pain from straining at work and in the gym, and this massager really helps with the aches the pains," writes a reviewer. "I usually use it for about 30-minutes before going to bed, and I notice a big difference when I wake up in the morning; my body feels so much lighter."
"I read reviews for many of these, and this one won my gamble. Well, can I just say WOW! We hit the jackpot," according to another shopper. "It's easy to use on yourself; the handle is the perfect length. I recommend this to everyone now. And I can't even stress how versatile this is with all the different heads. I even use it on my hands that pain me daily. My husband will use it as soon as he gets home from work on his feet and back. And he is much less grumpy than when he doesn't use it."
However, some users note that the intensity of the massage gun is not for the faint of heart. "It's great, but it's too strong," writes one reviewer. "I gave myself bruises using it on the lowest setting for less than 10 minutes. Good if you're looking for something really intense!"
"This thing is way too intense for me and not what I imagined," says another reviewer. "This really is a massage gun. [...] I imagine if you're a serious athlete or work construction, this would be great, but as someone who just has some stress tension in their shoulders, this was not for me."
If you're in the market for a serious deep-tissue massage gun, then the Mebak Percussive Massage Gun has more than 7,100 five-star reviews praising its powerful and impactful results. However, if you prefer a lighter hand during your massages, the Mebak device may be too intense for you.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.