The triangular design makes the Theragun Prime easy to hold in any position
Working from home has a number of benefits: you get more time in bed every morning, you never have to go to your local Royal Mail distribution center because you missed a delivery and you’re close by when the kids get home from school. However, when it comes to posture and pain… they are almost all drawbacks.
Forced to leave our desks in offices in the UK almost overnight, many have spent the ensuing 15 months on stools, huddled on folding chairs or stretched out on sofas with our laptops balancing precariously on knees, a pile of books. or kitchen counters. Let’s face it, none of these setups are known for their ergonomic benefits.
That’s something we should all be concerned about. According to research from the US National Institutes of Health, about one-fifth of those who experience low back pain, without proper care, will develop persistent symptoms within a year. It’s a similar story for people who struggle with neck and joint pain.
And that’s where Thergun comes in.
This clever gadget was designed by the team at Therabody to alleviate all the aches and pains caused by a cobbled together home office – or whatever. Although the company has been around for a while, Dr. Jason Wersland founded the company in 2009. The tensions of the global pandemic have taken the American brand to a wider audience.
Express.co.uk hoisted us off the couch and tested a Theragun Prime to find out if this health gadget is worth the money…
The first generation Theragun – named as a portmanteau of “Therapy” and “Gun” – was developed by Dr. Jason Wersland, who was left with debilitating pain after a traumatic motorcycle accident. It’s amazing how much of the DNA from that original product, which looks like something out of a Black And Decker catalog – or one of the later sequels in the 50 Shades Of Gray series, can still be found in the latest gadget from the series. fourth generation.
Express.co.uk has taken delivery of a fourth-generation Theragun Prime, which features a triangular frame that can be held from any of its three sides. This simple design makes it incredibly easy to target the Theragun in hard-to-reach areas such as your lower back, shoulder blades and hamstrings. The entire frame is made of a tactile plastic that has enough grip so it won’t slip out of your hand during a sweaty post-run session. Elsewhere, there’s an on/off switch, buttons to increase or decrease the speed of the percussion, and a variety of interchangeable heads to target specific muscle groups. And that’s it.
Theragun Prime can be used safely all over your body
Therabody says the triangular shape is designed to handle the device without putting any strain on your wrist, hands or arms. It is absolutely true that using the device for a long time does not cause pain or flare up again. The best indication that Theragun’s clever triangle design works incredibly well is the fact that cheaper competitors have flooded Amazon and other online stores with nearly identical designs.
But while the raw form is easy enough to copy and paste, Therabody has a few other tricks up its sleeve that make it worth the investment over its competitors.
First up: the engine. As the name suggests, percussion therapy uses a vibrating tip to pound your muscles, mimicking the experience of a deep tissue massage at the touch of a button. As such, the gadget should be quite powerful, but not too loud. With the latest generation, Therabody says it has made the motor 70 percent quieter than previous versions. Plus, the company says its motor has enough grunt to deliver a 60 percent deeper massage than other consumer devices on the market.
That all sounds great on paper, although it’s important to mention that Theragun Prime isn’t what we’d call “silent.” It is possible to stretch out the fourth generation model on the couch while watching television… but you will have to turn up the volume before starting your massage.
But while there’s still room for improvement when it comes to the Theragun’s sound, we have no complaints about the massage itself. No muscle knot can compete with the Theragun Prime’s relentless engine. LEDs indicate which of the five built-in speeds you are currently using – 1750 percussion per minute, 1900ppm, 2100ppm, 2200ppm or 2400ppm) and how much battery life is left in the tank.
With this fourth-generation model, battery life has been given a significant boost
Therabody says the battery cell in the fourth-generation model is rated for 120 minutes of continuous use. While we never tried a two-hour endurance session to test that claim, we were able to pick up the Theragun once a day for two weeks without even thinking about charging. So don’t worry about forgetting the charger if you decide to take the Theragun Prime with you on vacation – it’s got plenty of stamina.
Finally, the last secret weapon that puts Theragun Prime above its rivals: its companion app on Android and iPhone. When you first unpack the Prime, the idea of pushing the thumping mouthpiece deep into your thigh or shoulder seems a little intimidating. Not only that, but since our academic qualifications are geared towards writing well, we are not experts when it comes to muscle groups and the best percussion therapy routine.
Therabody has designed a great app with some compound exercises for working from home or working out
Fortunately, that’s where the smartphone app comes in. It’s full of step-by-step instructions that walk you through some of the most effective routines. The app syncs in real time with the Theragun Prime so it can tell you when you’re putting too much or too little pressure on a muscle. And it also advises which attachment to use.
The guides are divided into a number of helpful categories, including First-Time User, Run Recovery, Hiking Warm Up, Yoga Recovery, and of course, Work From Home.
As you use the Therabody app, the suggested routines are adapted to your taste. So if you’ve never looked in the climbing guides… for example, the app will assume that this isn’t an activity you’re interested in.
With a maximum of 2,400 percussions per minute, Theragun Prime is a powerful tool
Theragun Prime review: final verdict
- Benefits: An amazing deep tissue massage at the touch of a button, brilliant battery life means you can leave the charger at home, comprehensive guides in the app for beginners
- cons: With full fur the motor can be a little quieter, the price can be a little more affordable
Whether it’s the hours spent leaning over a laptop, or a busy workout schedule at home or in the gym, the Theragun Prime is phenomenal at untangling knots or relaxing tense muscles. The powerful motor and brilliant battery life means that a deep tissue massage is always just a push of a button. Luck.
The cleverly designed companion app contains a dizzying array of step-by-step guides for runners, cyclists and home workers who want to target specific muscle groups. It’s smart stuff and ensures that the Theragun Prime is never intimidating – even if this is your first percussion therapy device.
At £275, the Theragun Prime is fairly pricey. However, if you’re not planning on going back to the office, buying an ergonomic office chair, or relaxing your gym routine…that’s a good idea. The comprehensive app and two-year warranty give it an edge over the competition.
And if the Theragun Prime seems a bit too pricey, the Therabody app also works with the percussion therapy brand’s entry-level gadget, the Theragun Mini costs £175.
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