Theragun Prime overview: massages on the push of a button? Precisely what EVERY house workplace wants!

The triangular design makes the Theragun Prime easy to hold in any position (Image: THERABODY • EXPRESS-ZEITUNGEN)

Working from home has a number of advantages – you have more time in bed each morning, you never have to wander to your local Royal Mail distribution center because you missed a delivery, and you are close when the kids are coming home from school. However, when it comes to posture and pain, these are almost all of the downsides.

Forced almost overnight to leave our desks in offices across the UK, many spent the next 15 months on stools, hunched in folding chairs, or stretched out on couches, while our laptops were precariously balanced on their knees, a pile of books, or in the kitchen counter. Let’s face it, none of these setups are known for their ergonomic benefits.

This is something we should all be concerned about. According to research by the US National Institutes of Health, about a fifth of those with back pain develop persistent symptoms within a year without proper care. It’s a similar story for those struggling with neck and joint pain.

And this is where Thergun comes in.

This clever gadget was created by the team at Therabody to help ease all of the pain caused by a cobbled together home office – or anything else. While the company has been around for a while, Dr. Jason Wersland founded the company back in 2009, the pressures of the global pandemic have made the US brand accessible to a wider audience.

Express.co.uk heaved itself off the sofa and tested a Theragun Prime to see if this health gadget was 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 of this original product, which looks like something out of a Black And Decker catalog – or one of the later sequels to the 50 Shades Of Gray series, can still be found in the latest fourth generation gadget.

Express.co.uk received a fourth generation Theragun Prime that has a triangular frame that can be held from any of its three sides. This simple design makes it incredibly easy to aim the Theragun on hard-to-reach areas like the lower back, shoulder blades and hamstrings. The entire frame is made of a tactile plastic that is grippy enough not to slip out of your hand during a sweaty session after running. Elsewhere there is an on / off switch, buttons to increase or decrease the percussion speed, and a variety of interchangeable heads to target specific muscle groups. And that’s it.

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Theragun Prime can be safely used all over the body (Image: THERABODY)

Therabody says the triangle shape is designed so that she can handle the device without putting any strain on your wrist, hands, or arms. It is definitely true that using the device for a long period of time will no longer cause pain. The best indication that Theragun’s clever triangle design works incredibly well is the fact that cheaper competitors are flooding Amazon and other online stores with almost identical designs.

But while the rough shape is easy to copy and paste, Therabody has a few other tricks up its sleeve that are well worth investing over its competitors.

First of all – the engine. As the name suggests, percussive therapy uses a vibrating tip to tap your muscles and recreate the experience of deep tissue massage at the touch of a button. Hence, the gadget needs to be pretty powerful, but not too loud. With the latest generation, the engine is 70 percent quieter than the previous versions, according to Therabody. Additionally, the company says its motor has enough grunt to deliver a 60 percent deeper massage than other consumer devices on the market.

This all sounds great on paper, although it is important to say that Theragun Prime is not what we would call “quiet” with any imagination. It is possible to use the fourth generation model stretched out on the sofa while watching TV … but you will need to turn up the volume before starting the massage.

But even if the noise of the Theragun is still in need of improvement, we cannot complain about the massage itself. No muscle knot can match the wild engine of the Theragun Prime. LEDs indicate which of the five built-in speeds you are currently using – 1,750 percussions per minute, 1,900 ppm, 2,100 ppm, 2,200 ppm or 2,400 ppm) and how much battery life is left in the tank.

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With this fourth generation model, battery life has received a major boost (Image: THERABODY)

According to Therabody, the battery cell of the fourth generation model is designed for 120 minutes of continuous operation. We never tried a two-hour cardio unit to test this claim, but we were able to pick up the Theragun once a day for a fortnight without even thinking about recharging it. So don’t forget the charger when you take the Theragun Prime with you on vacation – it has more than enough stamina.

Finally the last secret weapon that sets Theragun Prime apart from its rivals – the companion app for Android and iPhone. The first time you unpack the Prime, the idea of ​​pressing its tapping nozzle deep into your thigh or shoulder can seem a little intimidating. Additionally, we’re not experts when it comes to muscle groups and the best percussive therapy routine.

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Therabody has developed a standout app with a series of curated exercises for when you are working or exercising at home (Image: THERABODY)

Fortunately, this is where the smartphone app comes in. It’s packed with step-by-step guides to walk you through some of the most effective routines out there. The app synchronizes with the Theragun Prime in real time so that you can tell whether you are exerting too much or too little pressure on a muscle. And he also advises which attachment to use.

The guides are broken down into a number of convenient categories including first-time users, running recovery, hiking warm up, yoga recovery, and of course, working from home.

Using the Therabody app will tailor the suggested routines to suit your tastes. So if you’ve never looked around the climbing guides, for example, the app assumes that this isn’t an activity that interests you.

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With a maximum of 2,400 percussions per minute, Theragun Prime is a powerful tool (Image: THERABODY)

Theragun Prime Review: Final Verdict

  • Advantages: An amazing deep tissue massage at the push of a button, brilliant battery life leave the charger at home, comprehensive instructions in the app for beginners
  • Disadvantage: At full throttle the engine is a little quieter, the price could be a little cheaper

Whether you’re hunched over a laptop for hours or doing a busy exercise routine at home or in the gym … the Theragun Prime adapts phenomenally to loosen knots or relieve tension in your muscles. Thanks to the powerful motor and brilliant battery life, a deep tissue massage is always just a push of a button away. Bliss.

The cleverly designed companion app contains a staggering number of guides that provide step-by-step instructions for runners, cyclists and work-from-home users who want to target specific muscle groups. It’s clever and ensures that the Theragun Prime never intimidates – even if this is your first percussive therapy device.

At £ 275, the Theragun Prime is quite expensive. However, unless you plan on getting back to the office, buying an ergonomic desk chair, or relaxing your fitness routine, it’s a breeze. Thanks to the comprehensive app and the two-year guarantee, it is ahead of the competition.

And if the Theragun Prime seems a bit too expensive, the Therabody app also works with the entry-level gadget from the percussion therapy brand, the Theragun Mini costs 175 euros.

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