TheraGun G2PRO is extremely effective in loosening up muscles, myofascial release, reducing soreness and stiffness, and increasing blood flow, among other things
Multiple attachments for large, small, and sore muscle groups
Balance, compact design
Good battery life at ~25 minutes per battery
Adjustable arm makes it easier to use on others and yourself
Expensive with an MSRP of $599
Only one speed setting
TheraGun G2PRO Review
If you’re involved in sports or spend time at the gym, you’re well acquainted with muscle soreness. It’s the best bad feeling in the world, the universal indicator that you did work. And while being sore comes with a level of satisfaction, we still want to loosen up those muscles and go about our lives.
Similarly, if you have old injuries, are prone to stress knots, or deal with spasms and cramping, you’re familiar with muscle pain and my guess is that you’d welcome a solution.
The TheraGun G2PRO is made to be that solution, without relying on ibuprofen and acetaminophen. It’s a professional handheld massager, though it prefers to be called a “neuro-muscular treatment device calibrated by a physician with precise frequency, amplitude, and torque,” used by athletes, trainers, and anyone else looking for pill-free pain relief. With an MSRP of $599 [check current price on Amazon], it’s pretty pricey and we expect it’s more popular in professional settings, like a gym or PT’s office.
If you do spend the $600, though, here’s what you’ll get in the box:
- 1 TheraGun G2Pro
- 1 Charger
- 2 12V Li-Ion Batteries
- Large Ball
- Standard Ball
- 1-Year Warranty on the device
- And a 90-day warranty on the batteries
TheraGun G2PRO – Design
The TheraGun reminds us of a jigsaw that’s been converted into a massager. We don’t say that to disparage the workmanship—it’s clearly built very well—it’s just that a jigsaw is the closest comparison to TheraGun. It’s battery powered and has a really good motor (actually upgraded over the G1). We’re pretty satisfied with the battery life. You get two rechargeable batteries in the box and they each last for about 25 minutes. That’s pretty good, unless you’re sharing with a team of trainers, for example, in which case, you’ll drain them pretty quick. You can, however, purchase additional batteries via TheraGun’s website.
It has a motorized arm with interchangeable tips – the standard ball, large ball, cone, and dampener. So you switch those out depending on what area you’re working on.
It weighs 2lb 7oz and, overall, we found it be easy to handle and easy to use. We don’t really have any complaints about the design, except that it’s loud and it only has one speed setting… so fast. We would have preferred for it to have variable speeds to accommodate more people and levels of pain. Regardless, it’s a pretty amazing piece of equipment.
How it Works
According to their website, the TheraGun G2PRO uses “advanced percussive frequency modulation therapy” to relieve persistent pain in your muscles and joints.
The TheraGun uses precise frequencies to bring you relief. It’s all very scientific, and, honestly, I can’t explain it better than they do. So here’s an excerpt from their site:
“Your awesome big brain processes different stimuli from the body in the form of varying frequencies. Pain typically manifests as one specific frequency, and the brain has a hierarchy of frequencies that is processed in a very particular sequence. Introduce a mind-blowing proprietary frequency to interject that hierarchy and boom, the pain is hijacked – the brain is instead processing the soothing stimulus of targeted vibration – and you’re in eternal bliss.”
It’s cool stuff, huh?
Activation + Recovery
The TheraGun is designed to do two major things. You can use it for both activation and recovery.
That means you use it to increase blood flow, reduce soreness and stiffness, and get a muscle firing. And then, in terms of recovery, you can use it to get a muscle to loosen up before stretching or to alleviate pain, soreness or stiffness. Plus you can break up scar tissue and reduce lactic acid. That sounds like they’re promising the kitchen sink, but TheraGun is probably the most effective, efficient personal massager we’ve ever tested. Previously, we though the HyperIce Vyper Foam Roller was the top dog when it comes to activation and recovery. It has surely been replaced by TheraGun.
The company says you should spend 60-90 seconds per muscle and you really shouldn’t go longer than that. You want to move about 1″ per second in order to cover the area within that time frame. They also have a chart on their website that breaks down how to treat each section of your body: TheraGun’s Chart.
Who is the TheraGun G2PRO for?
The TheraGun is for a lot of people. It’s for athletes and trainers combating muscle soreness. But, like we said, it’s also for spasms, tightness, and knots. The company says it can even help to alleviate phantom pain, plantar fasciitis, and multiple sclerosis.
We wouldn’t say this device is for everyone, though. We mentioned that it only has one speed and that it’s a very fast one speed. Because of that, the TheraGun is not for anyone who’s delicate. Like, I would never use this on my grandma, for example. And you shouldn’t use it on any open wounds, your head, or genitalia (though I’m not sure why you’d try that).
TheraGun G2PRO vs Traditional Foam Rollers
Jeff describes the TheraGun as a foam roller on steroids. It serves the same purpose, but in a really intense and effective way. We think you can pretty much achieve the same results with a traditional foam roller, but it will take much longer and also more effort (quite a bit more).
But, of course, you’re paying out the nose for that convenience. So unless you’re a professional or very active amateur athlete, a trainer, a physical therapist, etc., this might not be a product you spring for. And you’ll be okay without it. But if you’re comfortable with the price tag, it does work very well and we think you’ll be happy with it.