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Best Deep Tissue Massager 2018 For Home Use

In this post we take a look at some of the best handheld deep tissue massager products available on the market today, picking out the key features of each product.

If you are suffering from painful and knotted muscles or nerve entrapment, then deep tissue massage products can help get to the core of the problem by increasing the blood flow in scarred, bruised and chronically tense muscles and tendons and re-introducing natural movement and muscle tone.

By applying a deeper level of pressure to the deepest layers of muscle tissue, trigger points, tendons and fascia the massage process will improve blood flow and introduce more oxygenated blood to the affected areas. This has the benefit of removing damaging toxins as well as bruising from the effected areas.

As well as the electric hand held massagers it may also be worth taking a look at myofascial releaser tools and graston technique tools for an alternative self-massage experience.

Best Hand-Held Deep-Tissue Massager 2018

Thumper Maxi Pro Professional Massager

This is a highly reliable professional level massager used by doctors and massage professionals over many, many years.

With 8 contact spheres the product is designed for deep tissue massage of larger areas and muscle groups.

Other Key Points:

  • Needs to be operated by a partner, doctor or other professional to get to back areas.
  • Deep tissue speed range of 1000-2100 pulses per minute
  • Mains operated
  • Weight : 7 lbs
  • No additional attachments
  • Built in Canada
  • Manufacturer : thumpermassager.com

This video demonstrates the Thumper Maxi-Pro in action.

Thumper Sports Deep Tissue Massager

As the name suggests the Thumper Deep Tissue Massager is designed for relieving sport related muscle problems.

It therefore has to pack a punch and at 3 lbs in weight and a heavy duty motor this is an ideal piece of kit to improve blood flow and circulation to damaged muscles.

Other Key Points:

  • Long reach ergonomic handle
  • Deep tissue speed range of 1000-3000 beats per minute
  • Mains operated
  • Easy to grip handle
  • Low to high variable speed control
  • Two interchangeable massage heads for light myofascial release of deeper trigger point massage
  • Built in Canada as opposed to many similar products which come from the Far East.
  • Extra long power cable – 3.7 m (12 feet 2 inches)
  • Manufacturer : thumpermassager.com

Pure-Wave CM7 Extreme Power Massager

A key feature of the Pure-Wave cM7 is that it has variable speeds and attachments that will provide you with either a deep percussive tissue massage or a lighter vibration massage in more sensitive areas of the body including the neck, head and face.

Other Key Points:

  • Long reach handle
  • Deep tissue speed – 3700 rpm
  • Microvibration speed – 10000 rpm
  • Rechargeable battery – cord-less operated
  • Easy to grip handle
  • 6 variable speeds
  • Weight : 1.9 pounds
  • Manufacturer : Padousa.com

Body Vibe Dual Speed Massager

This is a heavy-weight, well-built professional level appliance which can also be used by the home user.


Other Key Points:

  • Two speed levels – light (2800 pulse/minute) and heavy (3500 pulses/minute)
  • Requires someone else to apply the massage.
  • Mains powered
  • 9.5 ft (2.8m) power cord reach
  • Weight : 6 pounds
 NURSAL Handheld Deep Percussion Massager with Heat
With its 6 interchangeable heads, variable speed and in-built heat function this is a highly rated hand-held deep tissue massager. Other Key Points:
  • Long reach handle
  • 3000-3600 pulses per minute frequency
  • Mains powered
  • 1.8m power cord reach
  • Weight : 2,4 pounds
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NURSAL Handheld Deep Percussion Massager with Heat

With its 6 interchangeable heads, variable speed and in-built heat function this is a highly rated hand-held deep tissue massager.

Other Key Points:

  • Long reach handle
  • 3000-3600 pulses per minute frequency
  • Mains powered
  • 1.8m power cord reach
  • Weight : 2.4 pounds

WAHL 4290-300 Deep Tissue Percussion Massager

 At 3lbs this is a heavier unit than most but with at the cheaper end of the pick list it may be something that you are prepared to put up with.

Other Key Points:

  • Long reach handle
  • Variable power setting
  • 4 changeable heads
  • Mains powered
  • Weight : 3 pounds

RENPHO Electronic Hand Held Cordless Deep Tissue Percussion Massager

Once fully charged this cordless appliance has a battery life of up to 75 minutes – ideal for most massage sessions. 

Other Key Points:

  • Long reach handle
  • 3 power modes
  • 4 Speed Modes
  • 3600 pulses per minute
  • Variable power setting
  • 3 changeable heads
  • in-built Lithium battery
  • Weight : 1.8 pounds

DR.J Cordless Handheld Body Massager

 Another simple to operate extended reach cordless product with multiple head attachments.

The manufacturer states that the Lithium ion battery it will provide up to 150 minutes of continuous use on a 3.5 hour charge. This also equates to around 20 minutes a day usage over the week without the need to recharge.

Other Key Points:

  • Variable 5 speed control which provide a 1900 to 2800 beats per minute range of speeds
  • 5 Simple to attach heads for different massage actions.
  • Offers a 3 year warranty with the product



HoMedics HHP-350 Percussion Action Massager

Homedics are a well known manufacturer within the massage sector providing a wide range of massage percussion, kneading and vibration products.

This handheld massager also uses heat as well as percussive tapotement action to releive muscle tension. The dual head action also delivers the deep massage on a wider surface.

Other Key Points:

  • Long reach ergonomically designed handle
  • Dual head action
  • 3 different head attachements
  • On/Off heat button
  • Strong supportive handle for higher speeds
  • Provides for powerful upper speed of 3,100 beats per minute
  • Weight : 2.5 pounds
  • Manufacturer : Homedics.com
For more information of the benefits of massage visit WebMD.

Electric Percussive Massagers – Points to Look Out For

There are a wide range of factors to consider when deciding which deep tissue massager is right for you. We have listed some of the key points you may want to consider before making a purchase.

  • How powerful is the appliance. Deep tissue massage requires power to penetrate deep into the muscle areas affected. Be careful that you do not buy an appliance that is more of a vibration tool. Power often costs more money so really look at the reviews of previous customers and check out the appliances ability to get deep into those troubled spots.
  • Check out the pulses delivered per second or per minute and whether you can vary the speed up and down as required.
  • Check the length of the handle and if the handle is comfortable and ergonomically designed. Sometimes you will use oil along with the appliance and so you will require a handle that is non slip and comfortable to hold over longer periods of time.
  • Some electric massagers will also deliver heat which is a good thing when trying to introduce improved blood flow and circulation.
  • Decide if you require a massage appliance that is powered by mains or whether you need a cordless machine. Battey operated massager like all battery operated appliances will tend to degrade over time so take this into consideration. Also check-out the time between charging. If you are buying convenience then check out how often you will need to re-charge the unit.
  • If you are thinking about a mains operated massager then check out the length of the power cord. If you want to lie on your bed, massage table or favourite chair when receiving the massage, check the location of you nearest power outlet.
  • Consider if the appliance comes with attachments and what additional massage treatments this can offer. For example some attachments used at lower speeds may be of use if you wish to massage the temples, jaw or other parts of the head. Also consider the quality of the attachments and whether they are soft rubber of hard plastic.
  • the wieght of the product will be an important factor to consider. Most products are fine to use over short periods however if you want to massage your muscles over a longer period, then make sure you will be comfortable with the heavier products.
  • Do you want to give yourself a deep muscle massage or will you be relying on a partner. Some of the larger and heavier units really require another person to administer the massage so don’t bite off more than you can chew.
  • Finally its important to consider the type and length of warranty should your purchase become faulty. Many products are also manufactured in the far east so a it may be worth considering products built more locally or who have local help lines for support.
Please note that massage and massage appliances should not be used in the following circumstances: Whilst you are pregnant or have just given birth, have a bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication. Do not also massage burns or healing wounds. Deep vein thrombosis, Fractures, Severe osteoporosis Severe thrombocytopenia

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