Massage is truly the best treatment when it comes to body tiredness and aching. It is the best way to feel fresh, regain energy, stimulate muscles, calm your mind, and relieve pain in different parts of the body.
As soon as people start feeling the requirement of massage, they are running towards different massage tools to feel relieved. Also investing in a massage chair is not possible for everyone so some people go for massage guns, which are easy to carry and ease muscle soreness with deep tissue massage.
Although massage chairs are a great benefit in terms of convenience, full body massage function, variety of massage styles or programs, reclining position with deep massage, foot massage, and more. But due to the expensive price tag, several people prefer compact massage guns for quick relief and relaxation.
Here we are going to compare massage chairs vs massage guns and will try to offer you a complete insight into the differences, benefits, and drawbacks of both options to help you decide which one is best according to your requirements.
Massage Chair vs. Massage Gun – Major Differences
Size & Weight
A massage gun is a small, hand-hold massage tool, which usually weighs about 1kg and produces a vibrating sensation to provide deep tissue massage. Contradiction to that, massage chairs available in the market are generally heavy and huge with various massage programs, techniques, and styles.
Portability & Cost
In terms of price and portability, massage guns are the most convenient and affordable as compared to massage chairs. The compactness of the massage gun makes it easy to use anywhere, anytime even to carry it with you on a trip/traveling, however, the massage chair can only be used indoors.
Massage guns cost about $300 to $400 whereas the minimum range massage chair cost around $1500 to $2000.
Ease of Use & Functioning
The easy-to-use mechanism of the massage gun makes it quite popular among people, with a single operational button this massage tool has roughly 5 to 6 levels of speed along with 4 to 6 different heads which are used according to various muscle groups on different areas of the body.
Massage chairs, on the other side, enable users to sit back comfortably and enjoy a therapeutic massage on various parts of the body. Multiple functions in massage chairs can be easily adjusted such as massage style/therapy, massage intensity, speed, and time.
With a massage chair, you need to select a massage style/therapy/program for different parts of the body and enjoy a massage while leaning on the chair with a massage gun you are required to constantly hold the tool against muscles for comfortable deep massage.
Massage Types & Coverage
The minimal design of the massage gun can be only effective at one part of the body at a time while different settings/functions in the massage chair make it capable of massaging at different parts of a body.
Massage guns although targeting a single muscle group in the body directly but can be used at any group of muscles in the body (frontal and back) for instance upper biceps/triceps, thighs, chest, and glutes muscles. Unlike massage guns, massage chairs are only effective for the back parts of the human body.
In general, massage chairs provide multiple types of massage like kneading, rolling, vibration, percussion, tapping, and more. Massage guns usually offer a single type of massage percussive therapy.
Pros & Cons of Massage Guns
|Very affordable||Unable to reach back|
|Relieve muscles tension, fatigue, and tightness||Limited massage options|
|Decrease muscle soreness||Overuse may hurt muscles or cause injury/pain|
|Improved blood circulation & lymphatic||Not for all age groups|
|Stimulate nervous system||It needed the effort to hold constantly|
|Good for managing pain during post-injury and rehabilitation|
|Treat scar tissue|
|Easy indoor & outdoor use|
Pros & Cons of Massage Chairs
|Deep massage experience||Expensive|
|Relieves body aches, especially pain in the neck, back, and legs||The bulky chair takes up enough room space|
|Heating for the lumbar area||Very heavy|
|Provide great mental health|
|Increases blood flow|
|Decrease post-workout recovery|
|Multiple massage techniques & styles|
|Easy to operate (remote control)|
|Comfortable enough to take nap on the reclining angle|