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One of the bummers about getting older in a human body is that you start to notice the daily ouches, aches and pains that you used to be able to just walk off need a bit more TLC to recover. While a solid exercise routine and a good convo with your healthcare provider are the tried and true ways to help ease your tired bod, sometimes you need a few at-home remedies and self-care practices in your back pocket to get through the worst of it. Which is why a percussive massager of your own can be a great way to punch up your self-care routine and soothe out any knots or aches.
We all have seen the Theragun — it’s a cult favorite for people who want a compact, easy-to-use and high-quality massager. But the price tag of this name-brand option is a bit steep when it isn’t on sale — and a really solid alternative can be just as good without leaving you with extreme sticker shock.
If you’re interested in a percussive massager but want to see a few good theragun alternatives before landing on the model that’s right for you, read on and see if there’s one that hits the right spot for you.
(And, remember, if you’re experiencing serious back pain that goes beyond normal aches, definitely consult your doctor before starting any kind of DIY recovery regimen — percussive massagers are powerful tools and can do a lot of good, but you want to make sure you use them responsibly and carefully!)
A version of this story was published May 2021.