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MyoMaster MyoPro massage gun review

3 Sep 2019
Verdict:

When used correctly this is a fantastic recovery aid that could help you stretch your training further

Cyclist Rating: 
Price: 
£449.99
For 
An intuitive, advanced and effective aid to recovery
Against 
A little pricey • Needs to be used carefully to avoid injury

The MyoMaster MyoPro is one of an increasing number of massage guns that promise a self-administered recovery aid slightly more targeted than a foam roller, and claim to offer some of the benefits of professional sports massage without the price tag.

Massage guns (which we’ll refer to as vibration massagers to steer clear of NRA confusions...) vary in form from slightly modified power drills, to more honed ergonomic solutions such as the Theragun and this, the MyoPro. 

The purpose is the same, though, they use myofascial release to improve blood flow and relaxes contracted muscles in order to treat soreness and mild injury.

As anyone involved in pro cycling will tell you, the lack of regular high-quality massage is one of the big differences between the performances of WorldTour riders and high-end amateurs.

It’s broadly the same concept as foam rollers, which athletes use to massage sore and injured muscles. The main difference is that a vibration massager offers more targeted treatment, and also uses something called ‘percussive therapy.’

Percussive therapy

Percussive therapy has a few benefits, but one of them is that by using percussive impacts rather than a prolonged roller massage, a vibration massager can reduce pain. 

Numerous studies have pinned the concept of reduction of pain partly down to the 'pain gate theory’, also called the gate control theory. In principle, this means that because vibration therapy acts on many nerves at once in quick succession, it blocks out some of the more painful sensations that massage can create.

Of course, there are those who question the use of massage guns, and physios who recoil in horror at the mention of using a high-power drill on muscle tissue, with criticism invariably led by the notion that some users will use the gun too intensely and for too long. However, the consensus – and the studies – seems to be in favour of massage guns as a recovery aid.

Peer-reviewed studies such as this heavily support the use of percussive therapy, and some cycling teams have taken on the technology. UCI Continental Team Wiggins Le Col, for instance, have MyoMaster as an official recovery partner, and the riders say the massager has been on hand at numerous UCI races. 

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So I was interested to see if the MyoMaster would help a more mediocre rider like myself improve recovery too.

Recovery

I’ve tried numerous massage-related recovery aids, starting with the humble roller. In a way not dissimilar to many of my riding friends, I’ve cycled enough that I rarely get muscle pain from cycling, but often a run or other cross-training reveals the strong imbalances created by hours hunched on the bike.

I found a foam roller a really important part of rehabilitating my IT band and overly tight quad and hamstring muscles. However, percussive therapy from the likes of MyoMaster has often been a great supplement to that.

I’ve been able to spend time with the Pulseroll, Theragun and the MyoMaster MyoBlaster and MyoPro. 

The MyoBlaster, which I first saw at the London Cycle Show, is a more basic drill-style massager with three solid massage heads, and I have to be honest that I wasn’t a fan of this style of massager in contrast to the other major options.

The MyoBlaster’s power seemed too intense, and the loud drill noise caused my cat to run under the bed and not emerge for five hours.

For that reason I was very glad to see the release of the MyoMaster MyoPro, which has softer massage heads and a quieter motor, as well as adjustable massage speed. I took to it straight away.

Adjustability

The choice of massage heads offered a good variety of muscle targeting. I mainly stuck to the default large ball-end, which is for general use on large muscle groups, but I found to offer good all-over treatment for the quads, hamstrings, and the IT band.

I found the Y-prong shaped head, which MyoMaster calls the fork-end, to be great for targeting areas around the lower part of the hamstring, behind the knee, where it can be tricky to target the muscle tissue immediately around the hamstring without massaging the hamstring itself. 

The other heads obviously serve more specific muscle area treatment, as well as some softer warm up treatments, and MyoMaster offers a video and a guide on how to use each interchangeable head.

Of course, anyone with specific needs should consult a physiotherapist, but for my part, coupled with stretching and foam rollering, it helped my reduce my DOMS and generally led to more limber and less strained muscles.

There are three intensities of speed for the gun, and I tended to gravitate to the slower two – 1800rpm and 2400rpm. The highest speed is 3200rpm, but I found this a little too aggressive.

Practicality 

In terms of broader practicality and useability, I was impressed at how light the massager was, and the battery life of three hours seemed ample, illuminated by the blue lighting behind the massager's head – I never came close to depleting the battery between charges. 

That made it great for travelling when in a training camp or on a cycling holiday. It was also on longer cycling trips that I really appreciated the recovery benefits on sore and wooden legs.

The ergonomics of the gun were a little less advanced than the likes of the Theragun. The Theragun uses a triangle-style handle that made it much easier to target certain areas of the body, whereas at times the MyoPro was a little difficult to manoeuvre to pinpoint areas of the back of the leg or lower back. 

The Theragun also offers an adjustable head angle, further aiding this manoeuvrability. However that does come with a weight and price penalty.

The MyoPro definitely fits into the higher tier of pricing for vibration massagers, and delivers a premium feel. I also stake a lot more confidence in an established exercise equipment company like MyoMaster than some of the cheaper imported massagers that can be found online.

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I certainly found a benefit from the MyoPro, that when put against the cost of regular sports massage delivers unquestionable value for money. 

Of course, nothing beats professional sports massage and physiotherapy, but the MyoPro allowed me to ride through some serious soreness where normally I may have struggled.

It's not a training device to be misused, but when used in moderation the MyoPro proved to be a fantastic riding and recovery aid that could help many riders stretch their training a little further.

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