Wahl Deep Tissue Percussion Therapeutic Massager Review
We’re going to take a deep look and review the Wahl Deep Tissue Percussion Massager.
Most good percussion massagers on the market are quite expensive, ranging between $130-$600.
The Wahl percussion massager is much cheaper, but is it effective or just a waste of money?
That’s the purpose of this review.
We’ll examine the Wahl massager in terms of performance, product specs, and compare it to similar products we’ve already reviewed.
Will the price affect its performance?
We’re about to find out.
What Is The Wahl Therapeutic Massager?
The Wahl Deep Tissue Percussion Therapeutic Massager, as its name describes, is a handheld percussion massager.
It’s used to manage pain and fatigue and is designed solely for personal home use.
It has a surprisingly powerful motor that is able to produce 3350 percussions per minute (ppm) at its highest setting but can be adjusted to a more relaxing 2000 ppm.
This is something we weren’t expecting in a percussion massager at this price.
We found the percussions are strong and able to provide a deep tissue massage.
You can use the Wahl therapeutic massager on the neck; upper and lower back; hips and thighs; and the arms and legs.
The massager is 18 inches long with an ergonomic molded handle, so gripping it for extended periods will not strain your arms.
It comes with 4 interchangeable attachments, each attachment has a specific use and a spiral lock mechanism.
The massager doesn’t have any batteries but rather needs to be plugged to a power source.
The power cord is extra long power cord so we’ve found that we’ve had no issues reaching harder to reach areas like the back.
Where Can You Use The Wahl Therapeutic Massager?
Like most percussive devices, you shouldn’t use the Wahl percussion massager on your spine, eyes, ears, groin, pulse points and head.
We found the massager is effective relieving stress in the neck and shoulder regions.
It works well on your upper and lower back as well.
This Wahl device not only relieve stress, but it’s also good for improving your range of motion.
Joints in the elbows, knees, shoulders, and hips can get some love too from using the appropriate attachment that comes with the machine.
If you have leg/feet cramps or plantar fasciitis the Wahl could help with this.
Who Is The Wahl Therapeutic Massager Designed For?
The Wahl Therapeutic Massager is designed for the regular Joe or Jane that is looking for an inexpensive way to get consistent pain and stress relief.
While the more expensive premium percussion massagers are built for athletes and trainers, the Wahl Therapeutic Massager is for the everyday person.
Like any massage device, the Wahl isn’t a replacement or substitute for actual professional treatment.
If you have chronic pain seek medical help.
The Benefits of Using A Wahl Therapeutic Massager
Depending on your condition, this massager could help make your condition less stressful and more manageable.
Studies on the effects of massage have shown it to help improve the quality of life of HIV patients, help fibromyalgia patients manage their chronic pain, and help cancer patients relieve their pain and lower anxiety symptoms.
Using the Wahl Therapeutic Massager provides the following benefits:
- Relaxation – Using the Wahl after a long day is a great way to unwind. The Wahl Therapeutic massager can relax tight muscles and loosen the stress that accumulates after a long day. Switch among the attachments to treat specific muscle groups – the round and flat disc attachment head for deep muscle massage, and the four-finger flex mimics finger pressure massage, and the accupoint for trigger point massage.
- Improves your range of motion – Massage gives you better flexibility which improves your movement. Locked muscles relax and give you more movement and eventually improved range of motion. Continued use will not only improve mobility but prevent exertion and injury.
- Lessens pain – Pain interferes with daily activity. The Wahl is strong and can help alleviate some of the pain and soreness you’re experiencing. Managing your pain improves quality of life, allowing you to do activities that would be hindered by pain. Use of the massager will also limit intake of NSAIDs which may affect your liver with prolonged use.
- Increases circulation – Increasing blood flow to sore muscles soothes the muscle and decreases scarring as the microtears in your muscles heal. Increased circulation also helps to maintain normal blood pressure. Circulation not only refers to blood but also to the removal of wastes from the body via lymph drainage. Improved lymph drainage makes your skin healthier and less bloated, and the organs in top form.
The benefits in having something like the Wahl massager is that you can use it every day and the more you use it the more you’ll see the benefits.
Summary of Benefits
- Muscle relaxation
- Increases range of motion
- Assists in pain management
- Increased circulation
What Comes In The Box?
You get the following when you buy a Wahl Therapeutic Massager:
- The Wahl Therapeutic Massager. The impressive motor is covered in injection-molded plastic. The design is fluid and ergonomic with molded grips in the handle. The Wahl’s motor is able to produce 2000-3350 pulses per minute. There are 2 color options – black and white, and metallic blue and white. It’s 18 inches in length with dimensions of 6.5 x 16 x 10.9 inches. There are no batteries for this massager; instead, it’s plugged to a wall outlet. The cord is 8 feet long.
- It has 4 standard attachments in high-grade plastic. These attachments have a spiral-lock, slip onto the massage head and turn clockwise to screw the attachment on and turn to the opposite direction to unscrew and remove.
- Deep Muscle attachment – Has a dome shape and is great for massaging all-over the body. Use this for smooth and rhythmic percussion massage on the arms, legs, hips, and thighs. You can also use it to work the chest and shoulder area.
- Flat Disc Massage attachment – Use this attachment to treat areas with large muscle groups like the back IT bands, and glutes. This attachment will let you cover a wider surface area.
- Four Finger Flex Massage attachment – the finger-like nodes mimic the pressure fingers can apply. This is particularly useful on your neck or the knots in your shoulder and also the lower back.
- Accupoint Massage attachment – this attachment is pointed and used for trigger point massage or where targeted deep tissue massage is needed like in the lower back, soles of the feet, the hands, and where there is deep tension.
Note: All attachments are made of plastic. The manufacturer does not recommend the use of oil or massage cream with the attachments but it should be washed and dried in between uses. The plastic material may weaken over time but replacements are available from the manufacturer’s website.
Summary Of Items You Get
Here’s what you get with the Wahl percussion massager:
- The Wahl Therapeutic Massager device
- 4 massage head attachment – a Deep Muscle attachment , Flat Disc Massage attachment, Four Finger Flex Massage attachment, and Accupoint Massage attachment
Watch this video to see what the massager looks like:
No other attachment models are available for the Wahl Therapeutic massager but if you wear out your current set, replacement attachment heads can be purchased.
Everything comes as a set, no individual pieces can be bought.
The Wahl company offers a 2-year limited warranty and purchase may qualify for work FSA, Medicare, Medicaid, and some insurance companies.
The Pros Of The Wahl Therapeutic Massager
Here are the things we like about the Wahl Therapeutic Massager when we tested it.
- The motor is strong and aggressive. You feel the vibrations and each tap from the massaging head. The Wahl Therapeutic Massager produces 3350 percussions per minute putting it in the same league as the PureWave CM7 with 3700 ppm and the Hypervolt’s 3200 ppm.
- It’s lightweight. Weighing only 2.5 pounds, the Wahl is light enough to take with you when you travel. The easy weight also lets you manipulate the device over your body without tiring your arms out or strain your wrists.
- Controls are intuitive. The Wahl’s controls are easy to adjust and you can figure out the controls without reading the manual. Turning the device on and adjusting the strength of the vibration is done with a simple roll of the dial on the middle of the massager.
- Attachments are easy to put on and remove. The attachments have threads on it. The spiral lock mechanism lets you slip on the attachment to the massager head, turn the attachment to the right until it locks and you’re good to go. To remove, simply twist counterclockwise until the attachment disengages.
- No batteries to charge or lose power. The Wahl Therapeutic Massager is electric-powered and has no need for batteries. The 8-foot power cord is long enough to reach all the achy and sore spots.
Summary Of The Pros:
- The motor is strong and aggressive
- It’s lightweight
- Controls are intuitive
- Attachments are easy to put on and remove
- No batteries to charge or lose power
The Cons Of The Wahl Therapeutic Massager
We like the Wahl but there are some things that can be improved:
- The massage head is fixed. Like the PureWave CM7, the handle is long, the whole unit measures 18 inches, but some spots can be weirdly angled and hard to reach. An adjustable massage head would be nice.
- No batteries, can’t be used on the go. It’s nice that the electric-powered Wahl Therapeutic Massager doesn’t need batteries but there may be some people that want to use this machine on the go. The 120v output also limits where you can use the device (Stateside only).
- The percussions are aggressive at the highest setting. You feel the vibration all the way to your elbow. If you do not have the grip strength, you might drop the massager or start to feel this tingling sensation after you’ve held the massager for some time. The vibrations also sometimes drown out the actual percussion.
- The plastic molding is not smooth. The defects you see on the plastic casing of the massager are superficial but it takes away from the polished look of the unit. This is a case of you get what you pay for.
- No carrying bag. There’s no bag to store the massager. Granted, it’s not a take-anywhere kind of device but a bag to keep everything in would be a nice touch for future versions.
- Only works on 120v current. You can’t bring it with you or use it overseas unless you have a transformer.
Summary Of Cons:
- The massage head is fixed
- No batteries, can’t be used on the go
- The percussions are aggressive at the highest setting
- The plastic is not smooth
- No carrying bag
- Only works on 120v current
How To Use The Massager
Since there are no batteries, make sure that the device is powered off then plug into a wall outlet.
Select the attachment you want to use and screw it on by turning clockwise.
Roll the dial to the speed setting you prefer, we suggest starting at the lowest setting and working your way up.
Place the massager on the area you want to massage and percuss away, periodically move the massager along the massage area using circular motions.
Here are some massage techniques to use when massaging different body parts.
- For the shoulders and neck, massage going outward from the spine to shoulder.
- For the arms, begin at the shoulder making your way down the bicep making your way down the arms. Move in a gentle circular motion and top off the massage by working the palms and fingers.
- With legs, work your way up from the soles of the feet, massaging each leg by working from calf to thigh using even pressure and circular motions.
- For the chest, start from the center, moving outward and toward the shoulder. Make sure not to put pressure on the chest and use the flat disc attachment for this.
- For the back, begin at the top of the spine going down, moving from the center outward. Use the dome-shaped deep muscle attachment for this and remember to massage along the spine, not on the spine.
- When massaging the abdominals, keep the muscles relaxed and use the flat disc attachment going from the center outward.
- Use the dome-shaped deep muscle massager on your elbows and knee joints with circular motions. Remember to avoid putting pressure on the bone joints.
Note: There is no need to add pressure by pushing or digging the massager into the muscle. The pressure from the percussion will provide the massage strength you need. Pushing the massager into the muscle may also damage the massager head and the attachment.
Keep the massager moving over your body, keeping it in one area may lead to bruising and soreness.
Wash and clean the attachment heads and dry before storing.
How Often Should The Wahl Therapeutic Massager Be Used?
Use the Wahl Therapeutic Massager daily to help ease your tired muscles, soreness, and stress.
It’s important to remember to keep the massager moving and not to concentrate on one spot to avoid bruising and over massaging.
Limit your sessions to 30 minutes for the whole body, massage feels good but too much of a good thing can also lead to side effects.
Who Shouldn’t Use The Wahl Therapeutic Massager?
The Wahl percussion massager is safe to use but there are conditions where you should not use it.
If you have pre-existing conditions like pregnancy, diabetes, or hypertension then check with a doctor first.
Pacemakers and other similar implants will not agree with strong vibrating pressure.
Don’t use the massager on the following areas:
- Areas with sensitive skin, poor circulation, or inflamed areas
- Varicose veins
- The throat and sides of the neck
- Pulse points in the wrist, neck, legs, and feet
- The genitals
The massager should also NOT be used on sleeping and unconscious people.
Our View And Recommendations
Overall we were quite surprised by the Wahl Therapeutic Massager.
It packs a powerful punch at a very affordable price.
Out of the all the massagers we’ve tried at this low price range this massager is by far the strongest.
This is not a professional grade massager like the premium massagers on the market, but you’re also paying up to 10x less when grabbing the Wahl.
If you’re a serious athlete or therapist, we don’t recommend you get the Wahl, instead we recommend you invest in a more premium machine like the TimTam, Theragun or Hypervolt; otherwise, if you’re someone that just wants a powerful and effective percussion massager to provide some pain and stress relief we think the Wahl Deep Tissue Percussion Therapeutic Massager is a great machine.