The dictionary describes the word percussive as “having a powerful impact.” For those more inclined to look at pictures, consider a drummer from a heavy metal band smashing drumsticks to make a beat again and again and again. Either words or pictures conjures the results that something going percussive is not going soft. So if you applied this word to physical therapy, one might grit the teeth and prepare for a bit of pummeling as opposed to kisses. And if you applied it to athletes and those who exercise hard, then a device geared to working on those oft used muscles in order to render aid — and which has “percussive” as part of what its made of — should be interesting even to those who think there’s no need for it. Let’s start by defining that a percussive massage is designed to relieve soft tissue pain — it’s short and rapid pulses applied to the body tissues so as to increase blood flow to the area as well as provide a gentle stretching to those muscles and connective tissues. It can help with muscle soreness, tendonitis, bursitis and a host of other common injuries and work as part of a rehabilitation regiment. And since it can be helpful to use after sports activities and gym activities, inspecting the EXOGUN Dream Pro seems a sensible thing to do.
So it’s a “gun” and black like a gun but obviously doesn’t really look like a gun — actually it looks more like a Flash Gordon ray gun because it has a big snout and a long handle to grip. And at a weight of 2 1/2 lbs., it’s not something you just swing around aimlessly. At the front is the nozzle where the massaging attachments are inserted and held by friction: these consist of four, with the Sphere looking like a black ping-pong ball. Another, called the Flathead, is a disc with a series of small nubs. Then there’s the one shaped like a U (called the Fork). The final attachment is like a bullet with knurled curves circling around it. Yes it’s called the Bullet.
At the back of the EXOGUN is a large panel with a small On/Off icon — this does what is expected, with a short press turning it on and a long press turning it off. But this one touch sensitive switch also controls the various levels of power massage — this takes a bit to get used to but There’s a wall outlet plug that provides a fair amount of cord, but its purpose is not to make it run but to charge up the rechargeable battery. So after a charge has been enacted (give it an initial 6-7 hours the first time around for sure), then turning the EXOGUN on lights up two icons on the back panel — one is a speed display directly tied into the brushless high-torque motor, and the other is to show how much battery power is left. Battery use is averaged to be around 4 hours, but obviously the amount of time being used and settings in effect will juggle the time-frame. There is a red LED that shows up when the battery power is hitting about 20%, which is definitely time to turn it off and hit the charger.
So running through the speeds the first thing to notice is the loud noise that isn’t. For sure EXOGUN isn’t silent, but the 1200-3200 percussions per minute (6 speeds) don’t churn out noise working on giving out a headache. It’s loud enough to be noticed but moderate enough not to feel like a kick in the head. Obviously the higher the speed the more impact that’s being outputted, but it’s not a scary situation like when James Bond got stuck in the sauna box with the temp turned up high.
Now while the EXOGUN Dream Pro doesn’t require a doctor’s permission to use (and can be bought by anyone legally), considering its use sensibly means researching whether it will be beneficial to the person. It is not a toy and is designed for use by adults and so should be approached with respect and used appropriately. It comes with a semi-soft zippered case that encases the EXOGUN, a power supply for recharging and the massaging attachments. For more details go to https://exogun.com