Cotsoco are well known as a leading supplier of percussive massage guns and this new model, the M782, is one of the latest in their range. Increasingly athletes and trainers are using this new type of percussive massager for specialised muscle care rather than the older vibrating massagers.
This model from Uplayteck uses a stroke percussive technique which is said to be better for the deep tissue massage often needed by athletes. For this reason, the £39.99 device is perhaps targeted at the sports market rather than the mainstream healthcare arena.
In the attractive box can be found the massage gun itself, ten fearsome-looking heads, a head storage net bag, four spare seals, a USB-C charging cable, and two well-printed and informative User Guides. Also included is a robust semi-rigid carry case with customed shaped inserts. Build quality is first-rate and the massage gun looks well capable of standing up to hours of use in the gym and at home.
The massager features a 3000mAh battery charged using the supplied USB-C cable from any suitable USB outlet, a big advance from the old non-standard cables. When charging and in use, the current battery level is displayed on the LED panel. A new feature of this model is the inclusion of a pressure sensor, to record the force with which the massage head is being applied.
The ten heads, each with descriptive names just click in place and are just as easy to remove. They are each designed to target specific areas:
Round – Large Muscle Groups
Long – Deep Tissue
Spade – Hamstring, Glutes
Short Taper – Palms, Joints
Cup- Lumbar Region
Thumb – Wrists, Hands, Forearms
Flat – Whole Body
U Shaped – Spine
Bowl – General Use
Cone – Palms, Soles
Using the massager is easy enough and pretty intuitive. After fully charging click your selected massage head into place, and switch on using the turret switch on the base. The backlit multicoloured LCD display on the rear of the massager head will show the current pressure, massage speed, and battery level with in the centre the touch button to select the massage level.
This device can be used both before and after workouts to tone and soothe strained muscles or to prepare for a strenuous exercise session. Take care only to use on soft tissue areas and not directly on to hard or bony areas or on the head. Commonsense will tell you to also avoid bruised or painful areas. When in operation take care to keep your fingers away from the gap between the oscillating head and the body. This is not an error you will make more than once.
The effect of using the unit is immediate and dramatic and due to the power of the device, it should be used with care. It does a good job of imitating the pummelling massage technique often used in sports therapy and does seem to work for specific toning techniques. The noise level is low and at just 45db at the maximum 3200 rpm speed in no way either annoying or distracting. The unit will switch off automatically after 10 minutes of sustained use to prevent tissue damage.
I have tried quite a few massagers of this type and this is one of the least expensive and best specified yet. It is built to professional standards if not for Pro use and should last for years. If you need a sports massager, I doubt you will find a better specified or equipped one than this.