Deep Massage With Power Tools

Trainers and strength coaches are using power tools for turbocharged robo-massage. Bill DeLongis, head strength coach at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., uses a customized jigsaw and a car buffer to massage student athletes. Video/Photo: Rob Alcaraz/The Wall Street Journal

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  1. It's all fun and games until the ball breaks off and whatever's pointy ends up hurting the kid, then the teacher gets put on the news and fired for hurting kid with a home made power tool, lol

  2. The jigsaw disturbes me… Being the fact it has an actual saw blade in it. What do you expect will happen if it decided to throw the ball off? God forbid you hit an artery.

  3. Came here right from the Theragun site. Saw it and thought "Genuis marketing but also stupid rip off". Thought I'd just get some cheap power tools and boom, same thing. So I found this guy to see he's already done it.

  4. Very good Jig-Saw>>>ur2.pl/822  been using it quite a bit for the last couple months. Built good for the money. 6.5 Amp motor helps for those stubborn materials to cut. It's wired which i like better than cordless products where you're keeping battery companies in business basically plus they lack the true power of a wired product like this. Will update if anything changes.

  5. As much as I think it's cool to use that stuff as tool for yourself. Legally using a powertool as a massage on a client in a professional setting really has alot of liability issues. I could be wrong but it's like using a wrench as a hammer, sure it works but man if that thing was to break hurt someone and you get sued you wouldn't have much backing you up. In a clinical setting where you have clients not the best idea…in the world of theraguns and stuff like that. Sure its expensive, but it's made for that exact reason I think if something happened you would have a little more to stand on.

  6. please don´t use the saw on the ball (0:55). Everytime you use the power tool I think it goes more deaper in the lacross ball. You can find on the internet more safer tools to work with. So you make sure it's safe for your people. Great video about the power tools.

  7. This video saved me from spending $300 on the BFF Pro massager. After watching this, I went straight to Home Depot and got a Ryobi buffer for $30. Thank you for posting this video WSJ!

  8. dude you're a genius… we use muscles on a daily basis, especially athletes, so it's important to massage & soothes the muscles. at the same time revitalize them, great ingenuity.!!

  9. On a similar note – About 20 years ago my chiropractor made his own massage tool out of a 1/2 sheet variable speed sander. He would use it before doing an adjustment to loosen up the area – It worked brilliantly.

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