Can You Pursue Compensation For Damages From a Massage Gun Injury?

Man using massage gun on his own shoulder.In recent years, massage guns have gained significant popularity as a convenient and effective tool for relieving muscle soreness and tension. These handheld devices, equipped with percussive or vibrational mechanisms, are promoted as an easy and safe option for a deep tissue massage experience.

However, severe and debilitating injuries have been reported with the growing use of massage guns,  including vertebral artery dissection, a flap-like tear of the inner lining of the vertebral artery, which is located in the neck and supplies blood to the brain. The symptoms of vertebral artery dissection include head and neck pain and stroke symptoms such as difficulty speakingimpaired coordination and visual loss.

If you suffered an injury while using a massage gun, our experienced product defect lawyers in Sacramento might be able to obtain substantial compensation for you by filing a civil action on your behalf.  Many massage guns appear to be unreasonably dangerous, and manufacturers may have failed to properly instruct consumers about the safe use of these devices.

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What is a Massage Gun?

A massage gun is a handheld device that uses rapid percussive or vibrational movements to deliver targeted pressure to muscles. Also known as percussion massagers, these products typically feature a motorized head that vibrates while simultaneously delivering s a rapid-strike action, which is intended to increase blood flow to the desired area and loosen muscle fibers.

Key Massage Gun Features

Depending on the brand, each massage gun may have some added features, including the following:

  • Adjustable speed and intensity – Massage guns often offer multiple speed settings, allowing users to customize the intensity of the massage according to their comfort level and specific needs.
  • Interchangeable attachments – These devices typically come with a variety of interchangeable massage heads, each designed to target specific muscle groups or provide different massage techniques.
  • Rechargeable battery – Most massage guns are equipped with rechargeable batteries, making them portable and convenient for use at home, the gym, or even on the go.

One of the defining features of massage guns is that they are portable, easy to use and can be done alone.

Do I Have a Case Over My Massage Gun Injury?

This is a complex question that you should discuss with an experienced attorney. There are many aspects to consider, such as:

  • Your medical diagnosis
  • The symptoms you experience and their frequency
  • Other damages you have suffered
  • How frequently you used a massage gun
  • Warnings/instructions that came with the massage gun
  • And other factors, such as the particular brand.

Compensation You May be Able to Recover

Our attorneys may be able to recover significant compensation in a massage gun lawsuit, including:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of earning capacity

The value of each case is unique and depends on many factors. You need an attorney to evaluate your claim to determine all the damages you suffered and their potential value. At Arnold Law Firm, we have extensive experience gathering strong evidence to prove the value of our clients’ damages.

Are Massage Guns Safe to Use?

When used properly, many massage guns are safe to use. However, there are increasing numbers of reports of alleged injuries to major arteries, nerves, lymphatic vessels, and other organs attributed to the use of massage guns.

According to a recent report in the National Library of Medicine, a 27-year-old female was diagnosed with vertebral artery dissection after repetitive use of a handheld massage gun.

Vertebral artery dissection occurs when a tear forms in one of the blood vessels running up the back of the neck, which can lead to a stroke.

What are the Symptoms of Vertebral Artery Dissection?

If you used a massage gun, watch for these symptoms of vertebral artery dissection:

  • Severe neck pain
  • Dizziness
  • Vision
  • Ataxia
  • Dysarthria
  • Vertigo

What Injuries Might Massage Guns Cause?

The potential risks associated with massage gun usage include the following:

  • Rhabdomyolysis – In 2021 a young woman reportedly had a severe case of rhabdomyolysis after her coach used a massage gun on her thighs.
  • Bruising and blood clots – Applying excessive pressure or using the device for extended periods can lead to bruising, hematomas or tissue damage.
  • Nerve damage – Vigorous or prolonged use of massage guns on or near nerves may result in nerve damage, leading to tingling sensations, numbness or loss of sensation in affected areas.
  • Muscle strains – Inadequate warm-up or applying excessive pressure to muscles can increase the risk of muscle strains or micro-tears, particularly if the massage gun is used improperly or at high intensity.
  • Skin irritation – Some individuals may experience skin irritation or sensitivity due to the prolonged use or repetitive movements of the massage gun on their skin.
  • Damage to broken bones – A massage gun should not be applied to a broken bone, as the pounding effect can cause the fracture to worsen.
  • Worsening inflammation – Massage guns will only make inflammation worse, which slows the healing process.

The use of a massage gun may also cause muscle contractions, which occur when your neurons send out a fight or flight signal to your muscles, rendering them unable to relax and release tension.

Who May Be Liable for Injuries Caused by Massage Guns?

Liability for massage gun injuries depends on various factors.

Product Manufacturers

A product manufacturer may be liable for a product that causes injuries because of a defective design or manufacture., or if there were no warnings regarding the risks of improper use of the product.


Retailers have a duty to sell products that are not defective or could cause potential injuries. If a retail shop sells a massage gun yet fails to include warnings or instructions for proper use, and you suffer an injury due to improper use, you could be able to pursue compensation for the negligent actions of the retailer.


Entities involved in the distribution and supply chain of massage guns may also be held responsible if they were aware of any defects or hazards associated with the product and failed to take appropriate action.

We Are Ready to Help. Call Us Today

If you have suffered a serious injury after using a massage gun, it is important that you consult with one of our experienced attorneys as soon as possible. We will evaluate your situation, gather the relevant evidence, and vigorously pursue compensation for your injuries.

At the Arnold Law Firm, we understand the challenges you may be facing after a massage gun injury. Our team of skilled lawyers is prepared to advocate for your rights and help you seek the compensation you need at no risk to you.

Contact us today at 916-777-7777 to schedule a free consultation.