Massaging Sore Muscles: Secrets of the Car Buffer?

After reading an article on AugustaFreePress going over five untold buffing, secrets, we thought we would reveal one more secret for the AFL Sports readers. Believe it or not, your car buffer can be used as a massager!

Massage therapy has it’s place and has long proven to treat sore muscles and the wear and tear. With that said, you can be hard pressed to find services that offer localized vibration therapy. The vibration increases circulation and can spot reduce pain. This allows more blood to get into the muscle making it more pliable.

Cost of a Buffer Compared to Competitors

You can find a car buffer in your local Home Depot for around $30-$50. You won’t need special features because you won’t be using this on your vehicle. The only wheels it will be touching are your quads and hamstrings.

Compare this to specialized tools like the TheraGun at a whopping $599. Or maybe even consider the HyperSphere, a massage ball costing $150. You can start to see why fitness enthusiasts and the professionals alike opt to use a car buffer.

Some of the Disadvantages

As will everything, there are some disadvantages. A decent orbital buffer with 3,000 rpm is going to require electricity. This means they aren’t that portable, unless you have access to an inverter. In this case, a foam roller might be the better massage tool.

If you have sensitive skin, this might be a bad idea. This can tend to heat up and dry out your skin. If you have this issue, be sure that you massage in a delicate manner as you might give yourself rug burn. Make sure you get a soft sheepskin to minimize this problem.

Tips for Massaging with a Buffer

If it’s your first time using a car buffer for massaging, you might experience a friction burn. Avoid wearing baggy clothing as it will make this problem even worse. With that said, clothing that stays tight to your skin like compression pants and shirts are fine.

Just like a massage, start with several passes over the area to warm up muscles. Start with light pressure and then increase pressure on the buffer as you go. You may even turn the buffer on it’s side to get that “elbow” grease you need.


Buffer puns aside, you can start to see how this tool has made it into gyms everywhere.

Lastly, we would recommend buying different pads based on your measurements. A 6″ pad would work great for your “detail work” (last one, we swear) like arms, calves, and forearms. A 10″ pad would work great for larger areas like the back and legs.