Percussion massagers are electric self-massage devices that can help take the place of a massage therapist when you need to release pain from trigger points or improve conditions like plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, arthritis, sciatica and chronic back pain.
There are a plethora of these kinds of devices that are available for home use however there is one that comes highly recommended by massage therapists and physical therapists, called the PureWave CM-07.
The PureWave Massager is often thought as one of the best percussion massagers and the most sought after among buyers due to its effectiveness, quality and durability.
In this article, we’ll take an in-depth look at the PureWave CM-07 massager, what it is, what it’s meant to do and whether it’s worth all the fuss. This review also includes a section where we put the PureWave CM-07 to the test.
If you’re shopping for a self-massage tool and considering a percussion massager like the PureWave CM-07, read on for the full scoop on this product.
*I have also added a 1 year update after having first used the product right at the bottom.
What is The PureWave CM-07?
The PureWave CM-07 is the most recent product on the market from PureWave, and it’s an upgrade from its CM-05 model.
Available in black or white, the PureWave CM-07, is an advanced tool for self-massage, it’s designed to help you get relief from muscle pain and chronic conditions, and it does this by releasing trigger points.
Trigger points are small muscle areas typically right alongside bones that often get recruited to work with big muscles. This puts a lot of strain on these small muscles, which compensate for a lack of strength or muscle balance in larger muscle groups. As a result, these small muscles become knotted and trigger a pain response. Common trigger points occur along the sides of your shoulders, shoulder blades and spine.
Percussion massagers are hand-held electronic tools designed to release trigger points by applying rapid pressure to small, pinpointed areas. A great percussion massager is versatile and user-friendly enough to let you massage virtually any area of the body causing you pain.
The PureWave CM-07 does this by providing several different attachments that serve different areas of the body, and allowing you to switch between vibration and percussion modes at various intensity levels.
PureWave CM-07 Key Features
Let’s get into the various attachments, settings and unique aspects of the latest PureWave massager.
One of the great things about this electronic device is that it’s cordless, so all you need to do is charge it and then you can use it virtually anywhere, without getting yourself tangled up in an annoying cord.
Let it charge overnight and bring it into work, or use it anywhere in your home without having to be near an outlet.
Being able to use it during flights, road trips and long days at the office helps prevent muscle tension and poor circulation that develop from extended periods of sitting.
The device only takes 1 hour to charge for 180 minutes of continuous use. The fact that the Purewave cm-07 is cordless and is quick to charge gives it an advantage over its other competitors.
Whereas most percussion massagers have just one node that provides a percussion massage, the PureWave CM-07 has 2 motors so you can choose between a heavier percussion action and a gentler vibration.
The percussion motor is great for heavy duty massaging and releasing trigger points, whereas the vibration motor works gently on delicate areas like joints, as well as on your scalp and facial muscles.
The PureWave CM-07 comes with a 1-year warranty starting from the purchase date.
However, it’s important to read the user manual and operate the device accordingly, because using the product in a way not specified will void the warranty.
The Various Attachments
The Purwave CM-07 comes with a variety of attachments. These attachments either screw on or stick on to the end of the massager. Each attachment has unique qualities designed to provide different results.
Trigger point stick
The trigger point stick is an attachment allows you to target specific areas accurately so you can release trigger points along your neck, shoulder blades, pecs and other areas where tiny muscle knots occur.
It can help you treat acute conditions like plantar fasciitis or tennis elbow because it gives you a high level of accuracy in small areas.
To use the trigger point effectively, when you arrive at a trigger point, hold the trigger point stick on it for 30 seconds and then move to the next trigger point. You’ll physically feel the release and an inflow of blood to the area.
Air cushion attachment
The trigger point stick is great for applying accurate pressure, but if you need something with more “give” to soothe more delicate areas like your IT band or ligaments around your knees, elbows and in your neck, you can use the air cushion attachment.
It has a silicone head that allows air to go through it while the percussion motor runs. This way, you can hammer these areas with pressure and break up tension without causing pain.
The 6-head stick is the most aggressive attachment for massaging large muscles like your calves, quads, glutes and hamstrings.
With 6 nodes, it shakes up your muscle tissue and loosens large areas quickly.
With the scalp stick attachment on the PureWave CM-07, there’s no need to invest in a scalp massager because it’s already built in.
It’s a small disc-shaped attachment you can use at the base of your skull all the way up to the crown of your head to release muscle tension in your scalp.
It also stimulates hair follicles with its tiny nodes, which helps with hair growth and dandruff by keeping your scalp healthy and increasing microcirculation in its tissue.
Body Massage Oil Stick
Massage oils can add to the therapeutic value of a massage, and with the PureWave CM-07 there’s an attachment you can use to apply oil without hurting your device.
It’s smooth and disc-shaped and gives you the benefits of percussion therapy while smoothly gliding along your muscles.
Facial massage stick
The vibration motor has one attachment that can be added to its head, which is the facial massage stick, for gently massaging facial muscles.
The attachment has a metallic face and can be used to apply face cream. The vibration allows therapeutic ingredients in facial creams and serums to penetrate the layers of your skin for a better application. Plus, it’s mess-free for your hands.
This is the only attachment that is attached to the bottom of the Purewave massager rather than the top where the other heads should be connected.
What’s the difference between the CM-05 and the CM-07 model?
You may have come across the CM-05 version that almost looks identical to the PureWave CM-07. So what are the main differences?
The PureWave CM-05 doesn’t have the vibration motor built into the handle, whereas the CM-07 does. The CM-07 also comes with 3 additional attachments not included with the CM-05, including the facial massage stick, body massage oil stick and scalp stick.
The CM-05 only includes the trigger point stick, air cushion stick and 6-head stick.
If you’re mainly interested in massaging your major muscles and tendons at home in between massage therapy sessions or in place of a massage therapist, there isn’t much of a difference between the two models.
However, if you’re interested in using the extra attachments to massage your scalp and facial muscles, the CM-07 does make all the difference.
The CM-05 is also slightly cheaper and smaller than the PureWave CM-07.
PureWave CM-07: Hands-on Review
I’ve tried many massage tools such as trigger point sticks, various shiatsu massagers, foam rollers and massage balls so of course I was very excited to finally get my hands on a percussion massager. I knew if I wanted to try one out, what better model to get than the PureWave CM-07?
It has a high amount of 5-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by a lot of professionals in various fields. It does cost quite a bit more than the average home percussion massager but I thought this was a risk I was willing to take.
What’s in the Box?
When it arrived at my door it came in a nice compact box. In it was the main unit, main charger, 6 attachments, a bag, stand and a short user manual.
Let’s get the unnecessary accessories out the way. First of all the bag is nothing to shout about as it’s quite low in quality. It’s somewhat like the type of bag a hotel will put your newspaper in and then hang on your door in the morning.
The stand isn’t much better in quality. It’s constructed of cheap and light plastic and holds the massager in such a way that when inserted takes up a lot of room. One other thing is that I couldn’t find enough spaces on the stand to hold all the attachments (unless I am using it wrong).
The good news is these two things are irrelevant. I doubt anyone is going to use the bag, and the stand holds the unit in such a cumbersome way you’re likely better off leaving the unit on the floor as it is.
Using the PureWave for the First Time
If you have never used a percussion massager before or had experience with the PureWave CM-07 it can be quite overwhelming. Turning it on and varying the intensity is easy enough, but the number of massage heads and learning what each is supposed to do should be your main focus at the beginning.
So like any massage tool, I turned it on and just tried anything and ran it over my feet, calves, quads, back, neck, face and head. Each time I would change the head to see which one worked or felt good.
Having used many different massage tools up til this day I was somewhat disappointed. Nothing really felt that good, it wasn’t relaxing and I didn’t find that it was strong enough to work on my usual trigger point areas. After this point, I didn’t really use it for the next week or so and instead went back to my normal tools.
However, it wasn’t until I started to play around with it again whilst watching TV that I got to know the PureWave massager better, and began to understand in which scenarios it could be an effective massager.
On a personal level, I didn’t find the PureWave CM-07, to be that effective in relieving trigger points even though that is what it is supposed to do. However, it is important to note that before the PureWave CM-07, I had been for years before aggressively removing my trigger points/sore areas using massage balls and other various tools whilst applying a lot of pressure.
I feel this is something that the PureWave CM-07 is not able to achieve as you simply cannot create as much pressure using the percussion mechanism on a trigger point as with a ball where you are applying your full body weight on it.
It then clicked that I was maybe using the PureWave CM-07 with the wrong intentions.
I’ve always had soreness and tenderness around my ankle joint (not sure if this is scar tissue or severely tight muscle) which I have often left ignored as I couldn’t find an effective way to relieve the pain. However, I stuck the ‘air cushion’ attachment (which is supposed to be used on or around bone) on the PureWave CM-07 and after a few targeted uses finally found relief! I began with a low intensity then over time (a few days) moved up to a higher intensity. This process worked well.
I also found an extremely tender trigger point in my calf muscle. Again I used this process to great effect.
The PureWave CM-07 is, therefore, best suited to someone who has very sore tender areas that they want to get relief from and where using other forms of self-myofascial tools will be simply too painful and uncomfortable.
You can then use the PureWave CM-07 at a low intensity to get past the initial pain then slowly move up. Eventually, you may even change to more intense massage heads such as the trigger point massage head.
On the other hand, if you are someone who is aggressive in your trigger point release process and have already relieved much of your soreness, I’m not sure how much benefit you will get from the PureWave CM-07 as a pure trigger point release tool.
Whether you find the PureWave CM-07 useful or not depends largely on how new you are to trigger point therapy and how much chronic soreness you have.
In addition, if you find you are not mobile enough to get down and use a foam roller or a massage ball on the ground the PureWave CM-07 is a good alternative as you can use it whilst remaining seated. The PureWave CM-07 is an excellent device for slightly older individuals.
But What About Relaxation?
I’m not the most reliable reviewer in this respect as I did not try the massage oil head, however, I did try the scalp massager and the facial massage head.
Surprisingly, I did find these attachments quite helpful. I don’t think I would use them to relax at the end of a long hard day but they were effective in stimulating the head and getting the blood flowing. This is true of the PureWave CM-07 as a whole. The vibration that the percussion massager creates is great for stimulating the blood flow around the body and increasing circulation.
If on the other hand you are someone who is looking for the type of massager to chill out with whilst watching the TV and aren’t too interested in something that vibrates, you may be far better off with a kneading/rolling type massager such as a shiatsu neck and shoulder massager, or a chair pad or shiatsu pillow massager.
What About the General Customer Feedback?
The PureWave CM-07 has received loads of customer feedback, most of which has been highly positive.
In comparison to other percussion massagers like the PureWave, customers rave about its cordless feature.
On the other hand, the common thread in negative reviews is that the device’s battery gives out after a while. After 1 or 2 years, the battery is known to stop charging or hold its charge for a much shorter time. However, the warranty only lasts 1 year. As of writing, I have only owned the PureWave CM-07 for a couple of months so cannot verify this (and will update this review if I experience the same thing).
I did find that the unit is very solid, well-built and nice to hold. I was even surprised at how powerful the vibration was from such a thin and sleek looking device.
According to some reviewers, it may not be built to last, but, according to most reviews, it provides tremendous relief while it does last.
Some reviewers who compared their experience with other massagers felt that the PureWave’s percussion wasn’t as strong as products like the Brookstone Max.
Unfortunately, this issue likely relates to it being battery-operated, so if you need extra power in your percussion massager, you should weigh the benefits of a corded versus cordless device. Still, many users who find other devices too painful feel that the PureWave delivers the right degree of pressure.
So Should You Buy the PureWave CM-07?
In my humble opinion, it depends on what you are looking to use it for and how aggressive of a massage you want in respect to its use as a trigger point relief tool.
If you like to go aggressive style on your trigger points then you may be better off sticking with a cheaper trigger point massage stick or massage balls and upping the intensity (perhaps the Beastie Ball?), however, if you are very tender and sore all over your body and need something gentler the PureWave CM-07 is a great choice, you can always up the intensity if needed as the pain subsides over time.
Customers have used it to treat conditions like plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, arthritis and more and experienced less pain, better sleep and less need for professional massages.
If you are certain that the percussion type of massage is what you are looking for, then the PureWave CM-07 is worth the extra price over its other cheaper competitors.
It provides a powerful vibration despite its slim and sleek design, and I was pleasantly surprised at how long the battery holds up on a single charge given its lightning fast charge time.
In addition, it’s comfortable to hold and its increased length makes it easy to use on your own back and body without straining too hard.
All in all, the huge advantage you get with this massager is its versatility. With so many different attachments, you can choose between a soft and hard massage, and there’s an attachment for every part of the body.
You can also adjust the intensity level of its percussion, so you get a lot of control and customisation of your experience.
While it’s not a perfect product for everyone, the PureWave CM-07 one of the best self-massage tools on the market today and its benefits far outweigh its pitfalls.
1 Year Update
I have now owned the Purewave for approximately 1 year and wanted to update this article on how it has worked out for me.
If you read my review in full you will have noted that I used it on my ankle to heal sore spots around bony areas. Since my first use of the Purewave, I have only focused on using it in this area. The Purewave has worked wonders on this problematic issue I have had to deal with for years.
At first, I used the air cushion pad but over time I gradually upped the intensity until I was using the ‘trigger point stick head’ regularly to massage around my ankle. My ankle mobility has improved dramatically and the soreness has also disappeared.
From time to time the odd bout of soreness comes back especially after a workout, but it’s comforting to know I can just blast it for a couple of minutes at the end of the day with the CM-07.
As I said before I only use the Purewave for this issue. I stand by what I said before, that the Purewave is particularly helpful for very sore and sensitive areas of the body.
In addition, I have not noticed any loss of charge or its quality diminishing over time. My PureWave CM-07 still works very well and I am happy that I took the risk in trying it out.