How to Use Massage Guns
How amazing would it be if you could bring a massage therapist with you wherever you go? While that may not be possible (both logistically and financially), there is a way that you can access the benefits of massage at any time and at any place. How? – With a massage gun.
Also known as percussion massagers, vibration therapy, or percussive therapy, massage guns offer numerous benefits without having to deal with the hassle of making appointments to visit a massage therapist or deal with the cost that's associated with an appointment. Massage guns are essentially electrical tools that look similar to a power drill, and they're designed to offer a vigorous massage. They also come with a variety of attachments, such as balls that mimic the various firmness of fingertips, and they also can be set at different intensity levels.
The Benefits of a Massage Gun
While massage guns can be used by anyone, they're most commonly used by endurance athletes, such as long-distance runners, cyclists, and triathletes. That's because they are designed to mimic a traditional massage, and as such, they help to reduce inflammation by flushing out extracellular fluid, such as lactic acid and lymph fluid, that builds up in the tissues of the muscles, as well as the circulatory system. As such, regular use of a massage gun can help to reduce tight muscles, break up scar tissues, and of course, can help to reduce the risk of muscle soreness and the development of tension. According to a study that was published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, the use of a massage gun can be as effective as traditional massage in the prevention of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). When you're less sore, you're more agile, and when you're more agile, the longer your workouts can be – and the more success you'll be able to experience.
How to Use a Massage Gun
Using a massage gun is pretty easy, but if you're about to use one for the first time, here are some pointers that will help to get you started.
Turn on your massage gun (we like Triggerpoint) before you put it onto your body. While this might seem like a minor point, it's very important, as it allows you to gain better control of the tool. Plus, placing a massage gun on the muscle you want to treat and then turning it on can be quite jarring.
Once the gun is turned on, place it over the point of your body that you want to treat. Use gentle pressure; if you apply too much, you could end up doing more harm than good. It should really just float over the muscle.
Slowly move the massage gun along the muscle that you're treating; we recommend moving it no further than an inch a second.
If you come into contact with any area that's particularly tense, such as a knot, hold the massage gun over that area; don't add extra pressure, but just let it float over the area for a few moments.
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