What You Should Know about Using a Massage Gun
After a tough workout or spending hours at a desk working, wouldn’t be great to have a nice massage. Unfortunately, it can expensive and during the pandemic restriction, it may not be to fix an appointment with your masseuse.
Personal massage guns are increasingly popular as newer, more powerful handheld machines or percussion massagers are able to deliver pulsing, rapid bursts of pressure deep into the muscle fibres. Many also have adjustable attachments that can be applied to different-sized muscle groups.
However, are they safe and can be used without being properly trained?
How They Work
Massage guns work in several ways.
- They can release tight and tense muscles, the connective tissue that surrounds muscles and bones. By stimulating sensory cells on the skin, the device interrupts the contraction of nearby muscles and, thus, relaxes them.
- It can help relieve pain by stimulating the cells just like when you rubbing your feet after kicking something hard
- Help reduce tightness and soreness by helping increase blood flow to aching part of your body
When to Use
They’re beneficial for some purposes
If you’re feeling tight from sitting too much, or if you’re stressed and achy and just need a little loosening up, a handheld device can help to relax and soothe your muscles. Start with, say, your calf and give it a light 10- to 15-second pass with the device. Be careful about how long you keep it in the area. Too long and you could overwork the muscle, irritate it, and possibly cause bruising. Do three to five sweeps in that one area, then look for another area of tightness.
After an intense workout or exercise, the massage device is a nice way to assist in recovery and not allow the muscles to tighten up.
It is also useful in helping to work out knots in one particular area pre-workout. After an active warmup on the bike, for instance, you can run the device over an area that still feels tight for 10 seconds or so, two to three times, to give it a little extra attention.
When Not to Use
You should not use a massage if you have injured yourself and have a significant amount of pain or swelling, you should not be using a massage gun
If your skin turns red or irritated while massaging, you should stop using the massage gun. If there you experience pain or it hurts or is uncomfortable in any way while using the massage gun, you may be pressing too hard or too long. Also avoid using the massage gun directly on bones, nerves or joints.
There are many types of massage guns in the market from the most basic to expensive massagers. Look for an option that best suits you.
Some things to look for:
- If you plan to take it to the gym or the park, you’ll want one that’s compact and light enough to fit comfortably in your bag.
- Low Noise. If you’ll use it in public, get one that works quietly.
- Multiple speeds. At least two speeds to provide for flexibility as this is because when your muscles become more flexible and pliable, you may want to be a bit more aggressive with the speed to give it an even deeper massage.
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