One of the best investments I’ve made for my health in the past year was the purchase of a massage gun. Being able to direct a deep tissue massage exactly where I need is has enabled me to work on the tightest parts of my body.
A massage gun can be a great supplement to anybody serious about mainting or increasing their fitness. A 2014 study on massage guns found that they are effective in preventing DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness).
Massage therapists, physical therapists, and even chiropractors are finding massage guns to be a beneficial therapy for their clients. Athletes and casual fitness enthusiasts are also finding massage guns to be helpful and relaxing.
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Why Are Massage Guns So Effective?
Being able to direct a concentrated amount of pressure on a specific body part can help to increase blood flow and loosen tight tissues where you need it most.
If you’re currently using a foam roller to treat myofascial problems, a massage gun may be another tool you should consider. Whereas foam rollers hit a large body area, a massage gun can target much smaller target areas for even more effective treatment.
The type of percussive therapy that massage guns provide can be adjusted to suit the pain tolerance of the user.
What Are The Best Body Areas To Target With A Massage Gun?
This will vary from person to person, but I can offer a few ideas based on my hundreds of hours of use of my personal massage gun.
I’ve suffered with back pain for years, but recently with the usage of a massage gun, I’ve discovered that much of that back pain stems from tightness in my hip muscles.
I lay on one side and direct the massage gun onto the outer part of my hip area until I find the most painful area. Then I simply target that spot for 30 seconds at a time, giving myself a minute or two break to work on other areas before I come back to the problem spot.
You’ll need a partner to help with the back part of your shoulders, but I’ve discovered intense relief in my neck and upper back by targeting the lateral (outside) portion of my shoulders. This includes going down the outer part of your upper arm. I’m quite confident you’re going to find sore areas you never knew you had.
As someone who has already had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands, I’m hyper-aware of how tight my forearms, wrists, and hands can get after a day of working on the computer.
I like to use a lighter massage setting on these areas as they don’t seem to be able to tolerate the deeper massage settings I use elsewhere. For my hands, I focus on the meaty part of the thumb and the area just above my wrist.
Can you tolerate a good foot massage? I’ve had to increase my tolerance to using a massage gun on my feet, but now I absolutely love it. I only work on the bottom surface of the foot, but this can really help if you have plantar fasciitis or chronic foot pain.