It's great having access to friends and family with specialized skills and talents. A cousin that fixes your computer, a sister that's an accountant, and that friend who happens to be a massage therapist.
Of these willing to help sometimes types, the massage therapist is the one quickest to start charging and hardest to get ahold of at a moment's notice. Thankfully, many of their services can be mitigated with a muscle massage gun.
With a massage gun, working out a stiff muscle and relieving cramps is something that can be done at-will without waiting for another person. Of course, doing proper use of the tool matters.
The following tips explain what you need to know to effectively get full use out of this technology.
Muscles Massage Gun Tips
Any tool that creates beneficial effects has the potential to create negative effects as well. If it does work, it can destroy.
First and foremost, consider which of the variety of massage guns carries the features and power you need.
1. Understand Density
Different tissues have different densities. The percussive energy of the massage gun doesn't really care what kind of tissue it is pounding into.
Applying a lot of percussive force to a bone is going to leave you with a bruise and more pain, not relief and health. Before you hit an area with a massage gun, palpate the region and get a sense of where the tissues are to direct your efforts efficiently.
finally, not all muscles are the same density. As you bulk up or deal with larger muscle groups, they need more pressure to reach deeper into the stronger tissues.
2. Understand Vibrations
Vibrating tissues open up blood vessels and create channels for oxygen to flow in and waste materials to flow out.
You don't always need to get deep down into a muscle to see the benefits of vibration therapy.
Start with vibration settings especially for sore neck muscles and similar soft tissues.
3. Understand Pain
There is a difference between pain that illustrates a muscle is being worked and pain that represents your nerve is being crushed.
Working slowly and at low settings to determine if the pain is a muscle tightening before releasing.
4. Levers and Pulleys
Muscles work by pulling and stretching. They get locked up from a lack of some things (like oxygen) or an abundance of others (like lactic acid).
If a muscle binds it needs to be stretched so it can snap back. This is where the pressure of a percussion massage gun does the best work.
Start working a muscle on one side and then move to the other, running along the middle after the edges are loosened.
5. The Role of Oxygen
A lack of oxygen for use in ATP and metabolic functions is the biggest reason for muscle pain. That energy needs to come from somewhere and the body will find a fuel source. Not all fuels burn in the same way, of course.
Keeping the tissues supple leaves more room for oxygen to be stored and permeate muscle.
Use with Confidence
Keeping these muscle massage gun tips in mind will both accelerate your recovery and limit injury. Once you've worked with a massage gun for a while, you'll find it intuitive and effective for post-work-out recharge and general pain management.
If you have questions about any of our line of massage guns, contact us.