How a Massage Gun Aids in Muscle Recovery

September 08, 2020

Professional gun massager
Anna Bee

There is a gun that brings instant relaxation to the body. If you haven’t heard it yet, a massage gun is already available to work on your tight muscles right now. 

If you have been working out in the gym or have been sitting or standing for hours, you know the feeling of being sore. It is not fun at all to wake up the next morning with muscle pain especially if you can’t take the day off to rest and recover.

Why get a massage?

Getting a massage offers many benefits. MayoClinic.org said that massage is considered part of complementary and integrative medicine. It further cited that studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain, and muscle tension.

According to the same article, some studies indicate the following benefits of a massage:

  • Anxiety

  • Digestive disorders

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Headaches

  • Insomnia related to stress

  • Myofascial pain syndrome

  • Soft tissue strains or injuries

  • Sports injuries

  • Temporomandibular joint pain

This CNN article said that a Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre study revealed that a single 45-minute Swedish massage decreases cortisol levels and increases the immune system's white blood cells.

Meanwhile, the University of Miami compared light and moderate pressure massages.  They found out that only moderate to stronger pressure enhances growth and development in infants and reduces stress in adults.

Furthermore, the University of Goteborg, Sweden, found massage reduces nausea in women with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy.

But beyond the medical benefits, some individuals just enjoy getting a great rubdown because it fosters feelings of caring, comfort, and connection. Likewise, this Medical News Today article said that couples who massage each other have improved physical and mental wellbeing. 

Enter the massage gun

Traditionally, getting a massage can be done in spas or even home service. If you have the time, that’s well and good. But if you are always pressed for time or don’t want to visit a spa to observe social distancing, the above-mentioned means of getting a massage does not apply to you. 

But you don’t have to wallow in pain. You can still relieve muscle pain with a massage gun.

How does a massage gun work?

This Washington Post article explained that like the traditional massage, the gun reduces inflammation by flushing extracellular fluids such as lymph fluid and venous blood out of the muscle tissue and into the circulatory system.

It continued to discuss that the massage gun can help relax tight muscles, break up scar tissue and adhesions, and minimize muscle soreness and tension. This study published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research said that percussion massage therapy is as effective as massage in preventing DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).  

It is not a surprise that the massage gun is a hit among athletes and even desk workers who sit for long hours.

How do you use it?

A massage gun kit has different heads that you can swap for different parts of the body. It also has an intensity and speed level that you can adjust according to your preferences. 

Since a massage gun is light, you can just hover the device on the sore spot. There is no need to apply too much pressure because of the gun’s percussive movement. You can use it for a couple of minutes or so, depending on how your body feels. The best part is that you can use it anytime and anywhere. 

Worried about the sounds? Don’t worry, some massage gun manufacturers like FlexiSpot offer a massage gun that is powerful and silent at the same time.

Just to be on the safe side

Going to a therapist is still the best and safest option to know what your body is going through. Although a massage gun provides instant relief, nothing beats talking to a healthcare professional. For best results, couple massage gun usage with regular medical consultations. 




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