A Targeted Deep Tissue Massager, otherwise known as a Massage Gun, is a relatively new piece of equipment in the health and fitness industry. It is commonly used to reduce muscle soreness and aide in mobility. While massage guns can be used by anyone, they are popular among endurance athletes to treat sore, tight muscles after a workout. Each massage gun comes with a variety of attachments to directly target specific body parts. Let’s explore how a massage gun can benefit you.
“Necessity is the Mother of Invention”
In 2007, Dr. Jason Wersland experienced a freeway collision between a car and himself on his motorcycle. While not life-threatening, his injuries were life-altering. No longer was he able to practice the work he loved as a chiropractor.
He was in so much pain that it left him feeling helpless and afraid. Often he was in so much pain that he did not want to eat or interact with his family.
A handheld device would be the answer to his deep desire to treat his own pain. However, he could not find anything available. Inspired by a handheld power drill it took him 8 years to perfect the first model of the Theragun.
The Theragun Introduced for Sale
In 2016 the new method of pain relief was introduced to consumers. This new pain relief method is called Theragun Percussive Therapy. (TPT).
Dr. Wersland says, the device is now used by over 250 professional sports teams worldwide, therapists, trainers, and chiropractors.
The beauty of this instrument is that it is portable, with interchangeable batteries, so it can travel with you.
How Does the Theragun Differ from Traditional Massage?
The Theragun can be a bit intimidating at first. Its percussive movement pulsates up and down -up to 40 times a second – working its magic. This releases tight muscles and relieves aches and pains.
Dr. Wersland says, “This increases blood flow, prevents and eliminates adhesions, hydrates tissue, and unloads peripheral nerve restrictions. Most body aches are caused by muscle tension, so that’s why we created the Theragun, to help release that tension and improve mobility.”
Improves Relaxation and Reduces Stress
Some call a massage gun, a “mini jackhammer” to the muscles.
Research shows that a massage gun can effectively reduce Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). DOMS can cause muscle soreness for 24-72 hours after an intense workout. Using the massage gun, can reduce the amount of muscle soreness and aid in muscle recovery.
If you spend long days on your feet or are a tradesman, and do a lot of physical labor, a percussion massager can increase blood flow to your muscles, reduce the build up of lactic acid, and help your muscles to loosen up and relax.
Massage Guns Come at Many Price Points
There is a wide price range on massage guns. A mini massage gun can cost under one hundred dollars, and the prices go up to over five hundred dollars.
Response to Pain
The high velocity vibrations of a massage gun can stimulate nerve fibers, which in turn dampens local pain responses, explains Bianca Beldini, DPT, an acupuncturist, physical therapist, and triathlete.
The oscillatory pressure vibrations can release tension in the fibers of the muscles and increase circulation of blood and lymph to the soft tissue, leading to relaxation of the muscle and a decrease in pain,” she said.
Cellulite is a condition of the skin, usually seen on the thighs, buttocks, and hips of women. Skin with cellulite has a bumpy, or dimpled appearance. The fat cells alter the attachment of the skin to the muscles. Excess weight or genetics may be a possible cause.
The use of a massage gun may help address this issue. The massage gun can send deep tissue massage to the targeted area. The vibration of the deep tissue massage may increase blood circulation and break up extra fat to result in smooth, dimple-free skin.
Deep tissue massage may reach areas under the skin, that cellulite creams cannot reach.
How a Massage Gun Can Benefit You
- Aids in athletic performance
- Increases post-workout recovery
- Everyday muscle relief
- Cellulite treatment
- Improves relaxation and rest – reduces stress
- Convenient at-home massage therapy
- Pain relief
- Improves circulation
When to See a Physical Therapist for Pain
Listen to your body. If the massage gun is causing pain, or making the pain worse, consult with a medical professional. There are times you may be in doubt if a massage gun is the appropriate solution for your pain. If you observe abnormal aches and pains seek out the advice of your healthcare provider.
A massage gun is a recent innovation primarily for muscle recovery. In this post we notice how a massage gun can benefit you.
It benefits fitness enthusiasts at any level and reduces stress induced aches and pains. Since it is portable, you can take it along in your gym bag. It may reduce cellulite.
Tradesmen, busy moms, and anyone who is on their feet all day can find relief from tired achy muscles with a good massage. A massage gun is easy to use, but is should not be used by everyone. Check in with your doctor or physical therapist if there is an injury, or you have any concern
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