What is a massage gun?
Massage guns are also known as percussion massagers. They send a frequent vibration into the area which is being treated. They come in different shapes and sizes. Some are lighter than others and some are more compact. Also, some of the massage guns have more vibration speeds to choose from than others.
What are the benefits of a massage gun?
Frequent vibrations stimulating a treated area helps muscles to relax, hence, alleviating the tension which can help manage muscle tension related pains and aches. Reduced muscle tension also helps to improve the circulation allowing for better blood supply into the area treated which in turn improves muscle function. Better circulation means improved lymphatic flow too. This helps the body to get rid of toxins such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid which can accumulate due to muscle tension or after a hard workout. Moreover, massage guns can be used as a complimentary self-massage technique when recovering from an injury. This can help to manage muscle pains and aches. However, it is very important that you consult a professional before using a gun for the rehab to ensure that using a gun is safe and it will not cause more damage.
Is there a best massage gun?
This very much depends on how, when and how often you will be using your massage gun. As I mentioned before, massage guns come in different shapes and sizes, therefore, if you will be carrying it to a gym to use it as part of your warm up or take it with you on business travels, something more compact might be more suitable for you.
Also, some of them can feel heavy, particularly if you do not have a good upper body strength. It might make reaching some body areas such as the upper back neck and shoulders uncomfortable because your arms will fatigue quickly. So, if you are not into physical activity, like to spend long hours sitting at a desk and want something to help you to manage the neck and shoulder tension, look for something small, compact and light.
Moreover, if you are a professional who is thinking of getting a massage gun and use it as a part of your treatment, then paying attention to the battery life and charge speed should be one of the main things to consider. Last thing you would want for the gun to lose its power and wait an hour or more for it to recharge.
What is the cost of a massage gun?
Massage gun cost can vary significantly depending on a brand, number of functions, reliability, compactness, battery life, recharge speed and more. However, according to our research, there is a massage gun available from as low as £40 and can go up as high as over £500. If you are considering investing a reasonable amount of money into buying one, we recommend you try it out if there is a chance.
Do I need to be trained to use a massage gun?
Massage guns are created for everyone to be able to use them. Most of them also come with manual guides. However, if you are thinking of using the gun to help with a recovery after an injury, we strongly suggest that you consult a professional to ensure that a massage gun is an appropriate tool to add to your rehab. Also, ensure that you follow the guidelines of your physical therapist or manual that comes with the massage gun as overusing it can cause increased muscle soreness, bruising, tendon damage, and nerve damage which may take several weeks or months to heal.
Should I buy a massage gun?
We believe that it is a great tool when it comes to self care, but only when used appropriately and with professional guidance when and if needed. If you have any questions about a massage gun do not hesitate to contact our team.
We hope this information is useful for you. If you need advice or have any questions about our treatments, please contact us. You can find us in Mill Hill Broadway and Islington. We are always happy to help. If you like this blog, please share!