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Having buzzed into the fitness scene in 2016, the massage gun has quickly become a favourite recovery tool among athletes and non-athletes alike. So much so that you can’t go on Instagram without seeing photos and videos of people happily using one. So, is all the hype around these devices warranted? Let’s find out.
To fully understand the hype behind these recovery devices, let’s go over the things it can do for you –
Athlete or not, muscle pain is common after a very active day. And while there are exercises you can do to help relieve back pain, using a massage gun can provide easy and quick relief. You can use the device anytime, anywhere!
Lactic acid build up is caused by low oxygen levels in the muscles. After any strenuous activity, the body has a hard time breaking off this build up which causes cramps and soreness. The percussive force from massage guns improves blood flow and helps the body release lactic acid.
There’s a good reason why many athletes use a massage gun as part of their warm-up routine. Sports injuries are often caused by cramps because the muscles haven’t been given enough time to “wake up”. Using a massage gun for a few minutes before a workout or a sporting event can help blood and oxygen circulate better, preparing the muscles for the activity.
Again, it all goes back to improved blood and oxygen circulation. After using a massage gun for a few minutes, users find that joints are more flexible and any previous soreness eliminated. This actually leads to an improved workout session for both athletes and non-athletes.
Because it relaxes the muscles right away, using a massage gun right before bed may actually help you get to sleep faster, and improve the quality of your sleep.
There is no denying the benefits of using a massage gun. After all, you don’t have to leave your home to get a massage; it’s very portable and easy to use. However, the fact still remains that these devices, while powerful and effective, can’t replicate what trained professionals can do. If for example, you’re experiencing excessive muscle pain and feeling overly stiff – trained health professionals are able to isolate the problem areas and be able to adapt their treatment methods to suit your needs. This is something that no gadget would be able to do.
That said, just like any other type of myofascial release devices (we’re looking at you foam rollers), the massage gun can be a highly effective tool!