Ever heard of deep tissue massage guns?
They are the trendiest tools in the fitness industry and are used frequently by athletes and fitness lovers. These are handheld fitness devices that are specifically modified to provide percussive therapy to relieve soft tissue pain.
The gadget’s design enables it to release vibrations and pressure to the affected area, thus mitigating muscle pain. It is more of a simple and quick way of performing a manual deep tissue massage.
How Do They Work?
The massage guns act as compression socks, where they increase blood flow to the target area. The rapid blood flow reduces swelling by reducing fluid (lactic acid) build-up in the muscles.
The device has a hammer-like part that the athlete places on the target area. It is then controlled in terms of speed to provide strong force and deep percussion, relieving muscle pain.
Users of the massage gun should use it regularly for about 15-20 minutes.
The efficiency of the machine varies with specificity from one gadget to another. There are different types, shapes, prices, and sizes depending on the user’s needs. The massage guns have various features; thus, there is a variation in performance.
What Are The Benefits Of Massage Guns?
When used correctly and consistently, massage guns come with several advantages to the user.
Relieve Muscle Tension
The massage gun comes in handy for athletes who may have swelling and sore muscles, especially after an intense workout.
For effective results, athletes should use the massage gun immediately after a workout to decrease the soreness of the muscles.
Boost Athletic Performance
An uninterrupted flow of blood will ensure a flow of nutrients and oxygen to the muscles hence increasing range of motion which enables the athlete to perform intense workouts.
After a workout, an athlete can use the massage gun to relieve soreness and prevent Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) by relaxing tight muscles.
However, sport-related injuries are best contained by sports massage.
Maintain Blood Circulation
There must be a continuous flow of blood to eliminate soreness and numb feeling. Placing the gun on the target area uses vibrations to soothe the affected muscles, removing inflammation.
Constraint Musculoskeletal Conditions
Also known as fibromyalgia, these are associated with muscle pain, stiffness, and fatigue.
When used, the device breaks muscle knots, thus encouraging lymphatic circulation, enabling the muscles to relax. It enhances the flow of nutrients leading to the production of natural body hormones that relieve pain.
What Are the Side Effects of Using Massage Guns?
An artificial device cannot be perfect; thus the massage guns come with several side effects.
Elevate Nerve Sensitivity
An increase in nerve sensitivity increases the transmission of signals to the brain. These increased signals make the user of the massage gun experience an increase in heart rate and high blood pressure.
Increased Risk of Injury
The massage gun is not suitable for all types of sport-related injuries. If used on injuries like muscle sprains and broken bones, it may cause more pain and increase the risk of damage. Sports Injury Clinic in Singapore offers customized treatments for sports injuries.
With continuous use over time, the skin might become loose and sag due to the weakening of the elastic fibre.
May Lead to Rupturing of Blood Vessels
With continuous pressure on the same spot, there may be tissue damage leading to the bursting of blood vessels.
To wrap it up, deep tissue massage guns complement the work of professional massage therapists.
A Physiotherapy in Singapore offers athletes with personalized massage therapy sessions. Therapists provide clients with a customized massage after consultation to fit their needs.