Using a massage gun really is not rocket science. So here are some basic steps on how to use a massage gun:
- It’s a good idea to turn the massage gun on BEFORE placing it on your body. Not doing so can be a bit jarring on the body or worse, lead to bruising.
- Start on the lowest speed. Until you’ve had a chance to assess your tolerance level, starting out on high can be a bit painful. Also, keep in mind that soreness can be a result of micro tears in the muscle or increased inflammation. Beating the muscles into submission could do more harm than good. More is not always better.
- Whatever speed you’re using, you want to “float” the massage gun across the muscles. Extreme downward pressure of the massage head on the body is not necessary. Let the massage gun do the work as you gently glide it over the affected areas. Think light to moderate pressure at most.
- Remember to relax! You bought a massage gun to relieve muscle tightness, not make it worse. If you’re too tense and flexing the muscle while going over it, you’re not getting the full benefit of the tool. Just breath, inhale, exhale, and slowly move the massage gun across the belly of the muscle.
How Long Should You Use Your Massage Gun?
For most, using a massage gun induces a lot of “good pain”. We hear that all the time. Meaning it’s painful to use on sore areas, but because it’s loosening it up, it feels soooo good.
So is there really too much of a good thing? Absolutely.
The head of the massage gun is delivering micro traumas to the body with every percussion. Short term, yes, it improves blood flow, increases circulation, and knocks out tightness. Extended use does the opposite.
Follow these guidelines for the most benefit:
- Muscle Activation- 30 Seconds: Before a workout or activity, target your muscles with the massage gun for up to 30 seconds to activate the muscles and nerve fibers.
- Muscle Re-Activation- 15 Seconds: Mid-workout and feeling a little tired? Muscles starting to fatigue or spasm? Give them a little boost with another 15 second session.
- Recovery and Pain Relief- 2 Minutes: Post workout or when DOMS set in, you can safely use your massage gun for up to 2 minutes on each muscle group. This process can be repeated throughout the day with at least 1-2 hours rest in between.
How To Use The Included Massage Heads!
Every Muscle massage gun comes with a variety of different interchangeable attachment heads. The 4 you see below are pretty standard. In fact we include a how to use sheet with all of Massage Guns.
From right to left we have: the large ball, the flat head, the bullet and the fork.
- The Large Ball- The most commonly used attachment. Designed to treat both large and medium group muscles, it’s overall the most versatile.
- The Flat Head- A great multipurpose attachment. From the pecs to the glutes, the flat head is able to provide a more dense massage over the large ball. Because it doesn’t have any sharp edges, it won’t hurt quite as much if you happen to run over bones while massaging.
- The Bullet- Best used on trigger points or knots. This attachment is great to really focus in on one particular spot on the body. For instance areas of the shoulders or different ligament attachment points.
- The Fork Head- The dual-pronged head allows you to target areas such as the spine, without hitting the bone. It can also be used for other places like the calf muscles or along the achilles too.
So for buying Massage Guns Ireland, DeproGun provide a handy how to sheet with every purchase.