Massage guns are one of the trendiest tools in the fitness industry right now. Dedicated fitness enthusiasts and athletes use massage guns before and after working out, on rest days and whenever they feel muscle pain. But how effective are massage guns, really? Today, let TAHATH shares the benefits of massage guns with you and let us tell you whether or not these trendy devices work.
While there have been recent studies showing the effectiveness of percussive therapy and proving benefits such as reduced lactic acid buildup and soreness, "the best way to maximize the benefits is by knowing how to use a massage gun correctly." If you're trying to decrease muscle soreness after exercise, it is best to use your massage gun immediately after your workout to help reduce lactic acid and toxin buildup in your muscles. The benefits of using a massage gun only last if you maintain regular use. For the best results and long-lasting relief, keep your massage gun in your gym bag or near your home workout equipment so that you can remember to use it during your cool-down. Using it 15 mins per day is the best way to exercise.
As a matter of fact, a high-quality acupressure gun can indeed help its users to effectively relax muscles. But how does it work?
Generally, during use, the fascia gun can efficiently force the tense muscles and deep fascia to stretch and relax through the high-frequency vibration of the massage head. They can also discharge the metabolic waste accumulated in the fascia, absorb new tissue fluid, promote the muscles to repair themselves, and finally relieve the tension and pain of the workout muscles.
In a word, the basic principle of the fascia gun is "deep muscle stimulation therapy". Its medical prototype is the medical DMS. That is to say, the fascia gun can be seen as a model of DMS but just simplified.
To find the answers to the fascia gun benefits, we must first figure out why the muscles are tense and not relaxed. For that, TAHATH has summarized the following reasons:
After high-strength exercise, the sympathetic nerves are in a constant state of excitement;
The accumulation of metabolic wastes in the muscles after exercise and fatigue;
Sitting, standing, and maintaining the same state for a long time;
The foregoing reasons will lead to continuous tension of the fascia, muscle stiffness, and ultimately cause muscle soreness and abnormal posture.
Here are some benefits of using a fascia gun
Fascia gun can help improve the pain symptoms of patients with fasciitis, and the vibration frequency is stable, which can promote the recovery of muscles and soft tissues.
After exercise, muscle tension, lactic acid accumulation, hypoxia, especially after excessive exercise, the muscles are very stiff and it is difficult to recover on their own. The outer layer of human muscles will be wrapped by a layer of fascia, so that muscle fibres can contract in an orderly direction to achieve a better functional state. After excessive exercise, the muscle fascia will be swollen or squeezed, causing soreness and discomfort. Fascia gun is an external physical method to solve muscle tension and other problems, similar to the role of ligament stretching, muscle stretching, and auxiliary massage after professional athletes have finished training. With the help of the fascia gun, the recovery time and efficiency after exercise will be improved. The rational and correct use of the fascia gun can indeed help relieve muscle soreness after exercise.
The correct use of a massage gun can also have a certain partial weight loss effect. With the massage gun, muscle fat can be exercised under the skin through vibration.
TAHATH massage gun also has the effects of relaxing muscles, promoting blood circulation, dredging collaterals, and degree massage. Its high-frequency oscillation effect can penetrate deep skeletal muscles, instantly relax the skeletal muscles, and instantly smooth the meridian nerves and blood vessels.
In sports exercise, the use of a fascia gun can be divided into three parts, namely warm-up before exercise, activation during exercise, and recovery after exercise.
Before exercise, use a fascia gun to quickly warm up the muscles you want to exercise so that the temperature and blood flow of the muscles will increase, which will in turn help you to achieve a quick warm-up effect.
Use the fascia gun in the interval between the two sets of exercises to activate the tired muscles again and prepare for the next set of exercises. The vibration of the fascia gun has high and low frequencies, and different frequencies will have different effects. If it is a deep muscle, use more low frequency as the low-frequency impact will be slower and longer-lasting. The application of high frequency is more of friction, which generates heat through friction, which is more suitable for relieving muscle stiffness.
After exercise, use a massage gun, according to the principle of trigger points, to impact the muscles after a long time to help metabolize lactic acid and reduce muscle tension. For example, after doing push-ups, use a fascia gun to hit the pectoralis major and pectoralis minor muscles for more than two minutes.