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Do massage guns really work?

14 Jun 2024 0 Comments

A massage gun is a handheld device (that looks a bit like a power tool) that delivers percussion therapy - fast, focused pulses or vibrations to the muscles - to provide a deep tissue massage. Whether your aches and pains are caused by strenuous exercise or are agonizing from working from home, percussion therapy can target muscle knots and trigger points to relieve muscle soreness.


Is there evidence that massage guns work?

In terms of recovery, reducing muscle stiffness and increasing range of motion, experts and scientific studies have answered in the affirmative.

In addition to a wealth of anecdotal evidence, a growing body of research supports the benefits of shock therapy. A 2023 study found that massage guns can help relieve DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), reduce stiffness and improve range of motion and flexibility.

Another systematic review examined the effects of shock therapy on athletic performance, noting a significant relationship between massage gun use and improvements in muscle strength and flexibility. Improvements in muscle strength and flexibility were reported after one massage gun session.


When should I not use a massage gun?

Massage guns are very useful tools to help relax muscles and relieve pain, but they can lead to serious injuries if not used properly.

Do not use a massage gun:

  • If you have a chronic condition like diabetes, iron deficiency, kidney disease, blood clotting disease, or any other condition that may make it easier to damage your cells
  • Over wounds, rashes, or blisters
  • Over areas with active inflammation
  • Over torn muscles, ligaments, or tendons
  • Over new scars (less than 12 weeks old)
  • Over fractures or areas of low bone density (osteoporosis)
  • On your face or head
  • On your neck
  • Over your chest (front or back) if you have any lung conditions, including asthma and emphysema
  • Over exposed arteries and veins, including near the collar bones, the armpits, crook of the elbow, front groin, back of the knee
  • In areas with little muscle (just skin and bone), including around the knee, ankle, or elbows, and on the hands or top of the feet
  • In areas where you don’t have normal sensation .


How often should the massage gun be used?

Allow at least 48 hours between treatments. Your body needs time to recover after a massage gun treatment.


11 Benefits of Massage Guns

Some of the physical benefits of massage and using a percussion massage gun include:

  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Improved circulation
  • Stimulation of the lymphatic system
  • Decreases soreness after workouts
  • Improved sports performance and muscle mass
  • Improved rehabilitation from injuries
  • Provides pain relief
  • Stimulates the nervous system
  • Facilitates lactic acid release
  • Increased mobility, flexibility, and pliability
  • Injury prevention
  • Breaks up scar tissue (potentially)


Why You Should Buy the Right Massage Gun for Stroke Rehabilitation

Just like choosing any other home therapy equipment, it goes without saying that different people have different needs. This is why choosing the right gun can make a huge difference in not only addressing your pain points, but also avoiding injuries in the process.

When you go out to buy a massage gun, there are a few things you should know

Battery life: as with any electronic device, battery life is always an issue. This can be addressed by purchasing a device that plugs into the wall, but we've found that most home users prefer a portable device

Stall Force: this is the amount of pressure needed to stall the motor of a particular gun. The higher the number, the deeper the massage gun can strike. This is usually combined with amplitude.

Amplitude: This is the distance the head of the massage gun moves back and forth as it strikes the skin, which we call strokes per minute.

The combination of Stall Force and Amplitude will usually give you an idea of how the gun functions.

If you are muscular, then a gun with more stall force and more amplitude will work better for you.

There are other things to keep in mind, such as striking range, number of velocity levels, number of attachments, etc., which we'll discuss in detail in a future guide.


As you can see, the benefits of massage guns far outweigh the problems or drawbacks. However, for us, one of the biggest benefits of an impact massager is that you can treat yourself to deep tissue therapy.

Sometimes you just don't have time to visit a physical therapist, but you need immediate pain relief. In this case, personalized therapy is a great tool for you. You can combine passive and active recovery methods (active recovery is when you massage yourself) to effectively heal your muscles and relieve pain.

We all experience stress on a daily basis from the activities of daily life. However, failing to properly manage this stress can damage your health over time. Massage guns can be a recipe for successfully managing stress in the shortest possible time and in the most convenient way, along with many other benefits. Buy Syrebo Care Massage Guns Here.

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