Massage Gun Q&A
What is a Massage gun?
The Massage Gun is a professional grade percussive therapy device ideal to aid in the recovery of athletes, therapists and anyone else who suffer from injuries or muscle aches. Made for professional and personal use, the Massage Gun is a sure investment towards your body, to be implemented in your daily recovery routine.
When to use a Massage gun?
Use the Massage Gun before physical activity to warm-up, during and after to recover faster and stay pain free.
What Are The Benefits Of A Massage Gun?
Massage has been proven time and time again to be an extremely beneficial modality for not only overall general wellness, but for numerous other health conditions too. There really is no shortage of scientific studies conducted to show that various forms of massage are helpful for a wide variety of ailments, including DOMS, fatigue, stress, any many others.
Some potential benefits of a massage gun include:
Improved range of motion
Increase in athletic performance
Enhanced mental clarity
Increased blood circulation
Decrease in back / muscular pain
More restful sleep
Decreases stress and anxiety
Improved muscle recovery after an intense workout
Boosts your immune system
Increases energy level
How often should you use a massage gun?
Knowing how often to use a massage gun will largely depend on the individual. Using a massage gun can be a wonderful thing. Not only will it help with muscle recovery, but for most people it just plain feels amazing.
However, it’s important to remember that by using a massage gun, you are physically introducing micro-traumas to the body. Some percussion/vibration has been shown to be very effective for things like DOMS. Too much and you’re likely to make the problem worse.
Here are some general guidelines on how often or how much to use a massage gun:
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.
If you’re new to massage guns, assess your tolerance by using the massage gun no more than once a day.
Can you use a massage gun for neck pain?
If used with caution, you can use a massage gun on your neck. Poor posture, extended periods of sitting, and weak cervical muscles all contribute to neck pain. In fact, a study found that 20-70% of all adults experience neck pain during their lifetime.
To use a massage gun for neck pain, we recommend that you first assess your tolerance to the percussive forces produced by the massage gun. Applying too much pressure could potentially exacerbate the neck pain.
Every massage gun has a different power rating, so always start off on the lowest setting as you work your way around the neck muscles. Be particularly vigilant around the base of the skull as that area has a higher concentration of nerve endings.
If your massage gun comes with a cushioned attachment head, we advise you to try that one first. Also, the fork head is a great option to use along the cervical spine to avoid the discomfort of hitting the spine.
As always, use extreme caution using a massage gun for neck pain. If the pain persists or does not go away, consult with your doctor.
The information provided here is for educational purposes only.
Thinkgs to avoid about massage gun:
Do not place your finger or any objects near the metal piston above the attachment while the Massage Gun is in use or just after use. The metal piston can become extremely hot. Do not use any attachments or batteries other than the ones provided by MassageGuns and only as instructed by MassageGuns. Do not use the Massage Gun on your head, heart or near your genitals. Do not get hair caught in the attachment arm or any other moving part on the Massage Gun. Do not use the Massage Gun above your Adam’s Apple or C4 vertebrae. Do not get the Massage Gun wet other than by cleaning it with a magic eraser or a lightly damp towel. Do not block the vents of the motor. To extend the life of the battery, remove the battery from the charger once the LED turns green.
Can a massage gun help lower back pain?
It’s estimated that a whopping 80% of all adults will experience back pain sometime in their lifetime. While it’s extremely important to first consult your doctor to determine the exact cause of your lower back pain, one common cause is tight, overworked muscles. If that’s the case, a massage gun can be an excellent adjunctive therapy tool to help your lower back pain.
If the pain you are experiencing in your low back is acute, we recommend that you start off on a lower setting to assess your pain tolerance. Allow plenty of time in between massage sessions to assure you are not exacerbating your low back pain condition.
For more information on how to properly use a massage gun
Can I travel with Massage gun?
Always travel with your Massage Gun to help soothe the aches and pains associated with long periods of sitting. However, when traveling with your Massage Gun, lithium-ion batteries must be stored in carry-on baggage only. When a carry-on bag is checked at the gate, all lithium batteries must be removed from the bag and kept with the passenger in the aircraft cabin. While you are able to travel with your Massage Gun unit and accessories in your carry on luggage, it is at the discretion of the TSA officer if they will allow this through. Please feel free to share our website and social media with them if they are unfamiliar with our device. We do recommend that your Massage Gun unit and other accessories (charging station, etc.) is kept in your checked luggage, especially when traveling internationally.
HOW DO I USE MY MASSAGE GUN?
Here’s some basic best practices to get the most out of your Massage Gun, whether you’re treating yourself or others.
Always turn on the Massage Gun before placing it on the body.
If you have a Massage Gun, you can press the speed button to toggle between our signature treatment speed and our lighter speed for sensitive, sore areas.
For muscle activation, recovery, and tension relief, simply “float” the Massage Gun on muscles that need the most attention - it was designed to do all the work for you. Slowly glide the Massage Gun up and down the muscle, gradually applying light to moderate pressure as needed.
Breathe and relax and remember to stretch. It feels amazing!
Download the Massage Gun app. It’s the perfect guide for any Massage Gun user and the only percussive massage therapy app available. You’ll get the most out of your Massage Gun with step-by-step tutorials and pro tips to treat every muscle and need. Available now for both iOS and Android devices.
Every Massage Gun has industry-leading ergonomics due to our patented Massage Gun Triangle® handle design. It’s three-sided, so you can hold the Massage gun from any side a variety of ways, making it easier than ever to treat hard-to-reach areas like your back without strain on your hands, wrists, and forearms.
HOW LONG SHOULD I USE MY MASSAGE GUN?
Depending on the desired result, we recommend using your Massage Gun for a minimum of 15 seconds and a maximum of 2 minutes per muscle group. A full-body session should not exceed 15 minutes. Treat yourself 2-3 times per day.
30 SECONDS = MUSCLE ACTIVATION
Prior to workouts or physical activity, float your Massage Gun for up to 30 seconds to instantly activate and “wake up” your muscles.
15 SECONDS = MUSCLE RE-ACTIVATION
Reactivate muscles during your workout or any activity by using your Massage Gun for 10-15 seconds on the muscle group. This will re-energize, relieve muscle spasms and fatigue, and keep muscles active.
2 MINUTES = PAIN RELIEF & RECOVERY
Float your Massage Gun for up to 2 minutes for muscle recovery post-workout to decrease soreness, and on any muscles that require immediate pain relief.
CAN I TRAVEL WITH MY MASSAGE GUN?
When traveling with your Massage Gun, Lithium-ion batteries must be stored in carry-on baggage only. When a carry-on bag is checked at the gate, all Lithium batteries must be removed from the bag and kept with the passenger in the aircraft cabin.
Since Massage Gun devices have a built-in Lithium-ion battery, it must be stored in your carry-on baggage only.
While you are able to travel with your Massage Gun device and accessories in your carry-on luggage, it is at the discretion of the TSA officer to allow it through. Please feel free to share our website and social media with them if they are unfamiliar with our device.
How does Massage Gun works?
Our percussive massagers send pulses of concentrated pressure deep into your muscle tissue. This form of deep-tissue massage works knots and tension out of the muscles while improving blood flow and quickly enhancing range of motion. It is also proven to lower lactic-acid build up in muscles when used post-workout.
How hard can I press with your massage guns?
massage guns are made to perform. You will have no trouble applying high levels of pressure during sessions, they are built for the pressure!
Does Massage Gun hurt?
massage guns can be painful if used too much or too hard. We did not design our guns to give a soft, casual massaging sensation. This means that when used carelessly, additional soreness is possible. Please do not use your massage gun in the same area for more than 30 seconds at a time.
Can I use a massage gun while pregnant?
*DISCLAIMER* If you are pregnant, always consult with your doctor before using a massage gun or any other therapeutic device.
A massage gun can be an invaluable palliative solution for the pregnant mother-to-be. Most woman over the course of their pregnancy will develop some degree of pain, most commonly in the lower back, pelvic area, or between the shoulder blades to name a few.
In general, if caution is practiced, the use of a massage gun for many of these regions of the body should be completely safe. We recommend that you start off slow to fully assess how your body responds.
Use of the massage gun on the stomach or anywhere in the vicinity would be contraindicated. Again, consult with your doctor anytime you experience pain before deciding to use a massage gun while pregnant.