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What is the Science Behind Massage Guns

If you’ve never used a massage gun, you might think of it as another fad. Who could blame you? There are so many wacky products out there that eventually fall by the wayside that it’s impossible to tell what is legit and what isn’t anymore.


Woman getting a massage with a massage gun


Counterpoint: If you have ever used a massage gun, you know that they are legit and aren’t likely going anywhere anytime soon. They aren’t just one of those wacky products you see on late-night infomercials; they are a fantastic tool to help with muscle soreness, recovery, and overall health.

So, why are massage guns so effective? What are some of the best massage gun benefits? Here, we will go over the science of the massage gun and tell you why it is such a magical tool.


Explaining The Massage Gun


Before we can go into the science of the massage gun, first we ought to explain what the massage gun is. It’s simple. A massage gun is a tool used to massage muscles after a workout, after an injury, or simply for a massage.

It is a device that is like a drill. But, instead of a drill head, it has a round, flat, or U-shaped head. These different heads might come in the form of massage gun attachments. Massage guns pound into your muscles repeatedly to offer a massaging feeling. Generally, these guns have different speeds, which allows the user to dictate the intensity of the massage. You no longer need to schedule an expensive appointment with someone who may press too hard or not hard enough on your sore muscles.


It Really Works


As we use our muscles, they tend to tense up. When your muscles tense up, you might notice less mobility with that part of your body. It is also true that when your muscles are tense, you are more susceptible to injury. This is because if one group of muscles is tight, other muscle groups are likely to overwork and overcompensate for the tight muscle areas.

Massage guns work because they loosen your muscles. Through “percussive therapy,” massage guns loosen soft tissue and increase blood flow to whichever group of muscles you need to work on.


How To Use Massage Gun: Before Workouts


Using a massage gun before your workout will help decrease soreness after your exercise. It will also increase your range of motion, making you less susceptible to injury. This should be done not in place of stretching but in tandem with it. You will find that you will have more energy and agility in your workouts.


After Workouts


Using a massage gun after your workout will also help to decrease soreness that might come with strenuous exercise. It will also help your muscles heal more quickly. It does this because your body naturally releases toxins into your muscles when you exercise. That’s where you feel some of the soreness coming from. Massage guns help to get rid of those toxins, which promotes quicker muscle recovery.


Massage guns are beneficial when you use them on yourself. Yes, you could have a trainer do it for you, but by using them on yourself, you will know exactly where your trouble areas are, and you can help your healing that much better.


Simply Relax

There are so many benefits when it comes to massage guns, but this might be our favorite. Yes, you can use them to improve your workouts. You can use them to ensure your muscles recover quickly and properly. But you can also use massage guns just to relax.

The difference between percussive therapy and vibration therapy is that percussive therapy gets into deep tissue, which can be a relaxing sensation. So, whether or not you have worked out, why not give yourself a back massage while watching that movie after a long day?

There are also so many different types of massage guns. From a mini massage gun to massage guns with dual heads, no matter which way you go, you’ll feel better with just the press of a button.

If you’d like to learn more about massage guns, please contact the Cortiva Institute today!


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