5 Reasons You Need a Massage Gun
Pain relief and workout performance are just a couple reasons why these devices are so popular.
You've seen massage guns in the gym, all over Instagram, and on TV... but you're not really sure whether you should drop some cash on one. Do they live up to the hype? Well, here's 5 reasons why you should seriously consider making the investment.
But first, what exactly ARE massage guns and how do they work?
Massage guns are relatively recent inventions that have gained a lot of popularity in recent months.
These devices provide rapid strikes to the body (called percussions) that effectively increase blood flow,
relax tense muscles, and reduce the risk of injury. They provide similar benefits to deep tissue massage therapy,
except the devices can be used anytime and anywhere, and the effects can be felt within minutes.
Full Disclosure: We created our own massage device from scratch, called the Medik Percussive Massager, which was launched in December 2019. However, the information provided in this article is purely for educational purposes. After reading this article, we encourage everyone to do their due diligence in researching the best product for their needs!
1. Enhanced Workout Performance
Massage guns are primarily marketed towards fitness enthusiasts, and for good reason. These devices can be used to effectively warm up muscles prior to working out, and can aid in recovery post-workout by increasing blood flow and flushing out lactic acid buildup.
Integrate 10-15 minutes of percussive therapy from a massage gun into your pre-workout dynamic stretching routine, and you'll notice better mind-muscle connection, enhanced range of motion, and enjoy a reduced risk of injury as well.
10-15 minutes of use post-workout helps reduce muscle soreness and tension, and helps prepare your muscles for the next workout session.
2. Full Body Pain Relief
If you experience chronic pain, suffer from an injury, or perform a lot of manual labor, a massage gun can be an integral part of your pain management regimen. These devices can alleviate tension, knots, and general aches and pains within a matter of minutes.
Achy feet, sore lower back, tension headaches... anyone who suffers from any of those ailments can seriously benefit from using a massage gun. They're also great for treating "tech neck," which is a common problem caused by constantly looking down at our smartphones.
3. Relaxation after a long day
Massage therapy helps you relax and unwind after a long day at work or out running errands. Massage is known to cause the body to release endorphins, such as dopamine, which improves mood and helps us relax. It down-regulates the nervous system, which helps manage elevated cortisol and vasopressin (stress hormones), easing anxiety and making it easier to fall asleep.
4. Targeted muscle release for deep knots
Compared to a foam roller, a massage gun targets a very precise area at one time. This makes it perfect for treating those tight knotted areas like the traps, pecs, glutes, and hips, that are much more difficult to target with a foam roller.
Targeting the traps or hips with a foam roller requires awkward body position and a lot of rolling around on the ground. With a massage gun, you can simply float the device over the desired area for a few minutes to get the same benefit.
5. Cheaper and more convenient than getting regular professional massages
Professional massage works great, but the bill can add up quickly... not to mention the added work in scheduling an appointment and making the commute both ways. A massage gun can either replace or supplement regular deep-tissue massage for the cost of just a few sessions.
You can use the device in between regular massage sessions to prolong the benefits of the professional session. The massage gun can also replace traditional massage sessions if you don't have special needs or injuries that require professional care.
Now that you have 5 solid reasons why you should pick up a massage gun, we'd like to take a quick minute to remind you about our own massage gun, the Medik Percussive Massager. We love our product, and we put a lot of work into making it perfect so that you would love it too. That said, we always encourage you to do your research and find the device that fits your specific needs. We wrote an article recently called Top 5 Things to look for in a Massage Gun that outlines what you should look for while you do your shopping.
Any questions you have about our product, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send us a DM on Instagram @arristeofficial. Thanks so much for reading!
PS: If you found this article helpful, please consider sharing with a friend so they can experience the feel-good benefits of percussive therapy too.