Like traditional manual massages, massage guns, such as the ones offered here at Gravity, give muscle pain relief by applying pressure to your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The pressure reduces contractions and spasms that compress the nerves and causes pain. This action also aids in increasing the blood flow, which means that oxygen and other nutrients are reaching your muscle cells, promoting muscle recovery.
Massage guns are especially useful in this current pandemic, as going out to see a massage therapist may not be possible or recommended to avoid local transmission. While giving yourself a manual massage may not be possible, a gravity gun will work just as well, if not better, at relaxing your muscles.
According to research from the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research, vibration therapy effectively decreases lactic acid levels after an intensive workout session. This helps reduce the “burning” sensation that people experience after exercise and can even lessen the impact of delayed onset muscle soreness. Ultimately, massage guns help you exercise more by letting your muscles heal faster.
How do I use a massage gun?
There are many manufacturers of massage guns in the market, each having their claims about effectiveness. However, the ones we offer here at Gravity use a scientifically-calibrated combination of speed and depth to treat muscle pain.
To make the most of your Gravity massage gun, it’s best to read the included user’s manual thoroughly. To streamline the learning curve, here four great tips for using a massage gun on yourself or another loved one:
Some massage guns, such as our very own Gravity One massage gun, have 30 calibrated built-in speeds and a range of 1200 to 3600 pulses per minute (PPM). While the fastest speed won’t do any damage, it may not provide relief either, especially if you’re already feeling sore. For best results, start with the slowest speeds and slowly work your way up.
Hitting your bone directly with Gravity massage guns will not result in any damage, though they may feel uncomfortable. It also won’t help in muscle pain relief since they are not causing you pain. Instead, point the massage gun on large muscle groups, such as your glutes, calves, and lats, to maximize the deep tissue massage benefits.
Move it around
Ensure that you’re not pointing the massage gun on one spot for too long, especially if it’s on a higher setting, as this may cause soreness. Keep the massage gun moving to distribute the pressure around the painful area.
Don’t overdo it
At its lowest setting, the Gravity One massage gun provides 1200 PPM, which is way above what human hands can do. This means that you don’t need a 90-minute massage session to feel the benefits of a massage gun.
However, take note that prolonged use of massage guns on a specific part of the body can also cause harm and discomfort.
Massage guns may look like power tools, but they are designed to make you feel better by reducing painful spasms and increasing blood flow for faster muscle recovery. However, they are also useful to warm your muscles up, since the increased blood flow can break up muscle tension and improve your range of motion.
If you want to get the benefits of deep tissue massage but don’t want to break the quarantine protocols set due to the COVID-19 pandemic, then Gravity massage guns are the right choice for you!
If you’re looking for the best percussion massager, then Gravity massage guns have you covered. We have the Gravity One and Gravity Pro, both of which should fulfill your muscle recovery needs. We also offer the Gravity Center, the premium platform for our community members, to share the best tips and practices for alleviating circulation issues and joint pain and stiffness. Browse our shop today to learn more!