What is a massage gun?
In short, massage guns are a handheld device intended to relieve muscle soreness and stiffness. They do this by using vibrations to stimulate the muscles into contracting and relaxing which helps increase blood flow. Think of it like going for a walk or taking a jog - you know that if you get moving after being sedentary your body will feel better over time! It's pretty much the same idea with these tools: move around in order to speed up recovery from an injury/exercise routine/etc.
These popular devices were originally used only by physiotherapists, but now they're available directly to consumers so we can all take advantage of their benefits.
Are there any risks?
You may be wondering about whether there is any risk associated with using massage guns. The answer is that, like any other tool or piece of equipment, there are risks associated with misuse. However, as long as you're using them correctly according to the manufacturer's instructions, the risk is minimal.
That said, if you are in pain it is best not to use a massage gun as this may exacerbate your condition. Always consult a physiotherapist before using one of these devices - they will be able to tell you whether it's appropriate for your individual situation.
Should I buy one (are they worth the hype)?
So are they worth the hype? Well, that really depends on you and your specific needs. If you're looking for another way to help speed up recovery after an injury or workout routine, then massage guns may be just what you need . However, if you're in a lot of pain and your physiotherapist has advised against using the device for that reason, then probably not.
In short: massage guns are worth trying out but they may or may not be right for everyone. The best thing to do is consult with a trained professional who can give you advice based on your specific needs. If you have a massage gun and want some tips on incorporating it into your wellness and exercise routine don't hesitate to reach out! Our Tarragindi physiotherapy team are more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Call our Brisbane physiotherapy clinic on 07 3706 3407 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your appointment today!