Massage guns are more popular than ever. Celebrities, athletes, and influential fitness personalities are raving about their benefits. Can they improve your fitness too?
Here’s everything you need to know about when they’re useful, who they’re for and how to use them.
What is a massage gun?
A massage gun (also called ‘percussion massage’) is a portable handheld device that looks like an electric drill. Most are cordless and have interchangeable attachments.
When you hold the gun to a muscle and turn it on, the attachment vibrates at high and low frequencies, which is supposed to reduce pain, promote recovery after exercise, and improve overall performance.
Massage guns can be used anytime you want to release muscle tension, but especially after exercise to reduce muscle soreness and promote recovery.
What to pay attention to if you decide to buy a massage gun
Since massage guns come in different sizes, consider your own comfort level when it comes to how heavy and large they should be and which muscles you want to use them on.
Some have adjustable heads and handles (which makes it easier to access certain parts of the body). Also consider whether you want to take the device with you on the road, in which case miniature massage guns or devices with a carrying case be a great choice.
Regardless of size, make sure the gun comes with a variety of attachments to help you get into hard-to-reach or difficult places. It should also have different settings so you can choose softer or more intense strokes. Pay attention to how loud or intense the gun sounds, as this will also affect your enjoyment.
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