In the 200,000 odd years of human existence on this earth, it is only in the last century or so we have adopted a modern lifestyle. We are subjecting our body to a lifestyle and postures that are alien to it. Our great grand ancestors lived a natural and active lifestyle involving hunting, gathering, farming and sometimes fighting! One thing they didn’t do was sitting on their butts for hours on end the way we do!
You reap what you sow! Our body is creaking! We have stiff neck, lower and upper back pain, body aches, muscle fatigue and a variety of issues. To make up for our sedentary lifestyle, we work out, run, walk in the limited time available and in the process putting our muscles to greater stress. If our body is a machine, it needs good care to function properly.
A good massage can provide relief. It reduces stress and improves blood circulation. But getting a professional massage regularly is oftentimes not practical nor affordable. We must be empowered to do our own bidding. A DIY solution to our massage needs is needed.
A massage gun based on percussive motion principle is gaining ground as an ideal DIY massage tool. We are not dependent on anyone else to provide massage. We are in charge of solving our own problem. Percussive massage applies repetitive and rapid pressure on the muscles. It has several benefits.
Relief from muscle pain and stiffness
Some activities that involve repetitive movement or long period of rest, causes the fascia to thicken around the muscles. Fascia is the tissue that surrounds and provides support for bones, muscles and nerves. It has layers of tissue and fluid. When the fascia tightens, it causes pain and limited mobility. A percussive massage gun, with its forceful and repetitive movement, thins the fluid in fascia and the fluid spreads out. When that happens, muscles can move freely and it is relieved from the pain and stiffness.
When we do intense workout of any kind, it builds up lactic acid in our muscle fibers. It is the lactic acid that causes muscle fatigue. When the forceful and repetitive movement of a percussion massage gun is applied to the muscles, it releases the lactic acid from muscles, relieving it of fatigue.
DOMS (Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness) relief
You would have noticed muscle pain after 24 hours of doing some exercise after a long time or for the first time. It is due to a phenomenon called DOMS. It is due to tiny fractures in muscle fibers. The vibratory motion of a massage gun produces heat, improves blood circulation and elicits hormonal responses to provide relief from DOMS.
Things to keep in mind while using a massage gun –
• Don’t target a muscle group for more than 2 minutes in one go
• Apply massage gun head only on the muscles. Avoid joints and bones.
• Start the massage gun at lower speed, roll it over the muscles gently and slowly and adjust the speed and pressure according to your comfort level.
• Try to use a massage gun that is light in weight, since you will be holding it frequently and for a long period time.
Total Massage Gun is one of the leading brands in the United States. It is light weight, has long lasting battery and makes noise lower than a whisper. It has a unique three-sided Triangle handle, making it easy to hold in a variety of ways, allowing you to reach hard-to-reach spots on the body. The brand features an app (available on Android and iOS), providing detailed instructions and pro tips.