What's the Deal With Massage Guns? How Do They Work?

by Dr. Lyone, Assistant Director, Caretaker Co. Research Fac.
"Is it a drill?" No.
"Is it a gun? It looks like one" Sort of. 
Massage guns are today’s buzziest muscle-soreness recovery tool. Their popularity has been helped along by professional athletes publicly using them, as well as viral video snippets that show the massage gun’s rubber mallet sending oddly mesmerizing ripple effects across the skin’s surface. Curious? Wanna get mesmerized? Take a look.

In this article, you will learn how a massage gun works, their effectiveness, and why you may need one -- supported by science-backed research that will be linked. We don't want you to just buy our massagers, we want to create a real impact on your life. We want to do that by showing you WHY and HOW our product may help you, so we don't waste your time. 

Fair? Alright, let's get started. 

What do massage guns do? How do they work, exactly?

Massage guns offer what’s known as percussive or vibration therapy. Essentially, this type of massage provides rapid bursts of pressure into the body’s muscle tissue (hence the rippling effect of massage guns) as its head oscillates back and forth.

Masseurs and masseuses have traditionally used a series of light strikes from the hands or wrists to the given muscle group to get this effect. However, massage guns let athletes get the same benefits, but in the comfort of their own homes (and without needing to pay routinely for luxury spa services)! 

Unlike myofascial massaging tools, such as foam rollers, that can yield similar results, massage guns can hyper-target a specific problem area. For those who find foam rollers uncomfortable or too manual of a process, massage guns offer a more streamlined, automatic solution. They are also 7x more effective at doing its job--stimulting blood flow and improving muscle health. 

Now, percussive therapy doesn’t completely eliminate muscle soreness. What it does do, however, is increase blood flow to a specific muscle area, which can help reduce inflammation and muscle tension and break up those pesky knots that seem to linger after an intense workout or strenuous physical activity. Massage guns are also used prior to intense workouts to help warm up muscles ahead of activity.

Do massage guns actually work?

As percussive therapy becomes more popular, more studies are being released about its benefits and potential limitations. A 2014 study, for example, suggests that vibration therapy and massage (both of which are part of percussive therapy) are equally effective methods to prevent DOMS, delayed onset muscle soreness, meaning you’re less likely to feel muscle pain or tightness 24 to 72 hours after an intense workout by using a massage gun.

If that's still not enough for you, try one for yourself by purchasing one. We gurantee it will change your life. If you don't like it, you can reach out to us and we can arrange a return (case-by-case policy).

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