What is a Massage Gun
What do massage guns do?
Massage guns offer what’s known as percussive or vibration therapy. 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 homes and without needing to pay for a luxury spa stay. Unlike other massaging tools, like 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.
Percussive therapy doesn’t completely eliminate muscle soreness. But what it does do 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 a difficult workout. 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, studies are being released about its benefits and potential limitations. A recent study suggested that vibration therapy and massage (both of which are part of percussive therapy) are equally effective methods to prevent Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) meaning you’re less likely to feel muscle pain or tightness 24 to 72 hours after an intense workout.
Even though scientific signs seem to point in favor of these devices, it’s important to note that there’s not a lot of research on massage guns specifically, as well as the vibration and amplitude of percussive therapy they deliver.