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The Dos and Don’ts of Massage Gun Therapy


Massage gun therapy has the potential to transform your recovery process completely, accelerating muscle healing for enhanced performance and reduced post-workout soreness. However, just like with any health product, there’s a right way and a wrong way to use a massage gun. If you’re new to percussive therapy and need some guidance on how to practice it safely, look no further. Here are the essential dos and don’ts of massage therapy to help you maximize the benefits of your massage gun. 

The Don’ts of Massage Gun Therapy

  • Don’t target bony areas or injury sites. 
  • When using a massage gun, there are certain parts of the body you should avoid, including bony areas like the hands, collarbones, ankles, and tops of the feet; and sensitive areas, such as the nerves, ribs, vital organs, and open wounds. While they can be used for smaller muscle groups, massage guns are best for relieving tension in major muscle groups like the deltoids, hamstrings, and glutes, so you want to avoid less fleshy areas that don’t have as much muscle surrounding them. Targeting bony areas can cause pain and discomfort and potentially exacerbate existing injuries (Hansen, 2022; Schneider, 2022; Zarifa USA, 2023).

  • Don’t overdo it. 
  • Experts advise not to use a massage gun for more than 10 to 15 minutes and to avoid concentrating on a specific area for more than one to two minutes per session. Using your massage gun for too long can be counterproductive, resulting in soreness, increased tightness, and bruising. Excessive force by applying too much pressure or a high frequency can also negatively impact your muscles. If you experience any discomfort or pain during a session, stop and reassess if you’re using your massage gun in a healthy way (Hansen, 2022; Monkee Mount, 2022; Schneider, 2022). 

  • Don’t neglect other recovery methods. 
  • While massage gun therapy is an essential part of many people’s recovery routines, it shouldn’t be the only thing you do to cool down and restore your muscles. Sleep quality, stress, and nutrition also play a pivotal role in recovery, and no one recovery method should be prioritized over others. Massage guns can aid in establishing healthy sleep cycles and reducing stress, but additional factors will impact stress levels and sleep quality that massage gun therapy can’t address. Therefore, retaining a holistic view of health and recovery is important while engaging in percussive therapy (Hansen, 2022). 

    The Dos of Massage Gun Therapy

  • Do consult your doctor. 
  • Searching for the best massage gun to buy can be challenging to narrow down your many options. Fortunately, the internet has plenty of resources available for people who want to learn more about massage gun therapy; however, there’s no better resource for health-related queries than professionals in the field. If you have concerns about massage guns or questions about how to use them safely, consult your healthcare provider for guidance. They can help you decide if percussive therapy is right for you and what kind of massage gun will pair well with your body and lifestyle (Monkee Mount, 2022). 

  • Do research before purchasing. 
  • As with any health product, you should always research what kind of massage gun is right for you. Before making a purchase, consider: What outcomes am I looking for? Depending on your activity level, age, and preexisting health conditions, what you need from a massage gun could vary greatly. Everyone’s lifestyle and health goals are different, so keep these factors in mind while comparing and contrasting massage guns. Once you find a product that suits your needs, read the instructions thoroughly before using it, as they contain important safety information that will help protect you while using your massage gun (Monkee Mount, 2022). 

  • Do listen to your body. 
  • No one knows your body better than you do, so it’s up to you to monitor the effect massage gun therapy has on your body. If you notice any pain, soreness, or discomfort resulting from your massage gun usage, this is a sign that you may be doing something wrong or that this particular device might not work for you. If you begin to experience unusual or concerning side effects from massage gun therapy, put a pause on it and consult your doctor for help. Massage guns are not a one-size-fits-all product, so remember to pay close attention to how your body responds to different massage guns to develop a routine that meets your needs (Monkee Mount, 2022). 

    The benefits of massage gun therapy are endless as long as you’re informed about how to use your device safely. As percussive therapy becomes increasingly widespread, more people are turning to massage guns to supplement their daily fitness routines. If you’re ready to elevate your mental and physical wellness, now’s the time. Try out one of Ekrin’s massage guns today and see how percussive therapy can support your active lifestyle. 

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