How To Use Percussion Massage Gun


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The percussion massage gun is an excellent addition to any massage therapist’s toolkit, as well as an excellent way to get some relief from your aches and pains at home. It can also be used for other types of massages, such as reflexology and Shiatsu, but its most common use is in Swedish massages.

Here are 10 ways you can use the percussion massage gun to improve your massage techniques and feel great!

Using The TheraGun As A Heating Massager

Although you can use a percussion massager on its own, one of your best options is to pair it with a heating pad or hot water bottle. This creates an even deeper and more relaxing massage; while most massage tools focus on muscle softening, heat will help loosen muscles and bring additional circulation to a treated area.

Of course, your plan may be different if you’re using it in conjunction with another sort of pain reliever, like ice or heat packs. If that’s the case, follow your doctor’s advice for using those kinds of products together.

The Theragun Is Great For Facial Massages: This is another great way to get all kinds of benefits from using Theragun for deep tissue massage and facial massages at home. Using a tool like Theragun on your face can help improve blood flow and circulation, which helps promote healthier skin.

And because it focuses mostly on pressure points, you won’t have to worry about hurting yourself as much as you would with other types of massagers.

Focus On Trigger Points: Trigger points are small knots within a muscle that cause pain when pressed. Using Theragun over trigger points helps increase blood flow and relaxes them so they don’t hurt anymore.

Using The TheraGun on the Back, Neck, Arms and Legs

The great thing about using The Theragun for massage is you can use it on yourself or a partner, your hair, and pretty much any muscle group.

Here are some ideas:

Back: If you have access to a good foam roller, then that’s your best bet for getting into those hard-to-reach areas (like under your shoulder blades). But if not, or if your body part just happens to be very sore and tight (like mine was), then I highly recommend using The Theragun.

Stand in front of a chair (or even better, a wall) and rest an arm on it while keeping the other arm extended straight out to the side. Put Theragun up against your skin and hold down the trigger.

Slowly roll from one end of your back to another until you feel like you’ve gotten everything possible out of that area. Repeat with each arm, as well as both sides of your neck and shoulders.

Arms: You can also use The Theragun on arms—just make sure to keep them relaxed! Start at one hand, placing The Theragun against your skin at either wrist and holding down the trigger until you reach halfway up your forearm.

Repeat with each hand, starting at either wrist and working toward either elbow. You may want to try bending over slightly while doing so—this will help relieve tension in your back muscles while still giving relief to both arms simultaneously!

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Using The TheraGun in Muscles With Trigger Points

One of our favorite ways to use it is with a partner. We’ll start with our Theragun on its slowest setting and work together on each other’s back (or whatever body part we’re working on). One person holds it, while another moves around giving different amounts of pressure as they go.

Then we switch off! Be careful when using it with a partner though; if you apply too much pressure, you could cause bruising or possibly bruise your partner as well. Definitely work up to higher speeds for bigger areas like backs or legs.

And keep in mind that certain conditions can make even trigger point massage painful. You should consult your doctor before trying any type of massage therapy if you have an underlying condition that might be made worse by it, such as heart disease or cancer.

And talk to them about whether any precautions need to be taken during treatment. This is especially important if you have an area where there are preexisting tender points—places where trigger points exist but haven’t yet caused symptoms.

These are called latent trigger points because they haven’t yet caused pain but can become active at any time and do so very quickly once they’re activated, usually causing severe pain all at once until treated properly by someone who knows what he’s doing.

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Using The TheraGun to Work Through Kinks

The Theragun is especially useful for working through kinks in sore muscles. Here’s how: 1) Set your Theragun to a 7 (the middle setting on most models) and apply pressure to your arm with it. As you hold it in place, press gently and start at your wrist, moving along toward your elbow.

Next, move over to apply pressure down toward your upper arm muscle (bicep). Hold each position for one minute while you focus on relaxing into each stretch.

2) Following from step 1, turn up that dial all of the way up to 15 and repeat step 1 on both arms as well as both legs.

3) If you’re feeling particularly stiff, turn up that dial even higher. Go for 20 or 25 if possible!

4) Try out other areas of your body too!

You can use your Theragun on pretty much any area of your body where there are tight spots or knots—like around your hips or lower back.

5) If you have sensitive skin, stick to lower settings until you get used to using it.

6) Don’t forget about those trigger points! Trigger points are small knots within our muscles that cause pain when pressed upon—they’re basically what happens when our muscles get so tense they cramp up on themselves.

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Using the TheraGun with a Partner

Partner massages are great, but you have to keep in mind that you will be very close with someone during a massage. Some people may not be comfortable getting that intimate with someone, so it’s best to use caution when selecting your partner for a massage.

Be sure that your partner is receptive and respectful of boundaries. If your partner does not respect personal space or if they do anything questionable or unethical, do not give them a massage using a percussion massage gun (or any kind of power tools).

It is important to feel safe and comfortable while massaging. In general, good common sense should determine whether you should use power tools with a partner.

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Pressure Point Relief With the TheraGun

The most basic use of a percussion massage gun is to apply pressure to various points on your body. Simply place your hand over any muscle and start pressing until you feel relief.

If that’s all there was to it, then it would be a great way to save money by using an at-home alternative to a professional massage. However, that’s not all there is to it!

From enhancing blood flow during workout recovery, relieving pain from stiffness in muscles and ligaments and even reducing tension in nerves, you can use this simple tool for more than just spot relief.

Some products have even been shown effective in releasing endorphins for mood-boosting effects (though results vary depending on each individual).

Improving Blood Flow And Increasing Vascularity

Your hands, forearms, and elbows may begin to feel fatigued. This is because percussion massage requires a lot of wrist action and could cause compression injuries if you continue for too long.

A good way to prevent these injuries from affecting your comfort level is to hold your tool in an open-handed position or use both hands on a single tool. You should also alternate between different pressure points every few minutes.

If you want an even more relaxing massage, try alternating rhythmic taps over a massaged area versus random movements that could increase muscle fatigue (for example, tapping your shoulders). Skip tapping areas that may be prone to compression injury such as elbows or wrists.

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Applying Lactic Acid Or Heat Packs With The TheraGun.

Lactic acid packs are traditionally used by athletic trainers and physical therapists to relieve pain in joints and soft tissue. These packs produce warmth that stimulates blood flow, which helps deliver oxygen to painful areas.

The warming sensation also promotes relaxation and can lead to a natural decrease in both inflammation and muscle spasms.

If you’re looking for an alternative source of warmth on those cool mornings when you just don’t feel like getting out of bed, apply a lactic acid pack before your massage with your Theragun. It’s also useful for relieving soreness after a tough workout!

Remember: It may be tempting to use more heat than necessary, but resist that urge! Too much heat can burn your skin; just focus on heating up specific areas.

Compression Injuries

When a patient suffers from compression injuries, it is because of overuse to an area and it will normally be in their lower body. The most common form of compression injury is that of a runner, who experiences shin splints after prolonged use.

It is caused by muscles overworking themselves, causing inflammation to occur within that particular part of your leg. It can also cause pain within your feet if you are running on concrete for extended periods of time without taking breaks or slowing down during your run.

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If you do experience shin splints, or any type of lower-body muscle or joint pain due to exercise and want a way to help relieve some of that stress while helping yourself heal faster, using a percussion massage gun may be just what you need!

Final Word

The truth is, there’s no one size fits all massage. If you want to get relief from tense and achy muscles, first figure out what type of massage will do that for you—and ask your doctor if it’s safe. Still unsure? Think about how you want to feel after your massage session: warm and relaxed?

invigorated and energized? Think back to times when you felt those feelings after an exceptional massage session or exercise, then try to recreate those sensations during your next massage with a percussion massage gun .

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Lynn

Lynn has been writing at our blog for over two years. She currently writes about topics such as sleep, massage therapy, and cooking. Recently, she has teamed up with other bloggers to write about their life stories. Lynn is also a certified massage therapist who loves to express herself through cooking recipes she finds on Pinterest or food blogs. Lynn's blog is an outlet where she can share her passions with others while encouraging them to live the best version of themselves.

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