How To Use Trigger Point Massage Gun in 9 steps
Trigger Point Massage Gun is widely used in athletic therapy and sports recovery, but it can also be used at home to relieve muscle tension and improve flexibility. The massage gun was originally designed to relieve pain from deep-seated muscle knots caused by injury or overuse. Using the gun on sore muscles can cause those knots to release, resulting in immediate pain relief. This guide will teach you how to use the Trigger Point Massage Gun safely and effectively, no matter your level of expertise with the device or your familiarity with trigger point therapy.
Step 1: Unpack your gun
Check that you have all of your accessories; get familiar with them. Feel where they go and how they fit into your hands. If you’re not sure about something, or if there’s something missing, check online for a troubleshooting guide or contact customer service. Getting to know your new trigger point massage gun as soon as possible will make it easier to learn how to use it correctly! Think of how easy it is to get up and running with a game console when you read through a quick start guide—you’ll want that same level of familiarity with your gun. Follow any guidance given by customer service regarding oiling your gun, placing attachments properly, and so on.
Step 2: Charge it up
Once you’ve unboxed your new trigger point massage gun, you need to charge it up before using it. Unlike a manual or hands-on massager, there is no battery included, so a power cord is needed for charging. Charging only takes about an hour, so plan accordingly. Make sure that you keep it near an outlet because using it with a dead battery will not be fun for anyone involved! (You can leave it plugged in and ready to go if you’re doing plenty of work at home—just remember to let go of the handle when your arm gets tired from holding onto it).
Step 3: Decide which area to use it on
For example, I’m using it on my quadriceps and hamstrings today. If you aren’t sure where to start, try a hot spot—where you feel stiffness or pain when you touch it. In my case, that’s pretty much everywhere. Check with your doctor before massaging any area of your body that is showing signs of illness or injury. This may seem obvious, but muscles ache for a reason: they are working hard and need help!
Step 4: Locate the trigger point(s)
Locate trigger points by pressing gently on areas of muscle tension, and holding for at least two seconds. A trigger point will feel different from other parts of muscle tissue. It will be tender and have a distinct form (rounded or elongated), rather than being diffuse and spread out. Another way to test if you’ve found a trigger point is to press on it lightly; most healthy muscle tissue should not cause pain when touched lightly with one finger. If it does, then you have found a tender area that needs further investigation with deeper palpation, so lighten your touch until you can comfortably explore without causing pain.
Step 5: Set pressure according to your pain tolerance
In order to achieve an effective massage, you should be using enough pressure to activate your trigger points. Too little pressure will not produce results and might leave you with painful soreness that makes it difficult to continue with your routine. You also want to make sure that you aren’t being too rough. You should be comfortable during use, but not experiencing pain or soreness that exceeds your normal muscle aches after a strenuous workout. Start with a lower amount of pressure on your first sessions and experiment until you find a level of pressure you can handle without discomfort; then, follow these instructions for each trigger point.
Step 6: Apply pressure with gentle and deep strokes
Once you have a firm grasp on how to use trigger point massage gun, it’s time to apply pressure. This is probably one of the more difficult parts about using trigger point massager, because you’ll need to gauge just how hard you’re pressing and what angle your arm should be at for optimal results. How do you know if you’re applying enough pressure? When your client says ouch, that’s when! This also serves as a good way to gage whether or not they’re enjoying themselves: Nobody likes getting hurt. But there are two ways to go about applying pressure: by applying firm pressure or applying deep strokes. Deep strokes are exactly what they sound like—long, deeply penetrating motions from root to tip along each muscle fiber.
Step 7: Move onto other areas if necessary
If you have other muscles that are tense, consider going back and working on those as well. Alternatively, if you have another muscle-pain spot (such as a sore neck), then try it out on that. Here’s where you’ll be able to see how many areas your TPMG will cover! If they’re not all covered, then simply take your time with Step 6 again until they are. As always, try to stay relaxed during your massage and let things flow naturally—the only way to get better at using a TPMG is by getting experience using one! Once you’ve finished working on your entire body (or sections of it), find a comfy place to relax for a few minutes before starting again.
Step 8: Know when to stop
For our last step, we’re going to use all of our trigger point massage tips and advice to help a client reach a state of total bliss. It may seem like you have unlimited time and that you can work on your client for hours, but that’s not always true. The best massages are ones that are enjoyed by both client and therapist alike; you never want your client to feel as if they’re being held against their will, or as if they must stay until they pay you. Instead, set limits: I will give you a 20-minute massage today, but I am willing to work with you further at an additional cost. If there is anything else I can do for you before then, please let me know.
Step 9 Consider incorporating it into a self-care routine (daily, weekly, monthly)
Choose when you want to use your TPMG and plan it into your self-care routine. An easy way to do so is simply by using it after a bath or shower each day. This will help you get into a regular self-care routine, which can lead to improved mental health and wellbeing over time. If you have more than one unit, choose which areas of your body (and life) need more support.
Everybody knows about trigger point massage but there is a lot of confusion about what exactly it is. Most people don’t understand how to use a trigger point massager and just go for it blindly without knowing what they are doing. That’s why I want to teach you guys 10 ways to use a trigger point massage gun so that you never feel lost again! Just follow these simple steps and remember to start with step 1 before trying anything else! Have fun!