To use it, you simply aim it at your skin, about an inch away, and let it pulsate back and forth, relaxing muscles and promoting bloodflow in much the same way a vibrating foam roller does. It’s easier to use than a foam roller though, and more natural. In theory, massage guns also offer a chance to modulate pain.
How soon after workout should you use a massage gun?
Massage guns, Shadle says, can be used before a workout to “wake up” the muscles or after a workout to facilitate recovery. They’re also a useful tool for non-athletes.
How long should you use massage gun?
FAQ. Depending on the desired result, we recommend using your Theragun for a minimum of 15 seconds and a maximum of 2 minutes per muscle group. A full-body session should not exceed 15 minutes.
Does massaging fat break it down?
Massages do work to reduce the dimpling of skin that comes with the accumulation of fat, better called cellulite. But these massages cannot fix the problems permanently. Experts and researchers suggest that such massages can work great as a temporary solution but are not a permanent fix.
Can I use massage gun everyday?
You can use a massage gun whenever you want to relieve muscle tension, but it’s most commonly used before and after workouts. “For warmups, using a massage gun can reduce soreness or stiffness from workouts from the day or days prior and activate muscles before a session,” Abarca says.
Are muscle guns worth it?
One 2020 study on 16 men found that using a massage gun improved range of motion after exercise but there was no change in recovery of muscle strength. Earlier research found vibration therapy could reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS, the pain often felt in the 72 hours after a workout) and regain flexibility.
How many days do your muscles need to recover?
After a relatively light workout, your muscles may be able to recover in 24 hours, whereas a more challenging workout might take two to three days. Very intense workouts might take even longer. Other factors that can affect your recovery time include: how well you sleep.
Can Theragun cause damage?
Muscle strains are usually painful, so you probably won’t be tempted to use your Theragun on a pulled hamstring. But just in case you thought that was a good idea, it’s not — the powerful hammering motion of percussion therapy can further damage your muscles.