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Massage Gun Benefits And Disadvantages (If Any)

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Massage guns are a new tool that have started getting some popularity in late 2019 and early 2020, and many people have now started buying their own massage guns. So what are the benefits of using a massage gun, and are there any disadvantages? And how substantial are these benefits? Over a period of several weeks, I tried a few of the most popular massage guns including the TimTam All New Power Massager, the Hyperice Hypervolt Plus, the Achedaway Vibration and Percussion Massager and the Sportneer Percussive Massage Gun, and found that they helped me out drastically. Here are the main benefits that using these massage guns brought me (in no particular order):

  • Releasing lactic acid: When oxygen levels in the body are low, lactic acid builds up in the bloodstream and the body can have difficulties burning it off (this happens a lot after exercise) which can lead to cramps in your muscles. By using a massage gun, you can help the body to release lactic acid and other toxins.
  • Vibrational healing: A massage gun is able to deliver deep vibrations in your muscles using a percussive therapy method that helps to improve circulation in your body, and therefore allow more oxygen and nutrients into your muscles. This can be a major help to alleviate pain and recover faster, and I found that through vibrational healing, my body was able to recover from workouts much quicker.
  • Injury prevention: Many sports injuries are caused by muscle cramps and the lack of adequate recovery before straining the muscle again, and by using a massage gun to improve your blood and oxygen circulation, the likelihood of overtraining and wearing out a muscle too fast is reduced.
  • Rehabilitation: If you do have an injury, massage guns can help you to speed up your recovery and make you heal faster by improving circulation. Of course, a massage gun should not be the only or even the main treatment you use to recover, but it can definitely provide significant assistance.
  • Helps to counter muscle spasms: By applying pressure to your muscles after a workout, your muscles become more relaxed and are less likely to spasm or become stiff.
  • Improve range of motion: After using massage guns, you’ll find that your joints are more flexible and have better blood circulation, thereby improving your range of motion.
  • Breaking up your scar tissue: Scar tissue helps to repair damaged fibers in your body, but has a different elasticity than other muscle tissues in your body. As such, breaking down this scar tissue will help with alleviating pain.

Enough of the advantages of massage guns – what about the disadvantages?

First, good massage guns tend to cost hundreds of dollars, so there is a definite cost component you need to take into consideration, and there is always the possibility of accidental injury with massages. As massage guns are also a relatively new product, there is also more data that needs to come in before we can make a concrete statement on whether they can work for everyone. While¬† myself and others have benefited from using massage guns, there’s always the chance that they’re not worth the money for you or do not offer any noticeable benefits.

What are the best massage guns?

I am currently working hard to write detailed reviews of all the most popular massage guns with the aim of helping our readers find the one that works best for them (UPDATE: see my article on massage gun reviews here). Regardless of what massage gun you choose, however, I believe you’ll find that it’s well worth the investment, and I predict that massage guns will continue to gain popularity throughout 2020 and beyond.

Karen Green

Based in Wisconsin USA, I am a stay-at-home mother of 2 beautiful children and help contributors on OutwitTrade with spelling, proofreading and fact-checking, as well as reviewing various health and fitness products. I have a degree in nutrition and previously worked as a pharmacist.
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