Buying a massage gun for yourself or your family members is a great decision especially if you are an athlete or fitness enthusiast. This power-packed, fabulous percussive therapy device comes with several benefits, the main one being deep-tissue relief. Massage guns have become increasingly popular due to their ability to relieve you from sore muscles, back aches, neck aches, and stiff muscles. However, it is important to know that just like any other powerful tool, massage guns are not a one-size-fits-all solution. This means you should know when you can use a massage gun and when you can’t. Without knowing all these things and situations, using a massage gun could do more harm than good.
You should also be aware of who can use a massage gun and who is not supposed to use it. Additionally, there are certain areas in your body where you can’t use a massage gun. We have all the information in store for you. Here’s a guide to help you navigate the “do not massage” zones.
Injuries and Pain
As discussed above, there are certain situations when you can’t use a massage gun. In this section, we shall discuss why you shouldn’t use a massage gun over an injury or if you have pain in any area of your body.
1. Acute injuries
Using a massage gun on an open wound or area where you recently injured yourself, or a fresh cut can worsen the pain and aggravate the swelling. Ensure you wait to use the massage gun on and around the area until the acute phase passes. Allow the wound to heal.
2. Bone areas
Applying the massage gun directly to bony areas like the knees, tibia, shin, or shoulder blades can be painful. Note that the massage gun is not effective on bony areas. Ensure you use the gun only on the soft tissue areas and your muscles.
3. Unidentified pain
There may be instances when you don’t know the cause of your pain i.e. you may be experiencing pain in any area or part of your body. Using a massage gun may not allow you to find out the underlying issue behind the pain. This, in turn, can delay appropriate diagnosis and the right treatment.
Before buying a massage gun or using it, read the following points. If you belong to one or more of these categories, then you should avoid using a massage gun. Ensure you read through this information thoroughly and follow everything mentioned.
1. Pacemakers and Implants
As you know, a pacemaker sends electrical pulses to help your heart beat at a normal rate and rhythm. If you are a heart patient and a pacemaker is implanted in your heart then you need to stay away from using a massage gun. This is because massage guns generate an electrical field. This can interfere with the functioning of pacemakers and other implanted devices such as Cochlear implants, breast or hip implants, cardioverter defibrillators, blood pressure sensors, contraceptive intrauterine devices, intraocular lenses, and so on.
If you or anyone you know is prone to inflammation or suffering from a certain health issue, then this is very important for you to read. Please don’t skip this part. Unfortunately, you can’t use a massage gun if you have conditions like arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, or Crohn’s disease as this can worsen inflammation. So, it is best to avoid a massage gun if you have any of these health issues.
The vibrations can put stress on weakened bones, potentially leading to fractures.
3. Bleeding disorders
The percussive nature of the gun can increase blood flow, potentially leading to bleeding in individuals with haemophilia or other clotting issues.
If you have nerve damage, the gun’s vibrations could further irritate sensitive nerves and cause pain.
While some research suggests it may be safe in certain cases, it’s best to err on the side of caution and avoid using a massage gun during pregnancy.
General Safety Tips:
- Excessive pressure: Applying too much pressure can cause bruising and tissue damage. Use light to moderate pressure and listen to your body.
- Prolonged use: Don’t use the gun for extended periods on the same area. Limit sessions to 10-15 minutes per spot to avoid overstimulation.
- Open wounds or infections: Avoid using the gun near open wounds or infected areas to prevent further complications.
- Sunburn or irritated skin: Applying the gun to sunburned or irritated skin can further aggravate the condition.
- Consult your doctor: If you have any underlying medical conditions or concerns, always talk to your doctor before using a massage gun.
- Begin gently: Beginners should start with the lowest intensity and speed settings to avoid causing discomfort.
- Listen to your body: If something feels painful or uncomfortable, stop using the gun immediately.
While a massage gun can be a valuable tool for muscle recovery and relaxation, it’s important to know everything about this device and use it with caution and awareness after buying it. By understanding when to avoid them and using them responsibly, you can ensure they stay a helpful tool in your wellness toolkit and not a source of unwanted pain or injury.