Massage guns (sometimes called percussive massage treatment or vibration therapy) have become quite popular over the past couple of years. Perhaps it’s because of their increased presence by celebrities on social media, or perhaps it’s because many of us were locked down and couldn’t access a massage therapist.
The first question to ask before you invest in one is probably “do they work?”
Science suggests yes.
Most of the studies have focused on muscle recovery, soreness and even part of a warm-up exercise to prevent injury.
For example, one study looked at a 5-minute percussive massage on the calf muscles and found that it improved the range of movement by over 18%, similar to the result you’d expect from a conventional massage therapist, prompting the authors to suggest “including a percussive massage treatment in a warm-up regimen to optimize the flexibility level of an athlete, without losing muscle performance.”1
Another common use is the prevention of Delayed Onset Of Muscle Soreness (DOMS). DOMS is that soreness that follows a workout or exercise a day or two after the event. A study of 45 healthy female non-athletes showed a significant reduction in post-exercise muscle soreness, once again, equal to the benefits of a professional massage therapist.2
A recent review of many studies conducted at the University of Winchester also recommended the use of gun massagers as part of a structured warm up as well as part of a rehabilitation program post-injury to increase range of motion and reduce perceived pain and muscle soreness.3
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