A massage gun will get you out of that stiff collar or out of that wet swimsuit. Also, if you can spend 50 minutes in a pool, most athletes can spend less than an hour on an elliptical.
Why use a massage gun?
Before we take any athletes to our massage department, I do a test. A 10-minute yoga class is followed by a ten-minute run, and in the following week a massage. Every athlete who has undergone my test instantly knows the difference, which is why every one of my athletes has come to me looking for a massage, so it works. The beauty of a massage gun is it won’t bend or twist, but it will massage to feel better and stronger in that second or second and a half after an exercise, or after a yoga class.
I use my Hypervolt massage guns on everything from the younger athletes to the older athletes, including those who are injured, usually after an injury like a sprained ankle or torn ligament. I use my massage guns on those athletes to get them out of that leg or trunk muscle tightness and to help with inflammation.
I typically use it as a preventative measure for something like a mild knee or ankle injury. A lot of the injuries I see are in that second or second and a half after they’ve finished exercise, so if I can get that knee or ankle feeling better in that second or second and a half, then I can prevent the athlete from going through a whole season of just recovery instead of training, which makes training that much better and more efficient.
I do get athletes, usually when they’re recovering from a major injury, who have some stiffness in the hip, in the ankle or in a muscle like a hamstring. In those cases, if they have the slightest hint of something, I’ll sit them down and do a physical assessment to check their hip strength, their leg strength and their muscle strength. If I can’t check those muscles in that second or second and a half after they finish a workout or practice, I know I need to put them through a two- or three-hour-long massage.
How much pressure should athletes feel?
There are two different types of massage pressure. A massage is considered high pressure, medium pressure or low pressure. Most massage therapists will say that high-pressure massage is for sportspeople who are recovering from injury and low-pressure massage is for a good way of releasing soreness in the muscles, so it’s really for people who are training and competing and doing a lot of yoga and regular yoga.
If a person is recovering from injury, I use low-pressure massage, and I will usually use around one-third of the amount of pressure that a person would experience with a high-pressure massage. In low pressure, I will usually massage the muscles or joints of the hip, knee and ankle for 20 minutes. In low-pressure massage, I do a lot of moving motions and can help move out inflammation, if I do it for a longer period of time.