Massage gun therapy FAQS

Is percussive therapy safe?

Unless you're someone with a specific medical challenge that makes you wary of using a massage gun, percussive therapy is a safe muscle recovery treatment.
If in doubt, consult a medical expert first just to be on the safer side.

I am pregnant and I experience severe muscle cramps. Can I use the percussive therapy gun?

No. It’s not recommended to use during pregnancy, especially over your abdominal area. Treatments such as percussive therapy, shiatsu, and acupressure are not advisable for pregnant women. Women who are in their first trimester are advised to avoid any form of massage due to the increased risk for miscarriage during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Instead of percussive therapy, expectant mothers may opt for a prenatal massage to relieve muscle tension, reduce back pain, and alleviate stress.

On what areas of my body can I use the massage gun?

You can use the massage gun on any muscular area of your body, but you should avoid using it on the face, throat, neck, or nerves and major blood vessels. Of course, you should also avoid areas where you have wounds, scabs, cancerous lesions, and a recent bone fracture.
If you experience any electric or pins-and-needles sensation, you may have literally touched a nerve. Stop using the device and consult your doctor.

Is it normal for my skin to turn red or pink after treatment?

It’s usual for the area where the massage gun is used to become a bit red or pink after the treatment. It is often due to the dilation of muscle cells and blood vessels. Josh Shadle, a certified massage therapist and injury specialist explains, “If the tissue is getting really red really quickly, [that means] you’ve got a lot of blood flow in there.” He advises moving the gun to another spot because your skin may become sore and you could risk having a bruise. If your skin has turned red longer than usual and has become inflamed, stop using it and seek your physician’s advice