MASSAGE GUN VS CUPPING MASSAGE
Massage therapy can help everything from chronic pain to poor posture. Yet many people remain in the dark about the benefits of massage therapy and how it can improve your overall health and wellness, and quality of life. People use massage for a variety of health-related purposes including to relieve pain, reduce stress and anxiety, increase relaxation, address depression, and aid in general wellness. The term “massage therapy” encompasses many different techniques, and we’re here to talk to you about the two most popular massage technique which is “massage gun” and “cupping massage”. In general, therapists press, rub and manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. They most often use their hands and fingers but nowadays most of therapists use tools for more efficient results.
Over the past few years, massage guns have become a popular recovery tool. Massage guns are a new tool that has started getting some popularity in late 2019, and people have now started buying their massage guns. These handheld devices are meant to make you feel better by breaking up the tension, decreasing soreness, and improving range of motion. Massage guns work by sending direct vibrating pulses through your muscles. According to a study in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, vibration therapy and traditional massage are both effective at reducing delayed onset muscle soreness. There’s scant information available about massage guns real efficacy. Ultimately, “all it is just a more sophisticated massage device”, says Dr. Charles Kim, a pain management specialist and assistant professor at NYU Langone Health’s Risk Rehabilitation. Although there is some truth that different frequencies may have different effects on how muscles heal and relax, there is no compelling research at the moment saying that one frequency of vibration is better than the other.
Pros of Massage Guns
- Helps in countering muscle spasms. Your muscles become more relaxed and are less likely to spasm or become stiff when you apply pressure to your muscles after a workout.
- Improve range of motion. After using a massage gun, you’ll find that your joints are more flexible and have better blood circulation.
- Releasing lactic acid. A massage gun can help in releasing lactic acid and other toxins. When oxygen levels in the body are low, lactic acid builds-up in the bloodstream and the body would have difficulty burning it off.
- Vibration massage healing. A massage gun can deliver deep vibrations in your muscles using a percussive therapy that helps to improve circulation in the body and allowing more oxygen and more nutrients into your muscles.
- Injury prevention. Many sports injuries are caused by muscle cramps and the lack of adequate recovery. By using a massage gun, the blood and oxygen circulation are improved and the likelihood of overtraining out a muscle is reduced.
- Muscle rehabilitation. If you have an injury, massage guns can help to speed up recovery and heal faster by improving circulation.
Cons of Massage Guns
- First and foremost, good massage guns tend to cost hundreds of dollars. There is a definite cost component you need to take into consideration.
- Most massage guns are very powerful, and you have to take the time to learn how to use each feature. There is always the possibility of accidental injury with massage guns.
- Massage guns are a relatively new product, we need to gather more data that needs to come in before we can make a concrete statement on whether they can work for everyone.
- The use of high-end powerful massage guns for back injuries such as Sciatica or arthritis can do more harm than good. The more power and pressure does not mean the better the treatment, you may actually be overstraining an already jeopardize structure.
- It is highly prohibited to avoid using a massage gun in the cervical area especially if you suffer from neck injuries.
Understanding the pros and cons of cupping massage therapy is essential in deciding if the practice will benefit you. To some, cupping massage may look strange and it’s something controversial alternative practice, but the fact is it isn’t dangerous. Cupping is a form of traditional Chinese medicine used to relieve pain. It never hurts to familiarize yourself with a practice that is new to you especially one that’s been around for millennia. In specific, cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small cups as suction devices that are then placed on the skin.
Pros of Cupping
- Pain relief. This is mostly one of the most positive effects of cupping, not in the least because its primary purpose is soothing pain. The way the silicon cup stretches out the tissues tends to reduce pain.
- Loosening muscle tissue. Once muscles are relaxed and lengthened, posture and movement will improve. Cupping massage stimulated blood flow in the muscles, increasing the temperature which allows the muscles to relax.
- Encouraging better blood circulation. Good circulation is vital to a person’s health, as the blood circulates, it delivers oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells and takes away wastes products.
- Treating high blood pressure by sedating the nervous system.
- Helping lymphatic drainage. The fluid in the lymphatic system helps remove wastes and toxins from the body tissues.
- Eliminating excessive fats. Some studies have linked a high intake of trans fat to increase fat gain. A low-fat eating habit is important for maintaining a healthy weight and preventing heart disease.
- Strengthening tendons.
- Used therapeutically to treat back and neck pains, fatigue and anxiety, migraines, cellulite, and respiratory ailments.
Cons of Cupping Massage
- There’s not much of a negative effect in cupping massage except it will leave you minor bruises ( but this only lasts for a few days and with static cupping, not dynamic cupping technique).
Why else consider cupping?
Famous celebrities as well as famous athletes are doing it too. Take a look at how Megan Markle, Jennifer Aniston, and Michael Phelps, and more are all take cupping into consideration when treating their individual conditions.