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Why remedial massage therapy is better than a massage gun

Why remedial massage therapy is better than a massage gun

In the modern pursuit for health and wellness, especially within sports and physical fitness, various tools and techniques aim to alleviate muscle pain and enhance recovery. Among these, remedial massage therapy and massage guns have become quite popular. While both offer benefits, remedial massage therapy stands out for its comprehensive, personalised, and effective approach to muscle care and overall well-being. Here’s why remedial massage therapy is better than using a massage gun.

Personalised Treatment

One of the most significant advantages of remedial massage therapy is the personalized care it offers. A trained remedial massage or myotherapist can assess each individual’s specific needs, taking into account their medical history, lifestyle, and current condition. This tailored approach ensures that the treatment addresses the root cause of pain and discomfort, rather than just the symptoms. Conversely, massage guns provide a one-size-fits-all solution, lacking the ability to adapt to the unique needs of each person.

The techniques used in remedial massage therapy can be adapted in real-time based on the client’s feedback and the therapist’s observations. Whether it’s deep tissue work, myofascial release, dry needling, cupping, or gentle stretching, the pressure and technique are adjusted to suit the individual’s tolerance and therapeutic needs. In contrast, a massage gun offers limited settings for intensity and may not effectively target specific muscle groups or areas requiring delicate handling such as the neck and face.

Expert Assessment and Diagnosis

Remedial massage and myotherapists possess an in-depth understanding of the body’s anatomy and physiology. They use this knowledge to apply precise techniques that promote healing, improve circulation, and restore function. This holistic approach considers the interconnectedness of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other tissues. Massage guns, on the other hand, operate mechanically, delivering percussive therapy that may not be as nuanced or targeted, potentially missing deeper issues.

Additionally, myotherapists are trained to diagnose underlying issues that may be causing muscle pain or tension. They can identify problems like muscle imbalances, poor posture, or repetitive strain injuries and provide corrective treatment. This expert assessment is critical in preventing minor issues from developing into more serious conditions. A massage gun, lacking the ability to diagnose, can only provide temporary relief without addressing the underlying cause.

Comprehensive Pain Relief and Relaxation

Remedial massage therapy not only addresses muscle pain and tension but also promotes overall relaxation and stress relief. The human touch has a profound effect on the body’s nervous system, helping to reduce stress hormones and increase the production of endorphins, which are natural painkillers. While massage guns can help with muscle stiffness and soreness, they lack the ability to provide the same level of psychological and emotional benefits as a human touch.

Preventative and Rehabilitative Care

Remedial massage therapy plays a crucial role in both the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries. At Kinematics, our therapists can offer advice on posture, stretching, and strengthening exercises to help prevent injuries. In case of existing injuries, they can work closely with the multidisciplinary team of practitioners to develop a rehabilitation plan that promotes healing and restores function. Massage guns, while helpful for temporary relief, do not offer the same level of preventative or rehabilitative care.

Safety and Expertise

Using a massage gun requires a certain level of knowledge to avoid causing harm, such as bruising or aggravating an existing injury. Professional therapists are trained to apply the right amount of pressure and avoid areas that could cause further tissue damage. They can also adjust their techniques based on the client’s responses and any contraindications. The risk of misuse with a massage gun, especially without proper guidance, can lead to adverse effects.

While massage guns can be a useful tool for immediate relief from muscle soreness and tension, they cannot replace the comprehensive and personalised care provided by a remedial massage or myotherapist. The expertise, adaptability, and holistic approach of a trained remedial massage therapist ensure that treatment is not only effective but also safe and tailored to the individual’s needs.

For those seeking a tailored approach and long-term solutions, come in and see one of our remedial massage or myotherapy practitioners!

You can book online here.

By Benas Norvilas

Remedial Massage Therapist