How To Use A Massage Gun For Arthritis

How To Use A Massage Gun For Arthritis

Are you looking for a way to relieve your arthritis pain? A massage gun may be just the thing you need! Massage guns are a relatively new tool to reduce pain and improve mobility without the side effects of medication. They use pulsating vibrations to provide a deep tissue massage that can help reduce inflammation and increase blood flow to the area. If you suffer from arthritis, a massage gun may provide much-needed relief. 

How Does a Massage Gun Help Relieve Arthritic Pain? 

One of the safest clinically proven ways to treat arthritis is through deep-tissue massage. Deep tissue massage may be an ideal solution for quick, lasting pain relief without risking the harmful side effects of drugs or refilling a prescription. 

When undergoing deep tissue massage therapy, the massages manipulate multiple levels of tissue and muscles, easing tension, relieving joint pain, and ultimately providing natural relief and quick recovery. There are two ways to experience effective deep tissue massage: with a massage therapist or a massage gun. 

The massage gun is a cost-effective solution for arthritic pain relief from the comfort of your home. It targets specific areas of pain while providing a gentle yet effective massage using percussion and vibration. It helps increase blood circulation in the affected area to reduce inflammation, ease nerve pain, and improve joint flexibility. 

Ranging from $150 to $300, a massage gun offers years of on-demand use, costing much less than continuously seeing a massage therapist. Massage guns also require next to no expertise to get an excellent massage. Point the gun about an inch away from the desired massage area and enjoy the soothing pulsations of the massage gun.

How To Use a Massage Gun Safely and Effectively 

A high-quality massager with the appropriate attachments for your target area is a must. Always follow the instructions or contact the support team when in doubt. At Lifepro Fitness, we provide a complete support system, including built-in LIVE support from our 'guiding angels' and free access to a comprehensive library of training videos and tools. We understand that arthritis is a serious problem for many, so our customers can always contact us and receive professional advice on using a massage gun in arthritis-affected areas.

Check out this video and learn how to use different attachment tips for different parts of the body.

Attachments For Easing Arthritis Pain

Usually, massage guns come with several attachments designed to target specific areas. The most common ones include the following:

  • Bullet - for the legs and back muscles. Please keep it away from your vertebrae. 
  • Fork - for larger muscle groups such as my quads, hamstrings, and glutes 
  • Ball - for sensitive muscle groups
  • Flat round - great for medium to large muscle groups. It doesn't go as deep as the bullet attachment.
  • Soft padded (air cushion) - around areas with bony prominences such as the spine, shoulder, wrists, and feet. 

Depending on your needs, the correct attachment will ensure the best results for relieving arthritic pain. For example, our Sonic Pro Massage Gun includes convenient attachments for those hard-to-reach areas, like between fingers and toes, allowing even those tricky parts of the body to benefit from deep tissue massage.

Watch the overview of Sonic Pro Massage Gun attachment below:

No matter where arthritis is: shoulders, neck, wrist, fingers, or even feet, there is an attachment to provide swift pain relief, prevent flare-ups, ease soreness, and lead to quick recovery wherever it's pointed. 

Best Massage Guns For Arthritis

When shopping for a good vibrating massage gun, it's essential to consider a few things:

  1. Number of intensity levels
  2. Attachments for target areas
  3. Ergonomic design
  4. Build quality 
  5. Size of the device
  6. Warranty.

For example, people suffering from hand arthritis should look for the smallest massage gun. This device should offer low-intensity levels and soft attachments to avoid injuries and relieve pain.

If you have knee or shoulder arthritis, you should look for a powerful massage gun with more intensity levels and attachments for targeted relief. The device should have an ergonomic design to be comfortable and reach all painful areas. Check out our top picks for different areas of the body affected by arthritis.

Best Hand and Writs Massager for Arthritis

Lifepro DynaMini is our top pick for a massage gun that works exceptionally well for hand and wrist pain relief. This massage gun offers 4 intensity levels, an ergonomic hand grip, and 4 must-have attachments. Most importantly, it's super small and lightweight, making it an excellent choice for people with arthritis in their hands and wrists. DynaMini is so small that it can fit in your pocket, so you can use it while traveling and have instant pain relief when you need it the most!

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How to use

  1. Attach the ball tip
  2. Turn on unit
  3. Start with the low-pressure first
  4. Float around the muscle group finding the tender areas
  5. Hold on the tender areas for a maximum of 30 seconds

For maximum results, pair with:

AllevaGlove Red Light Therapy Glove. Read more about light therapy benefits here.

Best Foot Massager For Arthritis

More than 600 people rated our Sonic LX Professional Percussion Massage Gun their favorite. It has 9 intensity levels and 10 attachments for a hyper-targeted deep-tissue massage. It has an ergonomic design and is made of high-quality materials. Furthermore, it comes with a lifetime warranty and is perfect for relieving pain and stiffness in the feet and other areas affected by arthritis. Forbes has rated Sonix LX as one of the best and most affordable massage guns!

Buy it today with a 10% discount using code: BLOG10

How to use:

  1. Attach the ball tip
  2. Turn on unit
  3. Adjust the intensity level to your liking
  4. Float around the muscle group finding the tender areas
  5. Hold on the tender areas for a maximum of 30 seconds

For maximum results, pair with

AcuCare Pro Heating Foot Massager machine is specifically designed for foot pain relief. It comes with compression cuffs, acupressure nodes, oscillation for arches & rolling foot therapy for the balls of the feet & toes.

Best Knee and Leg Massagers For Arthritis

Sonic LX Professional Percussion Massage Gun is a true superstar! It helps with not only foot pain but your knees and legs pain as well. The reason for that is a variety of unique attachments, such as a dampener tip and a flat tip, that help target deep tissue points without causing extra pain or injury. 

How to use

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Best Neck Massager For Arthritis

Using a massage gun for the neck can be dangerous when done wrong. The neck is a delicate area, and the wrong pressure can cause injury and even death. So if you have arthritis in your neck, look for a device with low-intensity levels and soft attachments. DynaMini and Sonic XL are among the best neck massagers for people living with arthritis. They have soft attachments, various intensity levels, and a noise-canceling system that helps relax your neck muscles.

How to use:

IMPORTANT:

Don't put pressure on your neck when using a massage gun; avoid joints and arteries. 

Massage Gun Safety Tips

Proper use of a massage gun is simple. The same safety rules for other appliances like irons, hair dryers, or toasters apply to massage guns: keep dry, don't leave it on when not in use, keep away from small children or pets, etc.

Although massage guns can be used to massage any area of the body, there are a few areas to steer clear of. Avoid using the massage gun on the neck, head, or any injured muscles. Hold the massage gun about an inch away from where it will be applied for further safety. For maximum effectiveness and safety, it's best to use for at least 15 seconds and no more than 2 minutes on each muscle group. Every massage gun has a manual with complete safety and operating instructions.

Despite the positive impact massage guns have had on those suffering from arthritis, certain people may be more sensitive to deep-tissue massage than others. If you experience pain, consult a doctor for other treatment options.

Buy A Massage Gun At Lifepro

For those suffering from arthritis, there are many great relief methods, and few are as convenient as a massage gun. Lifepro offers affordable models and a lifetime warranty on all massage guns to help anyone get the relief and benefits of deep tissue massage. Whether at home, in the office, or on vacation: a massage gun is the easiest way to find quick relief from the deliberating pains and frustrations of arthritis. 

Shop the full Lifepro massage gun line here. Use code: BLOG10 for an exclusive 10% discount.

Author

Joel Gottehrer

Joel Gottehrer is the Co-Founder of Lifepro Fitness and has dedicated his life to helping people transform theirs. With over 12 years of experience in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and owner of two personal training studios, Joel has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to helping transform lives. After suffering from physical injuries, Joel and his business partner, Abraham Brach, came together with a common goal to alleviate the pain caused by their injuries.

They continued to find themselves disappointed with the results stemming from various products promising to relieve their pain, and with that – Lifepro Fitness was born. Joel's mission is to have a positive impact on millions of lives with the Lifepro brand. Whether it's finding new and innovative ways to help people recover from injuries or developing products to improve overall wellness, Joel is always looking for ways to push the boundaries. Thanks to his commitment to help people live their lives free of pain, Lifepro has been able to do this for thousands of people since its founding in 2017.

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