Whether from over-exertion, strain, or a pinched nerve, you can get instant neck pain relief from percussion therapy massage. And Hydragun is the best massage gun for the job. Hydragun stimulates blood flow and helps reduce inflammation. In this quick blog post, we talk about how to use your Hydragun massage gun for neck pain relief. If you haven’t got a Hydragun yet, click here to get one today and let’s get started.
The Attachment Heads
Your Hydragun comes with 7 attachment heads – 4 regular and 3 stainless steel.
The ball attachment is recommended for large muscle groups. The fork has dual-point targeting and is great for deeper penetration of medium muscle groups. The bullet head is recommended for pinpoint targeting of tight knots. The flat heads (1 regular, 3 stainless steel) are suggested for larger surface areas. You can use your Hydragun all over the body, from the neck, shoulders, torso, legs and feet.
Using a Hydragun Massage Gun on for Neck Pain Relief
The two most obvious and superficial neck muscles are the sternocleidomastoid and the trapezius.
The sternocleidomastoid muscle’s primary function is to rotate the head. The trapezius muscle, meanwhile, works with adjacent muscles in raising the head and shoulders. When overexerted, these muscles become inflamed and you’ll feel a dull, tight and achy pain. Sometimes, it can even result in headaches originating from the base of the skull.
In using a massage gun to ease this pain, please do NOT apply the device directly onto the neck. Improper use can result in a tear in the arteries and impede blood flow to the brain. Instead, use the Hydragun on the shoulders and the trapezius muscles.
Recommended Hydragun Massage Gun Attachment Head to Use:
- For warm-ups, cool-downs, between sets and for recovery – ball
- For deep, tight knots – fork head
1. Choose the attachment.
2. Turn the Hydragun massage gun on and choose the speed setting.
3. Apply Hydragun to the body.
For warm-ups and between sets:
1. Start in the area between the crook of the neck and the shoulder. Let the Hydragun glide back and forth across muscle fibers for 15 seconds.
2. Then move the Hydragun to the muscle insertion, moving down and up in a gliding motion for another 15 seconds.
3. Finally, take another 15 seconds and run the massage gun along all muscle fibers.
4. Do this on each side.
For cool-downs and recovery:
1. Float the Hydragun across all the muscle fibers.
2. Move the gun from side to side and then back and forth.
3. Do this for a minimum of 120 seconds (2 minutes).
Use Hydragun massage gun for deep and tight knots:
For the area between the neck and shoulder, use a ball or fork head attachment. Let the Hydragun rest on the area for a few seconds and avoid hitting bone.
Tip: Recommended attachment heads are just that – suggestions. Hydragun can easily be customized depending on your needs so feel free to choose which attachment head and speed works best for you.
For best results, couple your massage session with stretching exercises. Suffering from pain in other areas? Check out the rest of our muscle recovery series.
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quick question: given that the carotid artery is on the medial side of the SCM do you think it would be safe to use the gun as long as you stayed on the outside (lateral side) of the SCM muscle?