How I use my Warrior Pro Massage Gun post back surgery.
Recovering from my back injury, and then surgery in early 2021 has been a long journey for me. From someone who has always led an active life, being in debilitating pain, unable to even get off the couch or tie my shoelaces without help is something I won’t easily forget.
The Warrior Pro Massage Gun has formed part of my rehabilitation and pain management (along with surgery, and a range of other therapies like acupuncture, cryotherapy and spiritual healing which I have talked about in previous blogs). Probably the best thing about it, compared with some other tools like cryotherapy and acupuncture is that it’s so cost effective, and I can use it at home whenever I feel like it instead of having to make an appointment and shell out the cash every time I have a visit!
Mostly, pre surgery I used the massage gun for pain relief, particularly for the referral sciatica pain I was getting down my right outer calf. A few minutes of therapy with the gun definitely made a difference. A decent focus on glutes and hip flexors was really helpful in my case as well.
If you are struggling with pain, particularly back pain I really recommend seeing a health care professional you trust before self-diagnosing as applying the wrong treatment and therapy can make your pain worse.
For me, I didn’t want to rely solely on drugs for pain management so the massage gun on a daily basis has been a godsend for me – but it’s important to stress it needs to be used in conjunction with other therapies and solutions for the best recovery.
My typical routine for recovery
If you are using the massage gun for recovery purposes, there can be too much of a good thing and less is often better. Definitely have a chat with your doctor or physio to see what they recommend for you based on your recovery and rehab regime. This is what has been working for me:
Think of a massage gun like a foam roller on steroids; it’s way easier to use, more effective and you can just sit back, relax and let the percussion do the work.
Keep in mind, your muscles are already stretched, strained, and inflamed. Using the massage gun is the bomb after a decent workout, and it’s easy to overdo it but try to stick to the 2 minute rule for each muscle group. Your limbs aren’t going to fall off if you push it out every so often but for recovery you are really aiming to use it enough to flush the lactic acid build up from the muscles.
I’d love to hear what your recovery and rehab regime is, and as my rehab sessions progress, I’m aiming to get them up and share on YouTube as well as my post recovery massage gun regime too.