Stay-at-home orders forced the majority of the workforce to transform their homes into makeshift workspaces that are ergonomically challenged. Prolonged computer use and poor posture can lead to body aches. Working from home also means taking fewer steps every day – no more walking to the cafeteria for lunch, walking to and from cubicles and offices, etc.
Enter deep tissue massage guns, which make it possible to enjoy spa-quality massages at home. Here are 5 ways to use these devices to make working from home easier:
1. Relieve Carpal Tunnel Pain
Repetitive hand and wrist movements cause carpal tunnel syndrome, which is common among people who use computers for extended periods.
Gliding a massage gun from the neck down to the arms, wrists and hands relaxes the muscles around the median nerve, which reduces carpal tunnel pain. Massage guns can be powerful devices, so stay within the lowest speed settings and keep massage sessions short – no more than 30 seconds per arm.
2. Eliminate Shoulder Knots
Sitting in front of a computer for extended periods causes tightness around the shoulders. This tension leads to the formation of “knots” or trigger points that can lead to headaches and fatigue.
Apart from applying light stretches and using hot compresses, using a deep tissue massage gun for a couple of minutes relaxes muscle knots in the shoulder area. The result? No headaches and improved focus on daily tasks.
3. Relax Lower Back Muscles
Back-to-back video conference calls are not only mentally draining, they cause physical stress too. In particular, long hours of sitting can lead to lower back pain.
Use your massage gun for five minutes on the lower back to promote blood flow and relax the muscles to reduce pain.
4. Improve Mood
Once the novelty of working from home wears off, many people struggle with unplugging at the end of their work day. The lack of structure, distractions and social isolation all contribute to feelings of anxiety.
A 15-minute session with a deep tissue massage gun is equivalent to an hour-long professional massage. The device helps relax the muscles and lowers cortisol levels, improving one’s mood and productivity.
5. Improve Focus
Pain is a huge detriment to one’s ability to focus on tasks. It’s distracting, affects sleep quality and causes fatigue. Percussive massage guns directly target problem areas for quick pain relief, thus improving one’s ability to focus.
Deep tissue massage guns provide many of the same benefits as traditional massage therapy. However, the effects are more targeted, allowing for a faster, heightened level of pain relief. The fact that these devices can be used anytime, anywhere is a bonus.