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How to Use Deep Tissue Massage Gun on the Shin?


June 22, 2021 by Erika Locsin


Have you ever experienced leg pain after a run? Have you ever sprinted after a bus and then felt a throbbing in your shins? Perhaps you’re just breaking in a new pair of shoes, and your calves are hurting.


Shin splints can affect runners, dancers, walkers, and pretty much anyone else. Shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome by doctors, occur when muscles, tendons, and bone tissue are overworked as a result of a change in training routine and intensity.


Massage therapy is one of the most effective ways to relieve the pain of shin splints. Massage guns can help with this. One of the advantages of percussion massage guns is that they help relieve pain from overloaded tibias and reduce inflammation of the surrounding muscles without the hassle of scheduling a spa appointment.


In this blog, we are going to demonstrate how to use a deep tissue massage gun on the shin and how massage can help with shin splints.


‍The attachment heads for deep tissue massage guns


Let's get to know your tool before we begin the massage. The massage gun comes with four standard attachment heads and two stainless steel attachment heads.


In general, we advise –


Large muscle groups – ball head


Forkhead – more thorough penetration of medium muscle groups


Bullethead – precise targeting of tight knots


For larger surface areas, flat heads (1 regular, 2 stainless steel) are recommended.


You can use your deep tissue massage gun on any part of your body, including the neck, shoulders, torso, legs, and feet.


How to Use Deep Tissue Massage Gun on the Shin?


What are the causes of shin splints?


  • Inadequate or ill-fitting footwear

  • Flat feet

  • Avoiding stretching before and after workouts

  • Weak hips, ankles, and core muscles

  • Excessive repetition of movements without adequate training

  • Overworking


So, how can you tell if you have shin splints? It is most commonly manifested as inner leg pain and tenderness during activity. In more severe cases, however, pain can be felt even while at rest.


What role does a massage gun play?


How to:

1. Select the attachment.

2. Turn on the massage gun and select a speed setting.

3. Apply the massage gun to your body.

4. Begin by massaging the foot to relieve shin splints.

5. For 10-15 seconds, gently float the HYDRAGUN around your heel.

6. Massage for another 10-15 seconds on the balls of the feet.

7. Finally, for another 10-15 seconds, massage the arch of your feet.

8. Work your way up the side of the leg. Massage the area for 15-30 seconds.

9. Move the massage gun to the front of the leg and massage the shin directly for another 30 seconds, starting from the side.


After the massage, walk or do toes up, heels down movement 10 to 15 times to stretch the legs.


The recovery time from shin splints can range from a few days to several months, depending on the severity of the inflammation. Follow these simple guidelines to avoid exacerbating the situation:


  • Rest the affected leg and combine the massage with light stretching.

  • Wear shoes that fit properly.

  • Ice the affected area 4-6 times per minute for 15 minutes.


Please see a doctor right away if the pain persists or worsens.


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