Fascia is a layer of dense connective tissue that runs through our body, made up of fibers, collagen, and hydroproteins that hold our body together, forming a 3D network system that wraps around muscles, bones, nerves, arteries, and veins. Relaxing fascia after exercise can effectively relieve fatigue and accelerate muscle repair, which can restore muscles to their initial state as soon as possible.
Fascial Gun, also known as myofascial relaxation massage machine, is a portable, high-frequency shock physical therapy equipment for myofascial relaxation, using the principle of muscle resonance, deep strikes, and vibrations on deep muscle tissue, so as to promote blood circulation, avoid lactic acid accumulation, relieve muscle pain and promote recovery after injury.
The amplitude of the Fascial Gun is usually around 1-1.6 cm, and moves up and down by 1 cm. If you want to achieve real relaxation to the level of your muscles, you need to control its intensity by hand. In addition, the Fascial Gun works not only on the fascia, but also on the surrounding soft tissues such as muscles. By vibration, it can promote the recovery or eliminate fatigue of the muscles and surrounding soft tissues, indirectly affecting the repair of tissues. Therefore, the Fascial Gun, when used properly, can assist in improving fascial injury, and the vibration frequency is stable, which can promote the recovery of muscles and soft tissues and achieve certain effect of relieving soreness and restoring injury.
Shockwave Therapy Machine
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy, also known as Acoustic wave therapy, is a non-invasive/minimally invasive medical technique that offers many advantages as a new therapy between conservative treatment and open surgery.
Shock waves are acoustic waves with specific physical characteristics including non-linearity, low stretching amplitude after a high pressure peak, short rise time and short duration (10 ms). They have a single pulse, a wide frequency range (0-20 MHz) and a high pressure amplitude (0-120 MPa).
Shockwave therapy machines transmit short, strong, energetic sound waves at speeds in excess of the speed of sound into the affected tissue. This results in micro trauma, increased blood flow and stimulates an acute inflammatory response which aids the healing process.
Fascial Gun is a rapid mechanical blow; shockwave is an ultrasonic wave that delivers energy to a deeper level for treatment.
Shockwave is effective in relieving pain caused by fascial injuries, tendons, muscles, and ligaments. In addition, shockwave has a wider range of applications compared to vibration machines. There are some of the main differences between shockwave therapy and Vibration therapy.
Difference of Vibration Therapy Machine and Shockwave Therapy Machine
Fascial Gun is a quick mechanical blow that mainly relaxes the muscles. Shockwave is an ultrasonic wave that delivers energy to a deeper level for treatment. shockwave therapy is a non-invasive/minimally invasive medical technique that offers many advantages as a new therapy between conservative treatment and open surgery.
Shockwave is effective in relieving pain caused by fascial injuries, tendons, muscles, and ligaments. In addition, shockwave has a wider range of applications compared to Fascial Gun. Here are some of the main differences between shockwave therapy and Fascial.
|Fascial Gun||Shockwave Therapy|
|Principle||High frequency vibration, mechanical effect||High energy ultrasound propagation in different media|
|Depth of action||Subcutaneous 1-1.6cm||Subcutaneous 3-5cm|
|Frequency of Use||Daily||Twice a week|
|Treatment effect||For superficial muscle relaxation, can not treat subcutaneous tissue.||The depth of action is deep, can act on the deep subcutaneous soft|
|Scope of application||Relaxation, improved nerve function, muscle relaxation, and it can affect equally, superficial body parts as well as internal organs.||Treatment of bone and joint diseases, can be anti-inflammatory, analgesic, release adhesions, relieve pain, can promote the production of osteoblasts, myogenic cells, and promote tissue repair and regeneration|
|Treatment area||Shoulder, back, thigh, calf, and other parts without a lot of neurovascular||Selecting different probes can treat different areas, including the knee joint, elbow joint, foot, neck, etc.|
Contraindications of Fascial Gun and Shockwave Therapy Machine
In addition to the main differences mentioned above, there are also major differences between the contraindications of Fascial Gun and shockwave therapy machine, both of which we must be aware of!
Contraindications to the Fascial Gun
Fascial Gun is not recommended for the following areas:
Posterior side of the neck
Anterior side of the neck
Both sides of the rib cage
Problems in the acute phase
Contraindications to Shockwave
Patients with cardiac pacemakers, patients with bleeding disorders, tumors, patients with thrombosis, patients with immature bone pain, and those who are pregnant.
Treatment sites for various infections and ruptures of the skin limbs, acute tendon, fascia inflammation, and joint effusion.
Shockwave focus should not be used for spinal cord tissue, large blood vessels, and nerve travel areas, and shockwave should not be used for bone infections and bone defects larger than 1 cm.
In our daily life, we can use Fascial Gun to relax our muscles appropriately. However, when it comes to more serious musculoskeletal injuries, or when more professional and obvious results are desired, shockwave therapy machine is undoubtedly a better choice.