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Muscle Recovery Series #3: Using HYDRAGUN on the Neck

Updated 
October 7, 2020
Written by 
Gianna

Sometimes, you’ll find that one wrong move can result in very painful neck muscles. You can be swimming and execute a stroke wrong. Or maybe you didn’t quite hit the right angle on that golf swing. Heck, even looking over your shoulder too fast can sometimes bring about neck pain of epic proportions.

Whether from over-exertion, strain or a pinched nerve, your sore neck muscles can benefit from percussion therapy massage. And HYDRAGUN is the best massage gun for the job.

HYDRAGUN stimulates blood flow and helps reduce inflammation.

In part 3 of this series, we talk about how to use your HYDRAGUN for neck pain relief.

The Attachment Heads

Your HYDRAGUN comes with 6 attachment heads – 4 regular and 2 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, 2 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 Massage Gun on Neck Muscles

The two most obvious and superficial neck muscles are the sternocleidomastoid and the trapezius.

Sternocleidomastoid

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 Attachment Head to Use:

  • For warm-ups, cool-downs, between sets and for recovery – ball
  • For deep, tight knots - fork head

How to:

1.     Choose the attachment.

2.     Turn the HYDRAGUN 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).

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.

(See more usage and safety tips here.)

Suffering from pain in other areas? Check out the rest of our muscle recovery series.

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