Generally, there are two parts of the back muscles that we relax, one is our latissimus dorsi muscle, and the other is the firm spine muscle.
For people who have been hunching over the back for a long time, the spinal muscles will be more tense, so the use of the back massager will have a certain relaxation of the tense spinal muscles, just like we stretch. But it is difficult to stretch to really loosen the whole deep spinal muscles, so it is time to use the fascia gun.
As mentioned above, a fascia gun can be used to loosen the firm spinal muscles. For the latissimus dorsi muscle, it is a very wide part in the whole back position, and as such a large muscle group, it usually only works for some of our rib pulling movements, such as when pulling distal objects towards the body, which is usually dominated by the latissimus dorsi muscle.
Anyway, the focus will be on giving you a relaxing massage on these two muscles using a fascial gun.
Myofascial gun massage on the erector spinae muscle
When relaxing the back with the fascia gun, let’s first understand what is the erector spinae muscle. Many people may not be familiar with the erector spinae muscle, but the loin muscle that you see every day is actually the erector spinae muscle. So the two sides of the spine are the areas that need to be loosened.
When releasing the erector spinae muscle, the head of the fascial gun needs to be replaced with a U-shaped head that perfectly avoids the spinal ramus and acts on the muscles on both sides of the spine. The erector spinae muscle grows from the back of the pelvis below and continues along the spine to the back of the head.
We focus on loosening the back vertical spinal muscles from the thoracic region to the lumbar region. Turn on the fascial gun with U-shaped massage head to second gear amplitude, first slide your hand down the spine to find the force point of the fascial gun, followed by the massage.
Vertical spine muscle massage time is generally controlled at about 3 minutes per group.
Myofascial gun massage of the latissimus dorsi muscle
The above is the relaxation of the erector spinae muscle by the fascial gun, and the following is how the latissimus dorsi muscle should be handled. The latissimus dorsi muscle is located on the lateral side of the back. The latissimus dorsi muscle grows from the thoracic lumbar vertebrae to the back of the pelvis, and the muscle fibers follow the side direction of the body until the front of the shoulder joint, and the latissimus dorsi muscle is the largest fan-shaped area of the human body.
Since most people’s latissimus dorsi is relatively thin and touches the rib cage directly through the muscle, when combing the latissimus dorsi with a fascial gun, you should not choose an excessively strong amplitude and sharp massage head, so choose a relatively flexible massage head.
To loosen the latissimus dorsi, we start with the thoracic vertebrae and gradually work our way to the lateral shoulder joints. Then start from the head, only this time the starting point is moved down a little. Because the entire area of the latissimus dorsi is large, the entire muscle fiber needs to be combed evenly.
If there are too many painful points while combing and massaging the latissimus dorsi, you can stay for about 30 seconds to massage the painful area.
Well, this is the correct way to massage the erector spinae and latissimus dorsi muscles of the back by using a fascial gun and different tips of the massage gun.