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3 Practical Tips For Using A Massage Gun For Knee Pain

March 29, 2022 5 min read

Knee pain can sometimes be the worst pain of your life. When knee pain bounds you to a chair, making you helpless to stand straight (let alone walking a few steps), the only thing you want is immediate relief. The problem is there aren’t many quick fixes available for fast relief. 

But if you’ve got a massage gun for knee pain, you’re in luck. The secret lies in the techniques of applying a percussion massagerfor knee pain to avail its benefits at maximum. That’s what we’ll be doing in this article. We’ll discuss some common causes of knee pain, how massage therapy for knee pain works, and the top 3 tips to get the most out of your massage gun.

Knee Pain: A Prevailing Condition

Knee pain is incredibly common in today’s society. Although more common in athletes and the elderly, it can affect people of all ages with varying activity levels. The reason is it is often used in our daily activities. From walking to jumping and everything in between, we use our knees in almost every routine task. 

Percussion Massager for Knee Pain

Knee pain indicates that something might be irritating any structure in or around the knee joint. 

Unfortunately, solving the knee pain mystery can be complicated. A lot of things can bring pain to our often-used knee joints. From a simple meniscus or ligament tear (due to overuse) to diseases such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, many things can cause pain in your knees. Sometimes, the cause of the pain may not lie in the knees at all, rather an effect of injury to another body part. 

Being overweight and obese can put an extra strain on your knee joints. High impact activities such as running, jogging, basketball, football, and other similar sports put repetitive stress on the knees, which might cause knee pain. 

Whatever the reason for knee irritation or pain, the point is your mobility gets restricted, impacting the overall quality of your life. 

Knee Pain Treatment

Although many treatments for knee pain are available, only a few are effective. What matters the most is how quickly a remedy can provide pain relief. Targeting the muscles connected to the knee can be a good start for your knee pain treatment. 

An overworked or strained muscle can significantly contribute to your knee pain. Hamstrings, quadriceps, adductors, and calf connect to the knee joint and impact its mobility. Therefore, massaging these knee muscles can help your knee pain. 

So just grab your massage gun and let us knock out your knee pain.

Using A Massage Gun For Knee Pain

A massage gun uses high-frequency percussion force to simulate deep tissue massage on your muscles. This therapy can bring a myriad of benefits to your muscles and joints. 

Massage Gun for Knee Pain

Using a handheld massager gun on your knee muscles relieves stress and relaxes muscle tightness, increases blood and lymphatic flow, and fastens muscle tear recovery. Its deep massage therapy on collagen fibres breaks up scar tissue, improving overall mobility and range of motion. All these benefits compound together and contribute to fast knee pain relief. 

However, a percussion gun massager will neither act as a silver bullet for curing your arthritis or fixing a meniscal tear nor substitute a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise for your knee strength.

More often than not, knee pain is associated with strained muscles and poor body postures. In such cases, massage guns will benefit by relaxing tight and strained muscles and their fast recovery. In other cases, it will act as icing on the cake, but you'll have to buy the cake first (diagnose and treat the leading cause of your knee pain).

Target Knee Muscles, Not Knee Joint

For fast pain relief, you don’t need to massage the knee itself. Many people misunderstand the working of massage guns and think shooting their knees with them will relieve their pain. That’s not true. 

As massage guns work best on muscles rather than joints, you’ll get its benefits by applying it on muscles around the knee joint. Now don’t just begin shooting your knee muscles with a deep tissue massage gun; there’s still more to know.

Where to Use Massage Gun

Quadriceps:These four long muscles in the front of your thigh help extend your knee. 

Hamstrings:Three bulky muscles on the back of your thigh help to flex your knee. 

Adductors:These muscles are in your inner thigh.

Calf Muscles:The two main muscles on the back of your leg.

To enjoy the best results of a massage gun for knee pain, you should apply it along the muscle length, perpendicular to the muscle length, and in a circular motion within a muscle group. 

Tips For Using A Massage Gun For Knee Pain

Apply Massage Oil When Using Massage Gun

If you aim to use a massage gun for knee pain, investing in a massage oil adds a lot to the benefits. The massage oil significantly reduces friction between your skin and massager. Not only it makes the movement of massage gun feel very relaxing and refreshing but also nourishes your skin, maintaining its moisture. 

Massage oils with ingredients that target pain and inflammation are the best options. You may choose lavender oil, lemon oil, almond oil, rosemary oil, or all. Only buy massage oils that are non-sticky and non-greasy, yet smoothly gliding on your skin— are easy to apply, 

Take an appropriate amount of massage oil for your knee area, and massage it onto the skin. Focusing on sore muscle areas, wipe away any extra oil with a towel. Slowly use the massage gun in desired settings. 

Use Massage Gun Before/After Knee Exercises

It is highly recommended to use a massage gun before and after knee exercises. Workouts such as squats, deadlifts, running, jogging, cycling, basketball, and football, put greater stress on knee muscles and joints. 

Warming up your knee muscles with a muscle massage gun before a workout increases blood flow to the muscles and prevents the risk of injury. It releases muscular strains allowing you a full range of mobility in your workouts. 

Using a massage gun right after a workout helps speed up your muscle recovery from the tear that occurs during a workout. Its deep percussive therapy relieves delayed onset muscle soreness and tightness, allowing more strength and gains for subsequent workouts. 

Moreover, you can also use a massage gun routinely if you feel any pain in or around the knee during your daily chores. For example, if the back of your thigh shoots when you stand up or walk, that means your hamstrings are tight and needs a handheld massage gun session.

Which Massage Gun Attachments Are Best For Knee

Our massage gun comes with a variety of attachments that serve various purposes. The most suitable massage gun head for knee muscles is the round, ball-shaped attachment. It is used to massage large muscle groups such as quads, hamstrings, and glutes. It covers larger surfaces, enabling you to massage big muscles effectively. 


Knee pain is quite common in athletes and other individuals who overuse knee joints daily. More often than not, knee pain is due to strained muscles. Percussive massage therapy using massage guns on muscles around the knee joints is an instant remedy. It releases tension and relaxes muscle tightness, relieving your knee pain. 

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