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TENS Machine and Massage Thumper
« on: September 13, 2017, 10:51:08 am »
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As a performance athlete, feeling great and having no muscle tension is so important. It is so time consuming to use foam, pipes, lacrosse balls, and even physical therapists to help you; time money etc.

Is the TENS machine 1) better 2) just as effective/safe 3) can be used instead of massage/foam roll?



How about the massage thumper machine?



Seems like it can save a lot of time and money if they are affective, which is being debated a lot all over the internet.....
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Re: TENS Machine and Massage Thumper
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2017, 01:08:22 pm »
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i'll let acole make the case but i find mine indispensable. Waiting for amazon to come to au so i can order a good quality one not the kogan piece of shit i got which takes 4 AAA batteries that take forever to charge and you have to remove them and stick them in a charger etc. It's a real piece of shit. Having said that, i abide by everyone/anyone training having one handy.
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Re: TENS Machine and Massage Thumper
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2017, 03:12:27 pm »
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i'll let acole make the case but i find mine indispensable. Waiting for amazon to come to au so i can order a good quality one not the kogan piece of shit i got which takes 4 AAA batteries that take forever to charge and you have to remove them and stick them in a charger etc. It's a real piece of shit. Having said that, i abide by everyone/anyone training having one handy.

Are you referring to image 1 or image 2 machine? Obv they are different.
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Re: TENS Machine and Massage Thumper
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2017, 10:36:53 pm »
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^He's talking about the TENS and yes, I highly recommend it. It's great for lower back, glutes. It's basically an easy way to get the blood flowing in that area while sitting on a couch or whatever. The way it works is explained well here:

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/325107-overview

Don't use it as a crutch though, just an extra tool in the toolbox. You still need to directly target the muscles with deep tissue massage now and again.

I used to have a thumper, it's definitely handy, but mine died pretty quick because I really hammered it, and others I know have had similar experiences with them not lasting very long. If you can splash out on a physio-grade one, it might last longer.

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Re: TENS Machine and Massage Thumper
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2017, 05:40:43 am »
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TY,

I had been spending almost 1-2 hours a day sometimes last few months just trying to release muscle tension really good.

You said don't use it as a crutch, how much would you recommend to use the TENS and how much to still foam roll/massage/stretch?

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Re: TENS Machine and Massage Thumper
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2017, 06:47:15 am »
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TY,

I had been spending almost 1-2 hours a day sometimes last few months just trying to release muscle tension really good.

You said don't use it as a crutch, how much would you recommend to use the TENS and how much to still foam roll/massage/stretch?

TY

You could use the TENS once a day for 15mins after a workout as needed. For instance, if you squat heavy, stick two pads on your spinal erectors and two on your glute medius afterwards and ramp it up to near max for 15 mins (your settings will vary, but use high Hz). Back should feel pretty good the next day. Or if you hammer the Bulgarian split squat, do the quads. There's videos for the best placement for each muscle group.

I just do foam rolling to warm up occasionally. I do 15-20mins a night with a hard rubber ball on hip flexors, glute medius, spinal erectors, then wrap up the knees with compression bands for two minutes and do a squat sit, then ball on the shoulders and back. Then if there's particular issues, do stuff for them. No need to do more than 1hr, just wasting time. Be targeted and spend the rest of the time sleeping.

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Re: TENS Machine and Massage Thumper
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2017, 05:19:35 pm »
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I had thought tens machine be more effective pre workout.
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Re: TENS Machine and Massage Thumper
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2017, 02:14:42 am »
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So I zapped my fingers so bad when I grabbed the gel pads while it was on HIGH..... felt like sticking hands in the outlet when u were a kid.... lol.

I'm still trying to figure out how to hit the muscles I need to hit.... seems like putting the gel pad on the sore muscle part may not necessarily hit that part and works another part.....

I looked up some spots to put it on but it is too general..... will do more research soon......

I do recommend this for anyone that trains hard.... well worth it for the price of a few drinks and meals......
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Re: TENS Machine and Massage Thumper
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2017, 03:18:05 am »
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I agree with post workout. Good recco
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Re: TENS Machine and Massage Thumper
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2017, 12:19:39 am »
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It seems like the recommended spots from don't really do much and you have to figure out which muscles to hit on your own with trial and error....
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Re: TENS Machine and Massage Thumper
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2017, 03:26:10 am »
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Yeah that is the case. I think because the degree of tension you have in certain muscles will differ and you just have to trial-and-error it.

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Re: TENS Machine and Massage Thumper
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2017, 06:02:06 am »
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I hear Hitachi make a really good targeted massager. Apparently does the job in record time.









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Re: TENS Machine and Massage Thumper
« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2017, 06:59:53 pm »
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I hear Hitachi make a really good targeted massager. Apparently does the job in record time.







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I just got this, as well, how do I use it though, it doesn't work too great on my quads tbh.
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Re: TENS Machine and Massage Thumper
« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2017, 07:02:11 pm »
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Question: could the TENS machine do damage as well?


I was using it on my knee because it was aching from the full oly squats i do, but now my knees ache even more and i didn't even go lift yet.

so 30 minutes after using it on my knee, now my knee aches more when i squat low lol
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