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When the Pain Runs Deep:
How a Hydragun Can Help

Experiencing pains that disrupt your running routines or keep you away from them entirely? Here’s how a deep tissue massage gun like Hydragun can remedy this.


Nothing gives your body quite a heavy beating like running does. And how could it not? It’s a form of high-intensity/high-impact exercise that engages the muscles throughout the body.

While this does give runners the benefit of a full-body workout, if you choose to participate in this popular form of exercise, you’re likely to run the risk of sustaining injuries every now and then.

And whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned runner, these aches and pains (which can sometimes get even more severe) aren’t ever going to go away on their own -- not unless you actively do something about them.

In this article, we’ll run through the common problems experienced by runners and how you can make post-run pains a thing of the past AND bounce back faster.

Common running injuries

If you’re an avid runner or even one that’s just starting to pick up the pace and clock those miles in, you might be familiar with these 8 types of pains:

1. Runner’s Knee

If you’ve been experiencing dull pain around the front of your knee, that means you have a runner’s knee -- otherwise known as patellofemoral pain syndrome.

Symptoms include constant pain around and in the kneecap, or sometimes after you’ve been sitting for a long time. You might even notice that your kneecap is tender to the touch. Other times, you might hear clicking, rubbing or grinding sounds when you bend and straighten your knee.

If left untreated, this can damage the knee cartilage and accelerate the development of arthritis.

2. Ankle Sprain

If you’ve been experiencing dull pain around the front of your knee, that means you have a runner’s knee -- otherwise known as patellofemoral pain syndrome.

Symptoms include constant pain around and in the kneecap, or sometimes after you’ve been sitting for a long time. You might even notice that your kneecap is tender to the touch. Other times, you might hear clicking, rubbing or grinding sounds when you bend and straighten your knee.

If left untreated, this can damage the knee cartilage and accelerate the development of arthritis.

3. Shin Splints

Notice your shins throbbing or aching during or after your daily run? That’s called shin splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome. This is essentially an inflammation of the muscles, tendons and bone tissue around your tibia.

Commonly caused by repetitive activity and vigorous sports like running in particular, shin splints can also be brought on by a sudden change in your running routines such as the duration or intensity.
For example, you might have just decided to stretch your runs for another 30 minutes or climb up a hill.

Shin splints can cause lower leg compartment syndrome (constant aching, burning or cramping) or worse, a stress fracture -- which happens when your bone is no longer able to handle the weight placed on it and finally cracks.

4. Achilles Tendonitis

Continuous and vigorous exercises such as running and jumping are the common culprits when it comes to injuries to the Achilles tendon, which is the tendon that attaches the calf muscles to the heel bone.

Injuries may manifest through discomfort or swelling in the back of your heel when you walk, tight calf muscles, or a limited range of motion when flexing your foot. Other times, your heel may even feel warm to the touch.

Untreated Achilles tendonitis may lead to a series of tears within the tendon, which will then cause the tendon to rupture. In these cases, casting or surgery is required.

5. Stress Fractures

Though stress fractures (small cracks in the bone) are more common among long-distance runners, they can still happen to regular runners. According to research, 20% to 75% of stress fractures are caused by running injuries and involve the shin bone or tibia.

A sudden change in activity levels or terrain, running on sloped surfaces and repetitive trauma (especially in high-impact sports like running) can all cause stress fractures. If you happen to have stress fractures, you might notice pain, swelling or aches on the fracture spot, pain when the bone is touched and an inability to rest your weight on the area.

The fracture may get worse and lead to more fractures, arthritis, complete fracture and the development of avascular necrosis (the death of bone tissue).

6. Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue that extends from the heels to the toes (plantar fascia), is a condition more common among those with high-arched or flat feet but can be caused by overuse -- in this case, by running.

Runners may experience pain on the bottom and arch of the foot, or swelling on the bottom of the heel. The pain might be even noticeable and palpable when you’re rising to your feet or when you’re just getting out of bed in the morning.

Though plantar fasciitis typically go away on their own, there are several consequences of leaving plantar fasciitis untreated such as heel bone fracture or nerve entrapment -- which happens when a nerve loses mobility and flexibility, thereby causing chronic or acute pain.

7. IT Band Syndrome

Those new to exercise or distance runners would be familiar with the term IT band syndrome, otherwise known as iliotibial band syndrome. The IT band is the thick tissue that extends from your hip bones, down the outsides of your thighs and to the shinbone.

Bending and extending your leg will cause the IT band to move to the lower edge of your thighbone -- which, upon repetitive movements like running many miles per day and on uneven or downhill terrain -- will irritate the surrounding tissues and cause pain.

An aching, burning feeling on the side of the knees that sometimes stretches up to the thighs and hips might be an indication of IT band syndrome.

Chronic knee or hip pain and scarring in the bursa (which are sacs that cushion the knee) are some of the risks of leaving IT band syndrome untreated, leaving your lower extremities more vulnerable to injuries, a decreased range of motion and increased pain.

8. Hamstring Injuries

Ever noticed sudden pain and tenderness at the back of your thigh after a particularly strong sprint? Depending on the severity of the injury, it will be painful to move your leg, but your muscles are still considered “safe”.

Hamstring injuries can take on a more serious turn if you notice bruising, swelling, or worse, a resounding “pop” after a strenuous movement. These two instances may result in loss of strength in the affected leg or the inability to use it entirely.

All these forms of hamstring injuries happen when a tendon or muscle has been stretched beyond its limit and are especially common among runners. On top of this, those who have injured their hamstring once before are more prone to experiencing it time and again.

Hamstring injuries are more likely to reoccur if ignored, and unstable knee injuries will then lead to an unstable or arthritic knee. In certain cases, it might lead to long-term inflammation in the tendon attachments to the pelvis and lower leg bones.

Preventing and treating running injuries

Looking back at all the problems faced by runners as mentioned above, there’s one common denominator here that, at its core, is the true cause of all these injuries: failure to stretch, warm-up and prepare the muscles before running.

In addition, proper cooldowns aren’t being carried out, which leaves the muscles taut and restricted due to overuse and trauma.

Although countless research has proven that stretches and warm-ups are important to improve mobility and flexibility, and reduce the risk of injuries, you’d be surprised at how many people still ignore or forget this.

Even those who religiously carry out their pre-exercise routines may still experience these aches and pains now and then.


Run and recover faster with Hydragun

  • It prepares your muscles during warm-ups so that they can perform at their best, and reduce the risk of overextending them.
  • It adds a boost during and between breaks to keep your muscles fluid, mobile and strong.
  • It provides relief to your muscles for better and faster recovery post-run.

All you have to do is float the Hydragun for 30 seconds with any of the 6 adjustable massage heads of your choice on a specific muscle group like the calves, hamstrings or shins.

We have a list of guides that will help you figure out how to use the Hydragun on different muscle groups, plus recommendations on which massage head to use.

Next, use it for 15 seconds during rest periods to maximise efficiency and reduce muscle fatigue/soreness.

Finally, run it over your targeted muscles for 2 minutes post-run to reduce DOMS.

With a deep tissue massage gun like Hydragun, not only can you minimise the risk of injuries, aches and pains, but you can also rest easy at the fact that it can take care of your muscles after.

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19/11/2020

Bernice Lim

Great purchase

"Having to do lots of running and circuit training, my calf and quads hurt quite a lot. With Hydragun, it helped me recover better and start my next workout quicker. The power of Hydragun is real. Was lucky to take the leap of faith to invest [in] one."

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14/08/2020

Jeremiah Lim

no regrets getting this!

"Was considering [between] Hydragun and a cheaper massage gun and I'm glad that I chose this. It is very quiet (can barely hear anything at the first 3 settings) and I am very impressed by the packaging and build of the gun. Been using it for my neck and shoulder aches mainly from hours of sitting as well as on my calves after long runs, it’s a lifesaver!"

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08/10/2020

Linda Tan

Hydragun

"Got to know about Hydragun through a running group. I have been using foam rollers to release my muscles, the Hydragun comes with different attachments is useful for smaller targeted areas that foam rollers may not be able to reach. Furthermore, if I am lazy to use the foam rollers and a more relaxed manner in releasing my muscles, Hydragun comes in handy and I can enjoy my fav TV shows at the same time!"

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24/11/2020

Alex

Awesome workout companion

"I use Hydragun for pre & post workout for Cycling, Running, Gym & Football. This works a treat and does not give me those aches and pains im used to when I wake up in the morning. Life Saver!"

Take pains to resolve the pain

No runner is a stranger to the aches and pains that come with the exercise/sport. But there is a huge difference between “dealing” with the pain and “fixing” it.

Leaving your running injuries untreated can result in permanent damage that will affect your mobility and put you off your stride, so it is important to address it, take action and treat the pain.

You may have heard stories about how runners had to stop running because of their injuries or because it got too painful and you wonder if that might be you. It doesn’t have to be, because now, you know what to do and just what to do it with.

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