Percussive Therapy: What you should know

November 16, 2020
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In recent years, Percussive therapy has gained more prominence in the consciousness of the general public. Especially with the social distancing measures in recent times, percussive therapy is becoming more popular. However, a large section of the population is still not fully aware of Percussive therapy. The following are a few important tips you should know.

What is Percussive Therapy?
Essentially, percussive therapy is a type of massage. However, in this case, instead of a massage therapist using their hands, an electric device called a percussion massager is used. Also known as massage guns, these tools provide you with some health advantages that you might not get from a conventional massage. With the use of the therapy gun, vibration waves are created which can help target specific areas where treatment is needed.

Health benefits of Percussive Therapy
Some principal benefits of percussive therapy are :

  • According to research, percussive therapy is considered equally effective in avoiding delayed onset muscle soreness.
  • Percussive massage is effective in disintegrating scar tissues and adhesions. This allows tightened muscles to relax and alleviate any muscle tension or soreness that you might have.
  • When activated by the vibration waves, is an effective method of treatment for several musculoskeletal conditions including trapped nerves and muscle spasm.
  • The vibrations help improve blood and lymph circulation around the body, which helps produce more oxygen and nutrients into the muscles. The result is speedy recovery, improved range of motion, pain relief and relieving muscle fatigue and soreness.

Things to remember while performing percussive massage
It should be noted, chiropractors are trained to use these devices safely, which in turn gives the best benefits without injury. As one would be self-massaging with the help of a massage gun, it is important that you keep the following in mind:

  • At no point during the massage, you should be causing yourself pain. If you are experiencing pain, this would indicate you might be massaging a spot longer than necessary.
  • If you feel that your muscles are tense or tightening, you should immediately stop. It is a sign that your muscles are not responding to the massage gun/percussive massager.
  • Percussive massagers are built to be used on muscles, and only muscles. Look out for an electrical sort of jerk or pins-and-needles type sensation. These are indicators that the therapy gun could be hitting something other than the muscles, like a bone, nerves, joints or tendons.
  • Last but not least, you must make sure to avoid using a percussive massager on areas of the body that are affected in some way. So be it scabs, wounds, cancerous lesions or a recent bone injury, a massage gun should be kept away from those areas of the body.

It is considered common practice to see a professional massage therapist to help aid with muscle soreness, as a trained professional would know what they are doing. However, with the use of these new devices, it allows people to put the healing “in their own hands,” literally.

Percussive massagers offer you an alternative method of therapy, which is actually quite effective. Not only do massage guns deliver all the health benefits of traditional massage, but they do so in a very cost-effective and convenient way. People no longer have to make time to visit a therapist, or spend a lot of money on massage appointments. They can easily indulge in an affordable percussive massage within the confines of their home. It has grown to become a favorite tool for many athletes, as well as everyday people, looking to take charge of their muscle therapy and recovery process.

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