In recent years, the use of massage guns for muscle recovery are on the rise and becoming more and more popular in the gym bags of elite athletes. The reason for this increased popularity is because a massage gun uses percussive therapy to get deep into the muscle tissue. But what exactly is percussive therapy and what are the benefits?
What is percussive therapy?
Percussive therapy is a massage technique designed to treat soft tissue pain. It is often done using a massage gun which delivers strong pulses and vibrations into the muscle tissue.
A massage gun (or percussion gun) uses rapid strokes to stimulate blood flow to the muscles, which can help to relieve soreness, improve range of motion, improve flexibility, and help with recovery from injuries. Percussive therapy is great for use on any muscle in the body as it gets deep into the muscle by enabling the target of specific trigger points with focused pressure. Read more about massage guns and how to use them here.
Are percussion massagers good for you?
Using a percussion massage gun can be really beneficial for your muscles. As we use our muscles every single day, we’re constantly putting pressure on them. A percussion massager gun can help to keep the blood flowing and keep them in their best working order. It’s a useful massage tool to use in your own home at your own pace.
The Pulseroll massage gun can be used as an addition to your regular physio visits and can be customised to suit your individual needs with the 6 different attachment heads and 4 speed settings.
Is percussive therapy good?
Yes, percussive therapy is good for you if used correctly and safely. The pulses and vibrations work to stimulate blood flow which can be beneficial in many ways to keep your muscles in good condition. Percussive therapy has been scientifically proven to help ease the effects of DOMS after exercise, but also to help with general aches and pains. It can get deeper into the muscle than a normal massage, and it technically does all the work for you so you don’t need to put so much effort into your recovery.
It is important to note that you should keep a few things in mind when using a massage gun:
- If used too much on the same area, there is a risk of bruising
- Do not use it on bones or joints, it’s purely for use on the muscle as this could cause damage
- It’s also worth noting not to use on any areas of bruising, inflamed skin, rashes or wounds, fragile bones, tumours or abdominal hernias.
- If you’ve had any medical procedures or are pregnant, please check with your doctor before use.
- Do not use a massage gun for too long on each muscle. With the Pulseroll massage gun, it should only take a minimum of 30 seconds per muscle group per day to see the benefits.
Investing in a percussion gun is a great way to treat sore muscles from the comfort of your own home and are extremely cost effective compared to the price of a professional sports massage.
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