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What is percussion therapy?


In todays world of sport and epesically health and fitness which plays a major role, not just for top end elite athletes. Lots of research and scientific studies are conducted in the area of recovery, everyone is always looking to recovery quicker to be able to achieve more. Percussion therapy has hit the ground running with companies producing devices and tools to help. The theory behind percussion therapy relaxes thickened connective tissue, helps to break down adhesions and internal scar tissue, provides improved circulation in the veins and lymphatic system, enhances flexibility through gentle stretching, and increases range of movement. Sounds ideal for individuals who are always traveling or have little time in-between sessions, events and competition.


Tension is the root cause of most body aches and pains. The breakthrough treatment of Theragun Percussive Therapy relieves the tension in our soft tissue effectively and efficiently.

The percussive massage overrides the pain signals to the brain, increases heat in the tissue, and releases tension. It does this through a combination of 16 mm amplitude at a scientifically calibrated frequency of 40 percussions per second.


Massage guns work by sending direct vibrating pulses through your muscles. According to a study in the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research, vibration therapy and traditional massage are both effective at reducing delayed onset muscle soreness.


Massage guns, like the Theragun, can prevent muscle soreness after exercise and potentially alleviate muscle stiffness once it's already set in. Despite the wondrous ability of percussion therapy to alleviate post-workout muscle soreness, in some situations, your muscles are best left alone.


Vibration has shown effectiveness in flexibility and explosive power. Vibration can apply either local area or whole body vibration. Vibration therapy improves muscular strength, power development, kinesthetic awareness, decreased muscle sore, increased range of motion, and increased blood flow under the skin.


Whether you’re an athlete, a physical therapist, or a person who needs relief from tension and pain, Theragun provides a breakthrough, natural approach to improving your physical health. Percussive massage can help you perform better, recover faster, and relieve tension and pain for whole-body relief.


Theragun helps with the following:

  • Accelerates recovery & muscle repair

  • Increases blood and lymphatic flow

  • Relieves muscle spasms and stiffness

  • Breaks up scar tissue

  • Improves lactic acid clearance

  • Activates the nervous system and muscles

  • Muscle fatigue, pain, tightness, soreness, and knots

  • Natural stress relief

  • Myofascial release (7x more effective than a foam roller)


Theragun suggest to treat yourself 2-3 times per day. Prior to workouts or physical activity, float your Theragun for up to 30 seconds to instantly activate and “wake up” your muscles. Reactivate muscles during your workout or any activity by using your Theragun for 10-15 seconds on the muscle group.

Depending on the desired result, we recommend using your Theragun for a minimum of 15 seconds and a maximum of 2 minutes per muscle group. A full-body session should not exceed 15 minutes.


30 SECONDS = MUSCLE ACTIVATION

Prior to workouts or physical activity, float your Theragun for up to 30 seconds to instantly activate and “wake up” your muscles.


15 SECONDS = MUSCLE RE-ACTIVATION

Reactivate muscles during your workout or any activity by using your Theragun for 10-15 seconds on the muscle group. This will re-energize, relieve muscle spasms and fatigue, and keep muscles active.


2 MINUTES = PAIN RELIEF & RECOVERY

Float your Theragun for up to 2 minutes for muscle recovery post-workout to decrease soreness, and on any muscles that require immediate pain relief.



I personally use a Theragun and use it with teams and athletes I work with to achieve results. The suggested timings, I use as guidelines. The best thing to do is to listen to your body and your clients body when using a massage gun or any other device.


I am a big fan of tools, devices and techniques if they are beneficial to a clients muscles. I believe a Theragun is a great asset to any massage therapists tool kit.

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