What is percussion therapy?
Percussion therapy accelerates and enhances the repair of muscle fiber by providing rapid bursts of pressure in concentrated, short-duration pulses deep into the tissues of the body. This enhances the flow of blood to different critical areas, allowing for pain relief and subsequently improving function and range of motion, not to mention boost recovery from physical activities and nagging injuries. It also provides a gentle stretch that in turn enhances flexibility, performance, and physical response.
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.
How it works
Percussion therapy involves a revolutionary handheld device that jolts target areas of the body with gentle pulses of pressure. This action softens muscle tissue in areas where we experience intense stiffness and build up. By rapidly pulsing the muscle fibers with a gentle wave of pressure, we are able to alleviate a lot of pain and improve blood flow.
Oftentimes we have multiple areas on our bodies where we experience deep and sharp pain in the muscles. Whenever we apply pressure to these areas, we really feel the discomfort, even if we turn to traditional massage to alleviate some of it.
How percussion therapy differs from traditional massage is by desensitizing the surrounding area of a sore muscle by shocking the muscle fiber gradually until the target area is penetrated. This way, with the help of a percussion therapy device, we are able to target specific muscle soreness without noticing a lot of the pain that comes with it.
With traditional massage, human hands may not be able to penetrate those hard to reach areas and thus not take care of the root problem. Furthermore, it is sometimes even too painful to bear. With percussion therapy, you do not experience the pain, only relief.
What are the benefits of percussion therapy?
Percussion therapy helps relieve pain and boost recovery.
Since percussion therapy is utilized to aggressively work and treat deep-tissue muscles, it helps to increase blood circulation and oxygen distribution to various parts of your body, especially on the local topical area. This decreases post-workout muscle pain and cramps, which accelerates the body’s ability to heal and recover.
But not only is percussion therapy great as a post-workout treatment, it is also used by world-class athletes as a pre-competition warm up.
Recent studies have indicated that percussion therapy helps treat muscle fibers up to 30-times more effectively than regular massage. Percussion therapy helps to give balance to a target muscle group as well as tone the muscles in that area, all the while relieving tightness and reducing physical stress on the bones and joints.
Who should use percussion therapy?
Percussion therapy is for anyone and everyone who is physically active. Athletes have tons of stiffness and sore muscles following their workouts that it is a must to alleviate some of that to be able to maximize training. Even if you are not an athlete, percussion therapy helps a lot in the repair and recovery of your muscle fibers, which leaves you feeling a whole lot better.
Or perhaps you just have a sore back or neck from sitting too long in front of your desk at the office. Percussion therapy is amazing and really works wonders.
Percussion therapy devices at Pro Spine and Sport Solutions are the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS) and the Raptor by Hyperice, the makers of the portable Hypervolt.