"I like that gun thing you use on me"
If you have come in and seen us recently, you have probably been able to experience one of our new toys. We recently purchased a Hypervolt from Hyperice. The Hypervolt is a form of Percussive Massage, meaning the "gun" taps on your skin and massages the muscles at an incredibly fast rate. Most of the time is doesn't hurt...in fact, probably 90% of the time it doesn't. If you have a really tender spot it may feel a little sensitive.
So what exactly does percussive massage do?
"Percussive massage is a breakthrough treatment for soft tissue pain. Percussive massage accelerates the growth and repair of tissues by providing concentrated, rapid, short-duration pulses deep into the tissues of the body. This heavily increases blood flow to the area causing pain relief and an increasing range of motion and function. Percussive massage also provides a gentle stretch to the muscles and connective tissues improving responsiveness and performance."
Percussive massage and muscle stimulation are beneficial in a variety of medical and cosmetic applications, including:
- Relaxing of thickened connective tissue and fascia.
- Breaking down of adhesions and internal scar tissue, present after injuries or surgery.
- Increased venous and lymphatic circulation.
- Elongating muscle fiber, especially when spasms, stiffness and restrictions are present.
- Increase range of movement by relieving stiff joints.
How do I Know if Percussive Therapy is Right for Me?
Percussive therapy is for anyone interested in injury correction, injury prevention, and sports performance.
|Common Injuries & Conditions:
- Muscle Soreness
- Shin Splints
- Muscle Spasms & Cramps
- TMJ Syndrome
- Herniated or Bulging Discs
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Sciatica Fibromyalgia
Percussive massage can expedite the rehabilitation process of muscles that have been injured due to trauma, surgery or disease. The contractions caused by percussive massage help to strengthen muscles of individuals who may not be able to participate in physical therapy. Percussive massage can be used in patients with partial or full paralysis. The muscle contractions caused by percussive massage stimulate the muscles and prevents non-use atrophy while also improving reflex responses in which the nerves respond to stimulation.
Recent studies have shown that percussive massage causes contractions that are up to 30 times more powerful than normal voluntary contractions. This leads to enhanced muscle strength and improved muscle recovery. Percussive stimulation also improves muscle tone and balance, relieving muscular tightness and reducing the physical stress placed on bones and joints. It increases blood circulation to bring more oxygen and nutrients into the muscle, and reduces muscle fatigue and soreness.
Special thanks to Fortitude Sports Therapy.