by Apple Therapy
Here at Apple Therapy, we have supported the use of percussive therapy to help with muscle knots and areas of muscle pain. It can be expensive to see a massage therapist on the regular to address your muscle tension that builds with stress or activity. The percussive therapy tools can provide daily or weekly treatment to those sore muscles allowing for better recovery and decreased pain. It is easy to use, does not take a lot of time, and just feels good!
What is Percussive Therapy?
The vibrations sent throughout the area cause the muscle to contract and relax. This can have multiple effects.
- It can trigger the body to produce more osteoblasts, the cells that produce bone. Even NASA using this technology with their astronauts to limit bone loss.
- It increases blood flow to the area being treated which is helpful in providing pain relief and increasing the range of motion.
- It reduces the body’s perception of pain by interrupting the pain signals that are sent to the brain through the nerves. This is why some people are in less pain following a percussion therapy treatment.
- The vibration synchronizes your muscle spindles which results in a better range of motion and therefore improved flexibility.
There are cases in which percussive therapy is not recommended. For example, if you are on blood thinning medication, have advanced diabetes, heart disease, or are pregnant, percussive therapy is contraindicated. Also, people with an acute infectious disease, aneurysm, cancer, or have bad inflammation need to be careful with the use of the tools. Additionally it is possible to be over aggressive with the tools causing bruising and soreness.
There are several companies (and increasing with its popularity!) that provide products for percussive therapy and little research on the effectiveness of one versus the other. Get some input from friends if you can on which one they use.