So what are the benefits of percussive massage therapy?
Well, read through this article as I take you through the 9 benefits of the percussion massager.
Consequently, you will get to understand why it has become so popular among world-class trainers, athletes, and ordinary people alike.
For most parts, I am going to assume you already know what a percussion massager is. In short: it is an electronic massage device that looks like a repurposed power tool. It works by delivering a serious of high-speed percussions (like pummels) which can penetrate deep into the muscle tissue.
You can check out this article for more information on what percussion massagers are.
Reduces Pain From Sore And Tight Muscles
Your muscles are supposed to be relaxed most of the time, which is not the case for most of us.
The many hours we spend sitting down focusing on things in front of us puts a lot of tension on muscles in the neck and upper back, and the build-up of tension over a longer period can result in uncomfortableness and even pain.
One way to quickly melt away tightness and soreness from overworked muscles is a good-old massage.
Convenience and Speed
Convenience and speed is a main driving force behind many innovations that are happening today at an increasing rate.
Previous consumer habits and processes are reimagined to fit our high productivity and performance lifestyles.
A percussion massager is a good example of that, because visiting a masseuse might feel great, but going there on a regular basis is a huge time sink and will cost you a lot of money.
With a handheld percussion massager, you can enjoy the benefits of a massage wherever and whenever you want. E.g. perhaps you need to relax your overworked muscles just before going to bed or the first thing in the morning.
Last but not least, these massagers pack a lot of power and can make much quicker work of your sore muscles than even a veteran masseuse.
Improved Muscle Recovery
Percussion massagers can potentially speed up muscle recovery. There is a huge amount of anecdotal evidence attesting to that. However, some studies show that massage, in general, can assist and speed up recovery.
It should be mentioned that o distinction is made between percussion massage and massage in general.
Alleviate Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)
Useful During Warm-ups And Improves Athletic Performance
Percussion massagers promote increased blood flow and the friction increases the muscle temperature.
Thanks to this, you get to become less susceptible to injuries, just like you would do from any normal warm-up.
Most world-class trainers use a percussion massager for conditioning professional athletes, and in some cases, during the breaks in between a game to help stretch out the muscle tissue and prevent cramps.
The rapid taping delivered by the massager also works to gently stretch your muscles and can potentially increase your flexibility.
With more flexible muscles, you are also less susceptible to getting an injury when doing working out or doing a strenuous activity, and it might even help minimize pains and stiffness.
Additionally, it also assists in minimizing pains and aches as your muscles become relaxed and loose.
As pressure is applied to the muscle tissue the flow of blood is also affected in positive ways. More blood is pushed through smaller blood vessels and lactic acid and other metabolic waste products are flushed out.
This works like a “double whammy” since the blood brings nutrients and oxygen to the muscle while the waste products are being disposed of.
Although the reason is not entirely known, massage has been shown to lower stress and anxiety. It is theorized, that it is perhaps a combination of the reduction in cortisol and increases in the two neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine known for being the “feel good” brain chemicals.
Interestingly enough, a common reaction to experiencing pain is rubbing and massaging the area where the pain is felt.
It is no surprise that being relaxed should help with falling asleep. Being less sore and having less pain should also help.
However, lowering the stress hormone cortisol and increasing the brain chemical serotonin can, in particular, be beneficial to sleep and sleep quality.