What is Percussive Therapy
Breakthrough of rehabilitation - Percussive Therapy
Percussive therapy is a breakthrough treatment for soft tissue pain. It accelerates the growth and repair of tissues by providing concentrated, rapid, short-duration pulses deep into the tissues of the body. This increases blood flow to the area of muscle fibers that are damaged and speed up the recovery of the muscle. Percussive therapy can also relaxes the muscles that are overactive and tight, in which leads to an increase in range of motion as the extensibility of the muscle are restored.
Many people may think that these fancy percussive massage guns are the tools of the professionals. This certainly is not true. As a matter of fact, it is a tool for everyone across all lines of living. At certain point in life, we all have the experience of developing some sort of muscle pain that could be bothering you for weeks and months. This could be a result of work where people have to sit in front of the screen for a long period of time. This could be a result of an intense workout or any other physical activities.
Some people will then try to seek help from massage shops and it seems like it relieved the pain in the first place but then it comes back again and again. This forms a vicious cycle, not only financially due to endless visits to massage shops, but also on the person's mental and physical health. Really? Yes, for those people who are solely relying on seeking passive treatments whenever the pain comes on, it makes them feel frustrated as they think that there is nothing they can do to stop the pain and the negative vibes go on and on. To a certain extend, those unhealthy beliefs can have significant impact on our daily routines, social life and most importantly, our general health.
Let's come back to percussive therapy, how does it stop people from falling into the "vicious cycle". Even though percussive therapy is also a type of massage, the major difference between it and traditional massage is that it actively engages people's attention to the source of pain and identify the relieving points which are known as "trigger points" such that it dampens the painful signs travelling to the brain - our pain receptor. More importantly, the varying frequency of penetrations relax those overactive and tight muscles that are sometimes the source of pain as they are putting more pressure on body structures. Through the process of self-identifying and self-treating via percussive therapy, people will have a better understanding and awareness to their own body, in terms of what causes the pain and how to get rid of the pain more easily and effectively.
In the upcoming blogs, I will dive more into how we can tackle musculoskeletal problems such as lower back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain and so on. If you want to get our latest updates on the blogs, be sure to subscribe to Pain Resolver with your email! Thank you for your time reading this :)