Percussive Therapy, also known as tapotement, is a new breakthrough in treating patients with soft tissue pain. It is a mechanical high-intensity, high-powered massage that provides strong, rapid, short-duration pulses deep into the tissues, which helps accelerate the growth of tissues and repairing them.
Vibration waves at an optimal frequency of 170 hertz delivered by percussive massage therapy devices help break down adhesions and internal scar tissue, which can limit flexibility, reduce range of motion, trap or otherwise inhibit nerves and cause pain. It increases blood flow and the release of histamines to the stimulated area to decrease the inflammatory response, decrease muscle soreness, and breaks up muscle knots.
The company Theragun has been renamed Therabody, but its devices are still called Theragun. The Theragun is a popular percussive therapy device because it packs a lot of essential features at an affordable price. It helps with workout recovery and accelerates warmup and cool-down exercise periods. Most importantly, it relieves pain without having to resort to addictive medications and calms the nervous system after intense exercise.
Some of the benefits of Theragun percussive massage therapy include:
- Percussion therapy concentrates targeted pulses of pressure into the muscle/tissue of the body to accelerate warmup and recovery
- Can be used to activate, soothe, or loosen muscles/fascia throughout the entire body to reduce muscle soreness and stiffness
- Percussive stimulation provides comprehensive relief by reaching both the superficial and deep muscle fibers of the body to improve range of motion and flexibility