I’m sure you’ve seen massage gun passing by a Face book ads or an Instagram post from your favorite runner…
It is THE new fashionable truck in the field of sports recovery… After cryotherapy, electrostimulation, or even massage rollers, here come… the massage guns!
I decided to test one, just to see if this “hype” is justified if it is a way to “recover ‘from the turf” or just a big patch for not much.
After having visited the market, I set my sights on the hypervolt of the recovery brand, quite specialized in high-tech and well thought out recovery products, like their vibrating roller foam or their improved ice cream pockets.
In short, I really like this brand and its products, which I always find well constructed and quite innovative. There are, however, many other models in the market. Such as the famous theragun G3 Pro or the Tim Tam (which looks more like a jigsaw /messy saw).
So what is this hypervolt worth, what is it for, and how to use it? I’m just talking to you about telling you more about massage guns in general and percussion therapy.
WHAT EXACTLY ARE MASSAGE GUNS?
What is this crazy object coming out from behind the fagots? If I tell you that it is a “vibrating personal massage device”, I immediately see where your thoughts are going to go: we calm down directly!
From a techno point of view, it is simply a motor that transfers a progressive movement from front to back, like a jigsaw with suitable tips.
The massage gun is a bit the evolution of the good old foam roller (or massage roller, you know this foam truck with raised bumps, which fits you well in the soft tissue to make you suffer and incidentally untie your triggers points), it can be used for activation or recovery.
However, we are able to better locate the pressure with a massage gun, because the contact surface is smaller than on a roller.
These potential benefits seem to have conquered the general public as well as professional athletes. We keep seeing stars pass under these guns, like some basketball players.
The reason: prevent cramps and increase responsiveness and overall performance in theory.
In short, for one of the best leaders in the league to come to use this device in the heart of what is perhaps one of the most important games of his career … is that the massage gun must be effective.
But athletes are not the only ones to have adopted it; since many physiotherapists now extol the merits and have incorporated them into their protocols (they are especially practical for travel).
The therapy that hides under these devices is called “percussion”, let’s see it in more detail.
WHAT IS PERCUSSION THERAPY?
The massage guns do not all have the same ergonomics. But they all rest on the same concept: percussion therapy which would be, originally, one of the five massage techniques (touching, kneading, friction, vibration, and percussion).
This therapy requires that the pressure pulses created by the gun shake the target areas of the body. Which would be aimed at softening the muscle tissue in the areas where stiffness has accumulated.
By quickly “pulsing” these muscle fibers with light pressure, you would be able to relieve pain and improve blood circulation.
The difference with a traditional massage would be to desensitize. The surrounding area of the sore muscle, gradually shocking the muscle fiber until the target area is reached. Clearly, using a percussion massage device, we would be able to target muscle pain specifically without feeling it.
In theory, always, you do not feel the pain (which you block by deceiving the nervous system). But only the relief (it is the famous Gate control theory. Which one finds with each blow in the new protocols of management of DOMS).