With the use of a percussion massage gun, vibrations are transmitted to your body that cause your muscles to contract and relax.
It is actually a pretty old therapy technique that dates back to the 1800’s and has been used around the world for a wide range of health issues. During the Russian space program, doctors found astronauts suffered from bone loss and fractures at a much younger age than normal and used vibration therapy to help strengthen astronauts’ bone mass and muscles. NASA continues to use Vibration Therapy on astronauts to prevent bone loss.
Vibration therapy can cause your body to produce more osteoblasts, cells that produce bone, and help spur muscles to be more efficient. It increases blood flow to the area, providing pain relief and increased the range of motion.
Vibration therapy can reduce joint pain by arthritis. In one study of people with rheumatoid arthritis sufferers, participants’ functionality increased and their fatigue decreased.
Studies show that vibration therapy may help people with Parkinson’s disease by decreasing muscle tremors and rigidity, it is increasingly used to treat muscle-related diseases like MS and stroke survivors can potentially mitigate the frequency of muscle spasms with regular vibration therapy sessions.
A word of caution thought, it is advisable to avoid percussion therapy if you are on blood thinning medication, have advanced diabetes, heart disease, or are pregnant. Also, people with an acute infectious disease, aneurysm, cancer, or have bad inflammation need to be extra cautious.
We suggest adding 10 minutes of percussion therapy to your next stretch and give it a try!
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