When you hear percussion therapy, what do you think? Would you think of a massage gun?
I know when I first heard it, I thought it was something to do with banging cymbals together and hoping it would de-stress me – in some weird ritualistic, musical hybrid. Turns out I was very, very wrong.
If you thought percussion therapy was using a big electric drill to batter your muscles into relaxing, you were right!
But let’s be honest – did any of you guess that? Did you reeeeally think ‘Ah yes…massage gun’?
Anyway, here’s the lowdown on one of the biggest fitness trends of the last few years.
What is percussion therapy?
Percussion therapy is meant to speed up the repair of muscle fibres by using a big ol’ drilldo to pummel your muscles with rapid bursts of pressure. It is supposed to boost blood flow and increase range of motion in the muscle itself. This in turn supposedly gives it a gentle stretch, which can improve your performance, strength and flexibility.
All sounds bloody good doesn’t it?
So, what’s the difference between percussion therapy and traditional massage?
With percussion therapy, the surrounding areas of your target muscle are desensitised via the shock of the pulses. This means that you can, in theory, target a sore muscle without causing any of the pain related to the de-knotting process. This can get right to the root cause of the soreness, whereas with traditional massages, your masseuse may not be able to penetrate that deep into the muscle belly because you will probably hit your pain threshold long before then.
Although personally, I do prefer a traditional massage – you can’t argue with the facts – as well as the price efficiency. A standard massage would set you back about £50 for an hour, whereas one of these massage guns is about £175 and it’ll last you a lifetime.
The Achedaway massage gun
Enter, the Achedaway massage gun.
This thing is an absolute beast. It’s got about 5 different strength settings ranging from a mild drilling to a full-on mauling. With all sorts of different attachments to use in your quest for ache relief, switching these up can be handy.
It has a smart charging dock and looks quite cool. Not to mention it has a tidy little carry case for when you’re on the move.
Without sounding too much like an infomercial, this thing is the dog’s doodahs. It’s sturdy, without being too weighty and it just feels like it’s getting right in amongst the knots in your muscles. And if you’re so inclined, you can put it on the back if your neck and make your voice sound like an alien. It really does it all this thing.
My opinion (is it all BS?)
Personally, I genuinely feel a lot looser and more relaxed after using the Achedaway gun for about 20 minutes, but the actual evidence is still quite scant. This article goes into a huge amount of depth regarding vibration and fitness, with a segment dedicated to percussion therapy.
Essentially, what it says, is that the potential is there, but we need sounder methods of testing before we can come up with a full conclusion. For now though, I’m going to crack on and feel good.
So all in all, I think percussive therapy is a winner. If you’ve got the time and patience to consistently sit and drill yourself silly, then you’ll see much greater recovery. But if you’re someone who flits in and out of practices (a little bit like me to be honest), then you might be best saving yourself a whole lot of money and opting for a solid stretching routine instead.
The potential is there, you just need to utilise it.
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