Recovery Isn't Just for Athletes
With our busy, fast-paced lives, it can be hard to focus on much beyond our daily responsibilities, a habit that often leads to stress, strain, or tension. But what if we took the time to shift our perception away from what we have to do towards what we can do to care for ourselves, such as spending quality time with loved ones, getting outside, or setting aside dedicated time to put our mind and bodies first. One of the best ways to start feeling better in our bodies and caring for ourselves is through a daily recovery routine with Theragun percussive therapy.
Recovery might sound like something reserved for athletes, but the truth is that you can benefit from recovery whether or not working out is a regular part of your routine. As humans, we are continually changing, and our bodies go through shifts just as our emotions do, which is where percussive therapy comes in to help us find balance and feel better naturally.
What is percussive therapy?
The practice of percussive therapy works to increase blood flow and decrease tension held deep within our muscles. This method is unique in that it employs a scientifically-calibrated combination of speed and depth to maximize the therapeutic effects each time a Theragun device makes contact with your body. The continuous simulation delivers a deep, effective treatment that is more comfortable than manual therapy, helping to alleviate the tension that builds up after performing tasks like mowing the lawn or sitting behind a desk for an extended period of time.
What are the benefits?
Decreases muscle soreness
When it comes to the muscle soreness we get after exercise, Theragun percussive therapy can be the perfect warm-up and recovery partner. Research shows us that if you cause a muscle to vibrate before you train it, the soreness you experience afterwards is reduced.* Just be sure to target the areas you’re about to use with your Theragun about 30 seconds before starting your workout.
Reduces pain in deep-tissue recovery
When you’re already sore from previous activity, percussive therapy can help provide relief by increasing circulation in the area to accelerate recovery of the muscles and directly modulate pain perception.
Improves range of motion
Percussive therapy also causes several different physiological and neurological responses, including thixotropy (making your muscles more pliable), facial fluid distribution (making those tissues glide over one another better), increased circulation and temperature, and stimulation of receptors, resulting in reduced tension in the muscle. All of these responses work together to improve your range of motion and reduce stiffness.
Sleep is an incredibly important component of our overall wellness, and research shows that poor sleep quality can have a negative impact on your hormones, exercise performance, and brain function, among other things. In 2020, Theragun and Biostrap came together to conduct a study on natural methods for a better night’s sleep. These findings concluded that Theragun’s percussive therapy was able to help 87% of participants fall asleep almost 5 minutes faster than on a “normal night,” and 70% of participants slept longer throughout the night. The results also indicated that 56% of participants enjoyed a higher overall sleep score, which took into account factors including sleep duration, deep sleep, wakening, and movement.
The benefits of making time for recovery are truly accessible to everyone, regardless of your lifestyle. No matter what is a part of your daily life, we all experience wear and tear on our bodies, even if it’s just from a long day at work. Beginning to incorporate Theargun percussive therapy into your everyday routine can help you take charge of your health and start to feel better naturally.
Bakhtiary, A. H., Safavi-Farokhi, Z., & Aminian-Far, A. (2007). Influence of vibration on delayed onset of muscle soreness following eccentric exercise. British journal of sports medicine, 41(3), 145-148.
Sahebazamani, M., & Mohammadi, H. (2012). Influence of vibration on some of the functional markers of delayed onset muscle soreness. International Journal of Applied Exercise Physiology, 1( 2).