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What is a Percussion Massager and why you need to use one?

We are back! Crushing those workouts and determined to work off that quarantine 15. Now we are seeing the results, strength, energy and all the other benefits we love about the gym! Do you know what else is back? The tight, sore, inflamed muscles. Muscles that have been sitting on a beach sipping Mai Tais for the last couple months. We can’t remember the last time our muscles were this sore, maybe when we first joined the gym long ago? 

Do we suck it up? Continue to push through? Spend all our money on massage appointments that have relief last only a couple days? Mountainside Fitness has another great option for you! One that will help those sore muscles recover, enabling you to push through those hard workouts and smash your goals to pieces! 

Percussion Massagers! These are hand held drill like pieces of equipment that are a total game changer to your sore muscles! 

What exactly is percussion massage therapy? 

Percussion massage therapy is a new instrument used in the fitness industry, it is honestly a game changer. The drill like machine uses fast, soft blows over a short time to shock muscle fibers. These rapid taps help muscles release tension and bring blood flow to the area. This relaxes the muscles and allows them to heal. 

These deep vibrations affect your body’s soft tissues which touch nearly every part of your internal system, this allows the benefits to be vast. 

Here are some great benefits from Percussion Massagers: 

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Pushes fluids out of the muscles and into the circulatory system 
  • Relax the muscles
  • Break up scar tissue and other adhesions
  • Minimizes soreness and muscle tension
  • Helps prevent DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)  

You are already doing what you need to be doing to reach your goals — lifting heavy, fueling your body, giving your body rest. This is just one more thing to add to your tool belt to help you push your body to where you want it to be without the debilitating DOMS that inevitably ensue. 

How exactly does a percussion massage help DOMS? 

When we challenge our muscles through resistance training we effectively break them down. On a microscopic level there are mini tears, when these tears heal then our muscles grow stronger. This is why rest days are also extremely important. These micro tears are what we feel as DOMS.

The best way to recover from DOMS is to decrease inflammation and bring blood flow to the muscles. Blood is the key to healing any part of our bodies. Since you can hit two birds with one stone with a percussion massager it makes this the perfect tool to add to your workout routine! 

With 600 muscles, 360 joints, and 206 bones in the human body it can be daunting to use one of these high powered machines on yourself in a safe and effective manner. Your personal trainers at your local Mountainside Fitness are here to help! We are trained in human anatomy and the use of these percussion massagers. Stop by your local MSF Personal Training Desk to talk about our member-exclusive therapy sessions.  

 

 

 

About the Author

Ashley Duranceau moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 2017, to pursue a career in exercise rehabilitation. After a short hiatus in South Dakota she decided to come back to the land of sunshine and warmth and pivot her career to health and wellness. After her relocation back to Arizona in 2018 she joined the Mountainside Fitness family.  She began one on one personal training at the Carefree location and shortly after started teaching Peak Performance (PPZ), Muscle and Silver Sneakers at a variety of locations across the West Valley.  Some of her favorite hobbies include hiking, fishing, shopping and writing hand written letters to people.