Massage guns and the art of percussion therapy is a new method of wellness that is quickly taking over the world of sports medicine for professional athletes. Percussion therapy uses deep vibrations to penetrate those hard-to-reach muscles and get things flowing in your body before, during, or after a hard workout.
The art of recovery is something that cannot be ignored in the professional atmosphere. As a professional athlete, you’re constantly on-the-go, being pushed to perform, and expected to do your best. You’ve got tons of people to impress! Because of that, it’s important for your body to always remain in tip-top shape - and that means no residual soreness from the game last night or the practice from early this morning.
You’ve got to know how to recover - and fast. Your career depends on it.
Quick recovery is based on having the right tools to heal, and our values of healing are based around percussion therapy tools. Massage guns and other technology of the like are the perfect gadgets used to support bodies in motion in order to keep them in motion.
We know you want to keep working, keep playing, keep performing. And we want that for you, too. That’s why Recover Vibe believes in supporting professional athletes with muscle massagers.
There are plenty of reasons as to why professional athletes love our massage machines. But for the sake of brevity, we’re going to share the top five reasons with you in this article.
Keep reading to see the five biggest reasons as to why professional athletes love massage guns.
1. They Reduce DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)
If you’re a professional athlete reading this, it’s very likely you already know what DOMS is. But just in case you don’t: DOMS is a painful muscle condition that happens post-exercise. Along with that pain usually comes swelling, stiffness, and tenderness of the muscles, which makes it pretty difficult to move the next day - let alone play or perform.
DOMS doesn’t show up directly after exercise, though - that’s the tricky part. Typically, you’ll start to notice symptoms anywhere from 12-24 hours after you finish strenuous activity. And those painful symptoms will usually last for 24-72 hours after that. All of those hours put together equals a lot of time spent on the bench.
DOMS can pop up after any type of exercise, but it’s most commonly seen after exercises like strength training or running downhill. These two types of exercises involve contractions of the muscle where the muscle is lengthening, which is a key aspect of DOMS.
But DOMS isn’t picky, especially with exercise newbies. We understand that most (if not all) professional athletes aren’t new to the exercise game, but we still want to throw that out there. Even if you’re an old pro at exercising itself, DOMS is still very likely when you start a new workout that your muscles have never seen before.
Using a massage gun has a big impact on the effects of DOMS because of the vibrations that they send deep into the muscle tissue. In fact, this study showed that massage gun types of vibrations reduced pain caused by DOMS up to 30%.
2. They’re Great Pain Relievers
Of course, you don’t have to be a professional athlete in order to experience pain, but it could be argued that professional athletes are in positions to feel pain more often than the average person.
The way that muscle massagers relieve pain is by penetrating deep into the affected muscle tissue. Not everyone is a fan of using over-the-counter medicines to fight pain relief - everyone has their own opinions about anti-inflammatory drugs. But no matter your opinion on them, they cast a wide blanket over the pain. Personal massage guns, on the other hand, target the exact spot where you’re aching or sore. You just press the gun against the muscle, choose the setting that feels right for the degree of pain that you’re in, and let the vibrations get to work.
Also, unlike anti-inflammatory drugs, the massage gun starts on the job right away. There’s no waiting around for it to take effect. Once you turn it on, you’re on the road to healing and relief.
Massage guns provide more than just topical pain relief. Instead, they use their famous vibrations to head straight to the source of whatever is ailing you to disintegrate it. If you’re experiencing ill effects from muscle knots, the massage machine can work to knead the knots out of your muscles and get the blood flowing correctly again.
Blood flow also has a lot to do with soreness and numbness. Personal massage guns are great for aiding circulation; they’ll get the blood moving to where it should go and break up any blockages along the way.
Another reason that massage guns work so well for pain relief is because the vibrations send messages to the brain faster than the pain receptors do - this means that the pain signals get intercepted and blocked, and relief comes instead.
3. They Improve Performance
Massage guns can do wonders for your athletic performance, but we have a few pointers on how they should be used in order for you to reach your peak potential. To get the most out of your massage machine, you have to use it before your performance - no matter what type of performance you’re headed out to do.
When you use your massage gun before your body does the work, the percussion therapy is able to prime your body for the task it’s about to face. The way that it primes your muscles is by minimizing the tears that occur every time you perform and/or work out. That damage when you work your muscles to a strenuous degree is what causes soreness, and using a massage gun reduces that damage by getting your muscles ready to face the task that lies ahead.
Percussion therapy can help you keep the benefits of your performance and/or workout while eradicating everything negative that comes along with it.
Massage guns are especially helpful when you’re preparing to perform a specific task. Let’s say you’re a professional runner on the day of an important race. If you use your muscle massager on your calves and thighs in order to prepare for the performance, you’ll be able to reduce the fatigue that those specific muscles experience when it comes time for the race. With less fatigue, you’ll be able to run faster, perform better, and work harder in order to achieve the end goal - which is crossing that finish line first!
4. They’re Portable and Easy To Use
As a professional athlete, your body is the best tool that you have. In order to keep your career afloat, you have to maintain that tool and make sure it’s in the best shape possible. Since massage guns are such integral facets of recovery for professional athletes, it’s crucial to have them at any given moment that you might need a moment for recovery.
No matter where you are - in the gym, in the locker room, even on the road - your massage machine is easy to cart around. You don’t have to lug around equipment that weighs hundreds of pounds or go through the hassle of taking it apart and putting it back together. It’s as simple as taking it out of your bag and turning it on.
And turning it on is just as simple as it sounds. Using a massage gun doesn’t involve any training, higher knowledge, or even reading an instruction manual. It doesn’t take any special skills at all. You don’t have to be trained in sports medicine or be a physical therapist (although people in those types of roles do appreciate percussion therapy, and we appreciate them!) you can just be a regular guy. For regular guys (and girls) all over the world, professional athletes and otherwise, our massage guns are easily and widely accessible and incredibly simple to operate. Basically, all you have to do is point and shoot.
5. They’re Your Own Personal Masseuse
The idea of a massage after a tough game or a hard practice is one that not many professional athletes are going to turn down. What many don’t have at their disposal, though, is a personal masseuse on-call every time they’re experiencing muscle soreness.
That’s where the massage gun comes in.
Every hour-long session from a human masseuse costs anywhere from $70-$110. When you invest in a massage gun you pay one price, one time, for something that you can use unlimitedly.
Massage machines are also a great option for those out there who don’t like being touched by strangers. With a massage gun, you control the movements, where the massage happens, and how long it lasts for. You hold the gun, you hold the key. It’s your personal tool to use for your own personal healing.
New Product Alert!
Now that you’ve got the benefits of percussion therapy and the massage gun under your belt, get ready to hear about the newest product that Recover Vibe has unveiled.
It’s called the Recover Vibe Burst, and it’s going to change your life.
Here’s what you need to know about it:
- It has an adjustable arm that can reach over 95% of your body - if you were worried about needing someone else to get those hard-to-reach spots, you won’t have to worry about that any longer.
- It has 4 premium silicone attachments - to use for different types of muscle types, soreness, and recovery.
- Standard ball: General use and larger muscles
- Flat: Medium size muscles
- Dot: Pinpoint therapy
- Wedge: Areas close to tendons and where scar tissue builds up
- It provides up to 6 hours of use in a single charge.
- There’s a 30-day money-back guarantee.
- It includes a 1-year warranty.
- There are interest-free payment plans available
If you’re looking for something that’s one step up from the Recover Vibe when it comes to power and functionality, then you’re going to love the Recover Vibe Burst. There’s not much that it can’t do.
I’m not a Pro Athlete - Should I Invest in a Massage Gun?
There’s no doubt about it - the answer is a resounding yes. Regardless if you are a professional athlete or not, your body is in it for the long haul and you depend on it for much more than sports. It doesn’t just have to get you through everyday activities, it’s also your key to success - and you want to make sure that key is as polished and high-functioning as possible. The way to do that is to make sure that you’re recovering quickly, thoroughly, and healthily so you can get back to doing what you love.
Percussion therapy is used and recommended by physical therapists and sports medicine specialists all over the world. If massage guns are something that they stand by, then you know that they’re something that you can trust.
Recover Vibe wants to help you live your best athletic life. Let us help you do just that.