Percussion therapy is great on its own, but we’ve decided to go one step further and add something else to the healing process - heat therapy.
Heat therapy is something you can do at home - whether you’re feeling sore after a long run, you tweaked a certain muscle during practice, or you simply slept wrong - as it reduces pain and supports healing, just like percussion therapy does. This way, you can get back to doing what you do best - killing the game.
Heat therapy ranges from anywhere to heating pads to a warm bath. In our case, we’re introducing a Heat Attachment that can make healing as easy as it is to connect this attachment to your Recover Vibe Massage Gun.
What is Heat Therapy?
Heat therapy is the act of applying warmth anywhere on the body - namely over the places that you’re feeling pain. It works by increasing the temperature of the affected area, which then improves circulation and blood flow, easing the tension on stiff and sore muscles.
Benefits of Heat Therapy
The way that heat therapy helps to reduce pain is by dilating the blood vessels, which increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the muscle, which then helps them heal. Furthermore, heat stimulates the sensory receptors in the skin, which the brain will pick up on - essentially ‘forgetting’ about the pain signals it had been receiving before.
Heat also encourages the muscles to stretch, and flexible muscles are healthy muscles.
There are a number of other benefits that heat therapy is known for. These benefits include:
- Heat therapy is often recommended to ease tension and relax.
- Those suffering from arthritis experience joint inflammation, and heat can help to alleviate this and potentially increase elasticity of connective tissues.
- It’s good for easing short-term lower back pain
- Just like percussion therapy, heat therapy can help offset the effects of delayed onset muscle soreness.
Using heat therapy to prepare for exercise has been helpful for people with excessive scar tissue, as they experience a different level of tightness pre-workout. Heat therapy can help ease this tension and help them get a better workout in, more than they’d get after simply stretching.
It can also help with muscular rehabilitation, as research shows that it has the power to improve muscle health after sustaining an injury, especially if the muscle has experienced temporary immobilization or reduced movement.
We also recommend using heat therapy when warming up for a workout or a game - especially if it’s going to be strenuous. Your muscles will be primed for battle, and you’ll come out of the game/practice/gym with less muscle tears and, therefore, less soreness.
Benefits of Percussion Therapy
In many ways, percussion therapy boasts the same benefits that heat therapy does. Both help to prime the muscles and reduce tearing, along with reducing soreness and promoting circulation. Here are a few other important benefits of percussion therapy:
- Percussion therapy penetrates deep into the muscles, getting straight to the source of the pain and kneading the knot out of the muscle. Much like heat therapy, it also sends signals to the brain faster than the pain receptors can, essentially distracting the brain from the pain.
- The loosening and relaxation of muscles is essential for recovery, and this is what percussion therapy is known for. It also allows your nervous system to help your brain into a state of calmness, which promotes recovery.
- You sleep better when your body is relaxed and has fewer aches and pains. Sleep is also the prime time for your body to go through the healing process, which is how percussion therapy promotes the positive cycle of healing.
- It improves performance by priming your body for the task ahead. It relaxes the muscles and therefore reduces the chances of fatigue on those muscles, helping them work harder and longer.
- To decrease soreness, percussion therapy assists in the breakup of fascia, decreases muscle tearing, and also decreases the content of lactic acid in your muscles.
- Percussion therapy can strengthen your muscles, which helps them bounce back that much quicker after an injury.
- It can lengthen and strengthen your muscles, improving flexibility.
Heat Therapy x Percussion Therapy
At this point, it’s obvious that heat therapy and percussion therapy are powerful as two separate entities - so, imagine what they can do when they’re combined.
By adding the Heat Attachment to your Recover Vibe BLAST or Recover Vibe MINI, you’re enmeshing the benefits that you get from heat therapy with those that you experience from percussion therapy into an all-encompassing muscle recovery treatment.
This team of heat therapy x percussion therapy maximizes recovery in the way that it speeds it up, relaxes your muscles to promote healing, and encourages flexibility in order to discourage injuries caused by tension.
Whether you’re a professional athlete, a casual exerciser, or simply someone who likes to stay active, we can’t recommend pairing these two healing methods enough.