Percussion massage is a treatment we use for our patients experiencing pain and soreness in their soft muscle tissues. In this technique, we use a handheld tool to deliver short and rapid pulses to the affected area. These pulses stimulate both superficial and deep muscle fibers, thus relieving pain.
Preventing delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is another benefit you’ll get from percussion massage. DOMS is caused by microscopic tears to the muscle fiber, which occurs when the muscle is overstressed – usually after a workout or playing a sport. You can experience DOMS regardless of your fitness level. The pain can peak 24 to 72 hours after the workout and last for five days.
Percussion massage will help you greatly if you have:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Golfer’s elbow
- Tennis elbow
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Runner’s knee
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Patellar fasciitis
- Shin split
- It improves blood circulation to the affected tissues, flushing out toxins and bringing in more nutrients to the muscle.
- It relaxes the muscles and breaks down fascial adhesions.
- It reduces joint stiffness and inflammation.