If the drill-type massage gun device Theragun has caught your attention thanks to the celebrities, professional athletes and fitness trainers who swear by it, then you are probably interested in finding out how it works. The device is not that new (it was launched in 201
6), but it became more popular recently, partly thanks to the fitness community, as well as celebrity fans, such as Chelsea Handler, Sam Smith and Ashley Graham. (Not to mention the recent increase in popularity of recovery techniques, methods and studios in the wellness area.)
The basic concept behind how the Theragun works is through the use of percussive therapy or percussion therapy. The vibration and force that the device produces are said to have several benefits, including pain relief, a wider range of movement, reduced muscle stiffness and pain and a faster recovery time from workouts.
But if you have ever had the chance to try a Theragun or other comparable percussive therapy device chances are that you felt a little confused about how you initially thought it was exactly had to use. The key to getting the most out of your therapy device is to use it properly – this is how.
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How to use a Theragun for workout recovery
The Theragun helps to move lactic acid from the muscles that you use during the training are tired, making it ideal for training recovery. It is what other techniques such as massage or foam rollers also want to do, but Lissa Bankston, director of human performance at Theragun, states that percussive therapy can help produce a more effective result, and in less time.