WHAT IS A THERAGUN?
The Theragun is a massage device that looks (and sounds) like a power drill that uses percussive massage therapy to treat muscle soreness and relieve pain. The tool has increasingly been used by (and found effective for) everyone – from professional athletes to weekend warriors and everyone in between.
Like many great products and inventions, the Theragun was created by Dr. Jason Wersland, a chiropractor by profession, after he suffered a personal injury. He was looking for a way to treat himself between his regular treatments with the aim of getting better faster. Of course, the early versions of the Theragun were cruder, but after many iterations of change, we’ve been left with the Pro and model which we now have access to at Bulldog Gym.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE THERAGUN
The Theragun is designed to “talk with the nervous system” using three key combinations:
- Amplitude: How deep does it go? (The Theragun goes 16mm)
- Frequency: How quickly does it pulse? (The Theragun uses 2400 pulses per minute on high and 1750 on low speed)
- Torque: How much pressure until it stalls out? (The Theragun delivers up to 60 pounds of force! Not that you need to, or should be, pressing that hard!)
When you put all three of these together, it will result in a top-grade percussive therapy device.
WHAT IS PERCUSSIVE THERAPY?
Percussive therapy, also known as percussion therapy, is a form of soft tissue manipulation intended to reduce muscle soreness and increase range of motion. It is a deep muscle treatment that delivers rapid and long vertical strokes into the muscle, causing neuromuscular response.
BENEFITS OF THE THERAGUN
In general, the Theragun has been known to:
- Reduce pain
- Increase blood flow
- Break up scar tissue
- Decrease lactic acid
- Release muscle spasms
- Increase lymphatic flow
- Improve range of motion
- Improve body awareness
- Make recovery more efficient and effective (which is one of the reasons clients have gotten their own Theragun for use between sessions in both the Clinic and training)
Learn the benefits directly from Dr. Jason himself, in this video.
HOW WE ARE USING THERAGUN AT BULLDOG GYM.
The Theragun Pro is available to all members during staff hours as a pre-workout activation tool or a therapeutic tool to address items listed above. Just ask for it at the front desk!