Most people that are at least somewhat involved in athletics or fitness at this point are familiar with foam rolling, massage sticks, or other tools to help muscle function and recovery. A new and interesting sub-category within this is emerging which are called percussion massage devices. There are many different brands and knock-off versions beginning to pop up, but a couple of the more popular devices out there are the Hypervolt and the Theragun.
They are essentially lightweight, hand held devices that utilize percussion massage technology to offer the following benefits:
- Help relieve muscle soreness and stiffness
- Improve range of motion
- Promote circulation
- Accelerate warm up and recovery
If applied correctly and appropriately, it can be a very helpful tool for any athlete or fitness enthusiast that is looking to make improvements with any of the above mentioned areas. Come sign up for some performance training with us over here at Raleigh Orthopedic Performance Center located within Wake Competition Center and give it a try for yourself!
About the Author
Walker Cruikshank, CSCS, XPS
Walker graduated from East Carolina University in 2014 with degree
in Kinesiology. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the NCSA and is EXOS Performance Specialist Certified.
After graduating from ECU, Walker did internships with EXOS and has 3 years of experience in Sports Performance and Post Rehab Performance training in an Orthopaedic setting.
Areas of interest:
- Injury prevention
- Optimizing movement
- Strength and power development