A small study published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research found percussive therapy to be as effective as massage in preventing DOMS. Percussive therapy doesn't completely eliminate muscle soreness. But what it does do is increase blood flow to a specific muscle area, which can help reduce inflammation and muscle tension
Aids in circulation, muscle stiffness, muscle recovery and lymphedema
Percussive massage is a breakthrough treatment for soft tissue pain. Percussive massage accelerates the growth and repair of tissues by providing concentrated, rapid, short-duration pulses deep into the tissues of the body. This heavily increases blood flow to the area causing pain relief and an increasing range of motion and function. Percussive massage also provides a gentle stretch to the muscles and connective tissues improving responsiveness and performance.
Percussive massage and muscle stimulation are beneficial in a variety of medical and cosmetic applications, including:
• Relaxing of thickened connective tissue and fascia
• Breaking down of adhesions and internal scar tissue, present after injuries or surgery
• Increased venous and lymphatic circulation
• Elongating muscle fibre, especially when spasms, stiffness and restrictions are present
• Increase range of movement by relieving stiff joints
Percussive massage can expedite the rehabilitation process of muscles that have been injured due to trauma, surgery or disease. The contractions caused by percussive massage help to strengthen muscles of individuals who may not be able to participate in physical therapy. Percussive massage can be used in patients with partial or full paralysis. The muscle contractions caused by percussive massage stimulate the muscles and prevents non-use atrophy while also improving reflex responses in which the nerves respond to stimulation.