Spending more time at home during the pandemic spurred a lot of us to focus on personal fitness, including investing in home exercise equipment, online classes and fitness subscriptions. Now that more gyms are opening up, it’s even easier to stay on top of your fitness goals. But there’s one area where you still might be lacking: muscle recovery.
Achieving true workout recovery requires a blend of nutrition and physical manipulation, but you can also take advantage of high-tech recovery tools meant to minimize muscle soreness (including the hard-to-resist CBD-infused activewear). One category of these tools has science on its side: the percussion massage gun.
Massage guns use the force of percussive therapy to manipulate your body’s soft tissue. They’re essentially backed by the same extensive scientific research that supports massage therapy as the optimal tool for sore muscles after a workout. Everyone from recreational gym-goers, to professional athletes, to people with chronic pain – they all love these powerful massagers for many reasons.
Percussive therapy is said to help muscles recover faster while reducing muscle pain, muscle fatigue and lactic acid buildup. A percussion gun allows you to focus on a certain muscle group for immediate pain relief. They can also improve your range of motion and flexibility, encourage blood flow, help with muscle stiffness and more. Percussive therapy may even help with stress and sleep. Also, not that you should invest in one for this reason alone, but the slow-mo videos of massage guns punching muscles look insanely Insta-worthy. Just be careful with using one if you have any injuries beyond a muscle ache from a tough workout.