Benefits of Percussion Therapy
While the chiropractic adjustment is most important and the “main thing” used by Dr. Kalaba to help restore your health by improving the function of your nervous system, soft-tissue release in the form of percussion therapy is also used at each appointment.
Percussion therapy, known as vibration therapy or percussion massage, involves the use of a handheld device—in this case, a VibraCussor—that delivers rapid, concentrated pulses of pressure to soft tissue. This stimulates the muscles and increases blood flow and lymphatic flow, helping to alleviate muscle soreness, stiffness, and inflammation.
Percussion Therapy and Your Muscles
When the VibraCussor is applied to the skin, the rapid pulses create a vibration that penetrates into the muscles. This vibration helps to increase circulation by dilating blood vessels and stimulating the flow of blood and oxygen to the tissues. The increased circulation can also help flush out toxins and waste products from the tissues with the aim of reducing inflammation and soreness.
Percussion Therapy and Your Nervous System
Percussive therapy is also used to help stimulate the nervous system, which can help to improve muscle function and coordination. This is why it makes a great adjunct to the chiropractic adjustment. The rapid pulses can stimulate nerve receptors, sending signals to the brain that can help to improve proprioception (awareness of body position and movement) and motor control.
Additionally, percussion is believed to help break up myofascial adhesions and scar tissue, which can improve flexibility and range of motion. The rapid pulses can also help to relax muscle fibers and release tension, which can reduce the risk of muscle strains and injuries.
It’s also a non-invasive approach for addressing restricted motion in the joints, including shoulder, hip and knees, with minimal discomfort.
In the end, percussive therapy is a non-invasive and effective way to help relieve muscle soreness, tension, and stiffness, while assisting in nervous system stimulation to improve range of motion and muscle control, reducing inflammation, and helping to accelerate the healing process.
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