People from various fields such as tech, industrial, health care, can be stuck in static positions during their work.
However, there are common posture distortions despite being in different fields.
These can cause muscle and joint sores, which can create tender and aches.
As you know, massage works in muscle pain and recovery. In the same manner, percussion massage works as well with deep vibrations to the muscle; while the most traditional form, the hand massage works too.
But which kind would be better in your recovery?
This is the most common type of massage.
Traditional hand massage is well known as the classical or relaxing massage as the massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle to achieve relaxing and healing effects.
It’s a gentle relaxing massage done using massage lotion or essential oils. It’s ideal if you are taking a massage for the first time or if you just want a very relaxing massage. It is also popular as a couples’ massage.
Benefits – increases blood circulation, physical and mental relaxation, reduce stress and muscle tension, and improves flexibility.
Deep tissue is a high-pressure massage that focuses on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
High pressure from the deep tissue massage device is applied in order to realign the muscles and remove the knots. The pressure is focused on areas of high muscle tension and stress. It could be a bit painful.
Deep tissue is mostly recommended for athletes, people with chronic pains or muscles tension and in certain cases post recovery from injury.
But nowadays, a lot of people even they are not athletes, will use the deep tissue device.
Benefits – Enhances mobility, alleviates chronic pain (reduce muscle pain), improve blood circulations, flexibility and reduce muscles tension
#Comparison 1:Penetration of Muscles
Traditional massages are limited from heard to reach areas of the muscles due to the use of human hands, thus unable to address the root problem.
Additionally, it can be too painful to sustain to reach those areas. In comparison, percussion therapy excels in penetrating deeper while applying pressure, giving it an advantage.
Relief is only experience then instead of pain.
Considering the function of percussion therapy is to aggressively work and treat deep-tissue muscles, this increases and aids blood circulation and oxygen distribution to multiple parts of the body, more so on the local topical area.
Thus, post-workout pain and cramps is reduced, accelerating the body’s healing and recovery ability.
Percussion therapy exhibits reduction of pain clinically, while effective in the reduction of LDH levels in 48 hours after workouts.
#Comparison 2: Strength of Massage
Expert percussion therapeutic tools such as a deep tissue massage device can deeply penetrate and use a larger area with even massage strength, while serious pain may be experienced on the traditional hand massage
The best part of this is that you can do percussion therapy independently without help from others.
Deep tissue massage device excels compared to the traditional hand massage in terms of massage strength and muscle penetration depth.
However, frequent use is recommended regularly to relief muscle pain with a massage device. 5 to 10 minutes is the recommended duration of use and massaging the same areas for a long time is not encouraged.
If you’re suffering from tensions and aches that cannot be solved by a traditional hand massage then a deep tissue massage might be the answer you’re looking for!
During a deep tissue massage therapy, the pressure is stronger and concentrated on the problematic area which might lead to a little bit of discomfort.
It is worth it though as it helps alleviate the pain in the long term!