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February 18, 2021 2 min read

As part of its continuing commitment to provide the UK residents with government-funded healthcare services, the National Health Service (NHS) acknowledges the use of massage for various illnesses and conditions. Massage falls under the category of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and is earlier recognized and recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a complementary manual therapy treatment for low back pain with or without sciatica. There are already some provable outcomes as to the benefits of massage, and the NICE is looking into other areas in which massage has proven effective.

Massage, by definition, is a form of manual therapy applied by repeated application of manual pressure over an area to provide muscle relaxation, pain relief, and enhanced circulation. Just like the beneficial effects of massage, the positive effects of a vibratory massage tool like the massage gun is governed by the same principles in science and therapies. The following is a review of the similarities of deep tissue massage and massage gun in terms of the mechanism by which both provide these outcomes.

Both manual massage and massage gun provide the following benefits:

  • Relief of pain by blocking pain signals transmitted to the brain and increased blood flow
  • Reduction of stiffness and break down scar and soft tissue adhesion through enhanced circulation
  • Improvement in circulation to aid excess fluid drainage via alternating manual manipulation of the soft tissues
  • Improve flexibility and increase range of motion through relaxation effect and increased blood flow
  • Promote relaxation and aid in recovery and sleep
  • Reduce levels of anxiety
  • A pre-workout regimen to warm up the muscles
  • A post-workout recovery tool to cool down tired muscles
  • Speeds up healing during injury by providing sufficient oxygen and nutrients to the injured site

Many health benefits of massage have already been established by numerous research studies, and such studies have also looked at vibration technology as an effective alternative method for people to experience these positive outcomes, plus more... Apart from the ones mentioned, the use of massage gun provides additional benefits. Some of which are as follows:

  • Mechanical stimulation via vibration can improve bone circulation, increasing the supply of nutrients for bone formation (reference), and thus may aid in the rehabilitation of minor fractures or cases of low bone mineral density, such as osteoporosis. Further, low and high-intensity vibrations were found to be effective in preventing bone loss in a study conducted to assess hip fracture risk in postmenopausal women (reference).
  • Vibration therapy has proven to delay cartilage degradation (reference) and increase cartilage thickness (reference), and therefore, can be used as a treatment for arthritic conditions.
  • Vibration therapy can stimulate muscles and causes an involuntary increase in strength (reference).

Many ongoing pieces of research are still looking for other possibilities vibration therapy and massage gun can offer, and for the time being as we wait for more to discover, Recovapro responded to the public needs of safe, low cost but effective massage treatment by giving the UK and the world an alternative massage experience through their Recovapro massage gun.


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