The Fischer Institute uses the Theragun to facilitate and enhance treatment of patients and athletes before, during, and after exercise programs. Fischer sports in now using the newest model the G2PRO that has some new features.

What is the Theragun?

The Theragun is a handheld device that vibrates at a high frequency with low amplitude of movement to stimulate muscles and help them perform more efficiently. Research has shown that muscle treatment leads to faster recovery from injuries and better overall performance.  Fischer Institute utilizes the Theragun on a daily basis and our patients rave about the results. 

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What is the treatment like?

Depending on presentation of muscle tissue, patient response, and desired outcome Fischer trained employee will deliver appropriate duration and intensity ranging from 1-10 min. You will feel small vibratory oscillations targeting superficial to deep muscle tissue.

Features

  • Adjustable arm position– allows user to reach and manipulate otherwise difficult areas
  • Ampbits– different attachments to accomplish specific outcomes    
    • Large ball-Designed for larger muscle groups
    • Standard ball-Designed for smaller muscle groups
    • Dampener– for tender and bony areas
    • Cone– for trigger points and small muscles  

How is the Theragun used?

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Oakland Raiders, First Round Draft Selection,, Gareon Conley using TheraGun pre-workout at Fischer Institute

Pre exercise

  • Decrease pain
  • Increase mobility/Break up scar tissue
  • Improve muscle coordination

During exercise

  • Increase activation of muscles
  • Increase blood flow
  • Prevent muscle fatigue and soreness

After Exercise

  • Increase lymphatic drainage
  • Decrease muscle soreness and tightness
  • Calm the nervous system and accelerate recovery

 

Evidence

  • Myofascial release therapy and localized relaxation message have been found to be beneficial in treating upper and lower extremity musculoskeletal dysfunctions [5]. Both techniques can be applied and supplemented through the use of the Theragun.
  • Several research studies have shown that massage therapy applied after repetitive exercises can help to reduce soreness and speed up recovery [3].
  • The Theragun is being used by high level athletes across varies sports because of how they are feeling before, during, and after treatment sessions.
  • Massage improves blood flow to the site of pain, thereby improving lactic acid clearance earlier and providing more efficient repair of micro-injuries to the muscles, connective tissues, and tendons [3].
  • In people receiving STM it has been found they have an increase in the number of neutrophils – the type of white blood cells involved in tissue repair, and cortisol levels – another measurement that if elevated helps to reduce inflammation [4].

 

References

 

  1. Piper S, Shearer HM, Côté P, et al. The effectiveness of soft-tissue therapy for the management of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the upper and lower extremities: A systematic review by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury management (OPTIMa) collaboration. Manual Therapy. 2016;21:18-34. doi:10.1016/j.math.2015.08.011.

 

  1. Best TM, Hunter R, Wilcox A, Haq F. Effectiveness of Sports Massage for Recovery of Skeletal Muscle From Strenuous Exercise. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 2008;18(5):446-460. doi:10.1097/jsm.0b013e31818837a1.

 

  1. Brummitt J. The Role of Massage in Sports Performance and Rehabilitation: Current Evidence and Future Direction. North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy : NAJSPT. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2953308/. Published February 2008.

 

  1. Smith LL, Keating MN, Holbert D, et al. The Effects of Athletic Massage on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, Creatine Kinase, and Neutrophil Count: A Preliminary Report. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 1994;19(2):93-99. doi:10.2519/jospt.1994.19.2.93.

 

Article written by Chad Simmons, Student PT

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