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Percussion Therapy How To

JAWKU MUSCLE BLASTER V2 

 

“Percussion Therapy” has emerged as one of the most popular forms of IASTM. The Muscle Blaster was developed to assist the body’s own healing mechanism.

The results may include increased tissue hydration, improved sensory perception, increased body awareness, decreased pain, increased blood flow, degradation of scar tissue, decrease in DOMS, Increased lymphatic flow, increased mobility and ROM, tissue remodeling and improved motor control.

Fascia is the most important tissue for posture and movement and the nervous system is the most important target for influencing posture and movement. Percussion therapy influences mechanoreceptors eliciting targeted neuromuscular responses.

The role of tissue is to generate, absorb, direct or disperse and release energy. To accomplish this, it needs to be elastic, compliant and mobile and at the same time springy, stiff and stable.

Percussion therapy can improve tissue reactivity and stability or strength to aid in creating longer lasting soft tissue change and movement efficiency.

How to use your Muscle Blaster 

SPEED: Different rates of therapy can elicit different responses. Moving rapidly back and forth along a hamstring will have a different response than staying in one place and pressing the attachment head into the muscle belly.

MOTION: Use parallel, cross-striation, spirals, static and tempo to elicit the targeted response.

SETTINGS: You have several speeds or frequencies on the Muscle Blaster. Consider level 1 or the lowest setting as the slowest frequency and the highest setting as the fastest frequency.

DEPTH: The pressure in which you apply to the tissue. This will range from 1 to 10 and superficial to deep tissue (Epidermis, dermis, skin ligaments, superficial fascia, deep fascia, muscle). 1-3 is very light pressure on superficial dermis, 4-6 is moderate pressure, 7-8 is firm pressure and 9-10 is deep pressure affecting the muscle.

TIME: This is the duration on the tissue. 

MODALITIES:

  • Using the Muscle Blaster on a low setting with deep pressure will activate Muscle Spindles and Golgi Tendon Organs. This is used for recovery to decrease muscle tone and aid in relaxation.
  • Using the Muscle Blaster on a low setting with light pressure will stimulate Ruffini Endings and Muscle Spindles. This will decrease sympathetic activity and improve flexibility.
  • Using the Muscle Blaster on a high setting with deep pressure will stimulate Free Nerve Endings and Pacinian Corpuscles, This can inhibit pain signals and help with ROM.
  • Using the Muscle Blaster on a high setting with light pressure will stimulate Pacinian Corpuscles and Free Nerve Endings. This will increase proprioception and sympathetic activity.

Use the Muscle Blaster in the Warm-Up phase of training to activate and prepare the body to train. This should be less than 30 seconds, and at a high setting. This will aid in motor-control, coordination, proprioception, and body awareness.

Use the Muscle Blaster between sets as a complimentary exercise for less than 30 seconds per area to maintain stimulation, proprioception, circulation and recovery.

Use the Muscle Blaster in the Cool-Down phase of training for 60 seconds or more to hydrate tissue, speed recovery, decrease DOMS and mitigate soreness.

Guidelines:

  • Always start on the lowest setting and the lightest pressure
  • Always move slowly
  • Don’t force anything

Contraindications:

  • Compromised tissue (open wound, infection, tumor)
  • Active implants (pacemaker, internal defibr., PICC/pump lines)
  • Don’t use on genitalia
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Don’t use on face, head or upper neck
  • Patient unable to communicate 

Important Safety Instructions:

We do our best to make sure all of our products are safe and easy to use however, please read all instructions and warnings before using this product to reduce the risk of malfunction, fire, electric shock or injury.

  • . Not for Children. The Muscle Blaster V2 is not intended for use by children or persons with injuries, physical or mental issues. Please consult with a doctor before using this device.
  • We recommend using on top of clothing, gently pressing for no longer than 60 seconds in the same spot.
  • Do not use above the neck or directly on any boned area of the body. Use only on soft tissues. Do not continue working the same area if it causes any pain or discomfort.
  • Do not use on bruised or injured areas.
  • Do not submerge in water or cover air vents. Keep vents free from dust lent and debris.
  • Do not use battery chargers other than the charger included with this product.
  • Do not overcharge. After charging is complete remove the charger.
  • Do not disassemble or attempt to modify the Muscle Blaster V2 in any way.
  • Do not place your fingers or any other objects near the piston. Do not let your hair get close to the piston as it could get caught and cause injury.

Warning:

Please get your doctor’s permission if you are pregnant, suffer from complications of diabetes such as neuro or retinal damage, wear a pacemaker, undergone recent surgery, been diagnosed with epilepsy, suffer from chronic migraines, or have any other physical health concerns.

There is ongoing research about the impact of vibration training on specific medical conditions. Practical experience has shown that in many cases the Integration of vibration training into treatment is a positive benefit. Out of the abundance of caution this must be done with the recommendation from a physician, expert or physical therapist.

 

 

 

*Andrews, Rolff, Feldenkrais, Davis, Hilton, Wolff, Olesen, Cook, Schleip, Jacobs

 

 

 

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