Feeling a little sluggish? It could be your circulation that's letting you down.
Percussion massage is a popular new way to improve your blood circulation. Your circulation governs your overall health, so improving your circulation has a host of benefits that could lead to a better you.
Wondering how it works? We've got you.
Here are four ways percussion massage can increase blood circulation.
1. Take Out the Trash
When we work out, the byproducts build up in our blood and tissues. One of the most well-known byproducts is lactic acid, which accumulates in your muscles as you work out, eventually causing cramps.
After a workout, flushing out these metabolites makes room for a fresh supply of blood. Massage can increase blood flow in this way to ensure the likes of lactic acid don't sit around in your muscles, impeding the flow of fresh blood. With a healthy blood flow, your muscles will feel fresh and ready even after working out.
2. Attention Seeking
It may sound strange, but your brain has a way of “paying attention” to certain areas of your body, just like the way your own attention works.
Percussion massage works because it captures the brain's attention. It says “hey, over here” and directs that attention to the massage site. In response, your body increases the blood supply through that region.
If that sounds weird, just remember that many ordinary bodily processes work the same way. When your face goes red, that's your brain directing your blood supply toward your face!
3. Moving Out
When we sit around or otherwise go for long periods without moving, blood can pool in tissues, especially in areas like the feet or buttocks. It can take a long time for this stagnant old blood to clear out, which is bad news if you're transitioning into a workout.
That's why it sometimes feels like you need to knock the rust off when you start working out. Percussive therapy gets this blood circulating in advance, allowing you to move more quickly into your workout. It also lets you counteract some of the negative effects of being sedentary for long periods.
4. The Nutrient Bullet
Finally, percussion therapy can also move more nutrients into the muscles in question.
On a technical level, this is just a side effect of moving blood into the muscle. Yet moving more nutrients into tissue means the blood that does pass through is richer and does more good work when it arrives. In other words, this isn't just about quantity, but about quality, too.
With a better supply of nutrients, your muscles and other tissues can repair more quickly, which also improves blood flow in the long term. It could also reduce the likelihood of knots and cramps.
Increase Blood Circulation with Percussion Massage
Just like that, you now understand the magic (or rather, the science) of how percussion massage can increase blood circulation. With increased circulation comes a happier, healthier you.
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