I’m A Doctor Of Physical Therapy Who's Been Using The Hypervolt Gun On My Athletes. Here’s How It’s Going.
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If you aren’t familiar with the Hypervolt gun, you’re missing out. Similar to Theragun, Hypervolt is basically a massage gun that’s used to ease sore muscles, improve circulation and reduce pain. The gun has several different attachments that are useful for the spine, quadriceps, upper trap and calf. I’ve been using it with my clients in the Nashville, TN and Franklin, TN area and the results have been promising.
I find it particularly helpful as a passive warm up before a physical therapy session or to help loosen my athletes that are overly tight. I often follow up the treatment with manual therapy including stretching, dry needling , cupping or blade scraping. The Hypervolt gun is also beneficial during muscle recovery. If an athlete is particularly sore, the gun may be too aggressive, even on its lowest setting. I recently used it for post-race recovery at a local triathlon and found that even the lowest setting was too aggressive at times. Once an athlete is no longer sore to touch, the Hypervolt is helpful for soft tissue mobilization and increased blood flow.
The Hypervolt gun is another way to deliver hands-on treatment to affected soft tissue. It can deliver more pressure at a higher rate than I am able to produce with my hands. In the right circumstances, this can assist in jump starting the healing process by creating slight irritation. Often the body will respond to this irritation by sending more blood to the area. This increase of blood delivers fresh hemoglobin and platelets, which are responsible for healing damaged tissue. I recently use the gun on a proximal hamstring strain and was able to effectively introduce a little irritation to help bring healing to the damaged tendon. Overall, I’ve found the Hypervolt system to be most effective in treating sore muscles and damaged tendons.
As with all treatments, the Hypervolt gun is not a cure. However it can be a useful treatment when used correctly. I classify it as another way to deliver soft tissue mobilization. Combined with education, corrective exercise and other forms of manual therapy, it can have beneficial results.
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Josh Orendorf is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and owner of Paceline Physical Therapy in Franklin, TN. He is an Ironman triathlete and Boston Marathon qualifier. He has a passion for helping athletes conquer injury and return to sport without pain. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife, Leigh, and their dog, Annie.