Using the TheraGun for Pain Relief
Today I want to tell you about the TheraGun. I found it at the Bulletproof Conference and it has become my favorite method for quick pain relief. It looks and sounds like a power tool and was developed by a sports chiropractor, Dr. Jason S. Wersland, DC, to reduce pain, break up adhesions, increase blood flow, and help recovery. Athletes use them before, during, and after events and people like me use them at home. I have not been asked to write about this device and receive no compensation for writing about it.
When I tried it out on my right hip at the booth I was amazed. Painful knots lessened their grip in a count between 5 and 10. When I sat to treat my left calf, tight from taking the brunt of the limp on my right side, it was so intense I squeezed the chiropractor’s hand and people laughed at the faces I made. Afterwards my legs felt lighter and I was able to walk normally for several hours.
It has a jackhammer-like vertical action, as opposed to the side-to-side vibrational action of many other devices. I learned that the brain quickly tunes out the side-to-side sensation unless the device is moved to a new location. Here’s some information from the website for the science nerds (like me) in the house as to why it’s so effective:
Studies on chronic pain have showed that deep brain stimulation at frequencies of approximately 50 Hz can produce analgesic effects. The TheraGun’s reciprocating motion runs at a higher frequency (60-65 Hz) than chronic pain (5-50Hz) with an amplitude of ½ inch. The nervous system’s hierarchy is programmed to pay attention to the higher frequency stimulus over the pain stimulus. This is important because the TheraGun’s vibration and amplitude on the body send signals to the brain faster than pain signals can travel. This high frequency vibration actually overrides pain signals. Therefore, for a period of time, pain is significantly decreased.
I have used it every day since the conference to be able to get around better. The muscles around my right hip tighten up again fairly quickly depending on what I’m doing, since I’m still walking on degenerated hips, but the relief I get is worth having to use it several times a day. I use it for 5-7 minutes at a time. If I have more time, I cover other areas besides the most essential ones.
Sometimes Patrick helps, which gives us both a laugh!
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