What is a Theragun? We break down everything to know

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If there’s one recovery gadget at the forefront of stretching pros’ tongues these days, it’s Theragun, and in the latest episode of What Wellness, host Ella Dove learns why. While you could easily use an hour of foam rolling and stretching to loosen tightness in the body, the handheld percussive therapy tool requires only two minutes twice a day to help melt tension away wherever it creeps up.

So how does it do that? In Dove’s elegant words, Theragun ($ 249 for the Liv model) “strikes your muscles repeatedly to train the kink.” And whether you’re a star athlete training for a marathon or a JOMO queen with some time to kill on a Friday night, you can reap the benefits of using the device. “It’s really good for everyone,” says Theragun creator Jason Wersland, DC. “The most basic thing it does is it relieves tension.” By using fast pulses in more targeted areas, Dr. explains. Wersland that fitness technology helps induce blood flow to your soft tissues, resulting in less tight muscles and as a result increased mobility.

Nor does it take all day, as some other recovery methods do. “It’s like an espresso shot of recovery,” he says. The fast, quick movements of the device work to provide targeted relief wherever you need it. This means you do not have to dig into the nooks and crannies of the body as you do with other devices – the machine does just the job for you. Set the clock, then click on the video above to get Dr. Wersland’s full run to settle tensions and feel loose. Then you will be ready to tackle what is in front of you (be it 26.2 or finally getting to Brittany runs a marathon in your movie queue).

For more What Wellness, learn all about how eyebrow squeezing works to create raised arches. See also Dove’s learn from the professionals on how to track heart rate.

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