FOR volleyball superstar Denden Lazaro, ample recovery following a grueling training should not be taken for granted.
Her role as Petron libero is to take care of the floor defense, which means constant crashes as she lays her body on the line in the course of reaching for digs, receives, and saves. As such, sore muscles are part of the job.
Aside from traditional recovery methods, Denden has been using Massage Guns to assist in her recuperation process.
The percussive gun-shaped device, which has been made available in the Philippines recently, helps increase blood flow, clear lactic acid, break up scar tissues, release knots, increas range of motion and speed up recovery.
“Okay siya. As in talagang ginagamit ko siya everyday for recovery because, for me, recovery is just as important as training,” said Lazaro. “Dapat pinapahalagahan siya, and I think ‘yun ang na-o-overlook ng maraming athletes.”
“It’s really good that Sir Kitch [La Victoria] and Co. brought massage guns here in the country to be available for us athletes. It’s very beneficial, and I encourage everyone to get their Massage Guns,” she added.
Massage Guns are not only for athletes, Lazaro stressed.
According to the former Ateneo star, the gadget can work wonders to anyone, particularly those who have regular 9-to-5 weekday jobs.
“Yeah, especially if lagi kang nakaupo nang matagal [sa office]. Pwede mong gawin ‘yun sa back, legs and arms mo. It’s very convenient. Madali siyang dalhin kasi it has its own bag so it’s for everyone, not just athletes.”
She added, “You can do it for yourself, but it would also be nice if you have a PT with you kasi there are other parts of your body na hindi pwede gamitan noon.”
Massage Guns have a symmetrical design and variable speeds that make it an effective recovery solution. It also quickly adjusts between 900 to 2700 strokes per minute based on your physiological needs of and has three arm positions — 90°, 135° and 180° — so that you can easily access all your body parts.