March 15, 2020 3 min read

 

VIBRATION THERAPY WITH RECOVAPRO FOLLOWING PECTORAL MUSCLE INJURY AFTER BENCH PRESS EXERCISE

PEC INJURY

Many are wanting a well buffed chest to show off, hit the gym to build up their chests and hooked on chest building exercises, but many wind up having chest pains either as a normal effect of the training or due to faulty improper techniques.

If you’re a first timer, it's normal to experience some muscle straining after doing exercises like bench press, provided that you executed the exercises properly. You’re chest muscles are still well adapting to the load, which they are not accustomed to. But if you’re an experienced gym goer, you might have done something wrong and developed muscle tearing.

Rupture of the pectoralis major is rarely encountered. However, among body-builders this injury, commonly called the "pec-tear", is well known. The bench-press exercise is a common cause.

 

HOW DO YOU TEAR YOUR PECTORALIS MAJOR MUSCLE IN BENCH PRESS? 

The pectoralis major is very powerful and is usually strained or ruptured during bench pressing.  Most injuries occur in weight lifters between ages 20 and 40 as a result of bad form, sometimes when attempting to lift a max single and also (and more often), when doing high number of repetitions. You tend to get tired and sloppy and out of the groove. 

Injury to the pectorals occur during the final stage, the lowering phase, of the bench press when the arm is extended, out to the sides and outwardly rotated. There is excessive tensionexerted on the contracted muscle while it’s on its maximally stretched position and thus the most vulnerable to injury. 

 

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF PECTORAL MUSCLE INJURY

Strained Inflamed Pecs: Pain at the front of your arm or shoulder when bringing the arm inward across the chest.

Ruptured Pecs: Sudden sharp pain and tearing sensation in the front of your arm or shoulder with swelling and/or bruising. A visible and palpable gap or lump over the torn muscle may be present.

 

TREATMENT OF PECS INJURY

The pectoralis major forms the bulk of your chest and may be strained while performing chest exercises like the bench press. Pain develops gradually or suddenly at the front of your arm or shoulder and treatments depend on the severity of injury.

Treating Strained Pecs

  • The RICE protocol helps with the inflammation in the chest muscles. Heat is applied after the initial soreness of the injury subsides to increase blood flow and promote healing.

  • Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to reduce the swelling. 

  • Rehabilitation includes controlled strengthening of your pectorals. 

  • Sports massage techniques may provide relief and help speed up your recovery.

Treating Ruptured Pecs

  • Avoid resistance exercises to protect the muscle from further injury. 

  • Application of ice to slow bleeding, reduce pain and inflammation. 

  • Compression using elastic bandages to increase pressure inside the injury and reduce bleeding and swelling. 

  • Elevate chest by sitting upright and sleeping in a reclined position to reduce blood flow to the injury. 

  • Total pectoralis tendon rupture may be subjected for operation.

 

PAMPERING YOUR PECS WITH RECOVAPRO MASSAGE GUN

Whether you’ve got sore pecs, or you just want to relax your upper body and add pec massage to your regular sports maintenance sessions, Recovapro vibration technology got it covered!!

Yes, you’re pecs are symbol of strength and working it out on a regular basis is necessary to maintain an impressive form that is both strong and functional. But it also needs rest and well deserved pampering, and Recovapro massage guns are made to do just that.

How to Use Recovapro Massage Gun on Your Pecs as a Warm-Up and Recovery Tool?

To prime your chest before a bench press workout, start by turning on the device with the round head attachment and then slowly glide from the front of the shoulder moving back and forth across the chest diagonally towards the heart. Stay on the muscle belly for 30 seconds while avoiding the bony areas. When you hit a trigger point, stay put on that area until feeling a relief. At this instance, switching to bullet head is advised for deeper penetration and better stripping of the tight muscle.

To use the Recovapro massage gun for cool down, fire it up, hit your chest and spend 90 to 120 seconds moving up and down on both sides. Again, you’re doing this throughout the muscle belly, not near joints or bony structures. This will help relax your muscles.

 

 

 

NOTE: As always, start and end with low intensity, gliding motion to warm up the tissues and adjust the speed depending on the technique and desired outcome. Observe care in the amount of pressure applied as this region can be tender.

 

RECOVAPRO… 

MORE THAN JUST A MASSAGE GUN!!!