Something we don’t discuss enough about cooking is the physical exertion it requires from your body. There’s a reason chefs wear such hideous but comfortable shoes—standing all day is no easy thing! So for those carrying the weight of cooking Thanksgiving on your shoulders (there’s always one person who does the majority of the work), it can be quite the physically demanding day, especially if you aren’t used to spending long periods of time on your feet.
I cooked my Thanksgiving meal for the first time this year and while I loved it, I’m experiencing a few aches and pains today as a result. I have issues with my back, shoulders, and feet. Long periods of standing, combined with hours hunched over a counter and stove, leave me with nagging pain in those areas that can persist for days. Normally I would be dreading cooking this much all at once, but I recently acquired a trusty tool that has brought me a great deal of relief. That tool is a Theragun. And if you cooked Thanksgiving this year, you deserve to get one for yourself, especially since it is on sale for Black Friday.
Yes, I realize the absurdity of suggesting you buy a high-end percussive therapy device for muscular pain relief, all because you spent a day preparing a feast. Professional athletes and physical therapists use these things. I once thought the idea of me owning a Theragun seemed unnecessary, since I assumed it was overkill for a conventionally healthy person with remarkably average chronic muscle pains. However, after my dad acquired one for physical therapy on his arthritic hip, it took no time for everyone in my family to steal it away for a good punching session themselves. Maybe the minor aches and pains of Thanksgiving cooking can be your excuse to buy a tool you’ll find yourself using year-round.
This is a massage gun that punches you rapid fire, and is capable of stimulating tissues deeper than a conventional vibrating massager. It allows my dad to walk with less of a limp. My sister, who has been a server for years, cried the first time she used it on her stiff lower back because it worked so well. When I deal with spats of shoulder blade pain that have previously left me grinding my back into door knobs and hallway corners for the tiniest bit of relief, I now use the Theragun to get some initially-painful, but much-needed fascial release. Nobody in my family is a pro athlete, but everybody found a use for the Theragun.
If cooking, or just being alive, is enough to leave you sore sometimes, you have a good enough reason to use a fancy, high-powered percussive therapy device, and all the better, considering the fact you can score one for up to $150 off right now.
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