Compression in sports training is probably not new to you. I bet you already use compression shorts/pants, socks, etc. Research shows that compression garments reduce muscle soreness caused by plyometrics and sprinting.
The latest innovation in compression therapy, NormaTec Compression therapy takes compression to the next level. Designed by a physician bio-engineer to enhance circulation and speed recovery, the technology uses pulsated, sequential pneumatic compression delivered via leg boots (which resemble a larger design of a blood pressure cuff) which feature five chambers that are attached to a control unit and pump. These leg boots deliver sequential and pulsating compression to a particular area, systematically enhancing blood flow and lymphatic fluid removal.
Benefits of NormaTec Compression Therapy
What does all this mean? According to Chris Contini, recovery specialist at Denver Sports Recovery in Colorado, a primary function of these compression sleeves is to engage a lymphatic flush, which enhances a healthy blood flow back into the region by helping to remove waste products, inflammation, and swelling. Additionally, these boots enhance circulation in the legs via the same mechanism.
1. Lactic acid and lymphatic flushing, thus removing toxins
2. Reduces inflammation and water accumulation
3. Improved (better) and enhanced (healthier) circulation
4. Accelerated recovery, so you feel rejuvenated and ready for the next workout.
5. Helps prevent and eliminate first-stage varicose veins
Who would benefit from compression therapy?
First, any athlete who uses his/her legs: runners, swimmers, cyclists, triathletes, weightlifters/CrossFitters, Mudders, walkers, football/basketball/baseball/soccer/volleyball/hockey/LAX players . . . etc.
Second, anyone who works on his/her feet all day, because gravity causes poor circulation in your legs when you are standing all day Nurses, doctors, construction, and numerous professions benefit.
Third, anyone who battles poor circulation would benefit: diabetes, varicose, peripheral artery disease, and just about any circulation disease with the exception of deep vein thrombosis (contraindicated).
Finally, anyone who enjoys a relaxing massage! The NormaTec compression therapy feels like a gentle myofascial massage--which I recognize is a contradiction in terms! Just envision sitting back in a leather recliner with a post-workout beverage for 20-30 minutes, having your legs massaged, flushed of lactic acid and reinvigorated for your day! I guess you just need to try it to believe it. Bring a friend or two to get your "squeeze" on!