Compression Therapy

What Is Compression Therapy

It is very important that an athlete recovers faster after rigorous exercise in order to enjoy better health and performance. The human body requires three to five days to recover following a rigorous training session. This is because of the natural limitations of the lymphatic and circulatory systems of the human body. The recovery process needs to be hastened in order to help the athlete reduce down-time and improve performance. Compression therapy has been found to be very helpful in ensuring dynamic recovery, which in turn provides a competitive edge to all athletes that are training at all levels. It helps to improve blood circulation, flexibility and reduce the tissue repair time. In addition to athletes, compression therapy would be of great help to individuals whose mobility and activity have been limited either because of chronic issues or injuries.

It involves the use of compression devices that are designed for recovery or rehabilitation. One or two inflatable boots with multiple cells or sleeves are placed around your legs or arms and they are rhythmically inflated as well as deflated in order to rapidly improve poor circulation. Compression therapy is easy, convenient, safe and painless. The therapy assists your body’s cardiac system in moving the fluids from the limbs back to the circulatory system, which in turn removes the unwanted material.

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In fact, the compression therapy makes use of three different massage techniques in order to speed up the normal recovery process of your body. These techniques are gradients, pulsing compression and distal release. Circulation of blood throughout your body is maximized with the help of these mechanisms to make you feel better, recover faster and train harder.

What Are the Benefits of Compression Therapy?

  • Reduces inflammation and fluid collection
  • Helps to remove toxins such as lactic acid
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Relieves conditions such as heaviness in the legs
  • Helps to avoid development of cellulite
  • Prevents and eliminates first-stage varicose
  • Strengthens loose skin caused by pregnancy or obesity

What Can You Expect In A Compression Therapy Session?

First of all, you will be asked to sit in a recliner, very comfortable chair or bed. Then the compression devices would be applied. Your legs would be kept elevated so that gravity also helps in circulating the body fluids. You should plan to spend about one hour and fifteen minutes for a compression therapy appointment. It is a non-invasive procedure. However, you would most likely feel a little bit of pressure right from your boots. If you experience any kind of painful, you must notify the technician immediately. He will then reduce the pressure to a level that is more comfortable to you.


How Often Should You Use Compression Therapy?

Actually, it depends entirely on the condition for which you have been advised to undergo this therapy. In most cases, the therapy can be used on a daily basis for about an hour. In case the performance of your circulation system very poor, you might have to consult your doctor before subjecting yourself to this therapy. Your doctor or physician is the right person to evaluate your condition and decide as to how often you should undergo the therapy to derive maximum benefits.