The Science of Compression
Faster Recovery – Increased blood flow helps to clear fatique causing metabolites and reduce inflammation.
Though there are many factors to consider when you’re looking to improve your performance, the ability to consistently execute your training sessions ranks pretty high on the priority list. But consistent training alone isn’t enough if your body isn’t sufficiently recovered. Muscle soreness, reduced muscle strength and fatigue will severely limit the effectiveness of your training and can lead to a cycle that actually inhibits regular training and creates a potential for increased risk of injury.
This is why many athletes are now incorporating a regular recovery routine into their training plans. Making sure that you’re getting sufficient sleep and the correct nutrition to aid recovery is a great place to start. Including at least one 30-minute compression session in our Elevated Legs will provide additional recovery benefits
The sequential intermittent compression provided by Elevated Legs works to increase blood flow and speed up your body’s natural process of removing that post-workout accumulation of metabolic waste and lactate. Athletes often experience muscles that feel less sore, fresher, looser and less fatigue after a session in the Legs. These benefits can help you take full advantage of your next workout. The ability to recover more quickly from training sessions can help you to more effectively and consistently maintain (or even increase) your training volume and intensity, and ultimately improve your performance.
This ability to promote increased blood flow is what leads to faster recovery.
During your training sessions, the stress that your muscles receive causes micro damage to the muscle fibers. This damage leads to inflammation of the muscles as well as the build-up of metabolic waste such as lactate, pyruvate, ammonia, bicarbonate and pH. ( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1332015/ )
. The resulting combination of soreness, fatigue and reduced muscle strength all add up to significantly limit your ability to exercise to your full potential and reap the most benefit from your next workout. This is why the ability to recover more quickly is so important. ( http://www.archives-pmr.org/article/S0003-9993(95)80529-X/abstract?cc=y )
Ice Baths vs Compression
Intermittent pneumatic leg compressions enhance muscle performance and blood flow http://www.physiology.org/doi/abs/10.1152/japplphysiol.01337.2011
Including Elevated Legs into your daily recovery routine can help you to accelerate the recovery process that your body’s lymphatic and vascular systems do naturally over a longer period of time. (Link to Science) By promoting increased blood flow, pneumatic compression helps your body remove the accumulation of waste in your muscles more quickly and efficiently than your body can normally. Your muscles heal and can recover faster.