Compression therapy involves the use of inflatable sleeves or socks-like garment to apply pressure to specific parts of the body; this more than often is the arm or the calf muscles.
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Compression therapy aims to increase blood flow in the pressurized area to combat health issues such as soreness, joint pains, swelling, and inflammation. Compression therapy is one of the most important alternatives to pain relievers, especially when the affected body part is the arm or legs. Since compression therapy aims to improve the working of the veins and lymphatic system, it is often used as a treatment for many venous and lymph related issues such as leg ulcers, spider veins, varicose veins, and edema.
Compression therapy is also used to reduce tensions in the muscle after an intensive workout session. Most professional athletes today undergo a compression therapy at almost every break during a game. This is because the treatment makes the leg feel lighter and cure muscle soreness, which in turn leads to an increase in performance during a game.
Compression therapy is for everyone, not just athletes and those experiencing joint pains from arthritis. It can also be used before and after an intensive workout session to improve performance by increasing the drainage of toxins such as lactic acids and minimize blood pooling during the exercise session.
How often should you go for compression therapy?
Compression therapeutic needs often vary from one person to another and depend on the reason why you started the therapy in the first place.
Compression garments for some circulatory problems might need to be worn at all times during the day and only taken off when you want to take your bath. For others who are involved in strenuous activities such as athletes, the therapy can be done before, mid or after the game. The therapy can be done daily to improve blood and lymph circulation as well as boost performance, and if it’s more convenient, you can decide to schedule the therapy for times when you’re feeling sores or having joint pains.
Benefits of compression therapy
Compression therapy has many benefits since it has many positive effects on blood flow and the lymphatic system.
For instance, it has been shown that compression therapy increases the flow of blood in the vein and as such, tends to minimize the volume of blood in the vein at any particular point in time. The increased blood flow can lead to less sore muscles as it transports lactic acid, which is responsible for sore muscles away from these muscles quickly and supplies oxygen for a faster metabolism.
By reducing the buildup of lactic acid in the muscle tissues, compression therapy reduces the risk of inflammation of these muscles. Compression therapy can also reduce elevated edema of the muscles, get rid of pain, and keep the leg straight.
There are many compression therapy equipment out there, many are quite safe but a few quite dangerous. As such, it is often recommended that you visit a certified compression therapist to help you make the right choice concerning your needs.