Compression Therapy Benefits for Athletes

If you are an athlete that struggles with extremely sore and/or tight muscles after games and workouts, then I might have the perfect solution for you. In this article, I will be informing you of the benefits of compression therapy and why athletes use compression boots to help soothe their muscles after intense training.

What Is Compression Therapy

Compression therapy is an easy and effective way to increase blood flow activity in the lower limbs through strengthening vein support. It’s a form of rehabilitation that aims to gently apply pressure to the ankles and legs by wearing specially designed Boots; For example, Normatec Recovery Boots is a device that uses a patent pulse technology to optimize the benefits of compression therapy and mimic your body’s natural ability.

What Are The Compression Boots Used For?

Compression boots are used when you are done after an intense workout because when you exercise hard, it puts your body through a lot of wear and tear and results in lactic acid build-up, soreness, and fatigue. Do you or any athlete you know love being extremely sore the next day after a workout? Because I don’t. If you’re like me and don’t like to be sore all of the time, then Compression boots are the solution because it can drastically reduce muscle soreness and stiffness after intense exercise. Sounds great, right?

How Do Compression Boots Work?

It involves the use of a compression device designed for recovery or rehabilitation with one or two inflatable boots with sleeves placed around your legs or arms. The compression device controls the boots by inflating and deflating them with air to improve poor circulation and recovery at a rapid speed.

My Experience

I heard about compression boots from a teammate who always went to a place that offered compression therapy boots after games and tournaments. She recommended compression boots to me because she overheard me talking to my other teammates about how sore I was after games. So she informed me about compression boots and about the place she goes to get compression therapy. She also made me aware of the benefits of wearing them after a hard workout, so I decided to try it out. When I got to the place, they sat me down in a recliner, put me in these compression boots called Normatec Recovery boots, and as I looked at the device, I saw an image of a human body lying in a chair like me, and it had five dots in locations of the legs. Those dots represent where the pressure of the boots is going to be focused. When the employee turned on the device, they asked me if the pressure was too much or too little, and if so, they would adjust it so I could get the best results from the compression boots. When the device starts, it inflated from the bottom area to the top area of your legs, every time it inflates one area of your leg, and then it deflates and goes to a different part of your legs. I sat there for about 30 minutes and watched tv, and after they helped me take them off, I instantly felt better and more relaxed in the legs. It was incredible.

Pro

The pros of using compression therapy as an athlete are how it significantly helps with pain relief and decreases the time it takes to repair your tissues and muscles after a hard workout or game. It also helps increase your range of motion and flexibility, which all athletes need to be able to play the sport that they love to their full potential. Also, when wearing compression boots, the pressure and release that the boots apply to your legs helps with blood flow and can prevent blood clots, I don’t think any of us would like to experience blood clots.

Con

The price of compression boots is usually up in the $1000+ range, but you can rent or go to a place that provides sessions, the most common starting price is around $15+ or some places offer $1 per minute of use.

Those sessions might be less expensive initially; however, over time, it starts to add up and will become way more expensive than if you purchased compression boots that you can use as many times as you need to and will actually save you money in the long run.

Conclusion

If you’re an athlete that would like to recover faster from workouts and games or an athlete whose mobility and activity have been limited either because of chronic issues or injuries, I suggest starting compression therapy right away. If you would like more information about compression boots or the Normatec boots I wore, I made another post reviewing Normatec Pulse 2.0 Leg Recovery System, and I will leave a link right here.

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4 thoughts on “Compression Therapy Benefits for Athletes”

  1. Hi Trinity,
    I really enjoyed this article. I used to work in physical rehabilitation so am very familiar with the use of compression therapy. I like how you spelled out the benefits of it and definitely recommend the use of compression to increase your recovery.

    Best regards,
    Sonia

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